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FEB.8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
George Washington is often credited with being America’s first millionaire, yet few people are aware of this fact. He left a heritage so much richer politically, economically and historically that his own personal wealth is forgotten.
 
His personal wealth has long since been dissipated, but the opportunities in this country he helped establish will continue as long as men’s lives are motivated by the same unselfish devotion to mankind that he exemplified, both in public and private life.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Many of these ideas may astonish you. Wonderful! Astonishment
opens the door which permits self-newness to enter with all its
riches. What if you truly understood how life really works? What
if you were forever free of both inner and outer conflict? Would
it not cause astonishment to glimpse these lofty ways? They exist.
They appear to anyone who desires them deeply and persistently.”
 Esoteric Mind Power, p. 9
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DAILY REFLECTIONS

February 8,2017
CONVINCING “MR. HYDE”
Even then, as we hew away, peace and joy may still elude us. That’s the place so many of us A.A. oldsters have come to. And it’s a hell of a spot, literally. How shall our unconscious—from which so many of our fears, compulsions, and phony aspirations still stream—be brought into line with what we actually believe, know, and want! How to convince our dumb, raging, and hidden “Mr. Hyde” becomes our main task.
— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 237
Regular attendance at meetings, serving and helping others is the recipe that many have tried and found to be successful. Whenever I stray from these basic principles, my old habits resurface and my old self also comes back with all its fears and defects. The ultimate goal of each A.A. member is permanent sobriety, achieved One Day at a Time.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Jesus prayed that all might come to see the unity of life.All sense of success  is that  we live in One Life. In him we live and move and have our being. 
The science of main page 332
 
 I try to keep my boundaries high, my expectations low, and my heart open
Ala-non member
 
To qualify, my favorite drink was just the next one. 
Anonymous
 
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Marcus Aurelius
 
 All our lives we’ve looked into each other’s faces. 
That was the case today too.
 How do we keep our love-secret? 
We speak from brow to brow and hear with our eyes. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 

A COURSE IN MIRACLES
Lesson 39
My holiness is my salvation.
If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? This is not difficult, surely. The hesitation you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. But do you believe that guilt is hell? If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. No one needs practice to gain what is already his.

We have already said that your holiness is the salvation of the world. What about your own salvation? You cannot give what you do not have. A savior must be saved. How else can he teach salvation? Today’s exercises will apply to you, recognizing that your salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. As you apply the exercises to your world, the whole world stands to benefit.
 
Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell. Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness. Can it be He does not know His Son?
 
A full five minutes are urged for the four longer practice periods for today, and longer and more frequent practice sessions are encouraged. If you want to exceed the minimum requirements, more rather than longer sessions are recommended, although both are suggested.
 
Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today’s idea to yourself. Then, with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear; uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on. Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.
 
Specific situations, events or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. It is imperative for your salvation that you see them differently. And it is your blessing on them that will save you and give you vision.
 
Slowly, without conscious selection and without undue emphasis on any one in particular, search your mind for every thought that stands between you and your salvation. Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:
 
My unloving thoughts about _____ are keeping me in hell. 
My holiness is my salvation.
 
You may find these practice periods easier if you intersperse them with several short periods during which you merely repeat today’s idea to yourself slowly a few times. You may also find it helpful to include a few short intervals in which you just relax and do not seem to be thinking of anything. Sustained concentration is very difficult at first. It will become much easier as your mind becomes more disciplined and less distractible.
 
Meanwhile, you should feel free to introduce variety into the exercise periods in whatever form appeals to you. Do not, however, change the idea itself as you vary the method of applying it. However you elect to use it, the idea should be stated so that its meaning is the fact that your holiness is your salvation. End each practice period by repeating the idea in its original form once more, and adding:
 
If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?
 
In the shorter applications, which should be made some three or four times an hour and more if possible, you may ask yourself this question, repeat today’s idea, and preferably both. If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is:

It never was. Truly, my holiness is my salvation. Thank you God.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Try your utmost, and then try again…. Then, out of the gloom of mysteries, the all- illuminating light of the divine guidance will emblazon your path.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“When you are so full of sorrow
that you can’t walk, can’t cry anymore,
think about the green foliage that sparkles after
the rain. When the daylight exhausts you, when
you hope a final night will cover the world,
think about the awakening of a young child.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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