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JULY 20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 20,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Commitment From “Destinations”:
“That first step is very important, whether it is the first step of a beloved child learning to walk or the First Step, taken by a man on his way to a new life. Looking into my little ones’ faces, I can see the same qualities that we need for the Twelve Steps of A.A.: daring, to stake everything on the attempt; a sense of direction, to be followed with no swerving, no detour; decision, to move forward with out hesitation or reservation; determination, to make it all the way. Destination: a full life, a free life, a serene life.”
Albany, Australia 1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 93
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VERNON HOWARD

“If we say, ‘There is a vastness to life which is unseen at present,’
we are stating a fact. It may not be our experience as yet, but it is
still a fact which nothing can destroy. So we are in a good position.
From this position we can begin to see life in a different way, the
way of non-division, of wholeness. We can begin seeing the entire
ocean instead of individual waves. What are some of these waves?
Obsessive ambition. Finding false comfort in crowds. Demanding
respect. Pretending to know. Individual waves cannot support a
ship. But the smooth and entire ocean easily does so.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 56
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DAILY REFLECTIONS  20 July
SHORTCOMINGS REMOVED
But now the words “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works” began to carry bright promise and meaning.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75
When I put the Seventh Step into action I must remember that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn’t say, “Humbly asked Him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings.” For years, I filled in the imaginary blank with “Help me!” “Give me the courage to,” and “Give me the strength,” etc. The Step says simply that God will remove my shortcomings. The only footwork I must do is “humbly ask,” which for me means asking with the knowledge that of myself I am nothing, the Father within “doeth the works.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am
Ernest Holmes
 
I went to Santa Monica and got a really 
good job and my brain went from no way 
to taking that first drink. 
Anonymous 
 
True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail.
Rajneesh
 
Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.
Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary
ACIM Workbook Lesson 203 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I call upon God’s Name and on my own.”
“I call upon God’s Name and on my own” is another way of reminding me I am not a body. If my name is the same as God’s Name, then I must share the same characteristics as God. God is not a body so I must not be a body. God is innocent and wholly loving, so I must be innocent and wholly loving.
 
To call upon God’s Name is to remind me of my Source and What I am. God has no fear, so fear must be alien to me as well. God does not condemn and so I must not condemn. Any image I believe about myself that is different from this is a false image that limits me and blinds me to the truth about myself.
 
To call upon God’s Name is to open my mind to receive the truth of What I am. This is what I truly desire at the core of my being. I truly want to remember What I am. This Self God created is where I find comfort and peace. It is the part of me that remembers God’s Name is my own, along with all my brothers. It is the part of me that sees only unity and therefore is perfectly safe always.
 
Holy Spirit, help me see with the vision of my Self. Help me see the loving innocence of my brother so I may recognize it in myself. Today I would receive Your meaning for everything I look upon. Help me be the Love I was created to be and see It everywhere. Help me answer every call for Love with Love and thereby teach myself that only Love is real.
 
God is universal. God is the truth of all that is real. When I forget God, I am forgetting my Source, my true Identity. When I forget my Source, I am dreaming a dream of being separate from What I truly am. The way out of this is to return to letting God back into my awareness. The way out of this is to be willing to wake up from the dream of separation.
 
Anything other than God is a dream. That is why remembering God is my deliverance. “I call upon God’s Name and on my own” helps me remember the truth. There is nothing other than God. That truth is my safety and my joy. Remembering this truth is my salvation.
 
I would remind myself of the truth frequently today. I would let my mind be healed of belief that anything other than God is real. This is how I rest in God today. This is how I wake up from the dream.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Father, teach me to include the prosperity
of others in the pursuit of my own prosperity.
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
 
 
 
CARL SAGAN
by Austin Cline
REASON AND RELIGION
Sagan spoke at length about reason and religion. He believed in the former but not in the latter. Here’s what he had to say:
 
One prominent American religion confidently predicted that the world would end in 1914. Well, 1914 has come and gone, and – whole the events of that year were certainly of some importance – the world did not, at least so far as I can see, seem to have ended. There are at least three responses that an organized religion can make in the face of such a failed and fundamental prophecy. They could have said, Oh, did we say ‘1914’? So sorry, we meant ‘2014’. A slight error in calculation. Hope you weren’t inconvenienced in any way. But they did not. They could have said, Well, the world would have ended, except we prayed very hard and interceded with God so He spared the Earth. But they did not. Instead, the did something much more ingenious. They announced that the world had in fact ended in 1914, and if the rest of us hadn’t noticed, that was our lookout. It is astonishing in the fact of such transparent evasions that this religion has any adherents at all. But religions are tough. Either they make no contentions which are subject to disproof or they quickly redesign doctrine after disproof. The fact that religions can be so shamelessly dishonest, so contemptuous of the intelligence of their adherents, and still flourish does not speak very well for the tough- mindedness of the believers. But it does indicate, if a demonstration was needed, that near the core of the religious experience is something remarkably resistant to rational inquiry.
[Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain]
 
In a democracy, opinions that upset everyone are sometimes exactly what we need. We should be teaching our children the scientific method and the Bill of Rights.
[Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan]
 
Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? [Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark]
 
(When asked merely if they accept evolution, 45 percent of Americans say yes. The figure is 70 percent in China.) When the movie Jurassic Park was shown in Israel, it was condemned by some Orthodox rabbis because it accepted evolution and because it taught that dinosaurs lived a hundred million years ago–when, as is plainly stated at every `and every Jewish wedding ceremony, the Universe is less than 6,000 years old.
 [Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, p. 325]
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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