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JULY 17,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 17,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Gratitude 
“Another exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine – both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude.  When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress I may have been enabled to make in some areas of living.  I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.” 
Bill W., March 1962
1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271 
I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like. 
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“A willingness to abandon the old and 
the useless makes room for
the new and the beneficial.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 2
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DAILY REFLECTIONS  17 July
SURRENDER AND SELF-EXAMINATION
My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive.
Thus I think it can work out with emotional sobriety. If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependency and its consequent unhealthy demand. Let us, with God’s help, continually surrender these hobbling demands. Then we can be set free to live and love; we may then be able to Twelfth Step ourselves and others into emotional sobriety.
— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 238
Years of dependency on alcohol as a chemical mood-changer deprived me of the capability to interact emotionally with my fellows. I thought I had to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-motivated in a world of unreliable people. Finally I lost my self-respect and was left with dependency, lacking any ability to trust myself or to believe in anything. Surrender and self-examination while sharing with newcomers helped me to ask humbly for help.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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You are an eternal being now on the pathway of endless unfoldment, never less but always more yourself. Life is not static. It is forever dynamic, forever creatingnot something done and finished, but something alive, awake and aware. There is something within you that sings the song of eternity. Listen to it.
Ernest Holmes
 
Today I will be bull******** all of you. 
Anonymous 
 
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
Nelson Mandela
 
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
RUMI
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary
ACIM Workbook Lesson 200 Insights
“There is no peace except the peace of God.”
Fully accepting “There is no peace except the peace of God” simplifies life immensely. To find comfort, I do not need to try to organize outer circumstances to meet conditions I think will bring me peace. Peace cannot be found in outer conditions. I do not need to find a certain relationship to be happy and at peace. Peace cannot be found in a relationship with an image I perceive as outside of me. All the efforts to make external conditions that will make me happy and comfort me and bring me peace can never succeed. There is no peace to be found there.
 
As long as I believe there is an “other,” there is the potential for conflict. The peace of God is one because One is all there is. We are all part of that One. I simply need to let go of searching for peace where it cannot be found and peace will dawn upon my mind automatically, for it is already there. This means anything that seems to disturb my peace of mind is only disturbing because of the meaning I have given it. The disturbance is only in my mind.
 
This is good news, because if the disturbance is only in my mind, it is totally in my hands to let it go. I have the power in every moment to choose the peace of God. I need only forgive myself for imagining there was something else and let it go. What’s more, I have a powerful Friend in my mind, the Holy Spirit, Who shares His strength and vision with me to help me forgive and let go. I am never alone, ever. And I am glad and thankful this is so.
 
In this lesson Jesus makes it clear what to ask for. In paragraph 3 he tells us, “Yet you can ask as easily for love, for happiness, and for eternal life in peace that has no ending. Ask for this, and you can only win. To ask for what you have already must succeed. To ask that what is false be true can only fail. Forgive yourself for vain imaginings.”
 
As I learn to ask for the peace of God instead of trying to make this world real, I am asking for union rather than separation. As I learn to ask for the peace of God, I do not try to change the world. I simply realize it is not really there. I realize what I am seeing comes from my desire to see separation.
 
As I change what I desire to see with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will see unity where I once saw separation. I will see there is really only one mind where I once saw separate bodies. I will be led to experience the peace of God.
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Heavenly Spirit, bless me that I may
easily find happiness instead of 
becoming worried at every test and difficulty.
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
 
CARL SAGAN
by Austin Cline
ON GOD
Sagan rejected the idea of God and perceptions of such a being in society. He said:
 
The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying… it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. 
 
In many cultures it is customary to answer that God created the universe out of nothing. But this is mere temporizing. If we wish courageously to pursue the question, we must, of course ask next where God comes from? And if we decide this to be unanswerable, why not save a step and conclude that the universe has always existed? [Carl Sagan, Cosmos, p. 257]
 
Anything you don’t understand, Mr. Rankin, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say God did it. [Dr. Arroway in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 166.]
 
Many statements about God are confidently made by theologians on grounds that today at least sound specious. Thomas Aquinas claimed to prove that God cannot make another God, or commit suicide, or make a man without a soul, or even make a triangle whose interior angles do not equal 180 degrees. But Bolyai and Lobachevsky were able to accomplish this last feat (on a curved surface) in the 19th century, and they were not even approximately gods.
[Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain]
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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