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DEC.27,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.27,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Many of the uninformed non-alcoholics looked
upon us of the Drinking Fraternity as lazy bums. 
They do not know the planning and scheming
required to raise the price of a bottle when you are broke. 
They fail to realize that a twelve-hour shift of panhandling
frequently didn’t produce enough to keep us in booze, 
a little food and a flop for the night.
 
We resent the charge that we were lazy – 
we worked much harder and received much
less appreciation for our efforts than those 
who were on somebody’s payroll.
No, it is hard work, small pay and lousy living conditions.
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“Persistence prevails, like a stream that is 
temporarily blocked by boulders and then 
collects force enough to overflow onward.”
Quote by Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
December 27,2016
PROBLEM SOLVING
“Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.”
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 42
Through the recovery process described in the Big Book, I have come to realize that the same instructions that work on my alcoholism, work on much more. Whenever I am angry or frustrated, I consider the matter a manifestation of the main problem within me, alcoholism. As I “walk” through the Steps, my difficulty is usually dealt with long before I reach the Twelfth “suggestion,” and those difficulties that persist are remedied when I make an effort to carry the message to someone else. These principles do solve my problems! I have not encountered an exception, and I have been brought to a way of living which is satisfying and useful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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All we have to decide is what to do with
 the time that is given us. 
JRR Tolkien
 All nature conspires to produce and manifest
 the freedom of the individual. 
We may be sure God is for us. 
The  science of Mind page 268 
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An expectation is a premeditated resentment. 
Courage to Change  Page 153 (Ala-non)
 
I was comfortable sleeping in the park and 
God gave me a pillow. Anonymous
 

The ocean of the body crashes against the ocean of the heart.
Between them is a barrier they cannot cross. 
~Rumi


 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 360 Insights
“Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.”
As I worked with this lesson today, I realized that I felt unsettled. I perceived a loved one experiencing flu symptoms and I was concerned. I wanted to pray for my friend, but I wanted my prayer to reflect the principles of the Course. I asked the Holy Spirit to guide my prayer.
 
I said to the Holy Spirit, “I do not know what this means or what it is for.” (He already knew that, but I needed to remind myself.) “Help me to see the meaning I am giving it and learn what it really means.”
 
Holy Spirit showed me that seeing my friend as vulnerable and weak was a reflection of my belief that I am vulnerable and weak. Everything I see is a projection from my mind. He reminded me that “I am God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of God’s Love.” (W.II.14.1:1) And the same applies to my friend, who is one with me. I affirmed in my mind to my friend, “You are God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of God’s Love.” I noticed that I was beginning to feel comforted and more peaceful.
 
I am not the weak and fearful image I have made of myself. “In me is love perfected, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite.” (W.II.14.1:3) Of course, this is equally true for my friend and everyone in the world. As I thought about my friend and affirmed this in my mind, my feeling of peace grew stronger. I felt myself relax and a sense of safety washed over me. No longer did I see my friend as in danger. No longer was I using my perception to reinforce my sense of separation and weakness.
 
When I perceive anyone as vulnerable, fearful, angry or guilty, I am using that person to teach myself that this perception is true and justified. I am teaching myself that those same attributes apply to me. The Course is teaching me, “Don’t believe it!” This is not the truth about me or anyone.
 
As I practice bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit to receive his perception, I will learn a different lesson than the ego teaches. I will learn that I remain as God created me. I will learn that I am forever safe in His loving Arms, protected by my unity with Him. I can truly offer “peace to my brother, who is one with me,” because I am not giving reality to the illusion of vulnerability. I am recognizing his holiness along with mine.
 
I, too, am learning from the Course that whenever I perceive something that robs me of my peace, I need to deal with that uneasy thought at it’s source; my own mind. I have to remind myself not only who or what my uneasy thought is, but more importantly, Who I am. If there is no peace and love in my own mind, I won’t project peace and Love out into my world. (I can’t give what I don’t accept). The Holy Spirit reminds me that I am a Son of God, forever changeless, forever just as He created me. And as such, my Self offers peace to myself and my brothers, who are One with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Life is brief, yet it is unending. 
The soul is everlasting, 
but out of the short season of
 this life you should read the most you can of immortality.
Paramahansa Yogananda


“Drunk am I with every love and awe;
‘Twas ever thus with veritable seers–
Too drunk with joy to tell us what they saw.” 
– Omar Khayyám, THE RUBAIYAT of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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