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JUNE 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JUNE 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

The Coming of Faith
In my own case, the foundation stone of freedom from fear is that of faith: a faith that, despite all worldly appearances to the contrary, causes me to believe that I live in a universe that makes sense. To me, this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a purpose, a meaning, and a destiny to grow, however little and haltingly, toward His own likeness and image. Before the coming of faith I had lived as an alien in a cosmos that too often seemed both hostile and cruel. In it there could be no inner security for me.
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“When I was driven to my knees by alcohol, I was made ready to ask for the gift of faith. And all was changed. Never again, my pains and problems notwithstanding, would I experience my former desolation. I saw the universe to be lighted by God’s love; I was alone no more.”
1. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962 – 2. LETTER, 1966
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 
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I exist as I am, that is enough. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
JUNE 30
SACRIFICE = UNITY = SURVIVAL
The unity, the effectiveness, and even the survival of A.A.
will always depend upon our continued willingness to give
up some of our personal ambitions and desires for the
common safety and welfare. Just as sacrifice means
survival for the individual alcoholic, so does sacrifice mean
unity and survival for the group and for A.A. ‘s entire
Fellowship.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 220
I have learned that I must sacrifice some of my personality
traits for the good of A.A. and, as a result, I have been
rewarded with many gifts. False pride can be inflated
through prestige but, by living Tradition Six, I receive the
gift of humility instead. Cooperation without affiliation is
often deceiving. If I remain unrelated to outside interests, I
am free to keep A.A. autonomous. Then the Fellowship will
be here, healthy and strong for generations to come.
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We can be certain that there is an Intelligence in the Universe to which we may come, which will inspire and guide us, a love which overshadows. God is real to the one who believes in the supreme Spirit, real to the soul which senses its unity with the Whole. Every day and every hour we are meeting the eternal realities of life, and in such degree as we cooperate with these eternal realities in love, peace, wisdom, and joy, believing and receiving, we are automatically blessed.
 
It is not by a terrific mental struggle or soul-strain that we arrive at this goal, but through a quiet expectation, a joyful anticipation, the calm recognition that Love, the Living Spirit Almighty, is all the peace, power, and good there is.
Ernest Holmes Co founder Science of Mind


I broke into the Catholic church and ate all those Wafers,
 200 of them and knew that I was going to go to hell, 
no, the sub-basement of Hell. 
Anonymous


“A myth… is a metaphor for a mystery beyond human comprehension. It is a comparison that helps us understand, by analogy, some aspect of our mysterious selves. A myth, in this way of thinking, is not an untruth but a way of reaching a profound truth.” 
― Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

“The same wind that uproots trees
makes the grass shine.
 
The lordly wind loves the weakness
and the lowness of grasses.
Never brag of being strong.
 
The axe doesn’t worry how thick the branches are.
It cuts them to pieces. But not the leaves.
It leaves the leaves alone.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi


A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 179 Insights
Review: “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
“There is one life, and that I share with God. Your grace is given me. I claim it now.”
If my real Life I share with God, then my real Life must be an eternal Life of Love. A ‘life’ of judgment and fear, guilt and loss cannot be real. What I have been thinking as living all my life cannot be real and can never be fulfilling. I was created as Love and given the purpose of extending Love. Only fulfilling my purpose can bring me happiness. So if I want happiness, my only job is to extend Love. That is all that ever happens in reality.
 
But because I have made illusions in my mind, they interfere with my awareness of reality. Forgiveness is the means by which I let go of the interference so that I can experience God’s Life of Love that is mine in truth. Each time I am able to release a moment of frustration, recognizing that it had no cause, I open my awareness more to my Life of Love.
 
Each time I am able to take a long-standing resentment to the Holy Spirit and receive His gift of vision that shows me it had no cause, I move another step closer to full awareness of my Life of Love. Forgiveness gives me the gift of Life. By God’s grace, all the illusions I have made cannot change the reality that my Life is Love and nothing else. Forgiveness is the means by which I accept His grace. In every moment I have the opportunity to let go of the past and be free to live my real Life.
 
Holy Spirit, I give my mind to you today to guide and protect with the power of your Love. I ask your help to recognize my mistaken ideas that interfere with my awareness of true Life. Separation and individuality are not Life. But I have thought they were. I need your help, Holy Spirit, to recognize the illusions I have made for what they are. I am willing to be taught. I am willing to let illusions go and receive the gift of Life, long since given and mine now. Thank you Holy Spirit for your comfort, your strength and your sure direction.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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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 8

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.

Ernest Holmes concluded that if anyone could pray effectively, everyone could. “Anything anyone has ever done, anybody can do,” he said. “There can be no secrets in nature. This I have always believed. There is no special providence, no God who says, ‘I am going to tell you what I didn’t tell any others. “
 
Through his studies he concluded there is a spiritual law or principle that could be called upon for healing, independent of any particular religious faith, and anyone could use it. “I intuitively felt that the affirmation of God’s goodness would heal the sick. I began with the belief that God is all and I never departed from it.
 
“If we do not like our outer circumstances, conditions, or our personality, the place to begin to change is right within our own mind.” Ernest believed that this is the basis of healing in all areas of one’s life.
 
“God is good from the start. You don’t have to win Any Presence or power over or convince any one. God is already convinced. The answer to the prayer is not out there somewhere. It is in the mental attitude of the one who prays. We always assume the goodness of God as the starting point.”
 
Ernest Holmes began to pray with others and would always begin with positive affirmations. ” I began to get the feeling deep inside me that there was a Divine Presence with whom I could commune but there was also a Divine Law which I could use. I even connected it up with Browning’s, ‘All’s Love, yet all is Law.'”
 
Later these concepts were more clearly developed to create a spiritual atmosphere in the mind of the practitioner in which the client gives the interior spiritual consent to be healed.
 
“You are to recognize that you are already whole, perfect and complete in essence and that you have the capacity to be whole, perfect and complete in manifestation regardless of what may be appearing as a relative condition. And it doesn’t matter how serious the condition is. There is no big or small in divine Mind be it a planet or a peanut.”
 
CHRISTIAN LARSON AND RALPH WALDO TRINE
Ernest Holmes continued studying Emerson and began reading other metaphysical material. He left the Christian Science textbook for the writings of Christian Larson and a book by Ralph Waldo Trine, In Tune with the Infinite.
 
In 1909, at the age of 25, Ernest Holmes read Larson’s The Ideal Made Real, he was better able to comprehend Larson’s ideas after having read Emerson. He experienced a high spiritual feeling while reading Larson and was inspired to plunge more deeply into learning and practicing the art of mental treatment. Holmes learned three ideas from Larson that were to serve him well.
 
1. Prayer continues consciously or unconsciously all the time. Therefore we must learn to consciously pray without ceasing and behold the good in everyone and everything.
 
2. We can overcome negative relative conditions by learning to control our thoughts.
 
3. We are not victims of circumstance. We actually create the conditions in our life by the way we think about life.
 
But it was not until Ernest discovered and studied
Troward that he developed a clear theory on how
we become conscious co-creators with God.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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