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February 24,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

February 24,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
What exists in the life to come, we can leave to the theologians.
But the actual existence of Heaven and Hell here on earth is
indisputable to us who have lived in both.
 
If most of the Bible thumpers that continually rave about
 the threats of Hell could know the Hell the poor practicing 
alcoholic is going through, it would scare them to death.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“It is not the possession of a conscience but the lack of an
opportunity that prevents most human crime.”
Cosmic Command, # 1667
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
February 24,2017
A THANKFUL HEART
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37
My sponsor told me that I should be a grateful alcoholic and always have “an attitude of gratitude”—that gratitude was the basic ingredient of humility, that humility was the basic ingredient of anonymity and that “anonymity was the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” As a result of this guidance, I start every morning on my knees, thanking God for three things: I’m alive, I’m sober, and I’m a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then I try to live an “attitude of gratitude” and thoroughly enjoy another twenty-four hours of the A.A. way of life. A.A. is not something I joined; it’s something I live.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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An attitude of gratitude is most salutary
and bespeaks the realization that we are now in heaven 
The Science of Mind page 497 
 
“Helping” I’m disrespecting their ability to do it themselves.
I’m saying that they are broken.
Ala-non member
 
 
People around me were saying I’m 
so-and-so and I’m an alcoholic, 
so I said I was an alcoholic.
Anonymous 

If you want to see the truth you must be brave enough to look.
Rune Lazuli 


 
Drum sound rises on the air,
 it’s throb, my heart.
 A voice inside the beat says,
 “I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way.”
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES

Lesson 55
Today’s review includes the following:
 
(21) I am determined to see things differently.
 
What I see now are but signs of disease, disaster and death. This cannot be what God created for His beloved Son. The very fact that I see such things is proof that I do not understand God. Therefore I also do not understand His Son. What I see tells me that I do not know who I am. I am determined to see the witnesses to the truth in me, rather than those which show me an illusion of myself.
 
(22) What I see is a form of vengeance.
 
The world I see is hardly the representation of loving thoughts. It is a picture of attack on everything by everything. It is anything but a reflection of the Love of God and the Love of His Son. It is my own attack thoughts that give rise to this picture. My loving thoughts will save me from this perception of the world, and give me the peace God intended me to have.
 
(23) I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts.
 
Herein lies salvation, and nowhere else. Without attack thoughts I could not see a world of attack. As forgiveness allows love to return to my awareness, I will see a world of peace and safety and joy. And it is this I choose to see, in place of what I look on now.
 
(24) I do not perceive my own best interests.
 
How could I recognize my own best interests when I do not know who I am? What I think are my best interests would merely bind me closer to the world of illusions. I am willing to follow the Guide God has given me to find out what my own best interests are, recognizing that I cannot perceive them by myself.
 
(25) I do not know what anything is for.
 
To me, the purpose of everything is to prove that my illusions about myself are real. It is for this purpose that I attempt to use everyone and everything. It is for this that I believe the world is for. Therefore I do not recognize its real purpose. The purpose I have given the world has led to a frightening picture of it. Let me open my mind to the world’s real purpose by withdrawing the one I have given it, and learning the truth about it.
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I will bathe in the sacred pool of God’s love 
hidden behind the ramparts of meditation. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“So it be written in the Book of Love.
I do not care about that Book Above.
 Erase my name, or write it as you will. 
So I be written in the Book of Love.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St .#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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