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February 23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

February 23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
 
A split second separates the past, the present and the future. 
The course of history has been altered in a moment of decision
 on the part of one man. 
Inventions that have revolutionized our mode of living may 
have taken years to perfect, but the idea behind them was born
 in a flash of thought between the ticks of a clock.
 
In that great day when you determined that you had had enough, 
that you were whipped, the resolve took but a fraction of a second. 
But in that instant, you closed your past and opened your future.
 
A moment of thoughtlessness can put you back in the past again.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“BEYOND THE WHIRLPOOL
 
Running away from a crisis is not the same as running towards
reality. A clear realization of this assists us to perform the
magical feat of using troubles to end troubles.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 27
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
February 23,2017
MYSTERIOUS PARADOXES
Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.
— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46
What glorious mysteries paradoxes are! They do not compute, yet when recognized and accepted, they reaffirm something in the universe beyond human logic. When I face a fear, I am given courage; when I support a brother or sister, my capacity to love myself is increased; when I accept pain as part of the growing experience of life, I realize a greater happiness; when I look at my dark side, I am brought into new light; when I accept my vulnerabilities and surrender to a Higher Power, I am graced with unforeseen strength. I stumbled through the doors of A.A. in disgrace, expecting nothing from life, and I have been given hope and dignity. Miraculously, the only way to keep the gifts of the program is to pass them on.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I will follow Thy Light into the Perfect Day.
The Science of Mind page 537 
 
Pain is something that comes and goes, 
suffering is something we hold on to
Ala-non member
 
Working with others I get to re-live
what it’s like to be a newcomer.
Anonymous


How much time he saves who does not look to see
what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
Marcus Aurelius

 What is this that gives pleasure in a form,
 then when not, turns dull, opaque?
 This thing that slips away into infinity, 
then strikes down to take another shape?
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES

Lesson 54
These are the review ideas for today:
 
(16) I have no neutral thoughts.
 
Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one. But thoughts cannot be without effects. As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false. They must be one or the other. What I see shows me which they are.
 
(17) I see no neutral things.
 
What I see witnesses to what I think. If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind. I know that my state of mind can change. And so I also know the world I see can change as well.
 
(18) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
 
If I have no private thoughts, I cannot see a private world. Even the mad idea of separation had to be shared before it could form the basis of the world I see. Yet that sharing was a sharing of nothing. I can also call upon my real thoughts, which share everything with everyone. As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them. And the world my real thoughts show me will dawn on their sight as well as mine.
 
(19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
 
I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.
 
(20) I am determined to see.
 
Recognizing the shared nature of my thoughts, I am determined to see. I would look upon the witnesses that show me the thinking of the world has been changed. I would behold the proof that what has been done through me has enabled love to replace fear, laughter to replace tears, and abundance to replace loss. I would look upon the real world, and let it teach me that my will and the Will of God are one.
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The beginning and the end of all created
things are hidden in the depths of the infinite; 
only the middle is visible. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Beyond the earth,
beyond the farthest skies
I try to find Heaven and Hell.
Then I hear a solemn voice that says:
“Heaven and hell are inside.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St .#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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