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MARCH 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Our sobriety is dead-serious. 
It has to be, to work at all. 
With it we can retain all we now have, 
and the limits to which we can add to
 it are circumscribed only by our initiative
 and our ability. 
Without sobriety we are in danger of losing
 that which we already have.
 
Sobriety is life itself to us and without
 it life would again become a living death.
 To unnecessarily subject ourselves to
temptations is another variation of playing
 “Russian Roulette.”
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
THE EDUCATED MAN
 
An educated man who thought he understood human nature asked a
stranger, ‘Would you like to learn about human nature?’
 
The stranger asked, ‘May I ask you a question about your own
human nature – without offending you?’ The question was unexpected,
but the educated man nodded, so the stranger asked, ‘Why do you get
secretly angry so often?’
 
This made the educated man so angry he walked away. He never knew
that the stranger really understood human nature. Also, he never
knew the stranger could have shown him how to banish hidden anger.
 
_Self-healing alone produces profound knowledge of human nature, and
both begin by studying one’s own hidden nature_. “
Inspire Yourself, p. 47
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 3,2017
OVERCOMING SELF-WILL
So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us!
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62
For so many years my life revolved solely around myself. I was consumed with self in all forms—self-centeredness, self-pity, self-seeking, all of which stemmed from pride. Today I have been given the gift, through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, of practicing the Steps and Traditions in my daily life, of my group and sponsor, and the capacity—if I so choose—to put my pride aside in all situations which arise in my life. Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem in many situations and react appropriately inside and out; until I could discard my expectations and understand that my serenity was directly proportional to them, I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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To affirm the presence of God is better 
than to deny the presence of evil.
Science of Mind page 217
 
 He said “you have to have three things, 
God, the Big Book, and you.
 Anonymous 
 
The feelings will pass. 
Ala-non member
 

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
Marcus Aurelius


 
You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge,
 holding up your robes to keep them dry.
 You must dive naked under, and deeper under, 
  a thousand times deeper! 
~Rumi

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 62 Insights
“Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.”
It is helpful to remember that in the Course, forgiveness means letting go of illusions. It can be interesting to read this lesson substituting “letting go of illusions” for forgiveness. It is an illusion that I am separate and different from my Creator and all my brothers. It is an illusion that I could experience harm or loss. It is an illusion that I could suffer loss of any kind.
 
As I let go of these illusions, I remember my unity with my Creator and my brothers. I once again experience the strength of God as mine. The thought of vulnerability fades away as I recognize there is no ‘other’ who could bring me harm, nor anyone or anything that I could harm. Guilt disappears, for I remember the changeless Love that is my Source and my Self.
 
All this comes with letting go of illusions, with forgiveness. When I am identified with the ego thought system, this seems impossible. Harm really does seem to occur and loss seems real. But when I take these perceptions to the Holy Spirit with an open mind, a willingness to be taught, I receive a new vision. This vision shows me that no loss occurred. Nothing could harm the truth about me or anyone. I breathe a sigh of relief as I let illusion go.
 
It may appear again in another form until I learn all illusions are the same. But each time I remember to take the illusion to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction, I am one step closer to recognizing the sameness of all illusions.
 
Today I would remember that forgiveness is my function as the Light of the world. I would let go of the dark illusions and receive the Light for myself and all my brothers. I would receive the happiness God has given me.
 
 
In earlier lessons, Jesus helps us understand that we made this world to be in competition with God. (See lesson 13.) He helps us understand that this world is really a meaningless projection that now appears to us as a world that is outside us. He helps us understand that we made up this world by the thoughts we hold in our mind, and we can let it go in the same way. He helps us understand that as we are willing to let go of the meaning we have given it, True Meaning will be able to dawn upon our minds. This letting go of all the meaning I have given the world is what the Course calls forgiveness.
 
As I am able to forgive, or let go of illusions, I am able to open to the idea that God, or Love, is behind every form of separation I see. I am able to see that separate bodies are not the Truth. As I am willing to practice seeing illusions for what they are — projections coming from my own mind — my mind becomes open enough to let these thoughts of separation be corrected by the Holy Spirit. This is my function. Jesus tells me that this willingness to forgive, or let go of the meaning I have given to everything I see, will “remove all sense of weakness, strain and fatigue from my mind. It will take away all fear and guilt and pain. It will restore the invulnerability and power God gave His Son to your awareness.” (3:3-4)
 
This means that as I forgive, or have a willingness to let my false ideas be corrected by the Holy Spirit, I will be fulfilling my function and I will be happy. Every time I practice this, I get a reinforcement that this is really true. It does bring happiness to see that my projections are just illusions. It does bring peace of mind. Thank goodness that I could not really make separation real.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of thoughts in the invisible,
intangible kingdom within you. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“O friend, for the morrow let us not worry
This moment we have now, let us not hurry
When our time comes, we shall not tarry
With seven thousand-year-olds, our burden carry” 
So lets not let those precious moment of life exhaust 
because soon fade away. And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical disguise.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
 

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