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JULY 22,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 22,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

Imaginary Perfection
When we early A.A.’s got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: “Don’t try to be a saint by Thursday!” That oldtime admonition may look like another of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying for our best. Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our A.A. way of warning against pride-blindness, and the imaginary perfections that we do not posses.
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Only Step One, where we made the 100 per cent admission that we were powerless over alcohol, can be practiced with absolute perfection. The remaining eleven Steps state perfect ideals. They are goals toward which we look, and the measuring sticks by which we estimate our progress. 
1. GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1961 
2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 68 
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VERNON HOWARD

Run forward when possible, walk ahead when you can, stagger onward when you must, but never cease your forward movement.
Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS JULY 22
“THE GOOD AND THE BAD”
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.”
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
The joy of life is in the giving. Being freed of my shortcomings, that I may more freely be of service, allows humility to grow in me. My shortcomings can be humbly placed in God’s loving care and be removed. The essence of Step Seven is humility, and what better way to seek humility than by giving all of myself – good and bad – to God, so that He may remove the bad and return to me the good.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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A realization of the Presence of God is the
most powerful healing agency known to the mind of man.
Ernest Holmes
 
I got dragged back into the rooms,
thank God I got a sponsor.
Anonymous
 
   … love God and call Him by name.
12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  

 
 
At every instant and from every side, resounds the call of Love: 
We are going to sky, who wants to come with us? 
We have gone to heaven, we have been the friends of the angels, 
And now we will go back there, for there is our country. 
We are higher than heaven, more noble than the angels: 
Why not go beyond them? Our goal is the Supreme Majesty. 
What has the fine pearl to do with the world of dust? 
Why have you come down here? Take your baggage back. What is this place? 
Luck is with us, to us is the sacrifice!… 
Like the birds of the sea, men come from the ocean–the ocean of the soul. 
Like the birds of the sea, men come from the ocean–the ocean of the soul. 
How could this bird, born from that sea, make his dwelling here? 
No, we are the pearls from the bosom of the sea, it is there that we dwell: 
Otherwise how could the wave succeed to the wave that comes from the soul? 
The wave named ‘Am I not your Lord’ has come, it has broken the vessel of the body; 
And when the vessel is broken, the vision comes back, and the union with Him.
RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES  individual commentary on dailies
ACIM Workbook Lesson 205 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I want the peace of God.”
Behind all the false values found in this world are the true values we really want. Behind every conflict and underneath all the drama and masks found within the belief in separation, we really want the peace of God.
 
If we are taking directions from the ego, our efforts to find the peace of God will be directed where it cannot be found, in keeping with the ego’s goal of seek and do not find. Whether somebody murders or tortures or argues with a spouse, all of this is an attempt to solve our problems with the ego, and without the peace of God.
 
The desire to hide from the peace of God is the underlying motive for all our living here. The world was made to be a place where God could not enter. The search for peace in the world takes on twisted forms that look like war and conflict. This is because the ego teaches us that we can find salvation through the elimination of our enemies or some other external change in circumstance. It does not want us to know the peace of God is already in us, given us by God in our creation. The ego thrives on conflict and perceives the peace of God as its enemy.
 
That is why it is so important that we take time each day to practice becoming quiet, stilling our minds and opening our hearts to the peace of God given us before time began. Each instant we are able to set the ego aside, to let go of our identification with a separate self-identity for a moment, we experience a taste of the peace of God, our one goal.
 
Today I will walk hand in hand with the Holy Spirit and let Him guide my way. I trust He will lead me toward the peace of God, for He shares my one goal with me. He is not deceived by the myriad forms of this world. He knows where the peace of God is and will lead me there. I need but follow. I offer Him my willingness and ask for His strength to magnify my willingness so that I may truly remember I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.
 
Early in the Text Jesus tells us the ego becomes strong in strife. This is why the ego loves to make up stories of conflict and tension and war. It loves to make up stories of death, suffering, weakness and vulnerability to outside forces.
 
If we truly opened to the peace of God, all the false stories would be seen as the false mental constructs they are. We would laugh at them because we would recognize they could never be true. We would remember there could be nothing that replaces the peace of God. We would remember we are the peace of God. We would not try to make something else real and try to be what we are not.
 
I have reached the place where I am willing to give up most overt forms of conflict in my search for peace. If I do feel angry or hurt or guilty, I give it to Holy Spirit as fast as I can. Sometimes I take it back, but I keep trying.
 
The ego finds ways, though, to divert me. I stay very busy. There are so many things to do. I say it would be a luxury to experience boredom, but if stillness looks imminent, I become uncomfortable and quickly find something else that must be done. I have convinced myself that this kind of activity is a virtue and to be otherwise would indicate laziness or lack of direction or something.
 
I am coming to understand that all of this frantic activity is my way of avoiding peace. It is like I am afraid to stand still; afraid to let my mind be still. I haven’t been able to release this behavior yet, but I am working on it. I truly do want the peace of God.
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“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

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WAR ON WORDS- Inspired by an article in the FRIDAY magazine
 
Words, especially when used as one-word responses, has become common nowadays, such as, “Fabulous”
“Stunning”
“Awesome”
“I dunno”
“Fine” or 
“Nice”. 
Probably, spilled into our drawing rooms by TV serials, books & movies. This has become more serious over the years. 
 
These words are one-size-fits-all type of responses to any questions thrown at the conversation-killers. I find these words hollow, insipid and just claptrap – blah-blah.
 
These words are now cliché. Frail at their edges and past their prime. Dictionaries update their editions every year with new found words – why don’t they also cast away these one-word superlatives?  
 
When you respond with a one-word “default” answer (which are irksome & uncommunicative), it usually signifies:
 
# you don’t care enough to respond properly
# you wish to put a full stop to the conversation
# you are not in a mood to chat
# you are too embarrassed to talk about the topic
# you are not confident of speaking in depth
# you don’t trust that person
# you are afraid of your feelings OR being dishonest
 
Imagine a world without these stock answers – everyone will have a clear understanding of their feelings, without any grey areas
 
(you may not agree with my views, but I am sure it will set you thinking. My job is done!!)
 
Best regards,
 
R Sudarshan Chari 
Ph:9714-3629278
91-9566155637
 
The orchestra have tuned their instruments,
baton has given the signal & there is a new symphony in play.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St.#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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