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DEC.23,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.23,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
Eye Opener (1950)
 
The subconscious aim of practically all men 
is to get the most and the best out of every day of their lives.
It is a simple creed and if honestly followed, day by day, 
act by act, it cannot help but lead to greater heights.
Like AA, it is so simple it is incredible. 
Why not try it? It’s what you honestly want anyway.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Listen to the secret message of your experiences. 
Let them help you build self-serving habits.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 92
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
December 23,2016
RECOVERY, UNITY, SERVICE
Our Twelfth Step—carrying the message—is the basic service that AA’s Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence.
— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 160
I thank God for those who came before me, those who told me not to forget the Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service. In my home group, the Three Legacies were described on a sign which said: “You take a three-legged stool, try to balance it on only one leg, or two. Our Three Legacies must be kept intact. In Recovery, we get sober together; in Unity, we work together for the good of our Steps and Traditions; and through Service—we give away freely what has been given to us.”
One of the chief gifts of my life has been to know that I will have no message to give, unless I recover in unity with A.A. principles.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Nothing Divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive.
The beauty of nature reforms itself in the mind, 
and not for Barren contemplation, before New Creation. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson 
More we could not ask, more could not be given
than that which has been given from the foundations of the universe. 
The science of Mind page 471
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It is futile to spend time trying to figure out what 
makes some one else tick.Ala-non member
 
I have papers around my head which says 
crime scene do not enter. Anonymous

 
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
~Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 356 Insights
“Sickness is but another name for sin.
Healing is but another name for God.
The miracle is thus a call to Him.”
Opening to a change of mind is how we return to Him. If we are in pain, we are believing in our guilt and the guilt of our brother. We have forgotten that this is but a false idea.
 
When we get tired of holding on to the pain, we will open to the idea that there is another way. We become willing to open our minds to a correction of our perception. Accepting this change of mind brings us the miracle that is the reflection of God’s Love. The more we are willing to open our minds to a correction in our perception, the faster we are returned to the truth, the faster our minds are healed. The Holy Spirit needs our openness so that this healing can occur.
 
We are God’s Son, but we have forgotten. By being open to be led by the Holy Spirit, we are led to healing. We are led to God. Today I would practice not thinking that I know what anything means on my own. I would practice being receptive to Holy Spirit’s lead. Thus will I have a peaceful and happy day.
 
 
Remembering that God is Love, the miracle is a call to Love. It is a call in which the answer is desired. Everyone in this world is calling for Love. But while separation and specialness are valued more than the unified wholeness of Love, the miracle cannot happen because Love is not desired more than specialness. Love waits on welcome.
 
Love and specialness cannot coexist, for Love is given equally to all. Specialness is the idea that Love can be withheld and more given to one while less is given to another. This idea is inconceivable to Love, which sees no differences, for It looks only upon Itself. Love is all there is. Only Love is real.
 
The miracle of the call to God occurs as specialness loses its value to us. It occurs as we begin to recognize the pain that specialness brings. Specialness can only seem to be in a thought system that believes separation, or sin, is real. But since only Love is real, specialness can only be an illusion.
 
When I look back honestly at every situation in which I felt hurt or offended, it is always because I believed that some aspect of my special and unique identity had been harmed. I believed that in some way I had suffered loss. I could only believe this if I believed I was separate from Love. In this world this belief is centered around the image of a body as my identity. Along with this I must also believe that other bodies are the identity of others, distinct and different from me. Thus conflict between these identities is possible and fear and guilt inevitable.
 
It is time to learn that a unique, special identity offers me nothing that I really want. The yearning for Love, which has kept me searching to fill the sense of emptiness that everyone in this world experiences, will lead me Home if I turn to the Guide Who knows the way. If I follow the ego’s direction, I will only continue to wander in the wilderness, not realizing that what I seek is closer than my hand. If I think I know on my own what anything means, I am following the ego’s lead, for the ego is the idea that I am on my own.
 
When I am willing to recognize that on my own I know nothing and turn to the Holy Spirit for His guidance, I have put my feet upon the pathway Home. I have made a wilderness for myself that seems dark and confusing with many pitfalls and false trails. The Holy Spirit remembers what is real for me. He will lead me out of the maze if I will but follow.
 
When I call upon the Holy Spirit, I call upon God’s Name and my own. I desire to know my Self. I desire to know Love in Its fullness, without limit. I have searched in the wilderness long enough. I desire to return to the Light of my Creator.
 
Once again today I dedicate to practicing interpreting nothing on my own. I dedicate this day to following the Holy Spirit’s lead and I will experience the miracle of Love.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org.
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May the taper of my devotion for 
Thee burn forever on the altar of my memory.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“The Grape that can with Logic absolute 
The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute: 
The subtle Alchemist that in a Trice 
Life’s leaden Metal into Gold transmute.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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