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JULY 5,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 5,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

Egomania
“Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls.  Either we insist on dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much.  If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or later fail us, for they are human, too, and cannot possibly meet our own incessant demands. . . We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society.” 
1952AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 53
Thought to Consider . . .
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
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The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS  5, July 017
A NEW DIRECTION
Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. . . . Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 45, 85
I hear talk of the “weak-willed” alcoholic, but I am one of the strongest-willed people on earth! I now know that my incredible strength of will is not enough to save my life. My problem is not one of “weakness,” but rather of direction. When I, without falsely diminishing myself, accept my honest limitations and turn to God’s guidance, my worst faults become my greatest assets. My strong will, rightly directed, keeps me working until the promises of the program become my daily reality.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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HAPPINESS AND COMPLETION
I am happy and complete today and forever. Within me is that which is Perfect and Complete. It is The Spirit of all Life, Truth, and Action. I am happy in the sure knowledge of the Inner Light. I cannot be sad nor sorry, but must radiate Joy and Life, For Life is within me now. I am happy and complete
ERNEST HOLMES AFFIRMATIONS
 
“Our play is not something separate from our spirituality;
it is itself a sign of the presence of God in the world.” 
― Ken Shigematsu, God in My Everything:
How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God
 
The spiritual experience is the Coconuts of the program. 
Anonymous 
 
 
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of it’s furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
–Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 188 Insights
“The peace of God is shining in me now.”
When I close my eyes and focus on the peace of God within me, I see a different world. I don’t see conflict or threats I believe can bring me harm. I see the Love of God in my brother. I see his innocence. If his behavior does not reflect that Love and innocence, I recognize it as a call for Love.
 
Rather than reacting with defensiveness to protect my image of myself, the peace within me opens my mind to the guidance of Holy Spirit, the Light within me. This Light shows me how to answer the call for Love in a way that reduces guilt and helps my brother recognize the Love that has always been his, as well as mine. On my own, I have no idea what would be truly helpful. But as I acknowledge the peace of God shining within me, what is helpful is revealed to me through a vision that sees far beyond the limited scope I have allowed myself.
 
This serves a dual teaching function. It teaches my brother he is Love and worthy of Love. At the same time it teaches me that within me I have a vision that sees far beyond the images of this world. It teaches me the power of peace. It teaches me What I am, reminding me of my Source.
 
As long as I think I am alone, I see a world divided and lacking Love. But as I focus on the peace of God shining in me, individuality fades, divisions soften and I begin to feel my brother as part of me. Bringing my attention to the peace of God shining in me now is a great gift that overflows from my heart. It cannot be contained, for by its nature, it reaches out to all, including all in its Love. It is this I would learn today, that I might receive the world’s blessing and know we are one.
 
As I let my thoughts fly to the peace of God within, I am led to Christ’s vision. This inner vision is quiet and full of peace. It needs nothing but to accept one communal Identity as what is real in truth. This internal vision sees the peace of God in everyone and recognizes the universality of Love. This inner vision is filled with contentment and happiness, for there is no conflict here. There is no lack here. There is no death and suffering here. This inner vision only remembers the truth of one universal Identity. It recognizes that nothing else really matters because nothing else is real. This inward vision rests in its Source and does not choose to make dreams of isolation and aloneness real. This inward vision is content to be Itself as It was created and extend the peace, love and joy that It is to all the rest of Its one Self.
 
Today I am willing to let my thoughts fly to this inward vision and feel the peace of God. I am willing to let my mind quiet and remember the truth today.
 
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“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

About Ernest Holmes part 13
The majority of the following material on the life of Ernest Holmes was gathered from a booklet entitled, Path of Discovery written by Rev. Scott Awbrey (scott@revscottawbrey.com) and published by United Church of Religious Science and used with permission
 
MARRIAGE TO HAZEL FOSTER
That same year was significant for another reason in Ernest’s life, for in 1927 he married Hazel Foster. Although Hazel had a promising operatic voice and studied music in Paris, she decided as a young woman that a public career was not for her. “An operatic career,” she said, “didn’t fit with my own wishes for a way of life.”
 
Hazel, who became a Religious Science practitioner and for years had an office next to Ernest’s at the Institute, was a beautiful, stately woman, who remained unruffled in all circumstances. Riding in their open car, Ernest and Hazel presented almost an amusing contrast. He wore a baseball cap, sport shirt with open collar, and a sports coat, while she sat primly wearing a stiff hat and white gloves.
 
Although Ernest Holmes and Hazel had no children of their own, they “adopted” scores of young people. Theirs was a large, loving family, and the comings and goings of people in their lives spanned almost half a century. They were deeply in love with each other for thirty years. Ernest and Hazel – not only in their work but in their social life as well – were part of the bustling activity of Southern California. They had the opportunity to be in contact with a great many people from different backgrounds, and the number of people influenced by Ernest’s teachings grew.
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