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MAY 10, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 10, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
“How Can You Roll With A Punch?”
On the day that the calamity of Pearl Harbor fell upon our country, a great friend of A.A. was walking along a St. Louis Street. Father Edward Dowling was not an alcoholic, but he had been one of the founders of the struggling A.A. group in his city. Because many of his usually sober friends had already taken to their bottles that they might blot out the implications of the Pearl Harbor disaster, Father Ed was anguished by the thought that his cherished A.A. group would probably do the same. Then a member, sober less than a year, stepped alongside and engaged Father Ed in a spirited conversation – mostly about A.A. Father Ed saw, with relief, that his companion was perfectly sober. “How is it that you have nothing to say about Pearl Harbor? How can you roll with a punch like that?” “Well,” replied the yearling, “each of us in A.A. has already had his own private Pearl Harbor. So why should we drunks crack up over this one?”
GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc 
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“You need not understand the mechanical workings of an airplane in
order to be carried aloft. Neither need you wholly grasp the pleasant
changes that will take place within you. Let them happen. Relax with
your study of Psycho-Pictography. Do not strain at understanding any-
thing. Read with a sense of curiosity and exploration. See everything
as good news. Enjoy the adventure.”
Psych-Pictography, p. 27
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
10 May 2017
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Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility – a word often misunderstood. . . . it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 58
I knew deep inside that if I were ever to be joyous, happy and free, I had to share my past life with some other individual. The joy and relief I experienced after doing so were beyond description. Almost immediately after taking the Fifth Step, I felt free from the bondage of self and the bondage of alcohol. That freedom remains after 36 years, a day at a time. I found that God could do for me what I couldn’t do for myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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We cannot live a choiceless life. 
Every day,every moment, every second, there is choice. 
If it were not so we would not be individuals. 
The Science of Mind page 143
 
 
When I blame someone else for something,
 I give up my power to them.
Ala-non member
 
I’m still working on my self-seeking.
 Anonymous 

 
We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love.

12&12 Step Ten, p.93  

 

“Any fool knows men and women think differently at times,
 but the biggest difference is this. 
Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.” 
― Robert Jordan


There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
— Kofi Annan


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 COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 128 Insights
“The world I see holds nothing that I want.”
What stood out to me in this lesson was “…release your mind from chains and let it seek the level where it finds itself at home.” (6:1) When I practiced this I found an inner place of peace, of comfort. I found clarity in my life from this inner place. This inner place of peace and Light comes from my true Self. It is this Self that needs to be in full charge of every part of my life, of every thought. It is this Self that needs to guide everything I do.
 
For this to happen, I need to practice following, not deciding anything on my own. I need to remember again and again that I do not know what anything means. This Presence of peace and Love is always there, waiting for my mind to open and accept Its guidance. As I practice opening again and again, I see that it is always there, with simplicity and ease.
 
I do not need to worry about anything in the future. I just need to be open to Love’s Presence and the perfect circumstances will unfold that help the awakening of the Sonship with gentleness and ease. I need be concerned with only one thing, and that is having an open mind to the one Self. All flows from that.
 
In paragraph 7 we are told how helpful it is each time we practice opening our minds to Him. “And when your eyes are opened afterwards, you will not value anything you see as much as when you looked at it before. Your whole perspective on the world will shift by just a little, every time you let your mind escape its chains.” This gives us such hope! Every time we practice we are opening the doors to truth a little more. We have the Means right inside our minds to set us free as we are willing.The world holds nothing that I want. Awakening to Reality is the only goal. Following my inner Guide each moment with an open mind is how this is accomplished in my life. This is the only thing that means anything. As I continue to do this, this tiny stream of peace gradually opens to a mighty river of peace that carries me with ease to everything I really want.
 
 
The less value I place on the things of this world, the more peace I feel. There is less striving and struggling to obtain some form in this world. I don’t dissipate energy by protecting and defending forms in this world. It is easier and easier to pass them by. I feel more and more safe, because as I dis-identify from the forms of this world, I recognize more and more clearly that real value comes from my unity with my Source, with Love.
 
This value cannot be threatened because it is unalterable, changeless and eternal. As I remember and identity with my Self as Love and nothing else, I feel deep peace that cannot be disturbed.
 
Love has one response to be Itself, and that response is to extend Itself. Because my Self is Love, my Self’s response is the same. Any other response comes from belief in a pseudo world that I made up. This lesson is helping me to let the false ideas go. They can never satisfy me. The only real satisfaction comes from extending Love, being Love. Love does not compete. It does not defend or judge. It does not hope for some special condition in the future. It merely Is.
 
So today I practice making no plans for the future on my own. Making no judgments, letting all my doing be guided by my Self for the sole purpose of passing by the world of form and returning to my Home in the Heart of my Creator. Here I will find joy because here I find my Self.
 
Joy must be shared because that is its nature. And so I share my joy with all my brothers, offering them the gift that I have received. There is nothing else to do. And I am blessed.
 
 
It has taken me many years of struggle and pain to realize the truth in this lesson. It is because I am so attached and “chained” to this world that the constant practice of these lessons is so important.
 
I attend a weekly Course study group on Monday nights and last Monday when I left the group, I felt uplifted, almost light on my feet, a sense of peace that I desperately feel I need more often in my life. I was able to sustain that feeling through the night and I woke up feeling very alive and loving.
 
When I was driving home after work, I realized I had lost the feeling. My day had gone well; nothing “bad” had happened, but somehow, sometime during the day, I had lost that feeling of peace and serenity. I don’t know where I had been, but it was with a dreadful sigh that I realized I was back in this world. It’s these experiences, though, that strengthen me, that give me hope for a world that my heart yearns for.
 
I love the poetry of these lessons; they uplift me even if it’s just for a moment and show me what it’s like to be in this world, but not of it.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Knowledge prepares the way to love. 
You cannot love that which you do not know.
Knowledge of God must therefore precede love for Him. 
This knowledge comes with practice of Kriya Yoga
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA

And lately, by the Tavern Door agape,
Came stealing through the Dusk an Angel Shape
Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder; and
He bid me taste of it; and ’twas—the Grape!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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