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JUNE 24, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JUNE 24, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

LIVING OUR AMENDS 
“Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is to some extent, ill.” 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 122 
 
It is important for me to realize that, as an alcoholic, I not only hurt myself, but also those around me. Making amends to my family, and to the families of alcoholics still suffering, will always be important. Understanding the havoc I created and trying to repair the destruction, will be a lifelong endeavor. The example of my sobriety may give others hope, and faith to help themselves. 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
“The cry throughout the centuries and up to the present day from
the frantic individual is ‘Who am I?’ That is the constant hounding
question. And the individual who asks it never hears an answer.
 
He has a vital throbbing searching inquiry, which he throws out into
the world, ‘Who am I? What am I all about?’ And for a reply, there is
silence. He does not understand the lack of an answer. He says, ‘Is
there a God or isn’t there a God? And if there is a God, how come my
request wasn’t honored? I asked and threw out the vital question,
“Who am I?” and I didn’t hear anything. All I heard in reply was no
reply, just silence.’
 
The agony and the uncertainty of not having an answer, the pain of it
impels him to make a terrible mistake, and I want you to understand
this terrible mistake. Know it tonight, so that you can withdraw your
consent to continuing it.”
from a talk given 6/3/1988
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DAILY REFLECTIONS

JUNE 24
A SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN
We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which
people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace
to go on living to better effect
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 95
When I came to A.A., I was run down by the bottle and
wanted to lose the obsession to drink, but I didn’t really
know how to do that. I decided to stick around long enough
to find out from the ones who went before me. All of a
sudden I was thinking about God! I was told to get a Higher
Power and I had no idea what one looked like. I found out
there are many Higher Powers. I was told to find God, as I
understand Him, that there was no doctrine of the Godhead
in A.A. I found what worked for me and then asked that
Power to restore me to sanity. The obsession to drink was
removed and—one day at a time—my life went on, and I
learned how to five sober. 
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 “There is a Divine urge within everyone to know more, 
to be more, and to express more,
and I have found that the thing we are searching
for is the thing we are searching with.”
Ernest Holmes Archives
 
“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” 
― Alan W. Watts
 
We’re from different parts of the world
but we all speak the same language.
Anonymous
 
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
they’re in each other all along.
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
ACIM Workbook Lesson 173 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“I will step back and let Him lead the way. I walk with God in perfect holiness.”
In every moment I have a choice. Do I want to join with the ego like a rebellious teenager, stepping out on my own, rejecting God’s Will and doing it my way? Or do I want to accept God’s Will as my own, share His perfect holiness and thereby share His perfect happiness? The world I see with the body’s eyes is the effect of choosing the first option. I receive Heaven with the second option.
 
The attraction of the first option is the belief that somehow it is possible to have more than Heaven. Put in these terms, the idea seems insane, and it is. But the wish for specialness, to be different and unique, to have something I can call my own, is the belief that it is possible to have more than everything, more than Heaven.
 
If I look honestly at all the times I feel defensive or vulnerable, it is always because I perceive some aspect of my specialness is threatened. If I take offense, if I resent, if I judge, it all comes from the wish to maintain specialness. Specialness comes with a high price. To maintain the illusion of specialness, I must deny God’s Love for me. I must deny the happiness and holiness that are His gifts to me. I must deny His strength and thus I cannot experience His peace, for certainty is gone.
 
The more I can remember this high cost each time I judge, fear, resent or feel vulnerable in any way, the more I can remind myself there is another choice. I can accept God’s gifts, long since given. I can claim His strength, His Love, His joy and peace. I need only step back, accept His Will as my own and let Him lead the way. When I accept His Will as mine, I do indeed walk with Him in perfect holiness. Here is peace and absolute certainty. Today let me remember I share God’s Will for me and know His Love.
 
Everyone in this world who looks out through the body’s eyes and believes in a world of separate identities has lost sight of their one true Identity. They have lost sight of their Source, which is universal Love. The whole physical universe is an effect of losing sight of our Identity, our true Nature as one in Love. We have lost sight of What we are and Where we are. We are living in a dream world that is the opposite in every way of our true Identity. The way out of this mistaken perception is to step back and ask the Holy Spirit to return to our awareness. The Holy Spirit is always there, but we often don’t pay attention to It.
 
In order to hear the Holy Spirit, I must quiet my busy mind and leave an open space. I must be open and receptive to hearing Its Voice. I must not think that I already know. I must want to receive the Light of the Holy Spirit.
 
What the Holy Spirit brings is the opposite of the world of separation. It brings the truth of my Identity. It reminds me that behind the images of this world is formless universal Love. Nothing is broken into pieces here. There is only wholeness, oneness. Nothing is divided or different. Nothing is special and unique. All is one. All is Love. All is God. The Holy Spirit reminds me that this is my true Identity and it is everyone’s true Identity. Everyone walks with God in perfect holiness because that is the only reality that is true. Anything else consists only of dreams that are not real and mean nothing. The only way for me to know this is to step back and let Him lead the way.
 
Today my practice is to step back and open my mind to the Holy Spirit again and again. It is only in this way that I will be led to the awareness of what is true always. God is but Love and therefore so am I. God is but Love and therefore so is everyone in this world. Let me step back today and remember the truth.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Love comes first. That must be the ideal. When two people feel an unconditional attraction for each other, and are ready to sacrifice for one another, they are truly in love. Then only are they ready for an intimate relationship in marriage. Mere possessiveness won’t do. When one marriage partner tries to control the other, it shows a lack of real love. But when they express their love in continual thoughtfulness for the true happiness of the other, it becomes divine love. In such a relationship we have a glimpse of the Divine. —
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
About Ernest Holmes part 2 
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.
 INTRODUCTION
Who was Ernest Holmes? Where did he come from? And how is it that a man who had a distaste for organized religion becomes the founder of the Science of Mind movement?
 
In studying his life, our goal is not just to learn about the life of this man but to attempt to capture his consciousness knowing that that consciousness is the vitality of our teaching.
 
Ernest Holmes founded the international Religious Science movement and wrote The Science of Mind and numerous other books on metaphysics. He also founded the international monthly periodical, Science of Mind Magazine, which has been in continuous monthly publication since 1927 and has influenced millions of people. His Science of Mind teaching, recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics, is a spiritual philosophy that people throughout the world have come to know as a positive, supportive approach to life.
 
“There is a Divine urge within everyone to know more, to be more, and to express more, and I have found that the thing we are searching for is the thing we are searching with.”
 
“Out there in the vast reaches of outer space and here in the equally vast reaches of inner space, everything is in order. Our task is to begin to understand that the Universal Mind is resident everywhere, and also, of necessity, within us. Our prayer is that the Truth be made known, that it cannot fail to be revealed.”
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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