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JULY 30, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 30, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
Man is the only animal that smiles, 
and he is the only one that has need of it. 
Not that God provided more for the animal
 kingdom than He did for us.
 But man, through the stupid misuse of his
 willpower and his other advantages,
 has brought misfortunes upon himself that
 would be unendurable but for the healing
 balm of smiles and a sense of humor.
 
No man is completely beaten as long as he can smile, 
and we know from past experience that we can wade
 out of most of our messes on the stepping stones of good-humored grins.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Your opportunity to win self-newness is right now,
 so go after it right now.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1402
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 30,2016
Thought for the Day 
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with 
its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise, 
and perhaps its poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond 
our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in 
splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. 
Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as 
yet unborn. Do I still worry too much about tomorrow?
Meditation for the Day 
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence 
of things not seen.” Faith is not seeing, but believing. 
Down through the ages, there have always been those who 
obeyed the heavenly vision, not seeing but believing in 
God. And their faith was rewarded. So shall it be to you. 
Good things will happen to you. You cannot see God, but 
you can see the results of faith in human lives, changing 
them from defeat to victory. God’s grace is available to 
all who have faith-not seeing, but believing. With faith, 
life can be victorious and happy. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may have faith enough to believe without seeing. 
I pray that I may be content with the results of my faith.
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Anything You Can Dream It is not too
 great for you to undertake, 
if it hurts no man and brings happiness 
and good into your life. 
The science of Mind page 288 
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We thank God from the bottom of our 
heart that we know Him better.
BB Into Action, p.75  
 
 
All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light. 
~Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 210 Insights
Review:
“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”
What stands out to me in this lesson is that God’s Will for me is joy and only joy. If I am not experiencing joy, I must be choosing against God’s Will. Pain is my own idea, not a Thought of God. All the discomfort I experience — stress, anxiety, impatience, feeling hurried — are all the result of choosing against God’s Will. Choosing God’s Will must bring me joy because that is what His Will is.
 
Is it a sacrifice to accept the joy of God? Part of me must think it is because part of my mind tenaciously hangs on to this image I have made of myself that never feels quite secure or safe and seems to need to be constantly alert for hazards of some kind. This image of a vulnerable self hides from my awareness the Self that knows and is the joy of God.
 
The joy of God is already in me. In fact, the joy of God is me. I don’t need to do anything to experience His joy. I only need to stop maintaining a false image that obscures awareness of my true Self. That is why I must continue to repeat, “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” As I reinforce this focus more and more, the false image of a limited self softens and fades. The way is gradually cleared to see the joyous Self God created one with Him. As I withdraw identification with the limitations of a body, I am free to choose the joy of God instead of pain.
 
I am willing today to continue to practice remembering I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. I can choose the joy of God instead of pain. This choice is simply the choice to be what I am in truth. I am deeply grateful for these lessons, which help me release a false self-image and clear the way for return to my Self as God created me.
 
This morning I woke up with a sore muscle in my shoulder. In today’s lesson I am reminded that pain is my own idea. It is not a Thought of God. This is one more place where I need to open my mind to the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. The pain in my shoulder is an effect of a thought apart from Him and from His Will. My job now is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions and let myself be led to a change of mind.
 
On my own, I do not know. The Holy Spirit is the healer and the healing needs to happen in my mind. The sore shoulder is merely an effect of a thought still residing in my mind. Pain is not of God. It is through forgiveness or letting go of some form of thought of separation that needs to be loosened and undone in my mind.
 
Holy Spirit, You know the way. I am willing to relax and open to Your healing Light. This is what I choose instead of pain. I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. Today I choose to remember this and return to it again and again to heal my mind.
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Everything emerges from the invisible, 
to play upon this earth for a little while,
 and then enters the invisible state again at the end of life. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“Close your Koran.
Think in freedom and look with open mind
at Heaven and Earth. 
Forgive everyone his sins. 
Don’t cause anyone grief.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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