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JULY 11,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 11,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
It takes courage, intelligence, initiative and deep emotions to make
 a really successful fool. The timid, under-imaginative, cowardly seldom do.
 
We as alcoholics made fools of ourselves, it is true, but, in so doing, 
we experienced more, we lived more, we suffered more. 
These are the ingredients of a liberal education.
 
If wisdom could be dissected, there would be a large portion of Folly, 
Defeat, Suffering and just plain Damned Foolishness in its makeup.
 
By the same token, our foolishness taught us valuable lessons 
that could not have been acquired anywhere else.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“There exists a great wisdom surpassing 
ordinary human knowledge,
and you are now reading about it.”
Cosmic Command, # 19
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 11,2016
Thought For The Day 
We in Alcoholics Anonymous do not try to chart the path for the 
human soul or try to lay out a blueprint of the working of faith, as 
one might plan a charity drive.  We do tell the newcomer that we have 
 renewed our faith in a Higher Power.  In the telling, our faith is 
 further renewed.  We believe that faith is always close at hand, 
 waiting for those who will listen to the heartbeat of the spirit.  We 
believe there is a force for good in the universe and that if we link 
up with this force, we are carried onward to a new life.  Am I in this 
stream of goodness? 
Meditation for the Day 
God will protect you from the forces of evil, if you will rely on Him. 
You can face all things through the power of God which strengthens  you.  Once God has set on you His stamp and seal of ownership, all His strength will serve and protect you.  Remember that you are a child of  the Father.  Realize that the Father’s help is always ready and available to all His children, so that they can face anything.  God will do all that is necessary for your spiritual well-being, if you will let Him live His way. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may rely on God as I go through this day. I pray that I may feel deeply secure, no matter what happens to me.
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It is the nature of the creative power to take form,
 and it is the nature of [humans] to use it. 
The science of mind page 163 
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But it is better to meet God alone
 than with one who might misunderstand.
BB How It Works, p.63  
 
 
Roses shine in the day beside your tune.
 Be aware, earth, who sleeps inside you!
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 191 Insights
“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
Today’s lesson is another step in the complete reversal of all I have thought is true. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.” This is definitely not the way I thought of myself. The list of all the forms of lovelessness given in the first paragraph, last sentence, is more in line with what I have been used to seeing. Yet I am learning this is only the effect of denying my Identity.
 
On a feeling level, there has always been a faint glimmer, deep in the recesses of my mind that the world I experienced and the identity I believed was me was not really true. It comes with great relief and a joyous “I knew it!” to read this lesson. I feel it releasing me from the pain of a loveless identity. I feel it resonating in my heart with a song of joy. That faint glimmer is fanned into an ever brightening flame each time I affirm, “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
 
I feel the relief of recognition of what is true and release from a false identity that never could be true. I walk with a lighter step and a gentle smile on my face. I look on a more benevolent world. The gratitude I feel reaches out in blessing to all and comes back to me magnified a thousand times. The Light in me recognizes the Light in you and we join together in our Creator, our Source. And I remember I am as Love created me.
 
 
Today’s lesson is about what the whole Course is about — helping and encouraging us to accept our true Identity as an extension of Love. “You are as God created you. All else but this one thing is folly to believe.” (4:2-3)
 
I see it is my job to watch my thoughts and look at what I am believing as I go through my day today and every day. Am I remembering all power is given to me in earth and Heaven? Am I remembering there is nothing I cannot do? Or am I playing the game of being weak and frail? Am I thinking I am helpless?
 
The way out of the dream is to see the barriers I am placing in the way of my recognition that my true Identity is an extension of Love and nothing else. And these barriers come in the form of placing my beliefs in limiting thoughts. Am I accepting limitation as true this minute? How are my thoughts denying my Identity as a Son of God?
 
Today’s lesson gets to the core of awakening. It gets to the core of how to free myself from thoughts that deny my Identity. It teaches me to reverse my thinking. It teaches me to refuse to believe in the games of limitation I have accepted as true. Practicing this lesson helps me let go of the bondage of a world that is trying to be the opposite of God. In order to do this, I must be willing to quiet my busy mind frequently through the day and let my mind be filled with the truth of my Identity as an extension of Love. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
 
 
This is such an incredible lesson and I feel grateful as I realize I am willing to believe it. When I read it the first time, I could not even bring myself to say it out loud! My resistance was so strong that I could barely understand what I was reading. Over time, I have lessened my resistance and today as I read it I was filled with joy. I don’t fully accept it as true, but now my resistance is more of a, “I don’t fully accept it — now,” variety. I recognize I want it and I can envision it happening. I can see the blocks to full acceptance and am glad to work on releasing them.
 
This morning Holy Spirit showed me one of the blocks I need to release. During my meditation I started thinking about an error I made awhile back and was surprised at how much I was still bothered by it. Later while I was dressing I thought of something else that happened yesterday and was irritated all over again. When this happened a third time, I got the hint. I thought about the passage in another lesson that assures us Holy Spirit cannot be delayed in His teaching by our errors, only in our unwillingness to let them go. I thanked Holy Spirit for helping me to see what I was doing and asked His help in releasing the past.
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It is wise now and then to remove yourself from everyday considerations, to calm your mind and try to understand what kind of a person you are and what kind of person you want to be.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“Of all my seeking this is all my gain:
No agony of any mortal brain
Shall wrest the secret of the life of man; 
The Search has taught me that the Search is vain.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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