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MARCH 2, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 2, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
No man ever lived without a God of some kind. If it was not the God of Abraham or of the Christian conception, it was the sun, or Nature, or thunder or mythical gods. It was golden images or idols of wood, and to some it was money or position or fame. We all had a God even if it was no more than a bottle.
 
No man, however brave, would have the temerity to face the forces of Nature and a hostile world unless he had recourse to something beyond his own puny strength.
 
Every time I hear an atheist sounding off, I always think of the days when I denied the fact that I was an alcoholic, knowing, deep down inside, that I was kidding myself.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“A spiritual guide taught his class, ‘You want to change your life
without changing yourself. Impossible. You _are_ your life. You and
your life are the very same thing. This can be understood with the
illustration of ground for planting crops. Healthy soil produces
good crops, while inferior ground can only produce worthless harvests. 
The nature of the ground and the nature of the crops cannot
be separated. Neither can your nature be separated from the results
of that nature. So self-change alone creates life-change.'”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 364
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 2,2017
HOPE
Do not be discouraged.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 60
Few experiences are of less value to me than fast sobriety. Too many times discouragement has been the bonus for unrealistic expectations, not to mention self-pity or fatigue from my wanting to change the world by the weekend. Discouragement is a warning signal that I may have wandered across the God line. The secret of fulfilling my potential is in acknowledging my limitations and believing that time is a gift, not a threat.
Hope is the key that unlocks the door of discouragement. The program promises me that if I do not pick up the first drink today, I will always have hope. Having come to believe that I keep what I share, every time I encourage, I receive courage. It is with others that, with the grace of God and the Fellowship of A.A., I trudge the road of happy destiny. May I always remember that the power within me is far greater than any fear before me. May I always have patience, for I am on the right road.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I serve the world. I wait upon the Lord within all (humanity).
The Science of Mind page 521 
 
 
Someone broke into my car and stole my big purse,
 it was full of AA literature. 
Anonymous 
I learn to give from my overflow rather that from my reserve.
Ala-non member
 
She was the moon and the messenger of moons greater than the dark greater than the light.
Rune Lazuli as
 
 
 
 
Lightning, your presence from ground to sky,
no one knows what becomes of me, 
\when you take me so quickly.
 ~Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 61 Insights
“I am the light of the world.”
The Light of the world is God’s one Son. The truth in everyone is the Light of the world. We are all the same Light. The separate identities are nothing. They are only there as barriers to remembering our one true Identity. There is only one Son, and it includes everyone. God’s extension of Love has not changed by dreaming dreams of separation. My job now is to remember the truth about everyone and myself. There is only one Son and that Son is the Light of the world.
 
By focusing my mind on that one Son, I loosen the bonds of false ideas that blind me and my brother to the truth of our oneness. My only true function is to remember the truth. That is why I am here. There is nothing more important than this. There is no individual “I.” This Light is all inclusive. In remembering our unity, in remembering that everyone is still as God created them, in remembering the truth, I accept my real function on earth.
 
 
To me Light and Love are synonymous. If I am to be the Light of the world that God created me to be, then I must be an expression of Love. My function is to extend Love. That is why I am here. That is why all of us are here. The form and context in which we express Love may be unique. One may look like a carpet layer who uses his opportunity to go into people’s homes and extend Love and compassion, to remind people that they are innocent, perhaps only in his thoughts. Another may be a business executive who remembers that everyone he meets is still Love, as God created him. No matter what the form, the content is Love. That is how we are the Light of the world.
 
To do this, to be expressions of Love, we have to let go of barriers to Love. Because Love is what we are in truth, anything that is not Love is a false image. It is an attempt to be not as we were created. These are the images we must let go of. This is another way of saying that to fulfill our function as the Light of the world, we must let go of the false functions we have made up, the goals to be something other than we were created to be.
The strength of God remains in us and it is through His strength that we fulfill our true function. It is through His strength that we are able to let go of our belief in any other functions. Today let me be open to every opportunity to offer Love and nothing else, to see innocence and nothing else, to see my brother as one with me, sharing the Light of the world.
 
 
Sometimes when I read some of these lessons I feel overwhelmed by the task. How do I go from being a person who is often frightened, guilty, and self-centered, to being the light of the world? I feel like giving up before I get started. How do I do this?
 
I appreciate the message that said, “I loosen the bonds of false ideas that blind me and my brother to the truth of our oneness.” My first thought as I read that was,“Oh yeah, I don’t have to invent this new me. This is who I really am. I just have to shed some false ideas that are covering up my identity.” That doesn’t seem so impossible. It will take some consistent effort, but that’s doable.
 
 
It helps me to remember that Light and Love are the same. I can substitute “I am the Love of the world” meaning my job, my mission, my purpose, as a matter of fact, my only function here is to be an expression of Love. Since Love is who I truly am, how can I help not expressing and extending Love? I have momentary glimpses of what this is like: When I am fulfilling my function — being who I really am and then naturally expressing and extending Love — and I am not excluding anyone or anything in the now moment. That’s when I have some awareness of being inexplicably happy. And thus, I know I must have been fulfilling my function as being the light of the world.
 
It seems so simple and it is, yet when my ego gets caught up in the form and not the content (all the things that go on at my “job” for example), I notice that in these moments I seem to be unhappy, and can become disillusioned so easily with feelings of discontent. Thus, my feelings are a major clue for me to know which thought system I am choosing to align with. I am making progress when it takes me less time to become of aware of my upsets.
 
This lesson helps me to remember my true function — that I am the Love of the world. It helps me remember not to get caught up in form because form does not matter. It helps me remember that to fulfill my true function doesn’t have to be hard as my ego would have me think — resistance to the truth is what is hard. It also helps me remember that fulfilling my true and only function is what will bring me happiness and God’s will for me is perfect happiness.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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I am NOT lonely in the chamber of solitude for Thou art always there. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
“Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; 
and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. 
Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy,
 since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever.” 
Omar Khayyám, Quatrains – Tours
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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