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MARCH 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND
Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. Simply we tell him that 
we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the 
past. We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing 
worthwhile can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he 
should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own. If our manner is calm, 
frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 77 – 78
 Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, 
Learn to labor and to wait.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Today I will remember that judging others jeopardizes my sense of peace.
— Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
You have succeeded in life when all you 
really want is only what you really need.
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 19, 2017 
PRAYER: IT WORKS
It has been well said that “almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough.”
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 97
Having grown up in an agnostic household, I felt somewhat foolish when I first tried praying. I knew there was a Higher Power working in my life—how else was I staying sober?—but I certainly wasn’t convinced he/she/it wanted to hear my prayers. People who had what I wanted said prayer was an important part of practicing the program, so I persevered. With a commitment to daily prayer, I was amazed to find myself becoming more serene and comfortable with my place in the world. In other words, life became easier and less of a struggle. I’m still not sure who, or what, listens to my prayers, but I’d never stop saying them for the simple reason that they work.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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We must awake to the realization that a divine partnership has already been formed between the seen and the invisible. 
The Science of Mind page 415
 
A coincidence is a little miracle in which 
God chooses to remain anonymous.
Ala-non member
 
 
I had a sponsor who always reminded me to remember 
where I was standing, then I can go from there. 
Anonymous
 
 
If you want to become  fearless choose love.
Rune Lazuli 
 
 
O Alchemist of my soul, essence of all truth,
once your cure appeared
everything else lost its meaning.
~ Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 77 Insights
“I am entitled to miracles.”
Today’s lesson means I am entitled to remember my true Identity. I am entitled to remember the peace of God. I am entitled to extend what I am, the love, joy and peace of God, to everyone. I am entitled to be happy. As I am willing to accept my entitlement, my mind opens more and more to accept the truth. I am part of God. Everyone is part of God. God is but Love and therefore so am I. Inherent in Love is God’s peace, God’s joy, God’s giving all to all. This is true happiness. I am entitled to true happiness because it is already mine. It has always been mine. I am just learning now to accept my entitlement.
 
Last night I woke up and realized I was concerned about a friend. I took that concern to the Holy Spirit. It seemed like a hopeless situation. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am the peace of God. He reminded me that my friend is the peace of God. My friend is still safe, whether I remember it or not. My friend’s identity cannot change. The Holy Spirit reminded me that it is not helpful for me to join my friend’s hallucinations of lack and loss. What is helpful is to remember the truth about her. It is helpful to remember that she still is the peace of God. She is still as God created her. Nothing can ever change that. Illusions of harm are just that, illusions.
 
I spent time telling my friend mentally that she is the peace of God. This also helped me remember that I am the peace of God. This was very helpful for me. I asked for a miracle and received it. I received the change of mind, the change in perception that I asked for. The feeling of worry was transformed into feeling the peace of God. I am entitled to miracles everyday. It is up to me to open my mind to receive them. That is what today and every day is for. As I open up to and am willing to accept the miracles that are always there, waiting for my acceptance, my mind is healed.
 
 
“I am entitled to miracles” means that I am entitled to happiness because God’s will for me is happiness. If I am not experiencing happiness, I need a change of mind. I need a new view of what I think I am perceiving. Unhappiness can only come from believing that I am not as I was created by the Source of happiness. It is that belief that must be changed. It is that change of mind that is a miracle. This is why it is important any time I am feeling less than peaceful and joyful to affirm that I am entitled to miracles. I do not need to accept fear, sadness, guilt, anger or distress of any kind. I am entitled to miracles.
 
Through my studies of A Course in Miracles, I have come to experience more and more peace and happiness in my life. Yet if I honestly look at how I feel throughout the day, I cannot claim to be perfectly happy and in deep peace in every moment. This tells me that I still need to be reminded that I am entitled to miracles. I still need to be reminded about my true Identity. I still need to be reminded that God has not changed His mind about me. He still gives me all of His joy, all of His peace, all of His Love, all the time.
 
I want the peace of God, fully, without limit. I want to be able to see my brother as innocent, always, no matter what behavior he appears to be displaying. I want to be able to feel the Love of God flowing through me and connecting with every brother in every instant. In truth, this is what is happening all the time. It is only the shadows of false images and mistaken beliefs that keep me from recognizing this as a fact, now. And so I am grateful for this lesson which reminds me that I am entitled to miracles.
 
This Course, in itself, is a miracle in my life and for that I am truly grateful. I place my belief of this thought at the altar of my Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit; please help me have the willingness to use this thought throughout the day. Amen.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Life is intelligent, organized motion.
It may mold itself into Clod of earth
or melt itself into vapor-it may take the form of a living, moving being….
Everything is living.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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