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JULY 14,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 14,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“When we became alcoholics, crushed
by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade,
we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God
is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
We Agnostics, pg. 53
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VERNON HOWARD

“Hoping for something good to come is unnecessary self-torment, for
all goodness is now available to your perception.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 533
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DAILY REFLECTIONS 14 July
A NOURISHING INGREDIENT
Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 74
How often do I focus on my problems and frustrations? When I am having a “good day” these same problems shrink in importance and my preoccupation with them dwindles. Wouldn’t it be better if I could find a key to unlock the “magic” of my “good days” for use on the woes of my “bad days?”
I already have the solution! Instead of trying to run away from my pain and wish my problems away, I can pray for humility! Humility will heal the pain. Humility will take me out of myself. Humility, that strength granted to me by that “power greater than myself,” is mine for the asking! Humility will bring balance back into my life. Humility will allow me to accept my humanness joyously.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns. This is not easy, for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed. If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.
Ernest Holmes
 
I’m learning in AA that when the s*** hits 
the fan, to unplug the fan , and call my sponsor. 
Anonymous 
 
“I am gift.” All that I am is something that’s given, and given freely. Being doesn’t cost anything. There’s no price tag, no strings attached.
THOMAS MERTON
 
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.
Rumi
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary
ACIM Workbook Lesson 197 Insights
“It can be but my gratitude I earn.”
Ingratitude is another word for unforgiveness. The whole ego thought system came from ingratitude for God’s gift of all His Love. It was wanting more than everything. When I have been able to truly forgive a brother, when I recognize no harm occurred, my heart overflows with gratitude. The space resentment had taken in my mind is freed to receive the gift of Love. With Love, gratitude is inevitable, for it is an aspect of Love.
 
When I experience pain, whether it be emotional or physical, it reflects ingratitude and unforgiveness. I do not need to earn God’s gratitude, for His gratitude for His extension, which is my Self, has never ceased. But I do need to earn my own gratitude through forgiveness. Without my gratitude, I can neither recognize nor accept God’s. One of the central themes of the Course is that we perceive God as we perceive ourselves. So if I have ingratitude, I will believe God is not grateful for me. Because I believe I can withhold Love and do withhold it when I am not grateful, I believe God withholds His Love when I perceive Him as ungrateful.
 
To earn my gratitude, I must recognize my unforgivenesses and offer them to the Holy Spirit so He can help me recognize them for the illusions they are. With His help I can release these illusions and make room for the gratitude that is innate in my Self.
 
Holy Spirit, I ask your help to recognize unforgiveness so I may let it go.
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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.”. … 
“Live each moment completely
and the future will take care of itself.
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA 
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CARL SAGAN
by Austin Cline
ON FAITH
Sagan suggested that people believed in God to rekindle the wonder of childhood and because it’s nice to believe someone is looking out for humanity. He wasn’t among such individuals.
 
Faith is clearly not enough for many people. They crave hard evidence, scientific proof. They long for the scientific seal of approval, but are unwilling to put up with the rigorous standards of evidence that impart credibility to that seal. 
 
You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe. [Dr. Arroway in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985]
 
My faith is strong I don’t need proofs, but every time a new fact comes along it simply confirms my faith. [Palmer Joss in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 172.]
 
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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