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JULY 25, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 25, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Roots of Reality
We started upon a personal inventory, Step Four. A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process. It is an effort to discover the truth about the stock in trade. One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid of them promptly and without regret. If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values. We has to do exactly the same thing with our lives. We had to take stock honestly.
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“Moments of perception can build into a lifetime of spiritual serenity, as I have excellent reason to know. Roots of reality, supplanting the neurotic underbrush, will hold fast despite the high winds of the forces which would destroy us, or which we would use to destroy ourselves.” 
1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 64
2. LETTER, 1949 
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VERNON HOWARD
 
Our freedom can be measured by the 
number of things we can walk away from.
Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS JULY 25
THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER
For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151
I know the torment of drinking compulsively to quiet my nerves and my fears. I also know the pain of white-knuckled sobriety. Today, I do not forget the unknown person who suffers quietly, withdrawn and hiding in the desperate relief of drinking. I ask my Higher Power to give me His guidance and the courage to be willing to be His instrument to carry within me compassion and unselfish actions. Let the group continue to give me the strength
to do with others what I cannot do alone.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Thoughts of lack manifest as limitation.
Thoughts of abundance manifest as 
success and happiness.
Failure and success are but two ends of the same stick.
Ernest Holmes
 
A genie in the bottle directed my life. 
Anonymous 

“…one of the primary differences between
alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that
nonalcoholics change their behavior 
to meet their goals and alcoholics
change their goals to meet their behaviors.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous


“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,
Too rude, too boist’rous; and it pricks like thorn.”
– Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And From vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
After that, soaring higher than angels –
What you cannot imagine,
I shall be that.
RUMI


A COURSE IN MIRACLES  individual commentary on daily

ACIM Workbook Lesson 208 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“The peace of God is shining in me now.”
This world was made as a fence to keep God out. One of the chief ego mechanisms to keep awareness of God’s Presence hidden is to keep us preoccupied with all the forms found in this world of separation. As long as the ego can keep us busy with endless pursuits that cannot bring us the peace of God, the ego thought system remains in tact.
 
In this world, most, if not all, of the hours of the day are spent directly or indirectly taking care of the body, which we believe is our identity. We are either working to earn money to pay for food, clothing or housing for the body, or we are spending time giving it rest, bathing it, exercising it, preening it, trying to make it “acceptable,” whatever that means to us.
 
When we are not actively involved in these things, we worry about things that could happen to the body, so we build defenses to protect against what might happen. This image that we have of ourselves is so fragile that it seems it can be damaged by as little as a word or a momentary glance, which can throw us into fear or guilt in an instant. All of this keeps our attention on a frantic and frenzied agenda to protect what we think we are.
 
Yet this image has nothing to do with our true reality, with our Self as God created us. This is why we are asked to repeat many times a day for 20 days, “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” This repetition will help us loosen our identification with the false image we have held of ourselves. Each time we can take a moment to be still, to set aside the frenzy of the world ever so little, we move a step closer to recognizing the peace of God that is shining in us right now.
 
As we can still our minds and feel the peace of God, we feel His safety and His strength. The body does not need our protection. It will reflect the safety we know when we remember the peace of God that is shining in our hearts.
 
We are not asked to give up our identification with the body in one fell swoop, for the seeming sacrifice would be too frightening. We are simply asked to practice giving our attention to the fact that we are not a body. This practice will gently wean us from thinking we are a body to recognizing that we are in fact Love’s extension, wholly safe in Love.
 
While we remain in the dream of this world, we will continue doing things to care for the body. But we will recognize more and more that many of the things we thought would keep us safe or make us feel better really accomplish nothing. And so our life will become simpler and easier. Gradually more of our time is used for awakening and serving the awakening of others. Our brothers become less and less adversaries and more and more seen as friends and companions, helping us return Home. I am grateful to be reminded that the peace of God is shining in me now.
 
The merry-go-round of this world will continue to go round and round until we choose to stop it. On this merry-go-round it feels like a swirl of activity, but we are really going nowhere. We are going round and round, repeating the past over and over until we decide to step off and give our mind a rest from the ego thought system. Once we step off, there is quiet. There is stillness. We can experience the peace of God. We can hear the Holy Spirit and be aware of Its returning us to the truth.
 
The doorway through which we return Home is through quieting our minds. When our minds are filled with the ego thought system, there is no room left to feel the peace of God. The peace of God is felt when all that is laid down. The peace of God is eternal. It is always there, waiting for our return. The peace of God is what we are.
 
We may step back on the merry-go-round, but this time we have a new purpose. Everything is given a new meaning. We see everything differently. We realize how important it is to frequently step off and go to that quiet place in our minds where our Holy Spirit brings us peace and understanding.
 
Our gratitude overflows as we learn to let go of fear thoughts and return to the Love we are. We remember we are not a body, we are free. Nothing has changed. We are eternally extensions of Love and nothing else. Just Love eternally. In truth, we do live happily ever after as one, as Love.
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“If you permit your thoughts to dwell on
evil you yourself will become ugly. 
Look only for the good in everything so
you absorb the quality of beauty.”
 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
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Love Is A Drive
Love Is Motivation
“What wild ecstasy,” exclaimed poet John Keats in his poem On A Grecian Urn. Romantic love has many feelings–from wild ecstasy to utter despair.  But common to all those men and women whom we put into the brain scanner was activity in primitive brain regions linked with motivation, with drive.   Romantic love is a basic human drive that evolved millions of years ago to start the mating process with a preferred individual.
 
Like all drives, romantic love is tenacious.  Emotions come and go: you can be angry in the morning and happy in the afternoon.  But if you are in love at dawn, you will remain in love all day and night—often for months, even years.
 
This passion is also focused and goal oriented.   As the thirsty person is dedicated to finding water, the lover is riveted on the beloved.  The goal:  to win him or her.   And just as the parched individual remains focused until their thirst is quenched, the lover single-mindedly concentrates on the beloved–until their sweetheart is won.   The mind becomes consumed with finding, courting and keeping a cherished partner.
 
And, like all drives, romantic love is difficult to control.  As Stendahl wrote, “Love is like a fever; it comes and goes quite independently of the will.”
 
Romantic love is an urge, a need, a homeostatic imbalance, a craving, a drive to win a mating partner.  Perhaps most significant:  like all drives, love is orchestrated in large part by the reward system in the brainstem.  This is the level that controls involuntary reflexes like breathing and heart rate.  No wonder it’s nearly impossible to control this primordial passion
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St.#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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