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DEC.19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
GOING WITH THE FLOW 
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him. . . . 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96
The first words I speak when arising in the morning are, “I arise, O God, to do Thy will,” This is the shortest prayer I know and it is deeply ingrained in me. Prayer doesn’t change God’s attitude toward me; it changes my attitude toward God. As distinguished from prayer, meditation is a quiet time without words. To be centered is to be physically relaxed, emotionally calm, mentally focused and spiritually aware. One way to keep the channel open and to improve my conscious contact with God is to maintain a grateful attitude. On the days when I am grateful, good things seem to happen in my life. The instant I start cursing things in my life, however, the flow of good stops. God did not interrupt the flow; my own negativity did.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Let your mind flow easily, casually, naturally.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 154
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DAILY REFLECTIONS DEC.19,2017
 
UNDERSTANDING THE MALADY
When dealing with an alcoholic, there may be a natural annoyance that a man could be so weak, stupid and irresponsible. Even when you understand the malady better, you may feel this feeling rising.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 139
Having suffered from alcoholism, I should understand the illness, but sometimes I feel annoyance, even contempt, toward a person who cannot make it in A.A. When I feel that way, I am satisfying my false sense of superiority and I must remember, but for the grace of God, there go I.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I cleanse the windows of my mind, that it may become a mirror reflecting inspiration from the most High. I do this, not with strenuous effort, but through quiet contemplation, through gently reaching and affirming an inward recognition. I know exactly what to do in every situation. There is an inspiration within me which governs every act, every thought, with certainty, with conviction and in peace.
Ernest Holmes

 
I was told confusion was control,
and that I had a choice. 
Anonymous 

“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.”
―P. D. Ouspensky
 
 
Don’t get lost in your pain,
know that one day your pain will become your cure.
RUMI
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 348 Insights
“I have no cause for anger or for fear,
For You surround me. And in every need
That I perceive, Your grace suffices me.”
As I continue the process of returning Home to Love, I must remember the power of my mind. Jesus tells me, “You are much too tolerant of mind wandering.” The dream appears very real to me because of this mind wandering. I am often frightened or angered by the stories I make up in my dream.
 
If I truly want to awaken, I will take a step back from the dream and I will be willing to observe the dream with Holy Spirit. I will give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to help me see that what made me fearful or what angered me is just a dream. It is just mind wandering. What I see or experience in this world is coming from my own mind. I have created this through mind wandering and I can let it go.
 
If ever I get frightened or angry, it is important that I practice stepping back and opening my mind to the Thought that heals. If I am willing to become quiet and listen, the Holy Spirit will purify my mind of all false ideas. In truth, I am still as God created me. I am a Thought in the Mind of God. There is nothing to fear. There is no world of separation. There is only perfect peace, perfect safety, perfect joy.
 
When I scare myself through mind wandering, the fear or anger I experience can become a signal to quiet my mind and return to the peace and safety of the Holy Spirit. It can remind me to let go of making a world of separation real. It can remind me to let go of my belief in what never happened.
 
The truth is I am surrounded by Love. I am surrounded by perfect safety. I am willing to practice returning to the truth today with my constant Companion. That is my purpose today and every day I think a world of separate bodies is real.
 
This lesson tells me I am surrounded by God, my Creator. I am surrounded by everlasting Love, perfect safety and perfect sinlessness. Here we see a succinct description of God’s attributes. When I allow myself to remember that God surrounds me and what this means, I am comforted.
 
As I was thinking about this lesson, my mind wandered to a situation in which I felt impatient and taken advantage of. These thoughts slipped into my mind without me even noticing at first. They were all too familiar. Then I remembered today’s lesson. “I have no cause for anger or for fear. I am surrounded by everlasting Love and perfect safety.”
 
Immediately I felt myself soften and relax. What seemed to be cause for resentment faded away. I have nothing to fear. I am surrounded by the safety of everlasting Love. Only in a world wholly alien to what I am in truth could there seem to be cause for fear or anger. Let me learn to recognize these thoughts that seem so familiar are truly alien and what is truly natural to my mind is the safety of everlasting Love.
 
When I believe in a world of harm and loss, I have forgotten I am surrounded by perfect sinlessness. In that forgetting it seems I must build defenses in every direction. Despite all my efforts, these defenses never seem to be enough. There is always some weakness, for belief in separation is the belief in weakness. It is the belief that I have separated from God’s strength.
 
Yet this can only happen in a dream world. My dreams do not affect reality at all. In this dream world I believe I have a will in opposition to God. Recognizing God’s strength, believing I am in opposition to Him is very frightening. But this is only a dream. The truth is my will is one with God’s Will, exactly the same. I have no cause for anger or for fear. I only have cause for joy and for peace, for I am surrounded by everlasting Love, perfect safety and perfect sinlessness.
 
Thank You Father for Your grace, which would not let my wild imaginings change the truth. You have held it perfect and pure for me so I may return to the perfect Home You hold for me. I need only recognize that I share my will with Yours. They are one and the same. Thank You for Your gift to me.
 
I am struck by this message and a place in the Text in Chapter 7. Simply put, grace is the natural state of every Son of God. When he is not in a state of grace, he is out of his natural environment and does not function well. It goes on to say, “A Son of God is happy only when he knows he is with God. This is the only environment in which he will not experience strain, because that is where he belongs. It is also the only environment that is worthy of him, because his own worth is beyond anything he can make.”
 
This does point out to me that I am much too tolerant of mind wandering. I must be vigilant for the Kingdom of God and I must either choose Love or fear. I must either be on the bus or off the bus. My mind cannot serve two masters. So I have to forgive myself and others as I see our equality and I must also forget what is not Love. The past is over. I am awakening to the Truth and it is this I want.
 
Too often I have wanted it both ways, a little worldly stuff to prove my worthiness, money, houses, land, jobs, and I see now why I was so strained and so conflicted. Today I ask Holy Spirit to correct all that is not the truth in my mind and ask Him to help me not make illusions real. May I see it a different way.
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Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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The Last Years

Shakyamuni Buddha passed away around 486 BC at the age of eighty. Although he has left the world, the spirit of his kindness and compassion remains.
 
The Buddha realized that that he was not the first to become a Buddha. “There have been many Buddhas before me and will be many Buddhas in the future,” The Buddha recalled to his disciples. “All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.” For this reason, he taught the way to Buddhahood.
 
The two main goals of Buddhism are getting to know ourselves and learning the Buddha’s teachings. To know who we are, we need to understand that we have two natures. One is called our ordinary nature, which is made up of unpleasant feelings such as fear, anger, and jealousy. The other is our true nature, the part of us that is pure, wise, and perfect. In Buddhism, it is called the Buddha nature. The only difference between us and the Buddha is that we have not awakened to our true nature.
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Ron Richey
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