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MARCH 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
The only impossible thing in the world is a full conception of the things that are possible.
 
Within the limits of our lifetime, we have seen many marvels: the transmission of sound and pictures across the continent without visible means; we cook and freeze with the same unit of energy; man can now exert a force of 20,000 tons simply by pushing a button. Nothing seems beyond the vision of the scientist in his study and use of the unlimited forces of Nature.
 
The power of God, however, is still virgin territory. Man hasn’t scratched the surface in his efforts to put this force to work for man. When this is accomplished, the word “impossible” will not be in anybody’s dictionary.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress.
Do not try to run faster than you presently can.
 If you are studying, reflecting and trying, 
you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. 
A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. 
Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.
Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
MARCH 30, 2017 
OUR GROUP CONSCIENCE
“. . . sometimes the good is the enemy of the best.”
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE, p. 101
I think these words apply to every area of A.A.’s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service! I want them etched in my mind and life as I “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny” (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164). These words, often spoken by cofounder Bill W., were appropriately said to him as the result of the group’s conscience. It brought home to Bill W. the essence of our Second Tradition: “Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
Just as Bill W. was originally urged to remember, I think that in our group discussions we should never settle for the “good,” but always strive to attain the “best.” These common strivings are yet another example of a loving God, as we understand Him, expressing Himself through the group conscience. Experiences such as these help me to stay on the proper path of recovery. I learn to combine initiative with humility, responsibility with thankfulness, and thus relish the joys of living my twenty-four hour program.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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My possibilities are as the limitless as the infinite
which I live and which lives in me.
Ernest Holmes it’s up to you 1936 
 
 
I cannot give other people the status
of my Higher Power.
Ala-non member
 
There was a guy who spent 10 years on death row and today
he walks a free man with 10 years of sobriety. 
Anonymous
 
 
Be the love you never received.
Rune Lazuli 
 
There was never a good war or a bad peace.
— Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 88 Insights
Review: “The light has come.” and
“I am under no laws but God’s.”
Today’s lesson helps me distinguish between the real and the unreal. This lesson helps me let go of the arrogance of the ego in thinking that it knows anything or that its laws are real. This lesson helps me recognize where I need help in changing my mind.
 
I obviously need practice in this. I have believed that the effects of the ego thought system were real. And because of this, I have felt limited and alone. I have felt separated from God.
 
Today’s lesson reminds me that it is over. The Light has come. As I am willing, the Light is all there is to see because the Light is all that is there. Forms of separation are illusions. I really am under no laws but God’s because if it is not of God, it is not real and does not exist.
 
Today’s lesson is a very important lesson for me to practice. Because I am part of God, I am only under God’s laws. I am willing to look today at the thoughts in my mind that try to deny God’s laws. I am willing to look today at what is really there. The Light has come. It is only my holding on to false ideas that brings me the effect of seeing something else.
 
Let me allow God’s laws to work in each project I work on today and not my own. I would step back and follow and let go of the idea that I know anything on my own. I would open my mind to Love’s comfort and support. I would not reject God today. This is my practice for today.
 
 
The ego makes up a million stories that seem to make its thought system appear real. The stories all revolve around the body—what it can do, what it cannot do, what can happen to it. The body appears to be vulnerable and needs constant protection.
 
Associated with the body is a personality. Being an extension of the idea of a separate identity, like the body, this personality is vulnerable and needs constant protection. One or two words can bring intense pain to this personality identity. A few other words can seem to bring it to heights of happiness. But consistency is unknown to this identity.
 
All this is characteristic of the stories of the ego thought system. It is characteristic of the ego’s made up laws. The laws themselves are inconsistent, for they seem to apply in some situations and not others. Believing in this unreliable, capricious and constantly changing system of “laws” brings great stress. There can be no certainty here.
 
Accepting that the Light has come and there is in reality nothing else to choose brings the end of the stress that comes with uncertainty. The Light is certain and unchanging because the Light is God, Love. This Light is all there is, and because It is God, only His laws prevail in this Light.
 
The instability of the ego thought system is inevitable because it is all illusion. Illusion by its nature cannot be stable. If I choose the illusion of the ego, I choose an unstable, unreliable world. If I choose the consistency of the Light, I choose the safety and peace of God.
 
My prayer today is, “Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the illusions of the ego thought systems for what they are. I am willing to let the Light replace the darkness I have made up. I am willing to be under no laws but God’s. I am willing to be Love and nothing else.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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I am thy love in-chanted dewdrop, 
sliding safely over the leaves of 
Earthly lures to enter Thy taintless waters of wisdom. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Into this Universe, and why not knowing,
Nor whence, like Water willy-nilly flowing:
And out of it, as Wind along the Waste,
I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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