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JULY 1,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 1,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Realization From “An Open Heart”:
“Suddenly, the words on the page hit me: ‘The number of times that you win or lose is not important. The only thing that matters is the number of times that you try.’ For several years I had tried to get someone else to solve my problem for me, but I had not realized I was doing so until that moment of insight. ‘… That you try.’ I was exhilarated. Now I knew that I was an alcoholic and that I had the only qualification for membership in A.A., a desire to stop drinking.”
New York, New York
1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 50
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When I give I give myself. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS

THE BEST FOR TODAY
The principles we have set down are guides to progress.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 60
Just as a sculptor will use different tools to achieve desired effects in creating a work of art, in Alcoholics Anonymous the Twelve Steps are used to bring about results in my own life. I do not overwhelm myself with life’s problems, and how much more work needs to be done. I let myself be comforted in knowing that my life is now in the hands of my Higher Power, a master craftsman who is shaping each part of my life into a unique work of art. By working my program I can be satisfied, knowing that “in doing the best that we can for today, we are doing all that God asks of us.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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When prayer removes distrust and
doubt and enters the field of mental
certainty, it becomes faith;
and the universe is built on faith.
Quote by Ernest Holmes

When your life is filled with the desire
to see the holiness in everyday life,
something magical happens:
ordinary life becomes extraordinary,
and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!
Rabbi Harold Kushner

 
A glass of water gave me the feeling that all is well.
Anonymous
 
 “Everything in the universe is within you.
Ask all from yourself.” – Rumi

 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 184 Insights
“The Name of God is my inheritance.”
Names are how we identify things. So when I affirm the Name of God is my inheritance, I am affirming God’s Identity is mine. I share His Identity and all His attributes. The Identity of God is my Inheritance. This Identity seems very different than the identity I have been accustomed to thinking is me. I am not the body with a name people call it. I am not the body’s behavior or its collection of experiences during its “life.” My body’s family history has nothing to do with my Identity.
 
My true Identity I share with God. This Identity is my own. It is the acceptance of my inheritance, my true Identity, that frees me from all the limits of identifying myself as a separate entity with a separate mind that thinks private thoughts. My Identity is Love, because God is Love and I have inherited His Identity.
 
When I think or act without Love, it is only because I have mistaken my identity. I believe I am separate and alone. It is only in believing this that I could imagine I am without Love, unloving or unlovable. It is this mistaken belief that needs correcting.
 
As I focus on the idea that the Identity of God is my inheritance, it begins to gradually dissolve this mistaken belief. At first it seems nothing is happening, but with continued diligence and practice, this hardened belief begins to soften around the edges. What seemed unquestionable starts being raised to doubt. The certainty of the belief weakens and my mind begins to open to the possibility of another vision, another perception. Now the door begins to open to the recognition of my true Identity. I am profoundly grateful for these lessons, which are opening the way for me to see my unity with all my brothers in the unity of God, in the unity of Love.
 
The part of the lesson that stands out to me the most is, “And yet His Name becomes the final lesson that all things are one, and at this lesson does all learning end.” So now, my job is to learn the lesson of oneness, to learn all names are unified. My job now is to see past the separate names to the one Name of God That is everyone’s true Identity.
 
Applying this lesson seems very difficult at times and the ego would tell me to give up trying because it is impossible. The Holy Spirit tells me this is the only meaningful lesson for me to learn and no one can fail who truly seeks to return to the oneness of God. The oneness of God lies beyond all the false images of separate bodies. God’s Oneness is the only thing that is true.
 
The way to learn this lesson that is helpful for me is to keep a close connection with the Holy Spirit all through the day. I ask, what is my level of peace? What is my level of joy? These are the effects of my connection with Holy Spirit. If I am not feeling peace, then it becomes a signal for me to return to peace, which comes from the Holy Spirit in my mind.
 
The Holy Spirit will help me see past separate bodies and find the one Name of God behind all the illusions of separation. The Holy Spirit brings my mind to truth and reminds me illusions are not real. They are simply illusions of separation and nothing more. The Holy Spirit reminds me not to give them meaning. As I remove the meaning I have given these symbols of separation, the One Identity That lies behind them comes more clearly into focus.
 
At this stage, this lesson from the Holy Spirit takes diligence and much practice. Many times I forget and make illusions real again. Then I lose my sense of peace, joy and inner happiness. This becomes the signal again to return to the lessons the Holy Spirit has to teach me, the lesson of oneness.
 
This one lesson is all I need to receive. This one lesson is all I need to give. We are all one Identity. We have only one Name and That is the name of our Father.
 
 
Applying this lesson does indeed seem difficult. I can’t give up trying because then where would that leave me? There is no other place to go, is there?
 
I have been thinking today how hard I have resisted these lessons. This resistance has been going on for a long time. It is not nearly as strong as it used to be, so I can definitely see progress. But I still resist. I think my resistance is the only thing impeding my progress. I believe the Course is a perfect and certain way out of the world that I have made. I think being free of this illusion is the only thing worth striving for. And still I resist. It is hard to fathom.
 
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Be as simple as you can be;
you will be astonished to see
how uncomplicated and happy 
your life can become.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
About Ernest Holmes part 9
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 MOVES TO CALIFORNIA-1912
While Ernest Holmes was pursuing his studies in Boston, his brother Fenwicke had been studying at the Hartford Theological Seminary, had become a Congregational minister and moved to Venice, California, to begin a new church. Mother Holmes went with Fenwicke and lived with him.
 
Ernest Holmes visited them in 1912 at the age of 25, liked California, and settled down there, assisting Fenwicke in his church. He helped Fenwicke in many areas, one of them being in the organization of the Junior Church. Mother Holmes also assisted in Fenwicke’s church, working for the community’s needy citizens and organizing fundraisers for the church. It was in a similar area many years later that she worked for the Institute of Religious Science.
 
Ernest Holmes went to work as a purchasing agent and playground director for the city of Venice a job he held for three years. The position provided him ample time to read. Discovering a metaphysical library in nearby Los Angeles, he continued to broaden his education. “I began to read and study everything I could get hold of,” he said.
 
SECOND MAJOR INFLUENCE – HOLMES DISCOVERS TROWARD
Ernest Holmes discovered the writings of Thomas Troward, reading The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science and The Doré Lectures. Troward, an Englishman, was an nineteenth century judge in India, who approached mental science as one might expect of a person trained in the law. He stated his case, then logically proved it. Ernest liked the conclusive reasoning Troward employed in his discussions of metaphysics and felt the judge’s arguments confirmed his own theories.
 
“The thing I like about Troward is that he gives a scientific or logical explanation of whatever he claims,” Ernest said. “Take the idea of ‘unity,’ for example. He quotes from the ancient teachers of India, the Vedantists, saying that it is impossible to have two infinities, for if there were two, neither of them could be infinite. Therefore, there is only one.”
 
“Troward shows that if the originating Life Principle is infinite, or limitless, then the whole of Spirit must be present at every point in space at the same moment. It must be Omnipresent in its entirety…. All Spirit is concentrated at any point in space that we may fix our thought upon.”
 
Troward’s writings had a great impact on Ernest, who believed they were the closest thing to his own philosophy he had yet encountered. “Troward eclipsed anything I ever read,” Ernest once said. “In fact, I couldn’t help saying to myself, ‘This is exactly what I feel. This solves the problem of dualism. This is the Law. ” If it was Emerson who ignited the passion and poetry in Holmes, it was Troward who fueled the intellect.
 
From Troward, Ernest Holmes became convinced:
 
1. There is an impersonal Law of the universe that is creative.
 
2. We create our own dungeons or destiny by using the same creative power that created the universe.
 
3. Omnipresence. Wherever Spirit is at all the whole of Spirit must be. “There is not a spot where God is not.”
 
4. We can use this God Power within us consciously to change our life for the better.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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