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May 23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

23 May 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES

 
Self-restraint
“Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. 
We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious power-driven argument. 
The same goes for silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps 
baited with pride and vengefulness. We can neither think nor act to
 good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.”
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 91 
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
 
“Let me explain to you what has been going on ever since mankind
was invented and what we here in this room as individuals, not as
a class, but as you and you, as a man or a woman, I’ll tell you
what we’re going to do about it. We’re going to put an end to it.
 
And here’s what we’re going to stop in our personal inner lives.
Here’s what is happening and what you are going to expose and have
nothing more to do with. Evil and tricky people are deceiving good
but shallow people.
 
Now already I have to define what I mean by good people. Because
there are really no such thing as good people, yet we have to use
words as best we can to make our points clear and understood.
Therefore, I’m using the word good as applied to the very small
minority of human beings who no longer want to be bad. Do you
qualify for that?”
from a talk given 5/16/1987
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
23 May 2017
SPIRITUAL HEALTH
When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64
It is very difficult for me to come to terms with my spiritual illness because of my great pride, disguised by my material successes and my intellectual power. Intelligence is not incompatible with humility, provided I place humility first. To seek prestige and wealth is the ultimate goal for many in the modern world. To be fashionable and to seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness.
To recognize and to admit my weaknesses is the beginning of good spiritual health. It is a sign of spiritual health to be able to ask God every day to enlighten me, to recognize His will, and to have the strength to execute it. My spiritual health is excellent when I realize that the better I get, the more I discover how much help I need from others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Forgiveness means you do not hold others
responsible for your experience.
Ernest Holmes Science of Mind
 
Over the years I have found that prayer and meditation help me to not over react. 
Anonymous 
 
Everybody is unique. Do not compare yourself
 with anybody else lest you spoil God’s curriculum.
BAAL SHEM TOV
 
 
“There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.
 
Don’t think all ecstasies
are the same!
 
Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 141 Insights
Review IV: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“Forgiveness is the key to happiness. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
As I opened my mind to receive understanding about what it means that my mind holds only what I think with God, it became clear why the titles of the two review statements are true. The Course tells me that God is Love and nothing else. And being Love, He is also happiness. Thus the only thoughts my mind can hold must be expressions of Love and must bring happiness with them. If I do not perceive these thoughts, I must be deciding against God, denying my unity with Him, denying my unity with Love.
 
Forgiveness is the key to happiness because forgiveness is the undoing of the denial of Love. The moment I welcome Love, I am welcoming happiness. Anytime I am bothered because the computer does not respond like I think it should, or someone does not behave like I think they should, I am clearly not happy and not loving. Simple, true forgiveness clears the false image and opens my mind to the awareness of Love’s presence once again.
 
All I or anyone in this world wants is Love and happiness. If we think happiness can be found in the forms of this world, we will try all kinds of ego-based manipulations and gyrations in an attempt to make the images of the world provide the Love and happiness we seek. But Love and happiness cannot be found there. The ego directs us to look to these images in keeping with its motto, seek and do not find.
 
The moment we let our minds be guided by the Voice for God, we will be helped to let go of the values we have given these empty images. In other words we will be guided to forgive. This forgiveness is the key to happiness because it clears our minds of meaningless false images so that we can receive and accept what has always been ours.
 
The moment I cease to give my attention to the empty images of this world and give them no value, I truly recognize that my mind holds only what I think with God and I experience everything I really want. Eternal happiness is mine.
 
 
Recognizing that my mind holds only what I think with God helps me realize that all the thoughts I get involved with in this world of separation are not really thinking at all. As I do the Course lessons day by day, these lessons help me recognize mindless thoughts and open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s help so that the thoughts can be purified.
 
My mindless thoughts, which come from belief in separation, may appear real at the time, but they are really nothing at all. Letting these thoughts be seen for what they are by the Holy Spirit is forgiveness, and forgiveness brings happiness. I tried to replace God with all these meaningless ideas of separation, but it has only been ego image making. They were never real.
 
Today I practice returning to remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God. God’s Mind is eternal and changeless and therefore my mind is eternal and changeless. Only my true Identity as God’s Extension is real. All the additions I have tried to make are not real. All the image making dreams I have been involved with are not real. As I learn to forgive or let go of these thoughts, this image making, I find true happiness. The truth lies beyond image making, which is a denial of the truth.
 
As I let go of the images which deny the truth, the truth returns to my awareness. Letting go of what never was, which is forgiveness, is the key to happiness and offers everything I really want. My mind holds only what I think with God. Nothing else is true. I am willing to be happy today. I am willing to forgive.
 
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Silently and surely, as you walk on the path of life,
you must come to the realization that God is the only object, 
the only goal that will satisfy you. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

 
Views of the Christian churches
The only Jewish school in Munich had been closed in 1872 for want of students, and in the absence of an alternative Einstein attended a Catholic elementary school.[57] He also received Jewish religious education at home, but he did not see a division between the two faiths, as he perceived the “sameness of all religions”.[58] Einstein was equally impressed by the stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Passion of Jesus.[58] According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Einstein immensely enjoyed the Catholic religion courses which he received at the school.[29] The teachers at his school were liberal and generally made no distinction between student’s religions, although some harbored an innate but mild antisemitism.[59] Einstein later recalled an incident involving a teacher who particularly liked him, “One day that teacher brought a long nail to the lesson and told the students that with such nails Christ had been nailed to the Cross by the Jews” and that “Among the children at the elementary school anti-Semitism was prevalent…Physical attacks and insults on the way home from school were frequent, but for the most part not too vicious.”[59] Einstein noted, “That was at a Catholic school; how much worse the antisemitism must be in other Prussian schools, one can only imagine.”[60] He would later in life recall that “The religion of the fathers, as I encountered it in Munich during religious instruction and in the synagogue, repelled rather than attracted me.”[61]
Einstein met several times and collaborated with the Belgian priest scientist Georges Lemaître, of the Catholic University of Leuven. Fr Lemaitre is known as the first proponent of the big bang theory of the origins of the cosmos and pioneer in applying Einstein’s theory of general relativity to cosmology. Einstein proposed Lemaitre for the 1934 Francqui Prize, which he received from the Belgian King.[62]
In 1940 Time magazine quoted Einstein lauding the Catholic Church for its role in opposing the Nazis:
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.[63]
The quotation has since been repeatedly cited by defenders of Pope Pius XII.[64] An investigation of the quotation by mathematician William C. Waterhouse and Barbara Wolff of the Einstein Archives in Jerusalem found that the statement was mentioned in an unpublished letter from 1947. In the letter to Count Montgelas, Einstein explained that the original comment was a casual one made to a journalist regarding the support of “a few churchmen” for individual rights and intellectual freedom during the early rule of Hitler and that, according to Einstein, the comment had been drastically exaggerated.[64]
On 11 November 1950 the Rev. Cornelius Greenway of Brooklyn wrote a letter to Einstein which had also quoted his alleged remarks about the Church. Einstein responded, “I am, however, a little embarrassed. The wording of the statement you have quoted is not my own. Shortly after Hitler came to power in Germany I had an oral conversation with a newspaper man about these matters. Since then my remarks have been elaborated and exaggerated nearly beyond recognition. I cannot in good conscience write down the statement you sent me as my own. The matter is all the more embarrassing to me because I, like yourself, I am predominantly critical concerning the activities, and especially the political activities, through history of the official clergy. Thus, my former statement, even if reduced to my actual words (which I do not remember in detail) gives a wrong impression of my general attitude.”[65]
In 2008 the Antiques Roadshow television program aired a manuscript expert, Catherine Williamson, authenticating a 1943 letter from Einstein in which he confirms that he “made a statement which corresponds approximately” to Time magazine’s quotation of him. However, Einstein continued, “I made this statement during the first years of the Nazi regime—much earlier than 1940—and my expressions were a little more moderate.”[66]
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