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MARCH 23, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 23, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND
 
It works — it really does.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 88
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and 
that’s your own self.  
 — Aldous Huxley
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be Kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be Honest and Frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be Happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do Good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
— Mother Teresa
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
Always walk through life as if you have 
something new to learn, and you will.
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 23, 2017 
. . . AND NO MORE RESERVATIONS
We have seen the truth again and again: “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.”. . . If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol. . . . To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 33
These words are underlined in my book. They are true for men and women alcoholics. On many occasions I’ve turned to this page and reflected on this passage. I need never fool myself by recalling my sometimes differing drinking patterns, or by believing I am “cured.” I like to think that, if sobriety is God’s gift to me, then my sober life is my gift to God. I hope God is as happy with His gift as I am with mine.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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There is one life, that life is with God,
that life is perfect,that life is my life right now.
Science of Mind 7-15
 
 
Anger can be constructive in telling me that 
someone else is stepping on some boundaries 
that I need to enforce.
Ala-non member
 
Today I feel like I’m living up to my full
 potential and there’s always room for growth. 
Anonymous
 
“Take it that you have died today, 
and your life’s story is ended; 
and henceforward regard what 
further time may be given you 
as an uncovenanted surplus, 
and live it out in harmony with nature.” 
Auther Marcus Aurelius, Book Seven, 56.
 

Don’t be satisfied with stories, 
how things have gone with others. 
Unfold your own myth.
~ Rumi 

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 81 Insights
Review II: “I am the light of the world.” and
“Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.”
The truth is I am still as God created me. Nothing has changed. God’s Light is One. It includes all that Is. This is reality. This is the one Life that is real. Anything outside of the one Life we all live in the Mind of God are just hallucinations that are trying to replace God. These hallucinations come from a conflicted mind, so conflict shows up in the false stories of individual bodies. These individual bodies are perpetually in conflict. These stories make up one problem after another in order to keep the mind preoccupied with the stories of bodies.
 
Forgiveness means letting go of the false stories of conflict and bodies. Forgiveness means seeing the false stories for what they are. They are ultimately grievances against God, Who created all as one Light, one extension of Love.
 
Today I am willing to practice seeing past the stories to the Light, seeing past the stories to the peace of God. Today I am willing to practice listening to the Holy Spirit, Who shows me a new perception, one that leads me Home. Today I am willing to practice opening to the quiet mind and, recognizing the truth, extend peace to all my brothers.
 
 
Forgiveness is letting go of identification with and belief in separation. It is letting go of the refusal to accept my Self as God created me. It is letting go of insisting on having a special, unique identity that is different from all others.
 
The desire for specialness casts a shadow over the light of the world and makes it appear to be dark and menacing. Conflict is innate in specialness. It requires a constant ‘battle’ to maintain the illusion of differences, an attempt to make my identity more special by making another identity less. This is the story of the world. We see it played out in disagreements among friends or spouses and we see it played out between nations. All the conflict simply comes from the desire for specialness. It is all grasping at illusions, trying to make them real.
 
In our Creation, God gave us all His Love equally. Being one, and always the same, He could not give Love partially to one and more to another. Thus, specialness is illusion. All the conflicts in the world we perceive are conflicts between illusions.
 
The ego loves to focus on conflicts ‘out there’ and ignore the conflicts in our minds. Peace does not come by looking outside. Peace comes through forgiveness within through letting go of identification with separation. That is our function here, now.
 
No matter where we see conflict, our function is to see our Self in all our brothers and thereby recognize it in ourselves. Here we see the sameness we share, the one Identity in Love.
 
As I can let go of the conflict in my mind, as I can let go of the determination to maintain a separate identity and accept myself as God created me, I bring peace to the world. This is how I am the savior of the world. Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
 
 
The form I like to use for the first part of this lesson is, “This shadow will vanish before the light.” It is easy for me to visualize this happening and when I can visualize something. It helps me to accept it in my mind. I have already had occasion to try this and I like how it feels.
 
It is amazing to me how addicted to conflict my ego is and even more amazing that I never noticed before. It takes constant vigilance not to fall back into that way of living and thinking.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Meditation is the one portal in which every seeker of 
every religion must pass in order to find, see, contact,or know God.
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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