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JULY 28, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 28, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
Men may call themselves atheists, agnostics, unbelievers or what have you. But the fact still remains that man must believe in something.
 
If he thinks his own presence here on earth is simply an accident in the forces of nature, then he must believe that the forces of nature are able to create him with all his delicately adjusted organism. To do this, the forces of nature would need to have intelligence in a very high degree and, in addition, there must be a tremendous creative force to carry out the dictates of that intelligence. He, himself, could not do this, so this force of nature is superior in a vast degree to himself. Bingo! He has found the God of his understanding; let him call Him what he may.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Spiritual heroism is when you do what is right even while feeling
threatened by something inside you that opposes what is right. Now
I want you to live with that statement, I want you to know that you
do have an elementary sensing of what you should be doing
with your life here on earth. You have a sensing of that.
 
However, you’re not very spiritually heroic and brave and audacious.
You know what is right, but you listen to what is wrong. You listen
to what is wrong because you’re so afraid that you won’t have the
strength to carry out those guides of rightness. You are not sup-
posed to have the strength, you don’t have it, and you never will
have it, but you can own it because you’re taking it from a place
that is much higher than your usual nature.”
from a talk given 4/21/1991
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 28,2016
Thought for the Day 
To continue the paraphrase of the psalm: “The judgments of 
the Twelve Steps are true and righteous altogether. More to 
be desired are they than whiskey, yea, than much fine whiskey, 
sweeter also than wine. Moreover, by them are alcoholics 
warned and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can 
understand our alcoholism? Cleanse us from secret faults. Keep 
us from presumptuous resentments. Let them not have dominion 
over us. Then shall we be upright and free of the great 
transgression.” Am I resolved that liquor will never again 
have dominion over me? 
Meditation for the Da
God can be your shield. Then no problems of the world can harm 
you. Between you and all scorn and indignity from others is your 
trust in God, like a shining shield. Nothing can th en have the 
power to spoil your inward peace. With this shield, you can 
attain this inward peace quickly, in your surroundings as well 
as in your heart. With this inward peace, you do not need to 
resent the person who troubles you. Instead, you can overcome 
the resentment in your own mind which may have been aroused by 
that person. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may strive for inward peace. I pray that I may not 
be seriously upset, no matter what happens around me.
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 As we bring ourselves to a greater vision,
 we induce a greater concept and thereby 
demonstrate more in our experience. 
The science of Mind page 282
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We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.
BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
 
 
Love will find its way through all languages on its own.
Rumi
 
 
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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Develop the individuality that is an expression 
of His presence within you, which is your true Self. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow;
 and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire.
Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since 
“the rest of your life” won’t last forever.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Quatrains – Ballades
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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