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MARCH 18, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 18, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
If we deny the fatherhood of God and our divine relationship to Him and each other, then we are but animated pieces of clay, each one independent of and unconnected with each other. If that be so, then we are foolish to love and labor for others. But are love and charity nonsense? Would life be a pleasant and interesting experience without them? No, if we removed these characteristics from our lives, we would be left with only that which the baser animals possess.
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Sometimes a seeker is discouraged by a fact which should
rightly encourage him, as with Jeffrey G. Worried over his
possible insincerity, Jeffrey was cheered by hearing, ‘It is
pure imagination that anyone starts on the path with one hundred
percent sincerity, or even fifty or ten percent. One percent is
all a man possesses at the start, and even this wavers at first.
But one percent is tremendous, for like a magnet, it attracts more
sincerity.'”
Esoteric Mind Power, p. 116
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 18, 2017 
REAL INDEPENDENCE
The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 36
I start with a little willingness to trust God and He causes that willingness to grow. The more willingness I have, the more trust I gain, and the more trust I gain, the more willingness I have. My dependence on God grows as my trust in Him grows. Before I became willing, I depended on myself for all my needs and I was restricted by my incompleteness. Through my willingness to depend upon my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God, all my needs are provided for by Someone Who knows me better than I know myself—even the needs I may not realize, as well as the ones yet to come. Only Someone Who knows me that well could bring me to be myself and to help me fill the need in someone else that only I am meant to fill. There never will be another exactly like me. And that is real independence.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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The idea that faith has only to do with our religious experience is a mistake. Faith is a faculty of the mind that finds it’s highest expression in the religious attitude, but always the man who has faith in his own ability accomplishes far more than the one who has no confidence in himself. Those who have great faith have a great power. 
The science of mind page 155 
 
 
When I say no I feel like I’m putting myself in danger.
 Alanon member
 
 Freedom to me is the number one promise. 
Anonymous

But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
KAHLIL GIBRAN
 
 
It takes a person of great heart to see…
the wisdom the elders have to offer,
and so serve them out of gratitude 
for the life they have passed on to us.
KENT NERBURN
 
 
One day your heart will take you to your lover. 
One day your soul will carry you to the Beloved.
Don’t get lost in your pain, 
know that one day your pain will become your cure.
~ Rumi 
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 76 Insights
“I am under no laws but God’s.”
It is helpful to remember that the Course says that what we believe will make us happy is what we believe is our salvation. It was interesting for me to look at not only the ways I think I can make the body safe but also the things of the world that I believe will make me happy. If I had a faster computer or better software, I would be happier. If certain people stay in my life in the form of a body, I will be happy. If certain other people stay out of my life, I will be happy. If I follow certain laws of nutrition, I will be safe. If my body functioned better in some way, I would be happy. If there were no talk of war in the world, I would feel safe. The list can go on and on.
 
All of these conditions are centered around the belief that I am a body. Yet the Course clearly tells me the body is an illusion and was made as a defense against God. It is not what God created. It was made by a mind believing in the false idea that separation is real. It is just an attempt to prove that separation really succeeded. And to maintain this illusion, all efforts to find salvation must center around the body.
 
Today’s lesson tells me that these efforts are looking for salvation where it cannot be found. This is why the Course puts so much emphasis in helping us undo our identification with the body as what we are. Later on in the Workbook we will repeat the affirmation that we are not a body for 10 days, 6 times an hour.
 
The good news is that, in spite of our efforts to prove separation is real, it cannot be made real. We remain as God created us, one with Him, forever loving and forever loved. It is the remembrance of this that will bring us the salvation we seek. It will bring us back to full acknowledgment of God’s laws and only God’s laws being what rules our existence.
 
It is interesting that the ego rebels against rules but constantly makes up rules of its own. That is how it defends against the laws of God. That is how it maintains the illusion of its existence. Yet the truth in us, our true Self, lives only under the law of Love, the law of God. Love gives of Itself without limit, because that is what Love is. Because Love is one, Love gives forever to itself. And in this is our joy complete. Happiness is remembering we are under no laws but the laws of Love, of God.
 
 
In the Introduction to the Workbook, Jesus tells us that the purpose of these lessons is to train our minds to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. He tells us that we need to let go of every value we hold — including what we are and what this world of separate bodies we seem to see means to us. The message in today’s lesson reinforces the idea that all our experience of limitation is coming from the ego mind and that we are not limited to these limiting ideas. In fact, the way out of hell is to let go of these false ideas and let them be replaced by the idea that we are under no laws but God’s, which is the law of limitless Love.
 
The ego’s ‘laws’ are not our laws, unless it is our choice to be limited by the ego’s laws. In truth, our Identity could never be limited to a body. In today’s lesson, Jesus enumerates some of the insane ways we hold on to the ego’s laws by believing they will make us safe, by believing they will make us happy. He helps us understand that our mind is only the victim of what it chooses to believe in.
 
Today, my job is to be mindful of the limiting thoughts I hold about myself and others and to let these thoughts be replaced with, “I am under no laws but God’s.” I am finding that this is a continuous process, a continuous willingness to detach from the ego’s laws in my mind, day by day. This commitment to recognizing these limiting ideas and letting them go is what frees me from the ego’s law of separation through the false ideas of individual bodies, time, space and death.
 
It is really true that God’s one Son, Love’s extension, is under no laws but the laws of Love. I help myself and the whole Sonship when I am willing to open my mind to the Truth that only Love is real, and there is no opposite.
 
 
I went through the list of laws I have created to govern my life. No surprises there. I’ve done this before and my list is pretty much like everyone else’s. My emphasis is on my kids; keeping them safely and happily in their bodies, keeping their love and respect and knowing they need me in their lives. Then all the other body stuff.
 
After I reviewed my list, I started the next part of the lesson. I reminded myself that, in spite of this long list to the contrary, I am under no laws but God’s. I felt an immediate sense of panic.Wow! What was that all about? I don’t remember that ever happening before. Perhaps the difference is that I am more ready to accept the truth of this than I ever have been before and so these are not just words.
 
I had to sit and listen for a long while. I realized that I really had not considered exactly what I would be gaining if I gave up my own set of laws and I wasn’t really convinced that God’s plan for me was something I wanted. That is a hard thing to admit and is scary all by itself. At first I felt like someone was pulling the rug out from under me. I feel better about it now. I am going to practice today’s lesson and do the meditation again this evening. I look forward to seeing where that takes me.
Knowing that we are in the hands of God and not at the mercy of this insane world, is a relief beyond words. Thank you, Father, for getting this message to me. Help me, Holy Spirit, remember that the only laws I need to be concerned with are those of my Heavenly Father’s; the laws that bring me closer to Him. Amen
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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As souls we are reflections of God. When by meditation techniques we withdraw restless thoughts from the lake of the mind we behold our soul, a perfect reflection of spirit, and realize that the soul and God are one. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
Without Wine,without Song, without Singer, and without — End!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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