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JULY 3,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 3,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
Many of us came into AA either in middle life or
beyond and feel that with our reasonable life expectancy, 
it is practically impossible to atone for our previous wrong actions. 
The thief at the Crucifixion probably thought the same thing but,
 by one single act, he brought the promise that
 “this day, thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“THE MAN ON THE BRIDGE
 
Over and over, all the great teachers instruct as their first
lesson, ‘Look at your actual unhappiness. Do not cover it up
with smiles or with worldly success. There is no need to cringe
at what you see in yourself, for all your fears can be explained
and ended.’
 
The following story is typical of those told by the avatars to
show men how they block their own rescue.
 
Being chased by a lion, a man ran over a bridge. Halfway across,
he froze in horror. A tiger waited for him at the other end of
the bridge. Not knowing what to do, he did nothing. Then, his
glance fell on a strawberry plant growing below the rail of the
bridge. The plant was thick with bright, red fruit. Hypnotized
by the fruit, the man exclaimed, ‘What attractive strawberries!
How fortunate I found them in time for lunch!’
 
At that moment a friend of the man floated by in a boat beneath
the bridge. Understanding the situation, he called up, ‘I can
save you from the lion and the tiger, but stop your foolish
fascination with strawberries!'”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 13
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 3,2016
Thought for the Day 
In the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous there were only two 
persons. Now there are many groups and thousands of members. 
True, the surface has only been scratched. There are probably 
ten million or more persons in America alone who need our 
help. More and more people are making a start in A.A. each 
day. In the case of individual members, the beginning has 
been accomplished when they admit they are powerless and turn 
to a Power greater than them- selves, admitting that their 
lives have become unmanageable. That Higher Power works for 
good in all things and helps us to accomplish much in 
individual growth and in the growth of A.A. groups. Am I 
doing my part in helping AA. to grow? 
Meditation for the Da
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, 
for they shall be filled. Only in the fullness of faith can the 
heart-sick and faint and weary be satisfied, healed, and rested. 
Think of the wonderful spiritual revelations still to be found 
by those who are trying to live the spiritual life. Much of life 
is spiritually unexplored country. Only to the consecrated and 
loving people who walk with God in spirit can these great 
spiritual discoveries be revealed. Keep going forward and keep 
growing in righteousness. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may not be held back by the material things of the 
world. I pray that I may let God lead me forward.
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I hear Thy word; 
I do Thy will; 
again I wait on thee. 
The science of Mind page 542
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The fact was we really hadn’t cleaned house 
so that the grace of God could enter us and
 expel the obsession.
12&12 Step Two, p.32  
 
 
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness. 
— Jalal ad-Din Rumi 
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 183 Insights
“I call upon God’s Name and on my own.”
As I read this lesson, I was aware of my resistance coming up. As it said, “Repeat God’s Name” again and again, I was mentally wishing that it would say what God’s name is, spell it out for me. I wanted it to say, “God’s Name is ‘xxxx.’ Say only xxxx.” That is a typical ego attempt to make rules that separate. If the Course said, “This is the Name of God to use,” then the ego would have a basis to say that anyone who doesn’t use that exact word is not praying to God and will not be saved. Thus the ego would use this name of God to separate instead of unify.
 
What I get out of this lesson today is that it is leading us to recognize unity as all encompassing and indivisible. It does not matter what word we use for the name of God as long as It represents to us unity and Love. It may be the meaning we give the word “God” does not represent His unity and Love. It may instead bring up feelings of fear and guilt because we have not yet forgiven God for our projections on Him, that He is judge and punisher. In that case it may be more appropriate to use another word such as Love. In ACIM we are taught, “God is but Love and therefore so am I,” which parallels the title of today’s lesson, “I call upon God’s Name and on my own.”
 
The key to me is that I use this exercise of repeating God’s Name to help me focus on the unity of Love that is real to the exclusion of all thoughts of separation, individuality and differences. It is the experience of uniform, changeless, all encompassing Love this lesson is leading me toward. It is leading me to remember my Self as I was created.
 
As I repeated “God” in my mind, sometimes interchanging it with “Love,” I had a taste of that unity. I began to feel more peaceful. Thoughts of all the “to do’s” and things of this world were laid aside. A feeling of quiet joy grew in my heart. I do not feel I fully achieved the recognition of complete unity, but I got a taste of it. I am truly blessed and motivated to continue on with the practice. I know this is what I want and I am grateful to have the means with which to reach it.
 
In the movie “Phenomenon,” John Travolta tells his friend to pick up an eraser and erase the words he wrote on a page. Then he told him that this is like erasing all the fear that stands in front of our seeing the Love that is there. The fear comes from all the images we have made in the attempt to replace God. All the names that represent individuality or separation that are taking the place of our remembering God need to be erased.
 
As we do this erasing process in our lives, we will find more and more that only God is there. In today’s lesson is a process that is much like the eraser that John Travolta was talking about to his friend. As we let God’s Name replace all the little names we have given everything in this world, it is making an open space where we can remember God, our one Self.
 
I see that this as our life’s work. This is forgiveness. This is letting go of what has never happened in truth. This is what we receive when we ask for a miracle. To me God’s Name is universal Love and universal means everywhere and every thing.
 
Today’s lesson is a very useful process for returning my mind to oneness. When I have created something that appears very fearful to me and I am like a little child hiding under the covers while having a fearful nightmare, this practice can clear an open space where I can see it is just a nightmare and was never really true at all. Only universal Love is real. All the names need to be erased through my willingness.
 
I get what I focus on, and today my practice is to focus on the Presence of universal Love. As this is all I want to see, this is what I will see. It is my choice today. Which will I choose?
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When in meditation the mind follows the stream of inner consciousness, the devotee enters the supernal kingdom of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“To all of us the thought of heaven is dear —
Why not be sure of it and make it here?
No doubt there is a heaven yonder too, 
But ’tis so far away — and you are near.” 
― Omar Khayyám, 
Edward Fitzgerald’s The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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