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JULY 11, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 11, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“. . .we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all-every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
Into Action, pg. 76
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God is to me that creative force,
behind and in the universe,
who manifests Himself as energy,
as life, as order, as beauty, as thought,
as conscience, as love.
Henry Sloane Coffin
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DAILY REFLECTIONS

A TURNING POINT 11July
A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75
Either the A.A. way of life becomes one of joy or I return to the darkness and despair of alcoholism. Joy comes to me when my attitude concerning God and humility turns to one of desire rather than of burden. The darkness in my life changes to radiant light when I arrive at the realization that being truthful and honest in dealing with my inventory results in my life being filled with serenity, freedom, and joy. Trust in my Higher Power deepens, and the flush of gratitude spreads through my being. I am convinced that being humble is being truthful and honest in dealing with myself and God. It is then that humility is something I “really want,” rather than being “something I must have.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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The inner center of our being is what is meant by the word Christ, the “Anointed” or the “Illumined.” Christ means God-in-us. It means the Divine Son or Daughter at the center of every person’s life. If Jesus was right, there is a perfection forever established, a kingdom of God forever at hand, and a possibility of good that is available right now. 
 
We should reread the words of Jesus as though
we had never heard them before.
Since the teachings of Jesus contain the key to right living,
it would do us well to consider their meaning.
Ernest Holmes
 
Some of us had to fall into a pit so we 
can show others how to get out. 
Anonymous

“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God.
It fell, and broke into pieces.
Everybody took a piece of it,
and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary

ACIM Workbook Lesson 194 Insights
“I place the future in the Hands of God.”
This lesson is very comforting to me. When I remember my future is in God’s Hands, all concern, worry and anxiety fade away. If I look honestly at all my thoughts of worry or concern, they all come from a lack of trust in the future, which reflects what I believe the past has taught me. I believe the past has taught me things happened to me I didn’t want to happen. And other things didn’t happen I did want to happen. Thus all my concerns about the future are projections of the past.
 
Placing my future in the hands of God ends projection. My only hesitation comes from lack of trust in God. This lack of trust is just another reflection of old beliefs from the ego thought system. Even this is gently dealt with in this lesson. We are not expected to instantly no longer have ego-based thoughts or temptations. We are simply reassured that by placing the future in God’s Hands, these ego thoughts will be quickly replaced by Love’s reflection, which is forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past. And since the past is an illusion, forgiveness is letting go of illusion.
 
The more I am able to place my future in God’s Hands, the more I open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s gentle correction of my mistaken beliefs. With the future in God’s Hands, I no longer need to spend my days planning for my safety and my survival. They are in God’s Hands. All I need to do is maintain an open mind, a receptive mind, willing to receive Holy Spirit’s guidance and corrective perception.
 
As with yesterday’s lesson, by practicing each hour letting go of the mistakes of the previous hour, and putting the hour to come in God’s Hands, I become free. Each time a thought of worry enters my mind, I will use it as a reminder to place the future in the Hands of God. Thus I take what was used to make separation and fear seem real and change it into a stepping stone to freedom. With every concern, every apprehension, I remind myself, “I place the future in the Hands of God.” Thus I walk the path of forgiveness that leads me Home.
 
If I have any worries, it is always about something in the future. The Holy Spirit teaches me these worries are always groundless. We all are always safe, no matter what dreams we dream. We cannot separate from God. We cannot make a world of separation. It cannot be true. We remain safe eternally as God created us.
 
My dreams may frighten me, but they are not true. There is no past, there is no future, there is no sequential time. There is only the eternal now. Everyone is in Heaven now.
 
By placing my future in the Hands of God, I open my mind to the eternal truth that I am in God and remain in God eternally. This is eternal safety, eternal happiness, eternal peace. This is what is true. This is what is real. Anything else is wandering in the wilderness, dreaming of separation. God is. Love is. Nothing else is real. This is my comfort today. Today I am willing to surrender all my fear thoughts and return to the Love that is always true now and forever.
 
I have little sticky notes stuck everywhere in my house. It’s not exactly a Martha Stewart look, but they are very helpful to me because each one has some passage from the Course or some other spiritual book. They remind me often during the day of something I am working on. One of them reminds me that I choose not to make plans against uncertainties and I will add to it today’s lesson to place the future in God’s hands.
 
Thinking about how we connect everything to the past made me think about something that happened yesterday. I was shopping at Sam’s when I noticed a family shopping near me. The mom was reprimanding the teenager for something he was doing and the baby was crying, the father looked angry and the teenager looked halfway between hurt and defiant. I thought as I continued to shop that this was a familiar scene for them because they all looked comfortable in their roles. I understood this because this could have been my family a few years ago when my son was a young teenager, and we had played out a number of scenes ourselves.
 
Suddenly I looked back because the confrontation had become louder. I saw the mom pushing the cart away with the wailing baby in it and looking very angry and upset. The father and teenage son were standing toe-to-toe glaring each other down. They looked just moments from throwing punches.
 
I found myself moving quickly away from the situation. I didn’t want to see this. My son and his father had confronted one another more than once and I knew how bad this could be. The problem was resolved for my son and his father through anger management classes, but for a long time, life was very scary around our house. Watching this family’s drama unfold was extremely upsetting to me because I was replaying my past.
 
As I hurriedly moved away, my stomach tightening, my anxiety level quickly rising, I suddenly remembered my lesson; “All things are lessons God would have me learn.” Immediately what was happening began to take on a new meaning for me. I had a conversation with myself. At first I berated myself for my reaction and said to myself I shouldn’t feel like this. Then my calmer inner voice reminded me that I feel what I feel. “Okay,” I said, “I shouldn’t react like this. It isn’t helpful.” I was still a little upset so I continued the lesson with, “I will forgive and this will disappear.” I felt myself releasing the anxiety that had held me so tightly just moments before.
 
I then asked myself what reaction would be appropriate in this situation. What would be helpful? I began to pray for that family. I began to see peace descending on them and enfolding them. I realized that I had been feeling angry and resentful of them because of my reaction and all the unpleasant memories it brought back. As I prayed for them all that melted away. I felt very loving toward them and my prayers became more heartfelt. I can still see their faces very clearly, and I am going to continue to visualize peace and forgiveness for them.
 
I’ve been thinking about how all that played out. If I had not been doing my lesson, it may have been just another unpleasant moment which would leave me depressed. I would have also been angry with my ex-husband all over again. Instead, I chose to use that moment and that situation to practice releasing the past through forgiveness. I chose to bless that family, and in doing so, to bless mine as well. I feel so grateful that I was in that place at that moment and so was afforded the opportunity to heal.
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The beauty of God is vast. To enjoy flowers for their loveliness is good, but far greater is to see behind their purity and beauty the face of God. To be carried away by music for its own sake cannot compare with hearing God’s creative Voice in it.

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA

Walt Whitman 1819–1892
American poet, essayist, novelist, short story writer, journalist, and editor.
Although commonly and critically regarded as one of America’s premier poets, Whitman remains in some ways a controversial figure. Leaves of Grass, his masterpiece, was revolutionary in both its style and content, praising the divinity of the self, of the common individual. The volume was directed at those Americans who, in Whitman’s opinion, had been ignored by their country’s literature, a literature which had typically targeted the upper echelons of society. Throughout his life and work, Whitman promoted himself as the poet of American democracy and of the common man. Yet the focus of his poetry on the sanctity and divinity of the self has been criticized as being more egotistical than spiritual, and his exploration and exaltation of sexuality and homosexuality has been both deplored and downplayed. Additionally, critics have analyzed how the Civil War changed Whitman’s poetry, and have studied his ambivalent views on the subject of the treatment of Native Americans during his lifetime.
 
Biographical Information
Born on Long Island and raised and educated on Long Island and in Brooklyn, Whitman was the second of nine children. Leaving school at age eleven, he worked as a law office clerk, and later, as a typesetter’s apprentice. After teaching school and starting his own newspaper, he began editing various papers. He also published poems and short stories in periodicals. In 1842, Whitman published a temperance novel entitled Franklin Evans; or, the Inebriate; he later dismissed the work as “damned rot.” The first edition of Leaves of Grass was published in 1855 at Whitman’s own expense. Nine editions would eventually be published. During the Civil War, Whitman cared for wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C., beginning in 1862 and later worked as a copyist in the army paymaster’s office from 1863 to 1864. After the war, he worked for a short time for the Department of the Interior but was fired when it was discovered that he was the author of the allegedly obscene Leaves of Grass. Rehired as a Justice Department clerk, Whitman remained in this position until he suffered a paralytic stroke in 1873, which left him partially disabled. He had recently published a philosophical essay, Democratic Vistas (1871) and the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass. While he lived for nearly twenty more years, Whitman produced little new work of significance, focusing instead on revising and rearranging Leaves of Grass.
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