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MAY 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Give Thanks 
“Though I still find it difficult to accept today’s pain and anxiety with any degree of serenity – as those more advanced in the spiritual life seem able to do – I can give thanks for present pain nevertheless. I can remember how the agonies of alcoholism, the pain of rebellion and thwarted pride, have often led me to God’s grace, and so to a new freedom.”
Bill W., Box 1980: The AA Grapevine, March 1962
As Bill Sees It, p. 266
Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.
HOPE : Hearing Other Peoples’ Experience
Enlightenment: From “Bill’s Story”:
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“RIDING
‘I study hard but go nowhere.’
‘The ability to describe the characteristics of a horse is not the
same as riding it up the mountain.’
 
‘What prevents me from riding?’
 
‘Your fear that the horse may head in a direction you don’t want
to go.’
 
‘But what if he does just that?’
 
‘Ride in fear if necessary, but have the courage to ride on.'”
There is a Way Out, p. 95
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
13 May 2017
THE EASIER, SOFTER WAY
If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 72
I certainly didn’t leap at the opportunity to face who I was, especially when the pains of my drinking days hung over me like a dark cloud. But I soon heard at the meetings about the fellow member who just didn’t want to take Step Five and kept coming back to meetings, trembling from the horrors of reliving his past. The easier, softer way is to take these Steps to freedom from our fatal disease, and to put our faith in the Fellowship and our Higher Power.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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To demonstrate Liberty drop all negative thoughts from your mind.
 Ernest Holmes Science of Mind
 
I started to comply in order to apply. 
Anonymous
 
Peace is the marriage of the people and the planet, with all attendant vows.
— Anonymous
 
 
“Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain.
If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, 
you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. 
They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they 
are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make 
matters worse by responding angrily.” 
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
 
“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” 
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
 
 
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
~ Rumi 
 
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 131 Insights
“No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.”
Jesus is very encouraging in this lesson. He encourages me to seek to reach the truth. He encourages me not to give up. He tells me I cannot fail. He gives me a very helpful bridge, a process, that helps me take baby steps towards opening my mind to the truth. He helps me see the senselessness of the world I think is real. He reminds me where true value lies. He reminds me that I am still in Heaven where God created me and that I cannot really change that. He reminds me that I am only dreaming a dream of being separate from God, from Heaven and that this dream is not what I really want.
 
He encourages me to seek for Heaven, for the truth is that we all are still extensions of God and we have not changed that Reality. He encourages me to sink below the images I normally fill my mind with to the truth. He tells me I cannot fail and invites me to open the door to a world of Light where nothing has changed and I am one with all that is, which is Love or God. He helps me feel God’s strength. He helps me be aware of the safety and stability and Love, peace and joy which lie in my true Nature. He reminds me that this alone is true. He encourages me to rest in this truth often.
 
He knows that as I continue to do this and open to the truth more and more that it will be the only thing I want. It will be my only goal. He knows that as my awareness of Love’s eternal Presence grows, the images of the world of separation will be laid down willingly and gladly in favor of God’s world, the real world. Jesus knows that these steps are taken little by little. His goal is to help us all increase our willingness to seek and find the truth.
 
Today I move one step closer as I practice opening the door and allowing it to swing open with my one intent. Jesus knows that the rest will take care of itself as I continue this practice because no one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
 
 
This is the best time of my life. i no longer get involved in many of the things that I used to do that did not contribute to my awakening, but rather served as distractions and delays. Yet, at the beginning of this exercise, I was shown that there are plenty of details in my thinking that still serve to distract me from seeing the truth, the real world. I saw how my judgments keep my attention on meaningless images that make separation appear real. When I can step back from them, many of these judgments are laughable. I have ideas about how things should be done and disapprove when they are not done that way, whether by me or someone else.
 
When I look at these rules I have made up with the help of Spirit, I see their total meaninglessness. These judgments keep my attention on form to the exclusion of content. As I can remember to practice asking, “What is this for?” I often quickly see there is no value in the judgment. There is no real gain in doing it the way I think it should be done rather than the way it actually was done.
 
The more I can let these judgments go, the more I move past giving form importance. My mind opens to seeing the Light of Truth that is behind every form. My life becomes more peaceful and happy. The truth is what I really want.
 
Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the meaningless and pass it by. As I do this, the ever present truth will be revealed because I will cease to deny it. I am grateful for these exercises, which help me let go of the denial and receive the truth.
 
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God is the Cosmic Fountainhead of limitless Love. 
Free the mind from all disturbing thoughts and fill it with love and joy. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
But come with old Khayyam, and leave the Lot
Of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot!
Let Rustum lay about him as he will,
Or Hatim Tai cry Supper—heed them not.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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