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JULY 8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

“We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 19
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Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, 
to meet life as a powerful conqueror, 
and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
AN EVER-GROWING FREEDOM 8 JULY 2017
The Seventh Step is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility as our guide, to move out from ourselves toward others and toward God.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 76
When I finally asked God to remove those things blocking me from Him and the sunlight of the Spirit, I embarked on a journey more glorious than I ever imagined. I experienced a freedom from those characteristics that had me wrapped up in myself. Because of this humbling Step, I feel clean.
I am especially aware of this Step because I’m now able to be useful to God and to my fellows. I know that He has granted me strength to do His bidding and has prepared me for anyone, and anything, that comes my way today. I am truly in His hands, and I give thanks for the joy that I can be useful today.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
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FREEDOM
 
Yes, I know that the Truth has freed me from the bonds of fear. I am not afraid. I adore thee, Most High within me; I trust in Thee and abide in that hope that knows no fear; I am Free Spirit and cannot be bound. The One Life flowing through me is Perfect and Complete. I am not apart from It. I am One with It in Marvellous Unity and Freedom; One with the Complete Whole. I was born free and must always remain free. The realization of freedom permeates my whole being and sinks into the innermost parts of me. I love it, adore it, I accept it. I am free.
ERNEST HOLMES AFFIRMATIONS

“Spiritual practices performed in the middle of our mundane days bring us into the presence of an astonishing God.” 
― Sharla Fritz, Soul Spa


I am present today and I don’t have
to go to a doctor to fix my car. 
Anonymous 

Some Kiss We Want
 
There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
spirit on the body. 
 
Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.
 
And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling! 
 
At night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its
face against mine.
 
Breathe into me. 
 
Close the language-door and
open the love window. 
The moon
won’t use the door, only the window.
–Rumi. Translator: Coleman Barks
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 191 Insights
“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
Today’s lesson is another step in the complete reversal of all I have thought is true. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.” This is definitely not the way I thought of myself. The list of all the forms of lovelessness given in the first paragraph, last sentence, is more in line with what I have been used to seeing. Yet I am learning this is only the effect of denying my Identity.
 
On a feeling level, there has always been a faint glimmer, deep in the recesses of my mind that the world I experienced and the identity I believed was me was not really true. It comes with great relief and a joyous “I knew it!” to read this lesson. I feel it releasing me from the pain of a loveless identity. I feel it resonating in my heart with a song of joy. That faint glimmer is fanned into an ever brightening flame each time I affirm, “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
 
I feel the relief of recognition of what is true and release from a false identity that never could be true. I walk with a lighter step and a gentle smile on my face. I look on a more benevolent world. The gratitude I feel reaches out in blessing to all and comes back to me magnified a thousand times. The Light in me recognizes the Light in you and we join together in our Creator, our Source. And I remember I am as Love created me.

Today’s lesson is about what the whole Course is about — helping and encouraging us to accept our true Identity as an extension of Love. “You are as God created you. All else but this one thing is folly to believe.” (4:2-3)
 
I see it is my job to watch my thoughts and look at what I am believing as I go through my day today and every day. Am I remembering all power is given to me in earth and Heaven? Am I remembering there is nothing I cannot do? Or am I playing the game of being weak and frail? Am I thinking I am helpless?
 
The way out of the dream is to see the barriers I am placing in the way of my recognition that my true Identity is an extension of Love and nothing else. And these barriers come in the form of placing my beliefs in limiting thoughts. Am I accepting limitation as true this minute? How are my thoughts denying my Identity as a Son of God?
 
Today’s lesson gets to the core of awakening. It gets to the core of how to free myself from thoughts that deny my Identity. It teaches me to reverse my thinking. It teaches me to refuse to believe in the games of limitation I have accepted as true. Practicing this lesson helps me let go of the bondage of a world that is trying to be the opposite of God. In order to do this, I must be willing to quiet my busy mind frequently through the day and let my mind be filled with the truth of my Identity as an extension of Love. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
 
This is such an incredible lesson and I feel grateful as I realize I am willing to believe it. When I read it the first time, I could not even bring myself to say it out loud! My resistance was so strong that I could barely understand what I was reading. Over time, I have lessened my resistance and today as I read it I was filled with joy. I don’t fully accept it as true, but now my resistance is more of a, “I don’t fully accept it — now,” variety. I recognize I want it and I can envision it happening. I can see the blocks to full acceptance and am glad to work on releasing them.
 
This morning Holy Spirit showed me one of the blocks I need to release. During my meditation I started thinking about an error I made awhile back and was surprised at how much I was still bothered by it. Later while I was dressing I thought of something else that happened yesterday and was irritated all over again. When this happened a third time, I got the hint. I thought about the passage in another lesson that assures us Holy Spirit cannot be delayed in His teaching by our errors, only in our unwillingness to let them go. I thanked Holy Spirit for helping me to see what I was doing and asked His help in releasing the past.
 
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“If religion means primarily God-consciousness, or the realization of God both within and without, and secondarily a body of beliefs, tenets and dogmas, then, strictly speaking, there is but one religion in the world, for there is but one God.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, The Science of Religion
 
About Ernest Holmes part 16
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
A SPLIT IN THE MOVEMENT OCCURS
In 1949 Ernest Holmes went to his good friend Dr. Robert Bitzer and asked Bitzer if he would incorporate the International Association of Religious Ministers. By this time there were over 60 churches in the movement, Ernest felt that two separate organizations working together were needed. The Institute would be in charge of education for the churches including the licensing and ordination of ministers, and the Association would handle the affairs between ministers and churches. This arrangement never did work out. In 1953 the Board of Trustees of the Institute insisted that all churches come under the authority of the Institute. 16 of the 69 churches refused to join the new organization and stayed with the Association. (IARSC) This group later changed their name to Religious Science International. (RSI)
 
Both organizations continue to teach the Science of Mind throughout the world. In 1967 the Church of Religious Science changed its name again to the United Church of Religious Science and continues to operate under that name today. In 1988, a third organization was formed called Affiliated New Thought Network. All three organizations are dedicated to teaching Science of Mind but approach issues of administration and local church autonomy differently. There have been some attempts to bring the three groups together but as of now they seem to be willing to accept their separate legal status while agreeing to work together for the common goal of promoting Science of Mind.
 
Ernest Holmes had become recognized internationally for his contribution to religious thought. Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by India’s Andhra Research University, he also received honorary degrees from several other institutions, including the California College of Medicine, the University of California at Irvine, and the Foundation Academic University of Spiritual Understanding in Venice, Italy. He was also recognized by the Association of the Humanitarian Grand Prize of Belgium and was named an honorary member of the Eugene Field Society, a national group of authors and journalists.
 
In 1957, at the age of 69, Ernest lost his beloved Hazel. She quietly passed away to the larger life of which he so often spoke. And though he taught that death does not have a permanent grip, but that “life still flows on with the currents of eternity,” Ernest found her passing extremely difficult. “I have always thought myself prepared for anything,” he said, “but I never thought it would be like this.”
 
In 1959, two years after Hazel’s death, Ernest Holmes began to subtly transfer his responsibilities and indulge in more quiet time. Some days he simply withdrew to his office and sat for hours in meditation and prayer. He attempted, however, to carry on as before in his daily life. He remained active at the Institute, still went out in the evenings, and invited friends to his home. Ernest never retired. He continued his writing, was a guest speaker in Religious Science pulpits coast to coast, dedicated new churches, and taught at the Institute.
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