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JULY 16, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 16, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
We not only are judged by our words and actions,
 but also we are frequently misjudged by them. 
If you do or say anything at all, 
you will be either judged or misjudged and the
 purity of your motives will not affect the verdict.
 
Therefore, take but little thought of the judgment
of men but in all things strive to earn the commendation
of that still, small voice within you.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Q: Please discuss unseen chains.
A: Said a teacher to his class, ‘To remove an inner chain you must
first become aware of it. Otherwise you will live under the delusion
that you have no chains, which is a terrible chain in itself.’ The
teacher then asked, ‘Are you sometimes fearful that other people
might become angry toward you?’ As the students nodded the teacher
said, “See? This is probably the first time you have had a clear
look at this chain. Now we can proceed intelligently to remove it.'”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 252
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Twenty Four Hours A Day 16,2016
Thought For The Day 
We can believe that God is in His heaven and that He has a purpose for our lives, which will eventually work out as long as we try to live the way we believe He wants us to live.  It has been said that we should “wear the world like a loose garment.”  That means nothing should seriously upset us because we have a deep, abiding faith that God will always take care of us.   To us that means not to be too upset by the surface wrongness of things, but to feel deeply secure in the fundamental goodness and purpose in the universe.  Do I feel deeply secure? 
Meditation For The Day 
Like the shadow of a great rock in a desert land, God is your refuge from the ills of life.  The old hymn says:  “Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.”  God can be your shelter from the storm. God’s power can protect you from every temptation and defeat.   Try to feel His divine power–call on it–accept it–and use it.   Armed with that power, you can face anything.   Each day, seek safety in God’s secret place, in communion with Him.   You cannot be wholly touched or seriously harmed there. God can be your refuge. 
Prayer For The Day 
I pray that I may find a haven in the thought of God.   I pray that I may abide in that Strong Tower, strongly guarded.
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Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the
Thinker what he thinks into it. 
The science of Mind page 322 
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As an insurance against “big-shot-ism” we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours.
12&12 Step Ten, p.92 
 
 
 
I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.
Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 196 Insights
“It can be but myself I crucify.”
I see today’s lesson as very empowering. It is teaching me that all power is in me. There is nothing external to me that can harm me. Nothing, no exceptions. This puts me fully in charge of my experience and it eliminates all belief in enemies. There is no external force in any form to battle against. There is nothing to defend against. All fear, all pain, all sorrow and guilt are products of my own thinking.
 
Since they come from my thinking, I can be free of them by changing my thinking. I need no external help but I do need to be willing to accept the Help that is in my mind, ready to teach me the difference between true and false, real and unreal. My freedom does not wait on time. It waits only on my willingness to let the Holy Spirit in my mind show me the Love behind all the forms of fear I have imagined. My own thoughts are the cause of all my distress.
 
In this world, we are taught and taught again that we must protect ourselves from myriad external forms of danger. Now we are being encouraged to recognize the true source of that perceived danger — our own thoughts. No longer need we be helpless victims. Our power is recognized once again as we accept it is our own thoughts that are the cause and we have the power to change our thoughts.
 
This is perhaps the most difficult part of changing our mind. We have so thoroughly taught ourselves that our thoughts are powerless that we need help in recognizing the falsity of this teaching. By the grace of God we have that Help. It is the Holy Spirit in our minds. He needs only our willingness to open to His teaching for Him to bring us the gift of new perception which shows us our strength, our innocence and our safety.
 
With His vision we see that only Love is real, that God is our Friend and our Father. Now we can walk with confidence and peace, knowing God goes with us wherever we go. We always have a Friend Who will show us the truth, Whom we can trust.
 
I have great gratitude for today’s idea, for by it I am able to recognize my true Strength, my Self, and recognize I am not an ego. I am in truth the extension of Love I was created to be.
 
 
This lesson reminds me how important it is to really look at the thoughts I am putting my belief in. It is these thoughts that create my experience. As long as I continue to believe something outside is the cause of my experience, I am denying my salvation and putting up a barrier against God.
 
It is only the ego’s thought system that generates the idea there is anything outside myself. My job now is to expand my willingness to remember it is always an inside job. As I am willing to monitor my thoughts, I will soon learn to recognize when I am joining with the ego thought system. Joining with this thought system is the same as crucifying myself.
 
The Course tells me it does not take a thousand years to undo the ego thought system. The time is shortened when I am willing to look at ego thoughts and take them to the Holy Spirit to be undone. This needs to be my consistent practice, the one habit I consistently apply to every concern, every anxiety, every circumstance where I am not in peace.
 
In reality, the world is nothing. My belief in separate bodies comes only from my joining with the ego thought system. It is only my thoughts that give a world “outside” me any meaning. I can practice today letting the Holy Spirit give the world all the meaning it has for me.
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O master Weaver of dreams, teach me to loom
 a cushioning carpet of self-realization on which
 all Thy lovers may tread as they travel to the
 shrine of eternal wakefulness.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“There was a Door to which I found no Key
There was a Veil past which I could not see
Some little Talk awhile of ME and THEE
There seemed–and then no more of THEE and ME.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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