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MARCH 21, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 21, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND
At Step Six, many of us balked — for the practical reason we did not wish 
to have all our defects of character removed, because we still loved some 
of them too much. 
— Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 108 
Let anyone try, I will not say to arrest, but to notice or to attend to, the 
present moment of time. One of the most baffling experiences occurs. 
Where is it, this present? It has melted in our grasp, fled ere we could 
touch it, gone in the instant of becoming.
ANONYMOUS
I pray that I may not expect other rewards until I am right spiritually.
 — A Day at a time
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
Inner guidance is heard like soft music in
the night by those who have learned to listen.
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 21, 2017 
MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING
Fear . . . of economic insecurity will leave us.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
Having fear reduced or eliminated and having economic circumstances improve, are two different things. When I was new in A.A., I had those two ideas confused. I thought fear would leave me only when I started making money. However, another line from the Big Book jumped off the page one day when I was chewing on my financial difficulties: “For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded.” (p. 127). I suddenly understood that this promise was a guarantee. I saw that it put priorities in the correct order, that spiritual progress would diminish that terrible fear of being destitute, just as it diminished many other fears.
Today I try to use the talents God gave me to benefit others. I’ve found that is what others valued all along. I try to remember that I no longer work for myself. I only get the use of the wealth God created, I never have “owned” it. My life’s purpose is much clearer when I just work to help, not to possess.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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We cast out of our consciousness 
every doubt and every sense of uncertainty. 
The Science of Mind page 560
 
 
Learn to give from my overflow rather that from my reserve. 
This is self care, we learn to let go of burdens we were never 
meant to carry. Learn to ask, “What is the best thing for me?”
Ala-non member
 
 
Painstaking to me means moving out of my comfort zone. 
Anonymous 

When the heart catches fire in the ocean of thought;
 it is pure emotion burning through the skin of language, 
it is soul pushing aside mind.
Rune Lazuli 


 
When love is not accepted move on;
when love is not appreciated walk away;
hopefully time will teach what real, true love is.
~ Rumi…
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 79 Insights
“Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.”
As I worked with today’s idea, I saw how applying the understanding that there is one problem and therefore one solution can help me with the seemingly varied of the “problems” in this world. I saw that an easy way for me to describe the one problem is the belief that loss is possible.
 
Separation brings the experience of loss. When I remember that separation is impossible and I remain at one with the Love that created me, the perception of loss disappears. I no longer feel threatened. And with this sense of safety comes deep peace. When I am in this place of deep peace, I have let go of any idea of defining the problem myself. My mind is open to the Holy Spirit’s solution. I find that even my perception of the problems of form in this world find easy resolution.
 
The solutions come through synchronicities and ideas come into my mind that changes my perception of the problem. This is a result of accepting the idea of one problem, one solution. I no longer try to define the problem myself. I then experience the peace that comes with remembering the real solution, which is my unity with God. And then my mind is open to Holy Spirit’s inspiration in how to be most helpful in the situation I see myself in. This frees me from fear and doubt and saves me time to continue my focus on healing my mind. It is a win-win situation leading to growing awareness that I remain safe in the Heart of Love.
 
 
I am learning from this lesson to recognize the real problem — separation — behind every problem. I am learning to step back from separation’s perspective, which is the ego’s perspective. The ego always sees in terms of separation. The ego is the idea of separation.
 
Within the ego thought system, there is always a continuous flow of problems because the underlying problem is trying to be separate from Love. The ego operates within the framework of time and space. Love operates within the all encompassing, framework of formless Love, which is eternal and changeless. Whatever thought system I attach to, I will experience.
 
This lesson is reminding me to step back from the ego thought system. The ego thought system is an hallucination. We could never truly be separate from our Source, which is all encompassing Love. When I step back from the ego thought system, I open to what is real. It fills my heart and mind.
 
In truth, we all are the Spirit of Love. As Love, we all are eternal. What we all are is outside the framework of time and space. As I practice stepping back from what I think I know and go to the Holy Spirit with every perceived problem, I am again returned to the awareness that I am Love and that nothing else matters because nothing else is real.
 
From this perspective, there are no real problems. The awareness of peace returns. My priorities get shifted. I return to the experience of God’s peace and joy. With peace always comes understanding. When the light gets turned on, the darkness disappears. Separation is seen for the bogus thought system it is. The ego is seen for the false idea it is. Simple, uncomplicated Love returns to my awareness and I remember that all is well in eternity. All is really safe, no matter what hallucinations appear to be real. All are loved. All are Home.
 
 
Just as the lesson states, there seems to be no end to my problems; just as one is settled, another arises, then another. And unless I recognize the problem, I’ll never know the solution. And it is so true that there is never a time in my life when I feel completely free of problems and at peace.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness to understand what this lesson means because I do despair when just as I feel a sense of peace, another “problem” surfaces and I sometimes feel like giving up and, like the lesson says, a “failure.” Help me to step back and recognize the problem as is truly is — the thought of separation. I am grateful today for the fact that my Source is trying to reach me and help me live a more peace filled life. Thank you, Father. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Hidden deep meditation, when one shuts out the land of finitude and matter,
the realm of Eternity, the vast heavenly kingdom of God’s omniscience,
is found to tier upon tier in endless vistas before the inner vision.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 

Alike for those who for TO-DAY prepare,
And those that after a TO-MORROW stare,
A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cri
“Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There!”
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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