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DEC.28,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.28,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES     
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
We have all had the pleasure of knowing intimately
 several men who might be classed as
 “Gentlemen of Leisure” and what a squirrel 
cage they were usually in. 
They labored all night long to get in jams that required
 a staff of lawyers all the next day to extricate them.
 
It takes a big man to make effective use of leisure.
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“We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. 
We are freed by conscious perception.”
Quote by Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
December 28,2016
SUIT UP AND SHOW UP
In A.A. we aim not only for sobriety—we try again to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. This is the ultimate demonstration toward which Twelfth Step work is the first but not the final step.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 21
The old line says, “Suit up and show up.” That action is so important that I like to think of it as my motto. I can choose each day to suit up and show up, or not. Showing up at meetings starts me toward feeling a part of that meeting, for then I can do what I say I’ll do at meetings. I can talk with newcomers, and I can share my experience; that’s what credibility, honesty, and courtesy really are. Suiting up and showing up are the concrete actions I take in my ongoing return to normal living.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Destiny is not a matter of chance. 
It is a matter of choice. 
William Jennings Bryan 
God’s creative power of mind is right here. 
We have as much of this power to use as 
we believe in and embody. 
The science of Mind page 146
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My Happiness is My Responsibility.
Ala-non member

 
 You know what it’s like, if you unplug the TV,
 it’s hard to get a picture.
 Anonymous

Ignorance is God’s prison. 
Knowing is God’s palace. 
~Rumi


 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 361 Insights
“This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.
This lesson, which is to be practiced for the next five days, is the culmination of our year of practice. It is telling us what all the exercises and words were guiding us to. We are to have the habit of giving every instant to the Holy Spirit to receive His direction. It is this that makes the instant holy, for we have released the purpose we would give it in our allegiance to the ego and instead open to the direction the Holy Spirit would give. We are assured that by doing this we will have peace. All the exercises leading up to this point have been designed to clear the way and open our minds to be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s direction.
 
The exercises of this year are now resources for us to use whenever we forget where our true Source of Help is. When we get wrapped up in the ego’s illusions, we have the tools to find our way back to the clarity our inner Teacher offers us. This is a lifelong practice. For many it may be helpful to go through the workbook lessons again another year, perhaps many years, so that we can truly make the principles and exercises a part of our way of thinking and living. It is their practice that will bring us peace.
 
The Workbook does not stand on its own. It is based on the thought system set forth in the Text. The application of the lessons in the Workbook become more understandable and meaningful as the ideas in the Text are made part of our way of thinking. We have so long identified with the lies of the ego and thought them real that we do not recognize their falsity. Part of the defense of the ego is to cloak its lies in appealing images that seem to be beneficent. Yet beneath them remains the ego’s dedication to death. The Text helps us learn to recognize the ego’s deceptions. At the same time it helps us to see the radiant and glorious truth of What we are as God’s Son.
 
With the foundation of understanding from the Text and the practice of giving every moment to the Holy Spirit developed in the Workbook lessons, our life becomes a demonstration of changed perception, of miracles bringing peace. As it says in the introduction to the Manual, “To teach is to demonstrate.” We are always teaching by what we demonstrate in our lives. When we align ourselves with the ego, we demonstrate the ego’s illusions and teach them to ourselves and the world. When we follow the Holy Spirit’s direction, we demonstrate release of illusions (forgiveness) and teach that to the world. This is where the Manual for Teachers is a helpful guide as we go through the process of applying forgiveness more and more in our lives.
 
To be a teacher of God does not mean we must all form groups to teach A Course in Miracles. Being a teacher of God means we demonstrate forgiveness in our lives. It means by having the practice of turning every instant over to the Holy Spirit for Him to be in charge, we become miracle workers. We teach forgiveness by demonstrating forgiveness. That is our part in God’s plan for salvation, for the release of the world from the dream of separation.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Be the beauty that is in a flower, 
and the attractiveness that is in a pure mind.
When you are attractive in that way,you 
will always have true friends.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St.#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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