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DEC.20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Criticism
“Now and then all of us fall under heavy criticism. When we are angered and hurt, it’s difficult not to retaliate in kind. Yet we can restrain ourselves and then probe ourselves, asking whether our critics were really right. If so, we can admit our defects to them. This usually clears the air for mutual understanding . . . Maybe a sense of humor can be our saving grace – thus we can both forgive and forget.”
Bill W., Letter, 1966
c. 1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 184
The best way to get even is to forget.

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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“The word emotion or a synonym of feeling or mood – are you aware
that you’re swimming in a sea of emotions? They’re lapping up and
churning around you all the time, taking you off in this direction
and that direction. They’re taking you places you don’t want to go.
 
Well, aren’t your feelings taking you into despair all the time?
Aren’t they taking you to places where you have to fight or you
got someone to argue with? Aren’t your emotions taking you to some
pretty dark and dreary places where it’s storming all the time? Of
course they are, so you see, we’ve learned something already.
 
We’ve learned that you don’t understand yourself at all. That you’re
a victim, not of society, not of the economic system, not of politics,
not of the past, not of the future, but a victim of yourself and that
alone. Isn’t that marvelous as a revelation to find that out?”
The Way to True Command
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DAILY REFLECTIONS DEC.20,2017
 
THE REWARDS OF GIVING
This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 109
Through experience with Twelfth Step work, I came to understand the rewards of giving that demands nothing in return. At first I expected recovery in others, but I soon learned that this did not happen. Once I acquired the humility to accept the fact that every Twelfth Step call was not going to result in a success, then I was open to receive the rewards of selfless giving.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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ANYONE may become a revealer of Truth
who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
– Ernest Holmes
 
 
She said that we do that to stay
alive, clean and sober that that’s
 the sole aim of the service. 
Anonymous 
 

One of man’s important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. Man such as we know him, the ‘man-machine,’ the man who cannot ‘do,’ and with whom and through whom everything ‘happens,’ cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.
G. I. Gurdjieff


 
“The religion of lovers is beyond all faiths.
The only religion for lovers is God.”
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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God is the Eternal Consciousness,
unchanging and indivisible,
in which the illusions of time (change)
and space (division) present
an infinite variety of forms interacting in
a progressive mode of past, present, and future. —
Paramahansa Yogananda
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THE THREE UNIVERSAL TRUTHS
 
One day, the Buddha sat down in the shade of a tree and noticed how beautiful the countryside was. Flowers were blooming and trees were putting on bright new leaves, but among all this beauty, he saw much unhappiness. A farmer beat his ox in the field. A bird pecked at an earthworm, and then an eagle swooped down on the bird. Deeply troubled, he asked, “Why does the farmer beat his ox? Why must one creature eat another to live?”
 
During his enlightenment, the Buddha found the answer to these questions. He discovered three great truths. He explained these truths in a simple way so that everyone could understand them.
 
1. Nothing is lost in the universe
The first truth is that nothing is lost in the universe. Matter turns into energy, energy turns into matter. A dead leaf turns into soil. A seed sprouts and becomes a new plant. Old solar systems disintegrate and turn into cosmic rays. We are born of our parents, our children are born of us.
 
We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything. If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves. Understanding this truth, the Buddha and his disciples never killed any animal.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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