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JULY 10,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 10,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

FORMING TRUE PARTNERSHIPS 
But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most.  We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them.  The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 53 
Can these words apply to me, am I still unable to form a true partnership with another human being? What a terrible handicap that would be for me to carry into my sober life!  In my sobriety I will meditate and pray to discover how I may be a trusted friend and companion. 
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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If you done it, it ain’t bragging. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
TOWARD PEACE AND SERENITY 10 JULY, 2017
. . . when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 74
When situations arise which destroy my serenity, pain often motivates me to ask God for clarity in seeing my part in the situation. Admitting my powerlessness, I humbly pray for acceptance. I try to see how my character defects contributed to the situation. Could I have been more patient? Was I intolerant? Did I insist on having my own way? Was I afraid? As my defects are revealed, I put self-reliance aside and humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings. The situation may not change, but as I practice exercising humility, I enjoy the peace and serenity which are the natural benefits of placing my reliance in a power greater than myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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FREE FROM SENSITIVENESS
 
My feelings cannot be hurt. No one wishes to harm me, and there is nothing in me that can believe in any separation from the All Good. I perceive that I am free from all people, and I cannot be harmed nor mistreated. I have such a sense of unity with all that the circle is complete and perfect. I love my friends and they love me, and that love is in, and of, God, and cannot be marred nor hindered. I am filled with joy and love, forever.
ERNEST HOLMES AFFIRMATIONS
 
“To accomplish the purpose of God is to dwell where his presence and glory is” 
― Sunday Adelaja
 
You folks kept throwing me a life jacket
and I kept swimming against the tide.
Yeah like someone said this morning,
I was a pain in the ass.
Anonymous 

 
 
The small man
Builds cages for everyone 
He
Knows.
 
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.
–Hafiz
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 193 Insights
“All things are lessons God would have me learn.”
My continued belief in separation is a grievance against oneness. My belief in separation is the same as rejecting God. My holding on to all the different forms of separation that now appear to be real only brings me pain and conflict. Seeing conflict and pain and differences and death comes from the separated mind, the insane mind. My job now is to let go of the thoughts that come from the split mind that believes in separation.
 
Forgiveness means letting go of illusions. As I practice forgiving or letting go of each different form of illusion that comes along, these illusions will disappear because they are made of nothing. Only my belief has held them in place. As I practice forgiveness or handing over every form to the Holy Spirit, I will receive a new perception. This perception reflects oneness. This perception reflects innocence and holiness.
 
If I am willing, the Holy Spirit shows me where I have been mistaken. Forgiveness shows me that only Love is real. What is not real can be let go of easily without sacrifice or pain. I need to recognize all the places of unforgiveness still hidden in my mind. As I let each hour be an opportunity to find every form of unforgiveness and hand it to the Holy Spirit, my lessons are learned. I no longer need the ego’s lessons of another form of separation that might make me happy. The Holy Spirit’s lessons bring me freedom, joy and happiness. These are the lessons I would learn today.
 
Today’s lesson is a wonderful recipe for healing. It is exquisite in its simplicity and comprehensiveness. By hourly pausing to forgive the issues of the previous hour and moving ahead into the next hour clean and free, I will inevitably forgive and release all illusions. I don’t have to be concerned about digging up grievances from the distant past. Every grievance I hold will inevitably show up in some way in any given hour. And I have the opportunity then in that hour to forgive and let it go.
 
This practice is a wonderful gift. I only need to do it to make my life an accelerated path to freedom. Inconsistency in following this practice is just a reflection of resistance to accepting the happiness God has given me. This resistance I can also offer to the Holy Spirit for His help in letting it go. This is how I replace tears with happy laughter. This is how I replace a sense of weakness and vulnerability with the strength and certainty of God’s Love.
 
As I began my quiet time with the thought of today’s lesson, I was aware of many little concerns with how my body is functioning. None were ones that I would classify as frightening or life threatening, but all reflected a belief in vulnerability, which the Course tells me is really belief in death. As each one crossed my mind, I offered it to the Holy Spirit, asking His help to forgive and see it differently. As I continued this, I found myself feeling more peaceful and contented. I began to feel increasingly safe and loved as though I were cradled in God’s arms, and angels were singing me a lullaby.
 
Today I would practice this moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, for I would receive God’s gift of Love and perfect happiness. My part is very simple. To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, remember, I will forgive and this will disappear.
 
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“If you criticize others judgmentally, rather than simply commenting on their behavior impartially, that shows that you have their faults to work on in yourself. By criticizing others, moreover, you increase those faults in yourself. What you condemn in others, you will have to experience, someday, yourself. That is the karmic law. In that way, people are taught compassion.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda” 

About Ernest Holmes part 18
The majority of the following material on the life of Ernest Holmes was gathered from a booklet entitled, Path of Discovery written by Rev. Scott Awbrey (scott@revscottawbrey.com) and published by United Church of Religious Science and used with permission
ERNEST HOLMES SPEAKS OF HIS TRANSITION
A few times Ernest Holmes did speak of his transition. He said, ” I have a premonition that after I go someone will write my life story and when it comes there is the awful possibility of posthumous halos. I don’t wear one here and I don’t expect to in the hereafter. So make sure I am not beautified, glorified or deified and make sure I’m not vilified either.”
 
And when I go people are going to come to you and say, The most wonderful thing happened! Ernest appeared to me and talked to me.’ If that happens close the door in their face because it isn’t true. When I leave I’m going for good and I’m not coming back to talk about it. My work will be finished here. I know this planet as well as I want to. I don’t plan to come this way again.
 
In regards to his memorial service, he stated that he wouldn’t be there as he would be busy elsewhere.
 
In 1958 he ended a talk by saying, ” If I pass on tonight they can take everything I have ever written and toss it in the ashes. It’s going to be thrown there someday anyway. But two things will remain. There is a Presence and there is a Power in the universe, which constitute a dual unity of action and reaction and the polarity from which all things come. Learn to court the Presence by not only seeing God in everything and everybody but by feeling God all the time. Feel the Presence in the sacred place of your consciousness. Then use the Power. Your thoughts will change the conditions of your life.”
 
Ernest Holmes believed in the survival of consciousness, that spiritual evolution and immortality were synonymous and that Jesus, when honestly reported, meant exactly what he said. He believed that even though his wife went on to “another expression” that he would be with her again.
 
On April 7, 1960, Ernest passed to the next dimension. At the time of his death the number of Religious Science churches worldwide exceeded one hundred, and a Los Angeles newspaper referred to him as “one of America’s leading churchmen-philosophers.”
 
A few weeks before he passed on to a higher reality, Ernest spoke of his vision for the Science of Mind. “The human heart,” he said, “longs as a hungry man longs for bread, for spiritual food. It longs for that which will make it whole, and I think ‘ that’s what our teaching can do – reveal the Self to the self.”
 
Ernest Holmes is remembered for many things: his writings and teachings, his humor, and his great love for people, as well as his founding of Religious Science. Those who knew him personally also remember his absolute conviction of human Divinity and his commitment to sharing this high perspective with all people whose life he touched.
 
SPIRITUAL MIND TREATMENT FOR LESSON EIGHT
The One Spirit speaks Its Word. Emanating from the Word of One Spirit comes all creation. All creation contains the consciousness of the One Spirit. Consciousness evolves and as it evolves creation becomes more complex. Parts of the one creation which has evolved out of the one spirit has become self-consciousness. These self-conscious parts of creation appear to be individual but are actually individualizations of the One Spirit. They are learning that they can speak their word in conscious cooperation with the One Spirit and that they can co-create their reality. This is the beginning of true freedom.
 
I speak my word now as a conscious co-creator with the One Spirit. I speak my word of health, of harmony, of abundance and of loving relationships in all my affairs. I know wherever I go and whatever I do the loving Presence and Power of the One Spirit is with me. My life is blessed now and always.
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