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JUNE 25, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JUNE 25, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
E G O Easing God Out
Staying stopped
From “A.A. Taught Him To Handle Sobriety:”
“Like most alcoholics I have known, I DID quit drinking at various times — once for ten months on my own and during other interludes when I was hospitalized.  It’s no great trick to stop drinking, the trick is to STAY stopped.”
1976, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 554
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VERNON HOWARD

“We have seen the limitations of language in explaining the Supermind,
which must be personally experienced. So to understand the similarity
of certain words used in this book will be helpful.
 
To be aware means the same as being awake. Living in liberation is
living in love. To be in a state of self-understanding is to be free
of chronic grief. Being happy means the same as being a conscious human
being. To taste the flavor of truth is the same as tasting authentic
peace of mind.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 11, p. 148
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
JUNE 25
A TWO-WAY STREET
If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in
no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that
way without our cooperation.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65
When I prayed, I used to omit a lot of things for which I
needed to be forgiven. I thought that if I didn’t mention
these things to God, He would never know about them. I
did not know that if I had just forgiven myself for some of
my past deeds, God would forgive me also. I was always
taught to prepare for the journey through life, never
realizing until I came to A.A.—when I honestly became
willing to be taught forgiveness and forgiving—that life
itself is the journey. The journey of life is a very happy
one, as long as I am willing to accept change and
responsibility. 
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“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am” 
― Ernest Holmes

“Shine your soul with the same 
egoless humility as the rainbow 
and no matter where you go 
in this world or the next, 
love will find you, attend you, and bless you.” 
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow:
Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry


It says in the book that we don’t straighten out 
until we take care of the spiritual dilemma, 
which is what I was in. 
Anonymous 

Oh you who’ve gone on pilgrimage—
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor, 
he is next to your wall—
You erring in the desert—
what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s 
form without any form—
You are the house, the master,
You are the Kaaba, you!
Where is a bunch of roses, 
if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence 
when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true—and yet your troubles 
may turn to treasures rich—
How sad that you yourself veil 
the treasure that is yours! 1
Rumi

A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 174 Insights
Review: God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
Into His Presence would I enter now. Today I learn to give as I receive.”
“Into His Presence would I enter now” is another way of saying I would accept His Presence now. We are completely surrounded by and in God’s Love. It’s only our denial of His Love that makes It seem like we need to enter into It.
 
Here we are, completely immersed in Love, yet we wander the world seeking for love. It is because, in our desire for specialness, we try to keep some love for ourselves alone. This is the insane wish to have more than everything. Because Love by its nature must be extended, to know we are in Love’s Presence, we must give or share God’s Love. Trying to keep God’s Love for ourselves blocks our awareness of having and being It. That is why we need to learn to give as we receive.I enter into Love’s Presence by giving Love. Giving Love shows me that I have Love and am Love. Love is never depleted by giving It away. It is only expanded. To experience God’s Love flowing through me, I must remove the barriers to that flow. The barriers are judgment and guilt. Thus forgiveness is the means by which I enter into His Presence. In this world forgiveness is received by giving it. So forgiveness is Love’s reflection in this world. It opens my mind to become aware of God’s Presence.
 
Today I ask Holy Spirit’s help to recognize the barriers I put up against Love and to let them go so I may enter into His Presence and give as I receive.
 
Opening my mind to Love’s Presence is what the Course is all about. Opening my mind to the truth is opening my mind to God’s Love and my true Identity. I cannot open my mind and still have a closed mind. I cannot do both at the same time. It is either one or the other. Separation is the opposite of oneness. When I open my mind to seeing separation, my mind is closed to seeing Love’s oneness. When I open my mind to Love’s oneness, separation disappears. What I open my mind to is what I give.Today my practice is to open my mind to the truth, to Love’s oneness, Love’s peace, Love’s kind and gentle ways. How willing am I to open to Love’s oneness today? It is my decision moment by moment. What do I think I am? It is my decision moment by moment. Today my practice is to open to Love’s Presence again and again until it becomes a consistent habit.
 
The world of separation seems so familiar that I find myself slipping back into separation’s old and tired ways far too often. Thank goodness I have Holy Spirit right there in my mind to help me return to being aware of Love’s Presence, Love’s peace and Love’s joy.
 
Today I would practice opening to the truth. Love’s Presence is always there waiting for my willingness to return to the truth. Today I would give as I receive. I am determined to receive God’s gifts and in the process of receiving, give them away.
 
 
Today I rejoice because I just realized I’m finally beginning to accept the fact that I don’t need to go wandering endlessly looking for something I not only have, but I am, which is Love — and that is everything.
 
We do have an insane wish to have more than everything, but our definition of everything is money, looks, material things, and an endless list of nothingness of which there is no guarantee.
 
Today I rejoice because I know in my heart my Heavenly Father’s Love is guaranteed by my Heavenly Father Himself and that’s all I want and need. Today I open myself to receive my Father’s gift of Love and to give that Love to my brothers and sisters in abundance, the way it is given to me.
 
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding me. Thank you, Jesus, for standing by me. Thank you, Father, for loving me, especially when I couldn’t love myself. Amen
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“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

 
 About Ernest Holmes part 3
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.
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD
Ernest Shurtleff Holmes was born January 21 1887, on a small farm near Lincoln, Maine. He was the youngest of nine sons. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was a self-educated farmer. He was raised as a Baptist but his parents were not ordinary Baptists. They believed in the goodness of God, did not believe in a personal devil and urged all their children to come to religion with questioning minds.
 
Ernest Holmes was born in poverty. Hard economic times continued most of his early life. His father did not do well at farming or at attempting to raise sheep. Their farm had to be mortgaged. Later, when the bank foreclosed, the family moved into an abandoned farmhouse, beginning a nomadic life, which lasted for several years. During this period some of the boys, including Ernest, stayed with various relatives. Eventually, Ernest’s father landed a job in a logging camp and the family was reunited. However, after the time the family moved from the farm, Ernest never celebrated two birthdays in the same house.
 
The first real town Ernest Holmes lived in was Bethel, Maine. In this small community he had his first exposure to a life of more than farms and forests. Much of his youth was spent in Bethel, where he received his only formal education and encountered his first actual church.
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