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NOV.23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Hang Together Forever
From: “When A.A. Came of Age”
On Sunday morning – the last day of the [1950 International] Convention – I found those Twelve Traditions still on my mind. Each of them I saw is an exercise in humility that can guard us in everyday A.A. affairs and protect us from ourselves. If A.A. were really guided by the Twelve Traditions, we could not possibly be split apart by politics, religion, money, or by any old-timers who might take a notion to be big shots. With none of us throwing our weight around in public, nobody could possibly exploit A.A. for personal advantage, that is sure. For the first time I saw A.A.’s anonymity for what it really is. It isn’t just something to save us from alcoholic shame and stigma; its deeper purpose is actually to keep those fool egos of ours from running hog wild after money and public fame at A.A.’s expense. It really means personal and group sacrifice for the benefit of all A.A. Right then I resolved to learn our Twelve Traditions by heart, just as I had learned the Twelve Steps. If every A.A. did the same thing and really soaked up these principles we drunks could hang together forever. 
1985 AAWS, Inc.
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, page 43
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Will you ask God to reveal to you what real love is so that you


won’t have to live your usual life anymore? You will live God’s
life which is one of Love, a kind of love that you don’t now
understand but one day you will. One day you’ll know exactly what
it means to be in this world but not of it.”
Your Power of Natural Knowing, p. 199
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.23,2017
“HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT”
Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3
One Sunday in October, during my morning meditation, I glanced out the window at the ash tree in our front yard. At once I was overwhelmed by its magnificent, golden color! As I stared in awe at God’s work of art, the leaves began to fall and, within minutes, the branches were bare. Sadness came over me as I thought of the winter months ahead, but just as I was reflecting on autumn’s annual process, God’s message came through. Like the trees, stripped of their leaves in the fall, sprout new blossoms in the spring, I had had my compulsive, selfish ways removed by God in order for me to blossom into a sober, joyful member of A.A. Thank you, God, for the changing seasons and for my ever-changing life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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MAN’S PART
Through harmony with Universal Mind man’s word becomes the law of his life.
Man not a creator but his thought is creative.
Ernest Holmes

After my fourth step I’ve been really began to believe that I belonged here.
Anonymous
 
 
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content.
Helen Keller
 
 
You have been walking the ocean’s edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under and deeper under, a thousand times deeper. Love flows down. The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes. Tell me, is the earth worse for giving in like that? Do not put blankets over the drum. Open completely.
RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 333 Insights
“Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.”
Jesus makes it very clear in this lesson that this world is a dream of conflict. He also makes it very clear that this dream of conflict cannot be resolved except through forgiveness. Conflict’s defenses hide the truth from our awareness. Conflict’s defenses make it look like the ego’s lies are the only truth.
 
Forgiveness paves the way by which the deceit of the ego’s false perceptions are revealed. Forgiveness provides an opening through which the Holy Spirit can reveal the truth. There is only one truth and in that one truth there can be no conflict. In Heaven, where we really reside, there is no conflict. Our will and God’s Will are one.
 
The ego is the opposite of God’s Will. The ego is the choice for separation from oneness. From the choice for separation came a world of conflict. This conflict is resolved through letting go of the mad illusions of separation.
 
The Holy Spirit will lead us out of these mad delusions as we open our minds and are willing to receive a correction in our perception. This is what the Course calls forgiveness. “Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.”
Sentence two in the lesson describes the many ways the ego attempts to deal with conflict. All of them are methods of avoidance rather than resolution. The ego does not really want to resolve conflict because it is the idea of conflict, being the wish for specialness. When conflict is undone, the ego is undone with it. So the ego will avoid the resolution of conflict at all costs out of self preservation. It is no wonder this world is a world of conflict, being the making of the ego.
 
The ego does not want us to recognize that inherent in specialness is conflict. And so it offers us many deceitful disguises, calling it by many names. In special relationships it is called love, or adoration or acceptance or respect. The ego gives hidden meaning to these terms. With the ego’s meaning of love there is always a hidden agenda. It says, “I will know you love me if you …” which is followed by a long list of behaviors and to do’s, many unspoken but if unmet, bring out our wrath. Can this be love?
 
The Course tells us that Love makes no demands because Love is one and complete in itself. It has no needs, so making a demand is inconceivable to Love. Love gives freely because it is limitless and eternal, and Love’s nature is to give of Itself. Because Love is one, Love gives only to Itself, for there is no “other.”
 
But the ego’s definition of love has endless conditions and demands. Conflict is inevitable, because special love’s demands conflict with each other. In one circumstance a certain behavior is acceptable. In another it is not. And so in this world we wander about seeking for “love,” not realizing that we are seeking conflict. What we seek under the guidance of the ego will never satisfy because the ego seeks where real Love cannot be found. The ego’s substitute for Love never brings peace because, although it might appear appealing on the surface, conflict lies hidden below, waiting for its chance to raise its fearsome head.
 
The way out of this painful illusion is forgiveness. This forgiveness must come through recognition of the deceits the ego offers. Throughout the Course, again and again, the many forms the ego’s deceits take are brought to our attention. It’s not a pretty picture. But we have wandered in a world of illusion so long that we don’t recognize the illusion for what it is, and so we must be taught. By the grace of God, we have a Teacher in our mind Who will help us see the illusions for what they are.
 
This is why it is so important for us to remember that on our own we do not know what anything means. As we practice bringing all our thoughts to the Holy Spirit and open our minds to His perception, we will learn to recognize all the hidden conflicts and let them go. We will let them go because the Holy Spirit will show us that they are really nothing. There will be no sense of loss or sacrifice because they will cease to have value to us. “Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.”
There was a paragraph in your comments that really caught my attention. You said, “With the ego’s meaning of love there is always a hidden agenda. It says, “I will know you love me if you …” which is followed by a long list of behaviors and to do’s, many unspoken but if unmet, bring out our wrath.” Lately, when I am with my daughter and her partner, I have several times made “funny” remarks about being ignored by them. I guess that by keeping it light and humorous I was trying not to sound demanding.
 
I didn’t even consciously realize I was doing it until I read what you said. I didn’t realize I was feeling so left out of their lives, but I guess I am and that it matters to me. I have been making some rules for them to follow without coming right out with them. I wasn’t telling my daughter and I wasn’t even telling myself, but I was certainly expecting them to be followed. I’m grateful to see this. Now I can take it to the Holy Spirit for healing
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“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; 
when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Jack Lemmon Biography
Born February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Died June 27, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA  (bladder cancer)
Birth Name John Uhler Lemmon III
Height 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School, then located in nearby Brookline. After RCDS, he went to high school at Phillips Andover Academy. Jack was a member of the Harvard class of 1947, where he was in Navy ROTC and the Dramatic Club. After service as a Navy ensign, he worked in a beer hall (playing piano), on radio, off Broadway, TV and Broadway. His movie debut was with Judy Holliday in It Should Happen to You (1954). He won Best Supporting Actor as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955). He received nominations in comedy (Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960)) and drama (Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The China Syndrome (1979), Tribute (1980) and Missing (1982)). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Save the Tiger (1973) and the Cannes Best Actor award for “Syndrome” and “Missing”. He made his debut as a director with Kotch (1971) and in 1985 on Broadway in “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. In 1988 he received the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>
 
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Save the Tiger (1973) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). Some of his most beloved performances stemmed from his collaborations with acclaimed director Billy Wilder and with his fellow friend and actor Walter Matthau.
 
A versatile and beloved performer, Jack Lemmon was a celebrated virtuoso in both comedy and drama. The only child of Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Uhler Lemmon Jr., who was the president of a doughnut company, Lemmon had a fairly affluent upbringing. He attended the prestigious Phillips Academy (Class of 1943) and Harvard College (Class of 1947). At Harvard, Lemmon found his passion for theater. He was also a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and served briefly as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard following his time served in the military.
 
After college, Lemmon moved to New York City and spent much of his time there playing piano in a bar before landing small roles on the radio, stage and television. Two years later, Lemmon earned his first big role in the comedy war drama Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda and James Cagney. His complex portrayal of a somewhat dishonest but sensitive character earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
 
Lemmon would go on to work on a number of films with comedian and close friend Ernie Kovacs, including Bell Book and Candle (1958). In 1959, Lemmon gave one of the top comedic performances of his career when he starred alongside Tony Curtis in the romantic comedy film Some Like It Hot (1959), the first of several collaborations with director Billy Wilder. Lemmon also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of C.C. ‘Bud’ Baxter in the The Apartment (1960) while working again with Wilder. Lemmon enjoyed great success on the big screen throughout the 1950s and 60s.
 
The Fortune Cookie (1966) served as the start of a comedic partnership between Lemmon and Walter Matthau and the two would come together again, two years later, for The Odd Couple (1968), one of their most endearing films together. As the 1970s came around, Lemmon began to undertake more dramatic roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Save the Tiger (1973). Throughout the 80s and 90s, Lemmon continued to excel in his character performances and earned a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1988.
 
Sometimes referred to as “America’s Everyman”, Lemmon’s versatility as an actor helped the audience more closely identify and relate to him. He was able always to elicit a laugh or sympathy from his viewers and his charismatic presence always shined on the big screen. He often portrayed the quintessence of aspiring man and established a lasting impression on the film industry.
 
Spouse (2)
Felicia Farr (17 August 1962 – 27 June 2001) (his death) (1 child)
Cynthia Stone (7 May 1950 – 1956) (divorced) (1 child)
Frequently worked with Billy Wilder.
Often cast in films with Walter Matthau.
Known for playing likeable but down on their luck characters
Often played average working class men trying to get ahead in life
An accomplished, self-taught pianist, he wrote the theme for the movie Tribute (1980) and played jazz in a Bobby Short TV special.
Ranked #47 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
His son, Chris Lemmon, appeared with him in Airport ’77 (1977).
Became a father for the 1st time at age 29 when his 1st [now ex] wife Cynthia Stone gave birth to their son Christopher Boyd Lemmon [aka Chris Lemmon] on June 22, 1954.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 40 when his 2nd wife Felicia Farr gave birth to their daughter Courtney Noelle Lemmon [aka Courtney Lemmon] on January 7, 1966.
Born at 2:00pm-EST.
Lemmon admitted to having had a serious drinking problem at one time, which is one reason he looked back on his Oscar-winning role as Harry Stoner in Save the Tiger (1973) as perhaps the most gratifying, emotionally fulfilling performance of his career.
He was pleasantly shocked by Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames in 1998 when Rhames called him up to the stage and actually gave him the award for Best Actor in a TV Movie, which he had just won, to express his admiration to the veteran actor.
Described his flamboyant, authoritarian mother as “Tallulah Bankhead on a road show.” Laughed about how she used to hang out with her girlfriends at the Ritz Bar in Boston and how she tried to have her cremation ashes placed on the bar (the management refused).
Since his middle initial was U., he had to deal with ribbing from kids who taunted him with, “Jack, u lemon”.
In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in “War Service Sciences.”
He studied with Uta Hagen, and considers her his prime early mentor.
Lemmon’s dad, a bakery executive, didn’t approve of his son taking up acting, but told him he should continue with it only as long as he felt passion for it, adding: “The day I don’t find romance in a loaf of bread…” His dying words to Jack were: “Spread a little sunshine.”
Was born February 8, 1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.
1947 graduate of Harvard University.
Lemmon passed away four days shy of one year after his frequent co-star, Walter Matthau.
Was president of the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.
Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, in 1943.
During WW II, he served in the Naval Reserve and was the communications officer on the USS Lake Champlain.
Before any take he would say, “It’s magic time.”
Is a recipient of the Connor Award, an award given to someone who displays an excellence in the communicative arts, handed out by the brothers of the fraternity Phi Alpha Tau from Emerson College in Boston.
Was good friends with Walter Matthau and Biff Elliot.
He was voted the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
He once had a Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor named after him: “Jack Lemmon”. It was still being produced in the early 1980s but has since been discontinued and is not listed on the Baskin-Robbins website.
Appeared on an episode of The Simpsons (1989), in which he convinced Marge to get into the pretzel business. Shelley Levene, his character from Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), was the inspiration for another Simpsons character, the usually jobless Gil, who Marge first met while working at a real estate firm.
He was voted the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Did all of his own stunts for My Fellow Americans (1996).
First actor to win two “Best Actor” Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Dean Stockwell won twice at the festival before, but he had to share both of his awards with his co-stars)
He and Walter Matthau acted together in 10 movies: The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968), The Front Page (1974), Buddy Buddy (1981), JFK (1991), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), The Grass Harp (1995), Out to Sea (1997) and The Odd Couple II (1998). Lemmon also directed Matthau in Kotch (1971).
Billy Wilder directed him in 7 movies: The Apartment (1960), Avanti! (1972), Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), Irma la Douce (1963) and Some Like It Hot (1959).
He and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda have all won Oscars for Leading Roles. Lemmon won for Save the Tiger (1973), Fonda won for Klute (1971), and Douglas won for Wall Street (1987).
His headstone reads “Jack Lemmon in”.
Appears in Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda, in which he takes over Fonda’s position of Cargo Officer when Fonda is transferred off the USS Reluctant. In 12 Angry Men (1997), Lemmon plays the same juror that Fonda played in the original.
His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
A passionate but unskilled golfer who tried for 33 years to make the cut at Pebble Beach but didn’t.
Starred opposite Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts (1955) in 1955 and opposite Henry’s daughter, Jane Fonda, in The China Syndrome (1979) in 1979.
His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #29 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Father-in-law of Gina Raymond and Peter McCrea.
Owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films as well as Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman.
The only actor to be offered the role of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) before Richard Burton was cast. He accepted the role but quickly changed his mind the next day without offering any explanation.
Holds the record for most Golden Globe nominations for acting, including both actors and actresses (22 total).
Best remembered by the public for his roles playing the “average Joe” and for his many roles opposite good friend Walter Matthau.
During his early days as a contract player with Columbia Pictures, studio head Harry Cohn wanted Lemmon to change his screen name to “Jack Lennon.” Cohn feared that critics would make use of Lemmon’s last name (i.e., “Jack Lemmon’s performance in the film is a lemon.”). Lemmon convinced Conn if he changed his name to “Lennon,” everyone would think that he was related to V.I. Lenin, the founder of Soviet Communism (this was the 1950s, the time of the McCarthy “Red Scare”, and years before the appearance of John Lennon and The Beatles). Referring to Vladimir Lenin, Cohn told Lemmon, “No, that’s wrong. They pronounce his name ‘Len-IN.” “No,” Lemmon replied, firmly. “It’s pronounced ‘LEN-in.” After making a phone call to a Russian associate, who confirmed that Lenin’s name was pronounced “LEN-in”,’ Cohn agreed to let Lemmon keep his own name.
Kevin Spacey dedicated his Oscar for American Beauty (1999) to Lemmon.
Openly admitted on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that he was an alcoholic.
His father, John Uhler Lemmon II has an uncredited role in The Notorious Landlady (1962).
Producer Howard Koch originally wanted Art Carney to replicate his role of Felix in The Odd Couple (1968), but Paramount production chief Robert Evans wanted Jack Lemmon, who was a superstar. Carney would later win the Academy Award as Best Actor for Harry and Tonto (1974) (1974) one year after Lemmon picked up his Best Actor Oscar for Save the Tiger (1973).
Jack Lemmon was the top male Box Office Star of 1964, as ranked by Quigley Publications’ survey of movie exhibitors. He ranked #2 that year, topped only by Doris Day. In the 11 years from 1960 to 1970, Lemmon was ranked a Top 10 Box Office Star eight times (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1970).
Was considered for the role of Carl Fox in Wall Street (1987).
“Gil”, on The Simpsons (1989), is based on Lemmon’s character, “Shelley Levine”, from Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Walter Matthau in Kotch (1971).
Release of the book, “A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father” by Chris Lemmon. [2006]
He had English, Irish, and more distant French, Dutch, and Welsh, ancestry.
Has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Mister Roberts (1955), The Apartment (1960), Missing (1982), and JFK (1991). The Apartment won in the category.
Is one of just 5 actors to win both a leading and supporting actor Oscar. The other 4 are Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Robert De Niro, and Jack Nicholson.
Kevin Spacey has frequently said that working with hero Jack Lemmon on stage in a production of “Long Day’s Journey into Night” was a transformative experience for him. Spacey described himself as basically a bitter, stand-offish type at that time but was amazed that Lemmon was friendly and generous to everyone he interacted with both backstage and with the audience at the stage door and Spacey said it convinced him that being a great actor and a good person weren’t mutually exclusive. The two would later share the screen in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1987), Dad (1989) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
One of four people to have achieved the rare feat of winning an acting prize in the three major film festivals: Venice Film Festivel, Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The others to do so are Julianne Moore, Sean Penn and Juliette Binoche. Lemmon was the first one to achieve this feat. Additionally, all four actors have won acting Oscars.
In 1958 he turned down the lead in the Broadway production of William Inge’s “Two for the Seesaw in 1958. He said, “It’s great, but the crux of it is the girl’s story.” Henry Fonda ultimately played the role.
Named the British classic, The Magic Box (1951), as his favorite film in an AFI poll.
Was just 17 years younger than Burgess Meredith, who played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Grumpier Old Men (1995).
Jack’s son, Chris Lemmon, wrote a play about his father and their relationship. Performed in the voice of Jack Lemmon and featuring many of his father’s Hollywood friends, the play opened at St James Theatre, London on 1st June 2016 – 18th June 2016.
He died on the same day as Chet Atkins, and John Lee Hooker.
He was considered for the role of Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) that went to Tyrone Power.
He was originally cast as Halfdan the Black in Erik the Viking (1989), but dropped out. John Cleese replaced him.
He was considered for the lead role in All That Jazz (1979), but was deemed too old.
He turned down the role of Walt Whitaker in The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) that went to Carl Reiner.
He was considered for the role of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) that went to Richard Burton.
He was considered for the role of Uncle Joe McTeague in Greedy (1994) that went to Kirk Douglas.
He was offered the lead role in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but turned it down, feeling that it would be better suited to Paul Newman. His production company made the film.
He turned down the lead role in The Hustler (1961).
To golfers everywhere Lemmon was known as the “star” of the celebrity-packed third round telecast of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, held at Pebble Beach Golf Links each February. Lemmon’s packed gallery was there not only for his humor but also to root him on in his lifelong quest to “make the cut” to round 4, something he was not able to achieve. The amateur who helps his team most in the Pro-Am portion is annually awarded the Jack Lemmon Award.
He was going to star in Death Wish (1974) with Sidney Lumet directing.
He was Blake Edwards’ original choice for the lead role in 10 (1979), but he never responded to it.
He was considered for the role of Colorado Ryan in Rio Bravo (1959) that went to Ricky Nelson.
He was considered for the role of Jordan “Jordy” Benedict III in Giant (1956) that went to Dennis Hopper.
He expressed an interest in playing the title role in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) which Billy Wilder was having trouble casting.
He was considered for the role of William C. Irvine in Heaven’s Gate (1980) that went to John Hurt.
He lobbied for the role of Captain John Yossarian in Catch-22 (1970).
He was considered for the lead role in The Straight Story (1999).
He was considered for the role of Taylor and Cornelius in Planet of the Apes (1968). Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall were cast.
Paul Newman offered him the chance to costar in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), but he was busy making The Odd Couple (1968). He also cited a dislike of horse riding.
He was considered for the role of Orville Spooner in Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) that went to Roy Watson.
Personal Quotes (18)
[accepting his award at the 2000 Golden Globes] In the spirit of Ving Rhames, I’m going to give this award to Jack Lemmon.
If you think it’s difficult to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
The worst part about being me is when people want me to make them laugh.
I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.
It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.
[on Marilyn Monroe] Difficult? Yes. But she was a wonderful comedienne and she had a charisma like no one before or since.
[on Judy Holliday] She was intelligent and not at all like the dumb blonds she so often depicted. She didn’t give a damn where the camera was placed, how she was made to look, or about being a star. She just played the scene — acted with, not at. She was also one of the nicest people I ever met.
[on Billy Wilder] I’ve had directors who were marvelous at breaking scenes down and handling people. But when you would string all the pearls together, they wouldn’t make a beautiful necklace. But Billy is the kind of picture-maker who can make a beautiful string of pearls. He makes the kind of movies that are classics and last forever.
[on Walter Matthau] Walter is a helluva actor. The best I’ve ever worked with.
[on Shirley MacLaine] She hated rehearsals and had a bad habit of ad-libbing, which didn’t set well with Billy Wilder. But we got used to each other, because mainly she’s a helluva girl.
(On comedic roles in 1970) I really can’t be funny unless it’s part of the character. It really bugs me when someone thinks of me as a comic. If I read ‘comedian Jack Lemmon,’ I gag. That means I’m not an actor – which I am.
(In a 1984 interview) “I’ve worked with great actors, great directors, and had some marvelous parts. Oh, my God, I don’t know any actor who has had more tremendous parts! I really don’t. I don’t know of one, and I think it’s why we’re sitting here. I think it’s why I’m still around.
(on Judy Holliday) She was one of the greats, and her early death was one of the great tragedies. She was also one of the nicest people I ever hope to meet. She was hardly the dizzy blonde. If she were alive today, she would’ve zipped right through the Mensa puzzles. God, I was sweating gumdrops, on the plane coming here trying to do those those suckers.
(On Marilyn Monroe) … a good light comedienne, unique. She wasn’t that enormously talented, but her gift was knowing how to use the special kind of talent she had to great advantage… I really couldn’t get to know what was inside her. She would put up a glass window and never let anyone in.
It’s better to work with a Billy Wilder once or with a John Ford once than to work with four other directors who do not have that touch of genius.
Wilder goes for the home run every time, and sometimes he strikes out. So did Babe Ruth, but Ruth was the greatest of them all, and, in my opinion, so is Billy.
Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
Salary (7)
Some Like It Hot (1959) $100,000
The Apartment (1960) $175,000
Irma la Douce (1963) $350,000 + 7.5% of the gross.
The Great Race (1965) $125,000
The Odd Couple (1968) $1,000,000 against 10% of the gross
Save the Tiger (1973) Scale and % of profits.
The China Syndrome (1979) $250,000


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Ron Richey
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NOV.22,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

I have more than enough to handle today, 
without dragging along yesterday’s baggage too. 
I must balance today’s books, if I am to have a chance tomorrow. 
So I ask myself if I have erred and how I can avoid 
repeating that particular behavior. 
Did I hurt anyone, did I help anyone, and why? 
Some of today is bound to spill over into tomorrow, 
but most of it need not if I make an honest daily inventory.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge, while stupidity is a
refusal to collect needed knowledge.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 874
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.22,2017

ONLY TWO SINS
. . . there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one’s own growth.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 542 (Third Edition)
Happiness is such an elusive state. How often do my “prayers” for others involve “hidden” prayers for my own agenda? How often is my search for happiness a boulder in the path of growth for another, or even myself? Seeking growth through humility and acceptance brings things that appear to be anything but good, wholesome and vital. Yet in looking back, I can see that pain, struggles and setbacks have all contributed eventually to serenity through growth in the program.
I ask my Higher Power to help me not cause another’s lack of growth today—or my own.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“I believe in my own soul, my own spirit, and my own destiny;
for I understand that the life I live is God.”
Ernest Holmes

Some of the negatives are a
blessings disguise. 
Anonymous
 
 
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller
 
 
The sweetness and delights of the resting-place 
are in proportion to the pain endured on the Journey.
Only when you suffer the pangs and tribulations
of exile will you truly enjoy your homecoming.

RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 332 Insights
“Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.”
In this season, when gift giving is on everyone’s mind, it is helpful to remember that there is no greater gift we can offer anyone, including ourselves, than the gift of forgiveness. It is a gift that keeps on giving, because it opens our minds to the eternal Love that we are. It replaces illusion with truth. It replaces bondage with freedom. It replaces conflict with peace. It replaces depression with happiness. All this forgiveness offers.
 
In the Course, forgiveness means letting go of illusions, letting go of the past and future. Forgiveness opens our minds to God’s gift of the present, the eternal now. In truth there is no other time. Love is here. Love is now. To know the freedom that Love gave us in our creation, we must forgive. Any perception of conflict, any thought of fear, any lack of peace, any pain is a signal that forgiveness is needed.
 
Our job is to learn to recognize the signal and take each of these thoughts and feelings to the Holy Spirit. His Light of Love will show us the illusion on which the pain and fear is based and shine it away. We cannot hide the fear in a corner, shove the judgment under the carpet, and pretend it is not there. This only delays our awareness of the joy God holds out to us. It is only by taking these thoughts to the Holy Spirit and asking for His help with an open mind that we can find release and know the freedom that forgiveness brings.
 
Today I ask the Holy Spirit’s help that together we may offer the gift of forgiveness to my brother and myself. For I would know the freedom forgiveness brings.
 
In this lesson, Jesus is telling us we have a choice. We can hang on to our limited perceptions of a world of separation and individuality. Or we can choose to open to the perceptions of the Holy Spirit, Which shines the false ideas of the ego thought system away.
 
When we join with the ego, we think that our illusions of uniqueness and individuality are so special. We have loved our differences and have guarded it carefully. We have thought we really did make something different from God’s universal oneness, God’s universal Love. We have thought that God’s peace would be boring. We have looked for excitement in seeing something new and different and the competition specialness brings.
 
We are reminded in this lesson that the ego makes only illusions and that what we have really bought into is sin, guilt and fear. We have bought into the idea that we really did separate (sin). We secretly feel guilty for usurping God’s authority and we project our own attack onto God. We are then fearful of God’s retaliation.
 
The stories we make up in this world reflect how guilty we truly believe we are. In trying to get rid of the guilt, we project that guilt onto those we see as outside of us. It becomes a very fearful scenario, full of defend and attack. We try to atone for our ‘sin’ of choosing separation by making up stories of sickness, deprivation and death.
 
Jesus wants us to understand that this need not be. We can let go of our belief in separation and we can let our minds be returned to the truth. We do this through forgiveness. We do this through opening our minds to the perception of the Holy Spirit. “Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.”
 
This lesson is a good one for me today. I had decorated a wicker pumpkin for the Thanksgiving holiday and brought it to work and used it as a decoration at the front desk of my place of employment, with the intention of taking it back home when the holiday was over. With all the flowers and other stuff I put into it, not to mention my time and effort, it turned out to be costly.
 
When I came into work this morning, I saw the pumpkin was missing. Someone apparently stole it. Initially, I was angry and hurt that someone would do that. I’ve got a lot of spirit when it comes to holidays and I had thought of bringing in Christmas things to decorate, but, right away, I began to think, “I won’t ever bring in anything else again. How can some people be so thoughtless and inconsiderate? I don’t know why I bother, etc., etc.”
 
This is the sort of situation that I can dwell on over and over in my mind. These resentments can control me and rule the type of day I will have. But with the practice of these lessons, I’ve learned to turn my anger, my fear, my judgments over to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help me to see things differently.
 
I don’t know who took my decoration, but somehow, it doesn’t matter to me anymore. I’m learning to value my peace and serenity. My priorities are changing and today I choose to experience God’s peace instead of dwelling on my fears that show up in anger, distrust and resentment. Fear truly does bind the world and I can experience how forgiveness sets it free because today, right now, I am at peace. Thank you Holy Spirit.
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“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself.
Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Clara Bow
Biography
Born July 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died September 27, 1965 in West Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth Name Clara Gordon Bow
Nickname The “It” Girl
Height 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)
Clara Gordon Bow, destined to become THE flapper of the 1920’s, was born on July 29, 1905 and raised in poverty and violence in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother tried to slit Clara’s throat when she attempted to enter the film industry. She won a photo beauty contest which launched her movie career that would eventually number 58 films, from 1922 to 1933.
 
The movie It (1927) defined her career. The film starred Clara as a shopgirl who was asked out by the store’s owner. As you watch the silent film you can see the excitement as she prepared for her date with the boss, her friend trying hard to assist her. She used a pair of scissors to modify her dress to try to look “sexier.” The movie did much to change society’s mores as there were only a few years between World War I and Clara Bow, but this movie went a long way in how society looked at itself. Clara was flaming youth in rebellion. In the film she presented a worldly wisdom that somehow sex meant having a good time. But the movie shouldn’t mislead the viewer, because she was still close to But you shouldn’t be misled by the film, because she was still close to Lillian Gish in that when her boss tries to kiss her goodnight, she slaps him. She too was a good girl and a first cousin of Trueheart Susie. At the height of her popularity she received over 45,000 fan letters a month. Also, she was probably the most overworked and underpaid star in the industry.
 
With the coming of sound, which did lend itself to her thick Brooklyn accent, her popularity waned. Clara was also involved in several court battles ranging from unpaid taxes to being in divorce court for “stealing” women’s husbands. After the court trials, she made a couple of attempts to get back in the public eye. One was Call Her Savage (1932) in 1932. It was somewhat of a failure at the box office and her last was in 1933 in a film called Hoopla (1933). She then married cowboy star Rex Bell at 26 and retired from the film world at 28. She doted on her two sons and did everything to please them. Haunted by a weight problem and a mental imbalance, she never re-entered show business. She was confined to a sanitarium from time to time and prohibited access to her beloved sons. She died of a heart attack in West Los Angeles, on September 26, 1965 at age 60. Today she is finding a renaissance among movie buffs, who are recently discovering the virtues of silent film. The actress who wanted so much to be like the wonderful young lady in It (1927) has the legacy of her films to confirm that she was a wonderful lady and America’s first sex symbol.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

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NOV.21,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.21,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Helpfulness 
“Your job now is to be at the place where you may 
be of maximum helpfulness to others, 
so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. 
You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on 
earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life 
with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“When permitting other people to think for us,
we cannot complain if they
think us into disaster.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 583
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.21,2017

A CLASSIC PRAYER
Lord, make me a channel for thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair, I may bring hope—that where there are shadows, I may bring light—that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted—to understand, than to be understood—to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 99
No matter where I am in my spiritual growth, the St. Francis prayer helps me improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding. I think that one of the great advantages of my faith in God is that I do not understand Him, or Her, or It. It may be that my relationship with my Higher Power is so fruitful that I do not have to understand. All that I am certain of is that if I work the Eleventh Step regularly, as best I can, I will continue to improve my conscious contact, I will know His will for me, and I will have the power to carry it out.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.”
Ernest Holmes

When I take that first drink it’s like
putting Miracle Grow on my defects.
Anonymous

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Henry Ward Beecher
 
 
Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy
RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 331 Insights
“There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
This lesson highlights the stark difference between what the Course teaches us about God and what most of us learned about God from our cultures and religions. As I read the first paragraph, I felt a sense of comfort from having a Father Who loves me and Who’s will for me is that I be safe and that no matter what “trouble” I seem to get myself into, He provides the means for me to find my way out. His Love does not judge, but sees me always as part of Him sharing all that He is and all that He has. How blessed am I to have a Father Who loves me without judgment, without limit, Who loves me as Himself.
 
The ego paints a very different picture. Because the ego is the idea of judgment and guilt, it projects this on its image of God and teaches us that God is judgmental and would condemn us to pain, suffering and death for the guilt He sees in us. If you want to know what the ego believes about itself, look at the judgmental image of God it portrays. This image is not real and could never be real. Yet in our feverish dreams of insanity, pain, suffering and death seem very real.
 
But our loving, compassionate Father provided a way out of these terrorizing hallucinations. It is the Holy Spirit in our minds. No matter how deeply we believe we are in darkness, the Holy Spirit is always with us, ready to shine His Light on the way Home. The only reason we do not see His Light is because we deny it. We don’t see what we don’t want to see. But that doesn’t mean the help is not available to us.
 
We need only ask. It is not the Holy Spirit That needs us to ask. It is we who need the asking because in our asking we acknowledge our willingness and openness to another way of seeing. The Holy Spirit does not impose. He merely offers His Light. We must accept it. Love waits only on welcome. There is no other condition, for Love makes no demands. What is already whole and complete is in need of nothing.
 
Today I am willing to give up wandering in a world of darkness, where separation seems to be real and I believe I am vulnerable to myriad forces intent upon my destruction. Today I am willing to take my thoughts to the Holy Spirit in my mind to let His Light show me what is unreal so that I can let it go. And I will let His light show me the Love that is real so that I may join with It and know It as my own.
 
Thus will I cease to be in conflict with the world. I will learn to see the Love in all things and I will learn to answer calls for Love with Love. Such is the Holy Spirit’s teaching. His teaching reminds me that only Love is real and that the Will of Love is that I remain one with It. And so I must be. My true Self rests in calm serenity, remembering that there is no conflict, for my will is Love’s Will.
 
Today’s lesson reflects the proper use of denial. Conflict could never be real because it is not God’s Will. Separation could never be real because it is not God’s Will. There is no will accept the Will of God. Illusions of separation do not make reality.
 
Today’s lesson truly reflects our real Will, which is changeless and eternal. Our real Will knows its oneness with God. Our real Will does not try to make illusions of separation real. Our real Will sees that conflict is just mistaken ideas that mean nothing and are nothing.
 
Today I would practice returning to my real Will. This is forgiveness — seeing illusions for the false ideas that they are. Today I would practice accepting that the truth of oneness is true and nothing else is true. Love is. God is. And then I cease to speak. “There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
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“You must not let your life run in the ordinary way;
do something that nobody else has done,
something that will dazzle the world.
Show that God’s creative principle works in you.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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NOV.20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Basics
From “New Selves Unfolding”:
“However, the First Step and I have always been great friends. 
I repeated it every five seconds and thanked God each day for my sobriety – 
the only grace, maybe, for that day.
 
“Gradually, I began to see another part of me emerging – 
a grateful me, expecting nothing, but sure that another 
power was beginning to guide me, counsel me, and direct my ways.”
Barberton, Ohio, USA
1973 AAWS, Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 45
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
Don’t think that you must involve yourself
with complex intellectual philosophies.
Don’t try to be profound or educated.
That only wears you out. Just be simple.
Let everyday life be your teacher.”
― Vernon Howard, The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.20,2017
 
“THY WILL, NOT MINE”
. . . when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification. “. . . if it be Thy will.”
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 102
I ask simply that throughout the day God place in me the best understanding of His will that I can have for that day, and that I be given the grace by which I may carry it out. As the day goes on, I can pause when facing situations that must be met and decisions that must be made, and renew the simple request: “Thy will, not mine, be done.”
I must always keep in mind that in every situation I am responsible for the effort and God is responsible for the outcome. I can “Let Go and Let God” by humbly repeating: “Thy will, not mine, be done.” Patience and persistence in seeking His will for me will free me from the pain of selfish expectations.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“I believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all, 
and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit.”
“The intellect is a cold thing and a merely intellectual 
idea will never stimulate thought in the same
manner that a spiritual idea does.”
― Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind
 

I can feel that my moral compass is getting better.
Anonymous 

 
Doubt is a killer.
You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.
Jennifer Lopez
 
 
 
To Love is to reach God.
Never will a Lover’s chest
feel any sorrow.
Never will a Lover’s robe
be touched by mortals.
Never will a Lover’s body
be found buried in the earth.
To Love is to reach God.
When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don’t even exist

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 330 Insights
“I will not hurt myself again today.”
I attack myself when I refuse to accept my true Identity. I attack myself when I refuse to accept that God’s Will for me is my will. When I cut myself off from my Source in order to have the impression that I am separate and alone, I am attacking myself. I would not hurt myself again today.
 
Today I would take one more step toward letting go of the false ideas of limitation and lack. Refusing to accept my own Identity is painful. It creates anxiety and the feeling of lack and loss. Forgiveness is my function here. Today I would practice choosing forgiveness, or letting go of false perceptions, every time I am tempted to teach myself the ego’s lessons in limitation and lack.
 
Holy Spirit, today I would practice opening my mind to You all through the day. Today I would practice following Your lead. I have followed the wrong teacher and have been sorely mistaken. I have lost the awareness of my true Identity and I now know that You will help me return to the truth that I have never left. Today I am willing to practice accepting God’s gifts. Today I am willing to practice opening my mind to Your healing perceptions. “I will not hurt myself again today.”
 
My natural state, the only real state, is oneness with Love, my Creator. To not experience that unity and all the gifts that come with it, I must actively choose against it. I would only choose against it if I believed that this choice would give me something of greater value.
 
The ego is the idea that it is possible to have something of greater value than all of God’s Love, all of His peace and all of His joy, eternally. Only insanity would believe this and thus this world is an insane world. Insanity means being unaware of reality. To believe in this world we must be unaware of reality. The ego offers us specialness, telling us that specialness — uniqueness and independence — is worth more than all of God’s Love.
 
Every time we choose specialness over God’s Love we are hurting ourselves. We are choosing to be cut off from our source of strength and power and peace and joy. It is not our Creator that cuts us off. It is our own denial of our Source and our Self that gives us the experience of being separate and alone. The ego teaches us that this is a good thing. It teaches us that this gives us autonomy, independence and control. It does not tell us that this control is control of nothing and that to be independent we must give up our strength, our safety and our peace.
 
Gratefully because we cannot change Reality, we have the freedom in every moment to stop choosing against Reality and accept our Self as Love created It. The decision to choose insanity is not irreversible. The moment we made that choice, God placed in our minds His Answer to lead us back to our Home in Him. God (Love) knows us as Its own, changeless and unchangeable. He has left the light on for us to welcome us Home. And even more: He has given us a Guide to show us the way back to the Light.
 
Today I will practice remembering that I remain as God created me. I am not a body. I am free to Love without limit and accept Love without limit. Thus will I open my heart and my mind to the experience of my wholeness in Love. “I will not hurt myself again today.”
 
I hurt myself when I forget who I am. If I perceive myself as suffering, I have made a choice to do so. It is within me to choose again, to draw from His power and His love and remember that He shares that power and love with me and therefore cannot suffer. I also have to be patient with myself and remember that this is a process. This is very important because, too often, I get frustrated and it is only in fear that I begin to question the process. But today I can let the process flow and step back, ask for guidance, and say to myself over and over, “I will not hurt myself again today.” Thank you, Father, thank you Holy Spirit.
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“After you have sown in the soil of Cosmic Consciousness
your vibratory prayer-seed, do not pluck it out frequently
to see whether or not it has germinated.
Give the divine forces a chance to work uninterruptedly.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Jack Benny Poster

Jack Benny

Biography
Born February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Died December 26, 1974 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)

Birth Name Benjamin Kubelsky

Height 5′ 8½” (1.74 m)

The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his “ineptness” at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville. In the same theatre that Benny was working with were the very young The Marx Brothers. Their mother, Minnie Marx, wanted Benny to go on the road with them. However, this plan was foiled by his parents who would not let their 17-year-old son on the road.

Having a successful vaudeville career, Benny also had a greater career on radio for “The Jack Benny Program”. The show was one of the few successful radio programs that also became a successful television show.

Benny also starred in several movies, including The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) and George Washington Slept Here (1942), although he had much greater success on radio and on TV than he did on the big screen.

He was good friends with Fred Allen, with whom he had a long-standing comic “feud”.

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NOV.19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

When we speak or act hastily or rashly, 
the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91 
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“A person can act either from an invented self-image or from his
original nature. Chaos or harmony depends upon his selection. By
acting from a flattering self-image of being successful or pleasant
or authoritative, he finds himself opposed by everyone else with the
same images. This is why “important” people secretly dislike other
“important” people. Giving ourselves a label gives us neither identity
nor security, and when this is seen, our action is pure action.”
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.19,2017
 
“I WAS SLIPPING FAST”
We A.A.’s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, . . . So it isn’t surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96
I had been slipping away from the program for some time, but it took a death threat from a terminal disease to bring me back, and particularly to the practice of the Eleventh Step of our blessed Fellowship. Although I had fifteen years of sobriety and was still very active in the program, I knew that the quality of my sobriety had slipped badly. Eighteen months later, a checkup revealed a malignant tumor and a prognosis of certain death within six months. Despair settled in when I enrolled in a rehab program, after which I suffered two small strokes which revealed two large brain tumors. As I kept hitting new bottoms I had to ask myself why this was happening to me. God allowed me to recognize my dishonesty and to become teachable again. Miracles began to happen. But primarily I relearned the whole meaning of the Eleventh Step. My physical condition has improved dramatically, but my illness is minor compared to what I almost lost completely.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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A PRINCIPLE THAT CAN BE PROVEN
“It is done unto you even as you believe.”
Ernest Holmes

I got that feeling of yeah! This is what I’ve been missing.
Anonymous

 
Let each man exercise the art he knows.
Aristophanes
 

That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,

He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.

RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 329 Insights
“I have already chosen what You will.”
The ego would have me believe that to “yield” to God’s Will is a sacrifice. Is it a sacrifice to be safe, untroubled and serene and filled with endless joy? That’s what the ego would have me believe. The ego wants me to believe that what it offers is worth more than this. How could this be? In truth it cannot. But if I am willing to accept illusions in place of truth, then I am giving illusions greater value.
 
The “best” that the ego can offer is specialness, which it calls love. It directs us to look for specialness in myriad ways. We look for it in relationships. We look for it in having the right clothes or car, house or job. We look for it in money or in having a piece of paper that honors our accomplishment or a trophy that says we are better than anyone else at something.
 
Yet all these things are always temporary. All things in this world begin to decay the moment they are made. A relationship with another body is always at risk because that other body can walk away, misbehave or die. Can this be worth more than eternal joy, safety and peace? We have thought it was, blindly following the ego’s direction.
 
The Course is teaching us to recognize we have been mistaken. It is showing us that the baubles and shiny trinkets of this world have no value. Our value lies in our unity with our Creator. Our value lies in the Love that we already are. We do not need to strive for value, for it is already ours. We need only recognize it. Believing that the thought system of the ego is our home, we need help from outside the thought system to recognize its falsity. By the grace of God, we have that Help — the Holy Spirit in our minds.
 
It seems that we need to choose the Will of God, but in reality we need only accept what already is ours. It is not our will to wander endlessly, searching for value, searching for love. It is our will to be the Love we were created to be. By doing this, we accept the safety, the serenity and the eternal joy that are characteristics of Love.
 
Since I have believed the illusions of this world were real, I need help with recognizing them for what they are. Thus I need to maintain the practice of taking all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His interpretation. With this practice and willingness I will gradually recognize what is valuable and what is valueless.
 
Today I will practice again taking my thoughts to the Holy Spirit with an open mind so I can receive the blessing of His interpretation. He will show me the Love beyond the veils of illusion and He will respond with Love to my calls for Love and teach me to do the same for my brothers. Thus will I learn that Love is always the answer in every situation. And I give thanks.
 
Trying to be what I am not will never work. Trying to make up something other than What I am is just a hopeless dream. It is time to let go of the dream. It is time to realize that I never could change my Identity, for I am God’s Will. It is time to wake up to the truth that nothing has happened but God’s Will. Dreams of individuality and competition are not God’s Will and therefore are not my will. God’s Will cannot change, therefore I cannot change.
 
Today it is my opportunity to recognize this truth as I go through my day. Today it is my opportunity to recognize the truth and lay illusions down. Today it is my opportunity to see wholeness where I once saw separation. Today it is my opportunity to recognize the illusions of separation for what they are. This false will could never be true, could never be real. Today it is my opportunity to recognize that only the truth is true and nothing else is true. It is time that I wake up to reality.
 
Thanks for talking about specialness. Since I started doing the Pathways course 905: Special Relationships vs. Holy Relationships, I am understanding specialness more, but my whole world is built on the idea of specialness and I appreciate the clear description you gave above. Specialness is so pervasive in my life (and sometimes so in very subtle ways) that I find it helpful to look at it from different directions. I mostly find it helpful to look at frequently. I think awareness is my best tactic here.
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Raja Yoga, the royal way of God-union, is the science of actual realization of the kingdom of God that lies within oneself. Through practice of the sacred yoga techniques of interiorization received during initiation from a true guru, one can find that kingdom by awakening the astral and causal centers of life force and consciousness in the spine and brain that are the gateways into the heavenly regions of transcendent consciousness. One who achieves such awakening knows the omnipresent God in His Infinite Nature, and in the purity of one’s soul, and even in the delusive cloaks of changeable material forms and forces.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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NOV.18,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.18,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Being fair-minded and tolerant is a goal toward which I must work daily. I ask God, as I understand Him, to help me to be loving and tolerant to my loved ones, and to those with whom I am in close contact. I ask for guidance to curb my speech when I am agitated, and I take a moment to reflect on the emotional upheaval my words may cause, not only to someone else, but also to myself. Prayer, meditation and inventories are the key to sound thinking and positive action for me. 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
“Place being someone ahead of doing something. Human beings are
under the trance of going to as many places as possible, doing
as many things as possible, meeting people, chatting, wasting
their time. They’re always running, running, running.
Pause and think of how seldom you slow down or stop. Most people
live by the western song, ‘Back in the Saddle Again.’ Even the
horse had sense enough to stop. (Laughter)”
from a talk given 6/2/1991
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.18,2017
 
A SAFETY NET
Occasionally. . . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay angry I’ll surely get drunk. In those moments of self-will it’s as if I’ve slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand. The above passage is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my Higher Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land in the net, and to pray.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored.
To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. 
Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
There were four or five ladies in Park City
who got together and helped me learn how to meditate.
Anonymous
 
 
Young love is a flame; very pretty,
often very hot and fierce,
but still only light and flickering.
The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals,
deep-burning, unquenchable.
Henry Ward Beecher
 
 
When you see anyone complaining
of such and such a person’s ill-nature and bad temper,
know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 328 Insights
“I choose the second place to gain the first.”
Sometimes I feel on the verge of experiencing unity with Holy Spirit. There is a sense of inner joy mixed with anticipation, like the feeling of getting close to home after a long trip away. Sometimes I experience deep peace and a feeling of Love and compassion for everything I think about. Sometimes I feel like I am just on the surface of this experience and other times I’m able to go deeper into it. Yet I know that I have yet to plumb its depths.
 
My attachment to the world of form that I have thought was home is still too strong for me to let it go completely, which I must do to fully experience unity with the Holy Spirit and my Creator. It seems that when I get too close to this experience, something will distract me. A sound will get my attention and I will start thinking about what it is or what it means. Or I might think of something on my “to do” list. Or I might think of a conversation I had or even expect to have. These are a few of the ways my ego mind will distract me so that I don’t fully experience my unity with all.
 
This distraction is essential to the ego’s existence. The ego is the idea of separation and disappears in the experience of unity. That is why to the ego, salvation is autonomy and complete independence from God and all His Creations, extensions of Love. It is helpful to remember that this mind wandering is just the ego’s defense against Love. It is its attempt to make it appear that it has succeeded in making a will of its own and therefore has usurped God and become “number one.”
 
I can choose differently. By choosing to put this ‘will’ second and accepting that God’s Will is really mine, I open the door to the memory of my Self, which is still one with Love, Its Creator. This is why I must “choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
These tastes or hints of the experience of unity with the Holy Spirit motivate me to keep practicing. I know there is much more to experience — greater joy, greater peace and greater love — than I have yet to experience. And so today I practice again putting the Holy Spirit’s Will in the lead and choosing to follow so that I may once again experience my Home in Heaven.
 
This world is a distraction from knowing God’s Will. This world is the effect of choosing independence from God’s Will. The distraction of the body could take up all my time if I let it. This distraction will continue until I change my mind about the purpose of the world. My experience of this false world will continue until I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead.
 
The Holy Spirit will lead me in a thought reversal. The Holy Spirit will lead me into peace. But I must let go of thinking that I know what anything means on my own. I must have an open mind. Following Holy Spirit’s lead, I will gradually wake up from the dream completely. I will let go of the idea of having an independent reality. I will learn to see past the ego’s image making and become aware of God’s Thoughts. To do this I must be willing to follow and not lead. “I choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
I appreciate knowing that I am not the only one who has that problem — distractions when I meditate. I get very discouraged sometimes because even when I seem to be doing well, I will suddenly realize that my mind has gone off on a tangent that has nothing to do with my meditation. Now I understand what is going on. Thanks for that. Also, I think that this is the first time I have really understood the phrase “I choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
This distraction is essential to the ego’s existence. Thank you. That helps me, because that is a big problem for me at times. With this, I will work to go beyond, rather than giving up, which is what ego demands.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
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Jesus went very deep in teachings that appear on the surface to be simple—
much deeper than most people understand….
[In his teachings] is the whole science of yoga,
the transcendental way of divine union through meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Under every stone lurks a politician.
Aristophanes

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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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NOV.17,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS
And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
AS BILL SEES IT, p.  69 
The concept of giving without strings was hard to understand when I first came into the program.  I was suspicious when others wanted to help me.  I thought, “What do they want in return?”  But I soon learned the joy of helping another alcoholic and I understood why they were there for me in the beginning.  My attitudes changed and I wanted to help others.  Sometimes I became anxious, as I wanted them to know the joys of sobriety, that life can be beautiful.  When my life is full of a loving God of my understanding and I give that love to my fellow alcoholic, I feel a special richness that is hard to explain.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
There cannot be personal peace without personal responsibility.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.17,2017

OVERCOMING LONELINESS
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 90
The agonies and the void that I often felt inside occur less and less frequently in my life today. I have learned to cope with solitude. It is only when I am alone and calm that I am able to communicate with God, for He cannot reach me when I am in turmoil. It is good to maintain contact with God at all times, but it is absolutely essential that, when everything seems to go wrong, I maintain that contact through prayer and meditation.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
You are an eternal being now on the pathway of endless unfoldment, never less but always more yourself. Life is not static. It is forever dynamic, forever creatingnot something done and finished, but something alive, awake and aware. There is something within you that sings the song of eternity. Listen to it.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
The trick is to care about everyone
without caring what they think.
ANONYMOUS
 
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, 
you would never think a negative thought.
PEACE PILGRIM
 
Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 327 Insights
“I need but call and You will answer me.”
With this lesson, it helps me to remember that God is Love and nothing else. So the title can be read, “I need but call and Love will answer me.” In this world, God seems to be distant. This is because the world was made to keep God out. This world is the effect of the denial of God. Because the denial of God is the denial of Love, the ego had to make a substitute that would seem at least to temporarily satisfy so that we would not go searching to try to find the Love we seem to have lost. This substitute is specialness.
 
Because this world is the effect of the denial of Love, there is an underlying emptiness that we feel. It is because we are denying our Self. And so we spend our lives searching for Love. But when we follow the ego’s direction, it can only direct us to its substitute for love — specialness.
 
The ego does not know how to find Love, because separation cannot conceive of the unity of Love. And so as long as we follow the ego’s dictates, we search endlessly for substitutes that never satisfy. This fits the ego’s credo of seek and do not find. This lesson is telling us that this need not be.
 
Instead of looking to the ego and its substitutes for Love, if we call upon Love, Love will answer. To do this we must learn to disregard the ego’s thought system. How do we call upon Love? We call upon the Holy Spirit in our minds, which is the link between Love, and the identity we think we are in this dream. We bring all our judgments, which stand as a barrier against Love, to the Holy Spirit. This is how we forgive and this is how we open our minds to Love’s Answer.
 
Today I will call upon Love by continuing to practice bringing my thoughts of fear, guilt and separation to the Holy Spirit. I will practice returning to the peace of God within me so that I may listen with an open mind to Love’s Answer. Thus will I experience the truth of God’s promise. Each time I have a moment of peace, a moment of release from guilt, my conviction of the reality of Love’s promise grows stronger. My heart is filled with gratitude to Love’s Answer in my mind that assures me of Its eternal presence and unity with me. I am learning the truth that, “I need but call and You will answer me.”
 
Conviction comes with practice. Conviction comes with being willing to quiet my mind and open up to receiving God’s peace. With God’s peace, comes understanding, for with one comes the other.
 
The Holy Spirit knows how to heal my mind of all its false ideas. The Holy Spirit has every answer that I need, for the Holy Spirit is the Answer. The Holy Spirit will bridge me from where I think I am to the awareness of my true Identity as Love. I need but follow. I need but be receptive with an open mind. The Holy Spirit answers in a form which will be most helpful in the moment.
 
The more I practice opening to the Holy Spirit’s answer, the more my conviction grows that this really works. As my conviction grows it leads to certainty.
 
How often I accept Holy Spirit’s help is determined by my willingness. And each time I accept Holy Spirit’s help, it paves the way to even greater understanding. It paves the way to building an even stronger habit of generalizing it to every part of my life where I do not yet feel peaceful. As I practice, I will learn the truth of the statement, “To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering: I will forgive and this will disappear.” (W-pI.193.13:3-4)
As I continue this practice of opening to the Holy Spirit with every concern, my faith in the Holy Spirit strengthens, day-by-day. My willingness to be consistent grows with continued practice. I see that the Holy Spirit is right there, willing to tell me how I can be truly helpful with every situation. I need but call and the Holy Spirit will answer me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
=================================
The Kingdom of God Within You
 
There is a beautiful accord between the teachings of Jesus Christ to enter the “kingdom of God within you” and the teachings of Yoga set forth by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita to restore King Soul, the reflection of God in man, to its rightful rulership of the bodily kingdom, with full realization of the soul’s godly states of consciousness. When man is settled in that inner kingdom of divine consciousness, the awakened intuitive perception of the soul pierces the veils of matter, life energy, and consciousness and uncovers the God-essence in the heart of all things….
 
Raja Yoga, the royal way of God-union, is the science of actual realization of the kingdom of God that lies within oneself. Through practice of the sacred yoga techniques of interiorization received during initiation from a true guru, one can find that kingdom by awakening the astral and causal centers of life force and consciousness in the spine and brain that are the gateways into the heavenly regions of transcendent consciousness. One who achieves such awakening knows the omnipresent God in His Infinite Nature, and in the purity of one’s soul, and even in the delusive cloaks of changeable material forms and forces.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Being fair-minded and tolerant is a goal toward which I must work daily. I ask God, as I understand Him, to help me to be loving and tolerant to my loved ones, and to those with whom I am in close contact. I ask for guidance to curb my speech when I am agitated, and I take a moment to reflect on the emotional upheaval my words may cause, not only to someone else, but also to myself. Prayer, meditation and inventories are the key to sound thinking and positive action for me. 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.

Sincerely,
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, 
which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail 
to keep a man in everlasting ignorance that principle is 
contempt prior to investigation.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
Appendice II, Spiritual Experience, pg. 568
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
We must become acquainted with our emotional household: 
we must see our feelings as they actually are,
not as we assume they are.
This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.16,2017
A DAILY REPRIEVE
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
Maintaining my spiritual condition is like working out every day, planning for the marathon, swimming laps, jogging. It’s staying in good shape spiritually, and that requires prayer and meditation. The single most important way for me to improve my conscious contact with a Higher Power is to pray and meditate. I am as powerless over alcohol as I am to turn back the waves of the sea; no human force had the power to overcome my alcoholism. Now I am able to breathe the air of joy, happiness and wisdom. I have the power to love and react to events around me with the eyes of a faith in things that are not readily apparent. My daily reprieve means that, no matter how difficult or painful things appear today, I can draw on the power of the program to stay liberated from my cunning, baffling and powerful illness.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. 
In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change
many of our habitual thought patterns. 
This is not easy, for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, 
but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed. 
If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.
Ernest Holmes

When I got here it  was a hell of a lot better
than that TV I sat in front of all day.
Anonymous

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where Nature may heal and cheer and give
strength to body and soul alike.
JOHN MUIR
 
 
Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, 
those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 326 Insights
“I am forever an Effect of God.”
As I go through my day, let me remember that “I am forever an Effect of God.” This thought reminds me that I am still as God created me. Nothing has changed. Illusions of individuality cannot change the Truth of what we all are.
 
I open my mind to the Holy Spirit today and ask that the Light of Truth shine away all the false ideas I have been holding on to. I am willing to follow God’s plan of awakening. I am willing to let my mind be healed today. Let me apply this remembering to every circumstance I encounter in the dream today. I choose to let today be a day of mind healing. I choose to remember that “I am forever an Effect of God.” I choose to be happy instead of right.
 
The world is transformed when forgiveness is complete, when all illusions have been let go. This transformed world is seen for an instant and then disappears as we awaken in the Heaven that is our Home. Once again we see that forgiveness is the key to release from insane dreams of separation, suffering, pain, loss and death.
 
The Holy Spirit eagerly awaits our gifts of fear and guilt, judgment and grievances. To Him they are gifts, because when we turn them over to Him, He can exchange them with the gift of Christ’s vision, of peace and happiness and Love. This is His purpose. Our gifts of judgment, guilt and fear He recognizes as illusions and thus to Him their only purpose is that they are an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to give us His blessing in return. He is a Friend indeed. He takes our gifts of pain and transforms them with His Love to gifts of blessing.
 
Today I dedicate to practicing giving all my thoughts to Him so that I may receive His blessings, which shine on me and show me my Self. His blessings reveal the truth in me and all my brothers. And so I gladly give my gifts of illusions and receive the truth. Thus I will remember, “I am forever an Effect of God.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
=================================
The Resurrection of Jesus, and His Ever-Living Presence 
 
Resurrection has been well understood by accomplished yogis of India since the dawn of the highest ages. Jesus himself was a realized yogi: one who knew and had mastered the spiritual science of life and death, God-communion and God-union, one who knew the method of liberation from delusion into the kingdom of God. Jesus showed throughout his life and death his power of complete mastery over his body and mind and the oft-recalcitrant forces of nature. We understand resurrection in its true sense when we comprehend the yoga science that clearly defines the underlying principles by which Jesus resurrected his crucified body into the freedom and light of God….
 
No other science has detailed the descent of the individualized consciousness of God as the soul into man and its evolutionary and spiritual ascent back into Spirit. In this modern age, Kriya Yoga has been brought forward after being lost in the dark ages, as a definite method to hasten the spiritual evolution of human consciousness and open the inner cerebrospinal pathway of ascension, releasing the soul through the spiritual eye into the kingdom of the Holy Ghost, the Christ Consciousness, and the Cosmic Consciousness of God the Father. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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NOV.15,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“Being an A.A. Loner, I have felt very out of things and on my own. 
But I do believe in the power of collective thought, 
whether for good or evil. 
Thus, I believe that the collective thought of the body of 
Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the world must have 
some effect on alcoholics, whether they are aware of it or not.”
Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa
1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 87
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
We clearly realize that freedom’s inner kingdom 
cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.15,2017
 
VITAL SUSTENANCE
Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 97
Step Eleven doesn’t have to overwhelm me. Conscious contact with God can be as simple, and as profound, as conscious contact with another human being. I can smile. I can listen. I can forgive. Every encounter with another is an opportunity for prayer, for acknowledging God’s presence within me.
Today I can bring myself a little closer to my Higher Power. The more I choose to seek the beauty of God’s work in other people, the more certain of His presence I will become.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns. This is not easy, for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed. If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.
Ernest Holmes

I told the doctor. that I wanted to unzip
of this coat o

f a body and step out of it.
Anonymous

I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.
KEN WILBER
 
 
That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 325 Insights
“All things I think I see reflect ideas.”
The first paragraph in this lesson gives a concise description of the process of projection. Particularly, it points out that everything we experience is the effect of our decision of what we wish for. This is salvation’s keynote, because it places the control of what we experience directly in our own minds. We have full power over all that we experience. We are not a victim at the mercy of forces outside of us and beyond our control.
 
We have the power of decision. We can hold on to our insane wishes to be separate, unique and special and we will experience the effects of those wishes. But we can wish for something different. We can wish to let those go and seek instead to see with the Holy Spirit’s eyes. This is forgiveness. With this wish we see a kind and gentle world, a world of peace and happiness.
 
Is the world I see peaceful and joyful? Then I am wanting what the Holy Spirit wants. I am recognizing that my will and God’s are the same. I am wanting to see innocence and the unity I share with all my brothers in the one Self that is Love’s Extension.
 
Do I see conflict, loss and lack? Then I am holding on to insane wishes for separation and specialness. I think my will is in opposition to God’s Will as well as in opposition to the “wills” of all my brothers. In either case, it is I who have made the choice of what I want to see. By the grace of God, choosing insanity is not irrevocable. In every moment I can choose to let insanity go.
 
As I go through my day, I can be mindful of my thoughts. When I become aware of thoughts of judgment, which are thoughts of separation, I can bring these thoughts to the Holy Spirit and, with His help, let them go. Thus I forgive and once again see a peaceful, kind and gentle world. This is my dedication today as I remember “All things I think I see reflect ideas.”
 
In Chapter 15, Section VI., paragraphs 4-5 and 7 of the Text, (pgs. 315-316) Jesus tells us that like God, we are an idea. “What you find difficult to accept is the fact that, like your Father, you are an idea. And like Him, you can give yourself completely, wholly without loss and only with gain.” (4:5) “In the holy instant you recognize the idea of Love in you, and unite this idea with the Mind that thought it, and could not relinquish it.” (5:3) In returning to God, we are returning to the idea of Love in us. We stop trying to change our true Identity as Love. We are willing to realize that any ideas that are different from the idea of Love in us are just made up dreams.
 
Today I open to the all encompassing idea of Love in my mind. Today I choose to join with the idea of Love and let go of wanting to project insane ideas that reflect separation and individuality. I would follow. I would not lead. Only the Idea of Love reflects the truth. Let me behold the truth today. I choose to return to Reality.
 
It always helps me to know why things happen the way they do and this lesson does, indeed, describe the process of projection. There is a great sense of power knowing that I can stop insanity at the level in which it begins; in this case, my mind.
 
I really do have control over my world. I am the dreamer of my dream, the writer of my script and I have the power to change the script and eliminate the parts that make me uncomfortable or unhappy. It’s a process and these lessons guide me and speed up that process when I allow myself to make that choice.
 
Today, I too, open myself to the idea of love, all encompassing, in all I do, all I experience. I know, without a doubt, that if I stay focused on this idea, my world will be at peace today and I know this because this is my Father’s will for me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
=================================
The Gospel preserves a record of Jesus’ words on this holy occasion; but readers should realize—and try to feel within themselves as though they, too, were present—that behind those words was the tangible vibratory presence of God. During times of divine fellowship (satsanga) such as Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, those who are receptive feel transported into a higher consciousness of God-perception pouring into their hearts and minds as the master speaks. This attunement imbues the devotee’s consciousness, in the highest way, whenever he summons the guru’s grace in the inner temple of deep, worshipful meditation. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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NOV.13,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Give Thanks 
Though I still find it difficult to accept today’s pain and anxiety with any great degree of serenity – as those more advanced in the spiritual life seem able to do – I can give thanks for present pain nevertheless. I find the willingness to do this by contemplating the lessons learned from past suffering – lessons which have led to the blessings I now enjoy. I can remember how the agonies of alcoholism, the pain of rebellion and thwarted pride, have often led me to God’s grace, and so to a new freedom. 
GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1962
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
A truly strong person does not need the approval of
 others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
===================================
DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.13,2017
 
LOOKING OUTWARD
We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no requests for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87
As an active alcoholic, I allowed selfishness to run rampant in my life. I was so attached to my drinking and other selfish habits that people and moral principles came second. Now, when I pray for the good of others rather than my “own selfish ends,” I practice a discipline in letting go of selfish attachments, caring for my fellows and preparing for the day when I will be required to let go of all earthly attachments.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
 

And I screamed aloud, oh my God,
I’m not bad, I’m an alcoholic.
Anonymous

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Even though you’re not equipped,
keep searching:
equipment isn’t necessary on the way to the Lord.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 323 Insights
“I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.”
It is becoming more and more clear to me that all suffering is self-inflicted. The moment I judge anything, I have given up my peace. Lack of peace is suffering. It seems sometimes that I have an inner gauge against which I measure the happiness I allow myself. Somewhere in the back of my mind I have decided how much happiness I am worthy of.
 
When I exceed that self-determined limit, I will do something to disrupt the happiness. It could be as simple as letting my wandering mind think of a conversation in which I felt criticized. The other person’s words did not cause discomfort or loss of peace. It was my interpretation of the words or the body language or the tone of voice that caused me to decide I was being criticized. The moment the memory of that experience reentered my mind, my level of happiness diminished. The only purpose of reviewing such events in my mind, to revisit old judgments, is to disrupt my peace, to reinforce my fear or guilt.
 
To experience the peace and joy of God I simply need to give up bringing these thoughts of the past to the present. By “sacrificing” these painful memories of nothing, of dreamed events that never truly happened, I open my mind to the memory of Love, my Self. That is all that is asked of me. Forgive the past. Let it go. In return for this “sacrifice,” the fullness of God’s gift of Love and joy and peace returns to me.
 
Today I ask Holy Spirit’s help to be vigilant with me to see these painful thoughts. I give them all to Him, knowing that He knows what to do with them. And I open my mind to the Thoughts of Love He gives me in return. O happy day! Thus will I receive the kind of day God intended for me. Thus will I prepare my mind to return to full awareness of Heaven, where I still reside in truth.
 
Letting go of the ego thought system is the cost of remembering God. The pain and suffering that comes with the ego thought system is not worth the cost. The belief in individuality, the belief in being separated from God, the belief in death, limitation and lack, is not worth the cost. The belief in specialness, in uniqueness, the belief in differences, is not worth the cost. The belief in time — the belief that there is a past or a future — closes off awareness of the holy instant in the eternal present. The belief in time is not worth the cost.
 
Looked at with clarity, the ego thought system is simply insanity. All these beliefs create images and experiences that have no substance in reality. They have not been true and never will be true. Belief in loss brings the experience of loss. This need not be.
 
Our job now is to let go of the ego thought system, not to sacrifice because letting it go will only bring us peace and joy, and a return of Love. Letting go of the ego thought system brings us to the awareness of Heaven.
 
We are God’s Creation. We are still Thought in the Mind of God. Laying down the ego thought system is the only really important thing we have to do while we still think we are here. As we let go of the ego thought system, we will see that we never really left God. The eternal present in God is all there is.
 
Today, “I gladly make the ‘sacrifice’ of fear.” I am willing to look at the ego thoughts that come into my mind today and hand them over to the Holy Spirit to be undone. I no longer choose to experience the painful effects that come with the belief in the ego thought system. I no longer choose to believe that I am separated from the oneness of God’s Love.
 
Thank you for reminding me that I set up my own agenda for happiness and that I have the power to make the necessary changes in my thinking which will allow me, along with Holy Spirit, to dwell in happiness and joy forever! It is so obvious now how I have sabotaged my happiness.
 
We do, so many times, allow ourselves just a certain amount of happiness. We’re so familiar with the insanity and unfamiliar with peace, that we actually feel uncomfortable when our lives are running smoothly.
 
How many times have you heard someone say “Everything is going so well, I’m just waiting for the other shoe to fall.” We feel like something’s wrong if everything is going right.
 
Because the Course is teaching me the definition of “right,” there is a freedom in the realization that all suffering is self-inflicted; it’s only at that very level that I can change that fact. The more I am willing to allow the Holy Spirit to guide me, the more I realize the only thing I am “sacrificing” is fear and that’s a miracle. Thank you, my Heavenly Divine Guidance, for walking through this awakening with me.
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The Indescribable Love of God  
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you….
“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
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NOV.14,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“We alcoholics are sensitive people. 
It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serious handicap.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
The Family Afterward, pg. 125
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
We must become acquainted with our emotional household:
we must see our feelings as they actually are,
not as we assume they are.
This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.14,2017
 
INTUITION AND INSPIRATION
. . . we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 86
I invest my time in what I truly love. Step Eleven is a discipline that allows me and my Higher Power to be together, reminding me that, with God’s help, intuition and inspiration are possible. Practice of the Step brings on selflove. In a consistent attempt to improve my conscious contact with a Higher Power, I am subtly reminded of my unhealthy past, with its patterns of grandiose thinking and false feelings of omnipotence. When I ask for the power to carry out God’s will for me, I am made aware of my powerlessness. Humility and a healthy selflove are compatible, a direct result of working Step Eleven.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================
All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.
Ernest Holmes
 
Just like the Exorcist if I drink, the disease owns me.
Anonymous

 
“One can never consent to creep when
one feels an impulse to soar.” 
Helen Keller
 
 

RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 324 Insights
“I merely follow, for I would not lead.”
Looking out through the body’s eyes is like having blinders on because what we see through the body’s eyes is the opposite of the truth. Because we are blind to the truth, we need a Guide Who is not deceived by what the body’s eyes show us. We need the Holy Spirit’s guidance to show us the difference between truth and illusion.
 
Because we have been so totally lost in the forest of our belief in separation, we cannot find our way out without help. The way to do this is to refrain from deciding what anything means on our own, and recognize that we have been blinded by our false beliefs.
 
Our thoughts of separation, which is what this world is based on, seem so real to us that we don’t realize that we need to question these thoughts. These thoughts are false ideas and so the premise on which this world is based is totally false.
 
In truth, there never could be a world of separate bodies. The world is not real. Bodies are not real. Minds are not separate. We have been very mistaken in the story we have been telling ourselves. We have gotten so caught up in the story that most of our thinking is based on the premise that it is true.
 
As we continue following this false premise, we just keep going deeper and deeper into the ego’s mire of false perception, which only causes more guilt and fear. The only way out is to avoid making any decisions on our own.
 
We need to be willing to go to that place in our mind that has not joined with separation. We need to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, hour by hour, day by day. In truth we are not a separate individual with a unique, separate mind encased within a separate body. This is not true. There is only one true Mind and that is the Mind of Love. We have never changed from that Love. We remain as Love created us. We are an Idea in the Mind of Love.
 
As we open to the truth, we are gently led back to the totality of Love which has never changed. We are led back as we are willing to follow and not make decisions on our own. “I merely follow, for I would not lead.”
 
You may have heard someone referred to as a “control freak” or as having control issues. The truth is that everyone in this world has control issues. This world is the effect of rejecting God’s Will and wanting to be in control. It’s like we are all teenagers trying to establish our independence from our Parent. The Course refers to this syndrome often. It is what it refers to when it talks about our attempt to self-create and when it talks about the “authority problem.” The wish to be in control is the rejection of God’s Will that we are one Mind, which is undivided and the same.
 
The cost of “being in control” is the perceived loss of our unity with our Creator. That loss of unity means that we have lost awareness of the strength and Love that is ours because of our unity with our Creator. The result is that though we seem to have established control, what we have control of is only an illusion. There is no substance to it.
 
We are in control of the images we make up in our mind. We can have those images act out our beliefs. They can seem to be in conflict or they can seem to be special partners, allies with which we feel safe in a dangerous world of images. Yet all these images we control have no substance, no meaning in truth, no reality. So we go through “life” playing with images, thinking that they are real, yet feeling empty, alone and lacking Love.
 
To remember the Love we are and that is ours, there is only one thing to do. We must give up our attempt to control and accept that, in truth, God’s Will is our will. We must be willing to follow the inner Guide in our minds Who remains our Link with our Source.
 
By relinquishing control and following that Guide, we awaken to the Love, strength, peace and joy of the Self That remains united with Its Source. We give up control of nothing and gain everything, all that is real. We return to Love. This is why it is important for me to remember, ” I merely follow, for I would not lead.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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All-Encompassing
From “The Whole Company of . . .”
“I was born an Anglican (Church of England), and the following crops up in one of our services (perhaps in the services of other denominations also): ‘Therefore with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven, we laud and glorify Thy name.’ Since I have no knowledge of heaven or the company kept there, whenever I repeat this passage of praise, I substitute the word ‘and the whole company of Alcoholics Anonymous.'”
======================================
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
We are slaves to whatever we don’t understand.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.12,2017
 
MORNING THOUGHTS
Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164
For many years I pondered over God’s will for me, believing that perhaps a great destiny had been ordained for my life. After all, having been born into a specific faith, hadn’t I been told early that I was “chosen”? It finally occurred to me, as I considered the above passage, that God’s will for me was simply that I practice Step Twelve on a daily basis. Furthermore, I realized I should do this to the best of my ability. I soon learned that the practice aids me in keeping my life in the context of the day at hand.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
==============================

In learning to create with your mind, you must know that negative thought cannot create positive outcomes, just like you cannot expect to plant a tomato seed and hope to harvest watermelons.
 
All negative thoughts must be neutralized with a positive one. What’s the method of doing that?
 
1. Everytime you catch yourself thinking or imagining a problem or negative thought, you must quickly stop and affirm “that negative thought is cancelled in my mind and cannot exist by the power of this word”. And then replace it with a positive one, such as imagining the solution is already achieved or affirming success.
Ernest Holmes

I try to mind my own business and now,
it’s not my circus, not my monkey.
Anonymous

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giving the breath of life to our sacred inheritance, to be kind to one another…
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Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune:
every success depends upon focusing the heart.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 322 Insights
“I can give up but what was never real.”
Central to the ego thought system of separation is the idea of loss and sacrifice. If separation is real, loss must be real. To gain something, what is gained must have been taken from something other than itself. The sacrifice of one is demanded for another’s gain.
 
Allegiance with the ego thought system demands that we sacrifice awareness of Love. Because the ego demands sacrifice, it uses its standard defense mechanism of projection and tells us that God demands sacrifice of us. This is the way it tries to get rid of its guilt.
 
In this scenario it is projecting its guilt on God, making God appear to be the devil in disguise. As long as we follow the ego thought system, we will be afraid of God’s Will, believing that He demands sacrifice. All this is just the ego’s lies used to protect it and keep it in place as the “ruler” of our mind. The ego does not tell us that it is the one demanding sacrifice. The ego does not tell us that by giving up allegiance to the ego, the thought of sacrifice is undone and God’s eternal Love is returned to our awareness.
 
Love makes no demands. It only gives of Itself. By letting go of identification with a separate identity and returning to the recognition that I am the Self God created, the holy Son of God, I give up nothing and become aware that I have everything that is real. All of God’s Love is mine, for I share His Love with Him and with all Creation.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to recognize the false ideas of loss for what they are. I turn my thoughts of fear and guilt over to you Holy Spirit with an open mind. I know that you will teach me what is real and what is not real and I will learn to recognize that I am Love and nothing else along with all my brothers. I can give up but what was never real.
 
Do I really want to wake up to the awareness that I have never really left Heaven? If so, I will be willing to look at all my replacements for Heaven. To do this I ask myself: What am I using to occupy my mind that is really a barrier to the awareness of God’s Love? What am I using to replace God?
 
I can watch my mind all day and see the barriers to Love for what they are. Everything in the world of form is really nothing and was never real. It is my desire to see specialness and individuality that brings me the images I see in this world.
 
As I hand my mind over to the Holy Spirit, I am learning that all these images were never real. As I recognize them as unreal, giving them up is no sacrifice. Opening to the truth is no sacrifice. It only brings me infinite peace, infinite joy and the awareness of changeless Love That is there forever.
 
Today my practice is to look at all my barriers to Love and hand them over to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will show me that every illusion of separate forms is unreal. The Holy Spirit helps me change my mind. The Holy Spirit helps me recognize that all that I valued before is really worth nothing and can be let go of easily without feeling that I am sacrificing something.
 
Holding on to something that was really nothing is just a burden. What a relief to lift these burdens and find the freedom the Holy Spirit offers me every day. “I can give up but what was never real.”
 
The thing that strengthens my faith in these lessons is that when I get in one of my “poor me” moods, wondering what life is about and why I have to do without the things I think I need or the things that I’M SURE would make me happy, I remember that at one time I got tired of being afraid, tired of being frustrated, tired of wondering what life was about.
 
Today, when I get into this kind of fear, it’s like God asks me, “Remember you asked me to help you? Remember you got tired of living the way you were?” The practice of these lessons have taught me to turn my thoughts and especially my attitude over to the Holy Spirit, to the One Who knows truth. When I am willing to surrender my old beliefs and the thoughts of sacrifice, He opens other worlds for me and in those worlds there is peace, there is love, there is the memory of my Heavenly Father. Thank you Holy Spirit.
 
I love the question you asked, “What am I using to occupy my mind that is really a barrier to the awareness of God’s Love?” I wrote it in my day timer so I would see it every time I open it tomorrow. I want to really think about this because I know I do this a lot. Sometimes I will catch myself dwelling in some pretty dark places in my mind and take them to Holy Spirit. Then before the process is over, I find myself thinking about something I need to do later in the day. That is a pretty obvious barrier that I use often and I bet there are lots more not so obvious. Thanks for the suggestion. I look forward to seeing where it takes me.
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Rediscovering the Heart of Jesus’ Message 
 
The lack of individual prayer and communion with God has divorced modern Christians and Christian sects from Jesus’ teaching of the real perception of God, as is true also of all religious paths inaugurated by God-sent prophets whose followers drift into byways of dogma and ritual rather than actual God-communion. Those paths that have no esoteric soul-lifting training busy themselves with dogma and building walls to exclude people with different ideas. Divine persons who really perceive God include everybody within the path of their love, not in the concept of an eclectic congregation but in respectful divine friendship toward all true lovers of God and the saints of all religions. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Choices: From “The Seed of God”:
“But my spiritual growth became stronger from the experiences of others. 
It was explained to me that I could freely choose a God of my understanding. 
At first, I thought I was committing a sin by trying to change God, 
but I soon realized that God was constant, 
and the only changes that had to be made were in my sick mind.”
1973 AAWS, Inc. 
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pgs. 59-60
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
What you really want for yourself is always
trying to break through, just as a cooling
breeze flows through an open window on a hot day.
Your part is to open the windows of your mind.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.11,2017
 
SELF-ACCEPTANCE
We know that God lovingly watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
I pray for the willingness to remember that I am a child of God, a divine soul in human form, and that my most basic and urgent life-task is to accept, know, love and nurture myself. As I accept myself, I am accepting God’s will. As I know and love myself, I am knowing and loving God. As I nurture myself I am acting on God’s guidance.
I pray for the willingness to let go of my arrogant self-criticism, and to praise God by humbly accepting and caring for myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, In
c.
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The power of our mind is the power of belief
first and foremost many good and hard-working
people do not go far because they do not believe
they deserve more in life.
The first step to success is to believe that you can,
you will, you must and you are going to be successful.
It is even better if you can believe that you are
ALREADY successful or rich or healthy.
Ernest Holmes
 
The good thing about the program is that
you get in touch with your feelings.
The bad thing is you get in touch
with your feelings.
Anonymous.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
CELIA LAIGHTON THAXTER
 
 
The human being resembles a tree;
its root is a covenant with God:
that root must be cherished with all one’s might.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 321 Insights
“Father, my freedom is in You alone.”
The ego thinks freedom is independence from God. The ego thinks it means being in control and not under the influence of anyone else’s wishes or demands. The ego thinks it means being separate and distinct. Like Garfield, the cartoon character, the ego says, “I need my space.”
 
The ego treasures this independence and maintains it by doing everything it can to make separation appear real. Yet to have this independence, limitation must be accepted. If we identify with the ego, we are no longer free to extend Love without limit. We are no longer free to experience the joy of unity with All That Is. We are no longer free to know the certainty of timelessness and eternal Love. Can this limitation really be freedom?
 
When we accept our unity with God, when we accept our Self as God created It, we are free to experience all Love everywhere, eternally. We are free of all limitation. We can only experience this freedom when we accept our total dependence on God, Who defines What we are by creating us exactly as Himself.
 
The recognition of our dependence on God is the acceptance of our freedom to Love without limit, to experience His limitless joy, and to know His peace without interruption. This is our freedom. All our strength comes from God’s Love. There is no other strength. To know our dependence on God and accept it is to accept all power, all Love, all joy, all peace as our own. This is freedom. I thank you Father for your gifts to me.
 
The sentences that stand out to me in this lesson are: “Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more.” (1:2-3) My freedom comes from not guiding myself. My freedom does not come from the mindless judgments of the ego. That only imprisons me.
 
Today it is my job to be vigilant as to whose voice I am listening to. Whose mind am I joining with, the limiting thoughts of the ego or the freeing thoughts of the Holy Spirit? Today I would be vigilant to practice joining with the Holy Spirit.
 
Today I would practice stepping back and watching the thoughts that are in my mind. Are these thoughts coming from Love? I can tell because Love knows that only Love is real. Love sees past the illusions to the truth. Love does not compare, because Love sees no differences. Love is at peace, because there is no fear in Love.
 
Today I would practice following Love’s guidance. I know that my freedom lies in returning to Love, my Home and my Source.
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“Just as hunger, not greed, has a legitimate purpose, so the sexual instinct has been implanted by Nature solely for the propagation of the species, not for the kindling of insatiable longings,” he said.  “Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will remain with you after the astral body has been separated from its physical casing.  Even when the flesh is weak, the mind should be constantly resistant.  If temptation assails you with cruel force, overcome it by impersonal analysis and indomitable will.  Every natural passion can be mastered.
Autobiography of a Yogi
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Virtues 
“We of A.A. are apt to brag of the virtues of our fellowship. Let us remember that none of these are earned virtues. We have been forced into them, to begin with, by the cruel lash of John Barleycorn. We have adopted these attitudes, these practices, this structure, not at first because we wished to but because we had to. And then, as time confirmed the seeming rightness of our basic principles, we began to conform because it was right to do so.” 
Bill W. c.1957 AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 224 
Life didn’t end when I got sober – it started
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
“EXAMINATION OF THOUGHTS
A teacher addressed his students. ‘Did you examine the food you
ate today?’
 ‘Yes, sir,’ the students replied.
 ‘Did you examine the purchases you made today?’
 ‘Yes, sir.’
 ‘Did you examine the thoughts you thought today?’
 ‘No, sir.’
 ‘Why did you omit the most important examination?’
 Beginners sometimes wonder why they should bother to examine their
thoughts. How strange. No one wonders why he should examine the kind
of clothes he wears. We wear heavy or light clothing because our
physical self is related to the weather. Wrong clothing makes us
hot or cold. We should examine our passing thoughts because they
are related to the social climate. Our thinking determines our
poise or our nervousness out there. Our thoughts decide how others
will treat us, decide our choices and the pleasant or unpleasant
results of those choices. Thought-examination expels wrong thoughts,
leaving only those which harmonize perfectly with the exterior world.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 61
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.10,2017
 
A SENSE OF BELONGING
Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
That’s what it is — belonging! After a session of meditation I knew that the feeling I was experiencing was a sense of belonging because I was so relaxed. I felt quieter inside, more willing to discard little irritations. I appreciated my sense of humor. What I also experience in my daily practice is the sheer pleasure of belonging to the creative flow of God’s world. How propitious for us that prayer and meditation are written right into our A.A. way of life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I first discovered the existence and workings of this law of attraction when I was 18. What happened was, it was my first year away from home attending college and I spent a lot of time contemplating about “Life”, and I practised the buddhist concept of mindfulness. The result was that I started to recognize synchronicities. Have you ever focused your thought on someone, and then keep running into him or her at the most unusual time and place? Or have you ever suddenly thought about someone, and then receive a letter or phone call very soon after?
 
What happened to me was, I wanted to meet someone I had not met for sometime, and I summoned my mental energy to that thought, and later that night I ran into that person at the supermarket. At first, I thought, what a ‘miracle’, I asked for a meeting and I got it! t was like a prayer answered.Then 2 days later, I ran into the very same person again in an ice cream shop near my house! (Note: Prior to that I had never ran into this person outside of University.) I knew it wasn’t by chance but an arranged coincidence (that’s the best definition of ‘Synchronicity’). Somehow, my focused thoughts about that person had attracted them into my experience.
 
If you still think it was all coincidence, let me tell you a real experience of Mark Twain (for those who don’t know who he is- he was a celebrated figure who wrote novels such as “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer”). OK, one day, Mark Twain was looking thru his house, trying to find newpaper clippings about him from a certain date. He needed them as reference for an article he was writing, but he couldn’t find them. His desire for them was so great, that he summoned his inner mind to find them for him.
 
A few days later, while he was walking down a busy street, someone emerged from the busy street crowd and said “Mr Clemens!” (Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens). 
 
“Mr Clemens! I’m so glad to find you here! I am a great fan of yours and I’ve been collecting every newspaper articles about you for many years! And this morning, while in my house I had this feeling to give you some of these clippings that I think you may like to have! I was going to go to your house, but now that I run into you here…!”
 
He put some newspaper clippings into Mark Twain’s hand. Before Mark Twain could say anything more, the man shook his hand and left into the crowd. When Mark Twain went home to inspect the clippings that he got, he found that one of them was the very newspaper article that he had wanted so urgently days ago! This my friend, is the power of our subconscious mind and the law of attraction, if you knew how to use it.
 
This was exactly how I always got the exact salary offer that I conditioned my mind to accept, whenever I apply for a new job. Once, I had wanted a job that was paying $90,000, when my actual salary was not even close nor within range. I conditioned that figure in my mind for a few weeks, and at last I got a few interviews. During the interview, when I was asked how much I wanted, I said “above $80,000″, because the recruitment agent that referred me told me that position was around the $80,000 – $85,000 range. And what do I get as the first offer a few days later? Exactly what I conditioned for weeks – “$90,000″. Coincidence?
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I talked about the 13th Step which
means you get a new Harley.
Anonymous
 

A man’s homeland is wherever he prospers.
Aristophanes
 

When you see anyone complaining
of such and such a person’s ill-nature and bad temper,
know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 320 Insights
“My Father gives all power unto me.”
God is Love and within Love is all power. Love extends Itself, or all power, to all that is. All that is is Love. Love’s extension is called Creation. Love’s extension is called the Sonship. The Sonship is one; it is not many in reality. So all real power lies in Love’s oneness.
 
As we are willing to open to the truth, we open to all real power. As we are willing to open to the truth, we receive a correction for all our false ideas of what could never be in reality. Letting go of a false sense of power through individuality is our salvation.
 
Individuality is really weakness. When we think we are separate individuals, we feel vulnerable and experience guilt, fear and loss. Returning to the truth returns the awareness of all real power into our minds. As we open to the truth, we get a taste of God’s infinite peace, infinite joy and infinite strength. Love’s power lies in Love’s oneness. We are part of Love’s oneness. “My Father gives all power unto me.”
 
Each day my practice is to open to this power and not deny it. Each day my practice is to accept God’s Will for me. Each day my practice is to go one step further in accepting the truth.
 
“God’s Son is limitless.” This echo’s the same statement made in the “What is the Last Judgment” section that goes with this lesson. As God’s Son, we cannot be limited by a body. As we fully accept and recognize our Father as our Source and the Self He created as our Identity, the body ceases to have meaning and it simply fades away.
 
For most of us the body seems very real. We believe the body’s senses give us information about what is really happening. Yet the body is a false image and can only give false information. All that we have perceived through the body’s eyes is false. That is why forgiveness is not only possible but inevitable.
 
God placed in our minds the Source of true perception that is not limited by the body’s senses. It is this true perception that will set us free. It is this true perception that shows us that the Son of God is limitless. It teaches us that the Son of God is our Identity.
 
God’s Final Judgment is that all our false images, all our false ideas, could never be real and could have no effect on His Son, the extension of Himself. This is His grace. The terror we seem to have inflicted on ourselves could never happen. As we are willing to bring each false idea to the Holy Spirit and open our minds to His correction, we move toward the full acceptance of God’s Will for us. We open to the full acceptance of His limitless peace and limitless joy.
 
Let me today accept God’s gifts by bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for Him to show me what is real and what is unreal, what is true and what is false. Thus will I recognize that all God’s power is given unto me.
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The Guru’s Overwhelming Love for His Loyal Disciple
 
Some of you may remember Brother Mokshananda – he was the last monastic to enter the ashram before Master’s mahasamadhi, just a few days before Guruji left the body.  The first time he saw Master in person, Guruji greeted him and told him, “Loyalty is the highest law.”  By that he meant, ‘You applied that law of loyalty and it brought you back to me.’
 
During Brother Mokshananda’s final illness some years ago, he was confined to a wheelchair, and Brother Chidananda was one of those who helped take care of him.  Brother Chidananda spoke of one scene at Mother Center on Christmas Day in 1981 when Daya Mata had asked some of the monks to bring Brother Mokshananda to Master’s shrine upstairs.  Just as they came out of the elevator and entered the 3rd floor hallway, Daya Ma came out of a room and entered the hall.  All at once, all of them felt this tremendous wave like a ball of light and love rolling down the hall and surrounding them.
 
They were joined in Master’s shrine by some of the other senior monastics to honor Brother Mokshananda for his life of devotion, loyalty, love, and service.  Later on Brother Anandamoy said that the presence of Master was so strong that it was almost overpowering, the whole room being filled with this tremendous love.
 
THAT is the Christ Consciousness.  It’s that overwhelming love which pervades all creation, channeled perfectly through a God-knowing Master.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Liam Neeson is such a badass in movies. Is he a badass in real life?
Anonymous
I was at a bar one time. Sitting with a bunch of friends and pounding back the brews. Guy at bar who sure looks like Liam Neeson. Sitting by himself. I go over and invite him to join us for a drink. He sits down. I say, I gotta tell you buddy you sure look like Liam Neeson. He says: who’s that, never heard of that guy. When he says this he says it in that Liam Neeson voice with a little grin on his face.
 
Anyhow, he has his beer. Turns to us and says thanks for inviting me over. Gets up and leaves. Later I go to pay the bartender, and he says the guy who left paid everyone’s bar bill, which came to over 400 dollars.
 
Yes, he is also a badass in real life.

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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Sponsorship 
“No satisfaction has been deeper and no joy greater than in a Twelfth Step job well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives – these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.’s message to the next alcoholic.” 
c.1952 AAWS 
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 110 
A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor is much like a ship without a rudder.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
“Q: How can we recognize and remain on the right path?
A: Imagine yourself hiking a forest trail with the aim of reaching
the peak of a distant mountain. Coming to many forks along the trail,
you don’t know which way to turn. This is not a severe problem as long
as you maintain your wish for the mountain. See why? Your clear goal
enables you to recognize the wrong path, for you see how it takes you
away from the mountain, not toward it. Loyalty to your lofty aim is
your corrective guide.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 188
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.9,2017

STEPPING INTO THE SUNLIGHT
But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10
Sometimes I think I don’t have time for prayer and meditation, forgetting that I always found the time to drink. It is possible to make time for anything I want to do if I want it badly enough. When I start the routine of prayer and meditation, it’s a good idea to plan to devote a small amount of time to it. I read a page from our Fellowship’s books in the morning, and say “Thank You, God,” when I go to bed at night. As prayer becomes a habit, I will increase the time spent on it, without even noticing the foray it makes into my busy day. If I have trouble praying, I just repeat the Lord’s Prayer because it really covers everything. Then I think of what I can be grateful for and say a word of thanks.
I don’t need to shut myself in a closet to pray. It can be done even in a room full of people. I just remove myself mentally for an instant. As the practice of prayer continues, I will find I don’t need words, for God can, and does, hear my thoughts through silence.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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What happened to me was, I wanted to meet someone I had not met for sometime, and I summoned my mental energy to that thought, and later that night I ran into that person at the supermarket. At first, I thought, what a ‘miracle’, I asked for a meeting and I got it! t was like a prayer answered.Then 2 days later, I ran into the very same person again in an ice cream shop near my house! (Note: Prior to that I had never ran into this person outside of University.) I knew it wasn’t by chance but an arranged coincidence (that’s the best definition of ‘Synchronicity’). Somehow, my focused thoughts about that person had attracted them into my experience.
Ernest Holmes
 
I Heard a Voice say you don’t have to do this.
I left and it was snowing and it was coming down
really slow and I thought wow!
I had a Moment of clarity.
Anonymous
 
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician:
a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
Aristophanes
 
 
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don’t smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 319 Insights
“I came for the salvation of the world.”
“I came for the salvation of the world” means to me that I came to see everyone’s innocence, including my own. Guilt is the ticket into this dream. It comes from believing separation is real. And this world is an image projected from the belief in separation. The ego’s purpose for the world is to make separation seem real and keep it in place. Because it is impossible for separation to be real, this is a meaningless purpose.
 
The only meaningful purpose could be to let go of this illusion and let my mind be returned to full awareness of the Heaven that is my Home. It is God’s Will that I be in Heaven and so it is His Will that I return to full awareness of Where I am and that I never left in truth. My true Self shares this Will. Thus my only meaningful goal is to let go of the illusion of separation, which will show me the truth about everyone’s innate innocence.
 
It is arrogant to insist that this world of separation that my body’s eyes show me is real because it is the denial of God’s Will. Eternal Love, which is all of totality, cannot conceive of loss, lack and death. It is my purpose now to let these false images go and to let go of belief that separation is real. As I awaken to the full recognition that I remain Love as God created me, I become the salvation of the world. That is what I came for in truth. That is how I return Home.
Salvation’s message is that I am dreaming a dream and that its content is not true. As I am willing to let go of the arrogance of the ego, the truth is there for me to know and understand.
 
Behind the ego’s false lies is the eternal, changeless Love of God. It is my purpose to return to this awareness. It is my purpose to accept the truth. As I let go of false values, I see that only the truth is real. I want only the truth because it is my true Identity. I came for the salvation of the world. I came to let go of arrogance and receive and give the truth.
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DR. LEWIS’ Great Yogic Passing on April 13, 1960 ~ Mrs. Lewis
See also In Memoriam article: DR. LEWIS ~ Great Disciple of Paramahansaji

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From: John Rosser
Subject: In Memory of Doctor Lewis’ passing, April 13, 1960
April,  2004

Dr. Lewis, Accomplished yogi, devoted disciple and householder ~ John Rosser

Through his glorious victory over death, Jesus reminds us of our deeper spiritual nature.  But, as Master points out[1], “As Christ resurrected his consciousness from the sepulcher of mortal limitations, so must we learn to resurrect our mind by meditation from the tomb of material desires and body-confinement to the consciousness of omnipresence.”  Often, though, this lofty goal seems too far for those of us who must carry worldly responsibilities while striving to reach our spiritual goal of self-realization!

Doctor Lewis, one of Paramahansa Yogananda’s most devoted disciples, is a proof that the goal of self-realization is attainable in our life-time even for householders.  From the day Doctor met Master in Boston on Christmas Eve, 1920 (when he was shown the spiritual eye and the thousand petal lotus), to his glorious passing on April 13, 1960, his life was that of an exemplary yogi disciple following faithfully in the steps of his guru.

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Paramahansaji gives Dr. Lewis his Christmas Present

When, after sharing his home for three years, Paramahansa Yogananda left Boston to spread his teachings to the West Coast, Doctor wanted to follow him.  But Master told him to stay in Boston to raise his family, secure financial revenues (to support Master’s mission) and guide the Boston group.  Doctor acquiesced obediently.  He was given permission by Master to join him in Encinitas in 1945. 

He then lectured in Encinitas and San Diego and was put in charge of the Encinitas Colony.   After Master’s passing in 1952, Doctor became Self-Realization Fellowship’s first Vice-President. [*see footnote explanation]  He continued to lecture in Hollywood, Encinitas and San Diego, giving up to 7 lectures a week in addition to being in charge of the monks’ training in Encinitas.  In spite of his very busy schedule, he always took time for meditation, taking one day of silent communion with God every week in his home in Borrego.   Mrs. Lewis draped heavy black cloth over his meditation room so that the solar light would not diffuse the great spiritual light that he beheld.

Click here to READ AND LISTEN TO DR. LEWIS LECTURES AT YYOGA.ORG DEDICATED TO DR LEWIS

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Yogananda’s birthday celebration with the Lewis’s and others, not shown

His great yogic passing was witnessed by his wife, Mildred Lewis, and recorded in the following terms in the book: Dr. M.W. Lewis: The Life Story of One of the Earliest American Disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda[2]:

“On April 7th, 1960, Doctor entered Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for a rest and medical tests.  On April 13th, as I was visiting him, Doctor took a nap at seven p.m. He slept peacefully until seven-thirty when he awakened and told me, “I want to sit up straight.”  I arranged the pillows at his back as he assumed the lotus pose for his usual evening meditation.  His hands were upturned, his eyes closed.  I sat beside the bed, thinking that I too would meditate.

“I was aroused in two or three minutes by a tremendous sound.  It resembled the suction sound of a huge pump, or the breath sound of a giant Kriya.  With the sound came a great flash of spiritual white light, whose brilliance might be compared to that given forth by a million electric light bulbs.

“Doctor’s blue eyes opened; piercing flashes of blue light came from them.  Then they were locked at the Christ center in the forehead.  His head lowered somewhat, but his body remained erect.  For an instant, the face of Swami Sri Yukteswarji appeared, enveloping Doctor’s face.   Then all was over.

“How many times I have thanked God, the Great Ones, and beloved Master that I was privileged to witness such a glorious passing!”

Doctor Lewis’ example heartens us to continue making efforts in our sadhana.  Master’s guidance and encouragement (published in Treasures Against Time: Paramahansa Yogananda with Doctor and Mrs. Lewis[3]) are applicable to all of us who strive to reach our spiritual goal while carrying our family and world responsibilities.

Footnotes:

[1] Resurrect Yourself! – An Easter Message by Paramahansa Yogananda
[2] Dr. M.W. Lewis: The Life Story of One of the Earliest American Disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship, 1960
[3] Treasures Against Time: Paramahansa Yogananda with Doctor and Mrs. Lewis, by Brenda Lewis-Rosser, Borrego Publications, 1992; published with the approval of Self-Realization Fellowship.

*[Like many organizations, Self-Realization Fellowship had more than one Vice-President at the same time, referred to as first vice-president and second vice-president] 

This article was sent in his devotee email list in 2004 from John Rosser, husband of Brenda Lewis and son-in-law of Dr. Lewis

from left Mrinalini Mata, Mrs. Mildred Lewis, Brenda Lewis-Rosser, Unknown, Meera Mata, Daya Mata, Paramahansa Yogananda, Dr. Minot W. Lewis
Mrs. Lewis and daughter Brenda Lewis, second and third from lef
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Who is the nicest actor or actress in Hollywood?
Morgan Strebler 
Morgan Strebler, I’m a Mentalist, Actor, Director, Writer and Published Author.
Answered Jan 12
I worked for Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and their son Collin one night at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas
 
I’ve done magic/mentalism for Hundreds of Celebrities.
They were by far the most down to earth, friendly, and humble people that I’ve ever met.

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com
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Treasury of Positive Answers, # 188

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Under All Conditions: From: “The Acid Test”
As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life. But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul. Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 88
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Regardless of how it may appear just now, everything you need to do for


yourself can be done by yourself. Start by removing useless weights from
your mind, just as a mountain climber ascends with as little equipment as
possible. For example, drop the idea that any other human being has power
to block your ascent.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 111
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.8,2017
 
AN INDIVIDUAL ADVENTURE
Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 101
My spiritual growth is with God as I understand Him. With Him I find my true inner self. Daily meditation and prayer strengthen and renew my source of well-being. I receive then the openness to accept all that He has to offer. With God I have the reassurance that my journey will be as He wants for me, and for that I am grateful to have God in my life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I first discovered the existence and workings of this law of attraction when I was 18. What happened was, it was my first year away from home attending college and I spent a lot of time contemplating about “Life”, and I practised the buddhist concept of mindfulness. The result was that I started to recognize synchronicities. Have you ever focused your thought on someone, and then keep running into him or her at the most unusual time and place? Or have you ever suddenly thought about someone, and then receive a letter or phone call very soon after?
Ernest Holmes
 
 
Every morning I say to God,
“get into my head God before I do”.
Anonymous

 
Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master,
At which the audience never fail to laugh?
Aristophanes
 
 
Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune:
every success depends upon focusing the heart.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 318 Insights
“In me salvation’s means and end are one.”
What stands out to me in today’s lesson is, “salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me.” (1:4) To find sinlessness, I must forgive. That is why forgiveness is the central teaching of this Course. Whether it looks like I am forgiving myself or something seemingly outside me, it all comes down to letting go of the idea that separation could be real. The means for salvation is within me. That means is forgiveness. The end goal is within me. That goal is my Self, which remains as God created It.
 
Fortunately forgiveness does not depend on the identity I believe is me. It only depends on the identity I think of as me being willing to turn over all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit. It is His strength and clear vision that makes forgiveness possible. But without my willingness, His strength and vision are not available to me, for I am denying them. I am never alone. It is the idea that I could be alone that needs to be undone.
 
Each time I practice turning over my thoughts of fear and guilt to the Holy Spirit, each time I release these thoughts and receive His kind and gentle replacement, my confidence in the power and freedom of forgiveness grows. I recognize forgiveness for the gift it is to me and all my brothers. The truth that forgiveness is a gift I give myself dawns upon my mind. When I release a long held grievance, I might say to myself, “I could have had forgiveness instead of all that pain.” But I also learn what a blessing the gift of forgiveness is and I can forgive myself for hanging on to the grievance and receive the gift again.
 
Today I practice forgiveness again in deep gratitude that I have the means to recognize the sinlessness that was never blemished. I feel the Holy Spirit’s warm embrace as He offers me His strength and His Love. With Him complete release is possible. I have the means within me right now, this instant.
 
Holy Spirit, I give You all my thoughts today. I open my mind to Your vision, for I would walk with You today and see the world forgiven.
 
God’s Son is one. Love is one. If I am not remembering that, then I am holding on to false ideas. And holding on to false ideas instead of the truth only brings the experience of loss and lack. Forgiveness means letting go of false ideas. Forgiveness and the Atonement are one. I am learning to remember that I have a Source of truth within my mind and that Source of truth will correct all the false ideas I have accepted as true. My part is being willing to open to and accept the correction.
 
I am coming to realize more and more that my experience of this world is totally coming from my mind. It is an experience of individual personalities and separate things. This separation is held together by a belief in time and space, belief in a past and future and a belief that there is distance between unique things. So my experience of this world is coming from ideas, ideas that are false because now I know that separation could never be real. Salvation comes as I let go of these false stories, these false images that come from false ideas.
 
Thank goodness the Holy Spirit is always with me. The Holy Spirit will correct all my false ideas as I hand them over for correction. This is the process of forgiveness. Through forgiveness, my belief in the world is undone. My belief in separation is undone. This is a gradual process which I work on every day. “Let me today, my Father, take the role You offer me in Your request that I accept Atonement for myself.” (2:1)
 
I welcome the reminder that I can forgive through Holy Spirit and that forgiveness is what I want. I also welcome the reminder that all I need offer is my willingness.
 
I was starting to feel discouraged because I am having trouble releasing a grievance. As I read the above perspective, my heart lightened and I saw that it is the past I am clinging to and that is what is keeping me from forgiving. I don’t want the past to determine my future. I am willing to forgive the past and so release myself now. Boy, that feels good!
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Throughout the 1940’s, Paramahansaji’s ideas for spiritual communities underwent considerable evolution.  In the beginning he accepted for residence in the Encinitas colony married couples and families in addition to the renunciants who were already there.  However, it wasn’t long before he determined that to properly organize spiritual communities for families along the lines he envisioned would take much more time than he then had available—time that he felt needed to be devoted to the more important aspects of his work.  
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Have you ever known or been friends with a celebrity before they became famous?
Joseph Chappell
Joseph Chappell, Early years teacher at Elementary School and Elementary Schools (2016-present)
Updated Jun 17
Yup, I went to school with Adele.
 
We met in secondary school in South London. We were not hugely close but we were good enough friends when in our small group of friends. I wasn’t an outcast but I used to hang out with the ‘grunjas or skater’ type people. Adele used to rock the toned down Gothic look from what I remember, the huge black baggy jeans etc…
 
Fun fact 1: She loved Will Young
 
Fun fact 2: She couldn’t sing very well (but obviously she is now an incredible singer)
 
Fun fact 3: You’ll have to ask to find that one out
 
I knew her for 2 years before she left and went to a performing art school and we only spoke briefly for a short time afterwards. Next thing, a few years later I see her on Television and now she’s massively famous.

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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www.melloron.com
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