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JULY 1,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 1,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
The span of human life is such a small part of eternity that the length of your life, whether it be 20 years or 100, is of no moment. Yet the lifespan of some men has, and will continue to have, great influence upon many succeeding generations.
 
If you can by one single act do something that will benefit just one person 50 years from now, you will have done more than millions who have before you. Few leave anything to posterity when they die that will outlive their tombstone.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“God is here for a purpose.
All you have to do is ask.
Don’t want to stay you.
God will help you to choose something higher than yourself.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 1311
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 1,2016
Thought for the Day 
In following the A.A. program with its twelve steps, we 
have the advantage of a better understanding of our problems. 
Day after day our sobriety results in the formation of new 
habits, normal habits. As each twenty-four-hour period ends, 
we find that the business of staying sober is a much less 
trying and fearsome ordeal than it seemed in the beginning. 
Do I find it easier as I go alone? 
Meditation for the Day 
Learn daily the lesson of trust and calm in the midst of the 
storms of life. Whatever of sorrow or difficulty the day may 
bring, God’s command to you is the same. Be grateful, humble, 
calm, and loving to all people. Leave each soul the better 
for having met you or heard you. For all kinds of people, 
this should be your attitude: a loving desire to help and an 
infectious spirit of calmness and trust in God. You have the 
answer to loneliness and fear, which is calm faith in the 
goodness and purpose in the universe. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may he calm in the midst of storms. I pray that 
I may pass on this calmness to others who are lonely and full 
of fear.
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Anything You Can Dream Of is not too great for you to undertake,
 if it hurts no man and brings happiness and good into your life. 
The science of mine page 288 
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It was the beginning of true kinship with man and God.
12&12 Step Five, p.57  
 
 
 We have been busy accumulating solace.
 It makes us afraid of who we are. 
Rumi (The core of masculinity)
 

 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 181 Insights
“I trust my brothers, who are one with me.”
What stands out to me in today’s lesson, including the introduction, is the idea that these lessons are about practice. We are not expected to be perfectly consistent in remembering every moment of the day to see the innocence in our brothers. But we are asked to practice. Each time we remember to practice, we give ourselves a gift. We give ourselves the opportunity to experience the peace that comes with seeing the innocence of our brothers.
 
The ego loves to keep us preoccupied with focus on all the times we have failed to see our brother’s innocence or have failed to apply the lessons or ideas presented in the Course. It loves to point out these failures as proof that we will continue to fail in the future. This lesson clearly identifies this ego strategy as a defense against our release. As we remember neither the past nor the future are here now, we can focus on the present moment. It is in the present moment that we can see our brother free of all our past mistakes as well as our perception of his.
 
If we are able to bring our full attention for just a brief moment each day to look past the images of this world and see the face of Christ in a brother, we have given ourselves a magnificent gift. The peace we experience in that moment will motivate us to keep practicing. That is what the exercises in these lessons are designed to do — to bring us the experience that will motivate us to practice more.
 
In the beginning, we practice doing the exercises as prescribed, sometimes not even understanding them. Sometimes they have no conscious affect. All we are asked to do is practice. We don’t have to agree with the ideas. We don’t have to even understand them. We need only practice. The exercises do have effects, whether they are recognized or not. As we have more and more instants of peace and of happiness, our motivation grows to be more diligent in our practice.
 
The periods of resistance do not matter. They will pass as we continue to practice. We need not battle against the resistance. We need only practice the exercises. The gift of peace and happiness the practice brings will overshadow the resistance and it will gently fade away. So today I will practice seeing that my brother is one with me. We share one Self and I can trust that Self, for It is Love.
 
 
In today’s lesson Jesus is asking me to practice seeing the Light of Christ in my brother, the truth in him instead of the illusions. He knows as I practice having this focus of looking for the truth of Love in my brother, I will remember I am Love.
 
As I practice seeing the truth in my brother, today and every day, Jesus knows I will return to remembering my Self. The truth in my brother and in me are one truth. This practice helps me feel the peace that comes from my inheritance. From the experience of this peace will come the motivation to strengthen the one goal I am being led to.
 
I am being led to being single-minded. I am being led to knowing only God. How I get there is by seeing my brother’s innocence instead of his mistakes. I can’t have both focuses at the same time. I must choose one. Jesus is helping me with this choice. And with my choice of seeing the innocence behind the illusions, I am returned to the one Self we all are. Today is a day of practice, practice in seeing my brother’s innocence, who is one with me.
 
 
This lesson says that a major hazard to success has been involvement with our past and future goals. This is so true for me because I know a lot of my fear of being “successful” with this Course is based on my seeming past failures. The lesson also says these concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception. Although I still need much practice on changing my perception, I’m learning to quiet my mind long enough to not make any judgments or have an opinion on a situation. In doing this, I believe I leave myself open to let the Holy Spirit work through me.
 
At that point I might not have a better opinion of my brother or the situation, but at least I have no opinion instead of a bad one. And if I’m consistent in this practice, I do eventually begin to see my brother and/or the situation in a different light. The Course does claim to be a Course in mind training and this is exactly what we do by practicing these lessons.
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When you enter the valley of divine love, 
you feel it filled with the loving presence of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“When you have planted
the rose of Love into your heart
your life has not been in vain.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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