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MARCH 26, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 26, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Loneliness drives more people to the Gin Mill
than almost any other single factor – 
perhaps even the compulsion to drink.
 
In the old days when our society was 
objectionable to all our old friends,
we would from sheer boredom go to the 
bar just to talk to someone. 
Anyone’s conversation was preferable to our thoughts. 
The drink was frequently an incidental.
 
Boredom is still one of our worst enemies. 
If you have an AA club, there is always 
some guy you can try to help. 
Regardless of your effect on him,
the experience is bound to help you 
and will relieve you of your blues.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
Run forward when possible, walk ahead when you can,
stagger onward when you must, but never cease your forward movement.
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 26, 2017 
THE TEACHING IS NEVER OVER
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164
These words put a lump in my throat each time I read them. In the beginning it was because I felt, “Oh no! The teaching is over. Now I’m on my own. It will never be this new again.” Today I feel deep affection for our A.A. pioneers when I read this passage, realizing that it sums up all of what I believe in, and strive for, and that—with God’s blessing—the teaching is never over, I’m never on my own, and every day is brand new.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Love is self-givingness through creation, 
the impartation of the Divine through the human. 
The science of mind is 478 
 
 
Be in nature and discover how much God loves you,
 “Pause, so you can hear the rabbits.”.
Ala-non member
 
 
I thought this was a religious program
I didn’t understand that it was a spiritual program. 
Anonymous 
 
It is possible to live in peace.
— Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
 
 
When the bodily dust is gone, my moon shines:
my spirit’s moon finds an open sky.
~ Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 84 Insights
Review: “Love created me like Itself.”
and “Love holds no grievances.”
With every situation, it is helpful that I remember that I am Love. With every situation, it is helpful to remember that everyone else is Love. With every situation, it is helpful to remember that only Love is real. Illusions of separation are meaningless and I do not have to give them meaning. It is when I give them meaning that I forget my Self and the Self in others.
 
I am here to be truly helpful. I can only be truly helpful when I allow my perceptions of distinct bodies with distinct minds to be undone by the Holy Spirit. If I am not at peace, let me remember that I am holding a grievance against the truth. Let me take that grievance to the Source of Love That shines a light on it and shows me that it is not real.
 
Love holds no grievances. When I hold a grievance, I am forgetting What I am. I am attacking my Self. Today I am willing to practice recognizing grievances for what they are and handing them over to the Light so that they can be undone. I am willing to focus on this practice today.
 
 
Since Love created me like Itself, and Love holds no grievances, judgment is never justified. Any time I judge, it is because I have denied What I am. I have denied my Self. It is only by Self denial that I could believe that it is possible to judge. The body’s eyes were made as instruments of judgment. They show me only differences and I have learned to label these differences. I see a shape defined by differences and I call it a piano or a tree. This instrument, designed to show me differences, was made to make the illusion of separation appear real. This is denial of my Self as Love created me.
 
Yet even in this world of denial it is possible to let the denial go. While it is possible to simply cease the denial, in practice the denial is let go of gradually. The sudden and complete release from the image I have made of myself would be terrifying because it would appear that I am sacrificing my identity. And so the Holy Spirit is present in my mind to teach me in every moment as I am willing to be taught.
 
Today I would practice, with the Holy Spirit’s help, recognizing the little grievances, the little judgments that run through my mind. I am willing to turn each of them over to the Holy Spirit for Him to shine His Light upon them and show me the truth beyond the illusion, show me the unity beyond the perception of separation and differences.
 
Here is peace. Here I experience the joy of connecting in Love with all that is. All conflict disappears. I see that I am one with all my brothers and our interests are the same. We are all Love and our only function is to extend that Love.
 
 
“As I look on this, let me remember my Creator.”
 
This morning, I was doing the stair-master at the gym while watching the images on the television monitors. The images I saw brought great distress to my mind. I found myself in a time of prayer, which turned out to be threefold.
 
I prayed for the two men being held hostage, that they may feel the great outpouring of love extending to them and that a Comfort greater than anything found within this world will make Himself known to them.
 
I prayed for the captors, that they may receive so much as a glimpse of their own Divinity and know (no matter how deeply hidden) they desire not these two men any harm.
 
And I prayed for my own desire to hate, that I may remember it be only myself I crucify with such hate.
 
“I will not use this to attack love.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Float serenely on the waters of worldly life, ever intent on God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour’d it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d—
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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