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MAY 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Life is too short even if we live the whole of it to its fullest, 
but we alcoholics have wasted so many years of our lives
 that we must now double our efforts if we hope to do any living at all. 
Truly, for us, it is later than we think.
 
There is one consolation, however, and that is that it is possible 
to use a single moment to produce an eternity of benefits for humanity.
 Much time has been frittered away, but there is still ample time to do good.
 
Life is not measured by its length but by its width and its depth.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Since you’re already in fear, you have nothing more to fear
by exploring fear.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 163
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
3 May 2017
CLEANING HOUSE
Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 60
It wasn’t unusual for me to talk to God, and myself, about my character defects. But to sit down, face to face, and openly discuss these intimacies with another person was much more difficult. I recognized in the experience, however, a similar relief to the one I had experienced when I first admitted I was an alcoholic. I began to appreciate the spiritual significance of the program and that this Step was just an introduction to what was yet to come in the remaining seven Steps.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Continue to declare that there were no mistakes, 
there are none and there never will be…. 
there are no mistakes in the Divine Plan for me.
The Science of Mind page 292 
 
 
We don’t have to act on our feelings, 
we can look at them and let them pass.
Ala-non member
 
 
I’m still working on my self-seeking.
 Anonymous 
 
 
“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know
his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until
it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” 
― John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

 
There is no time left for anything but to make
 peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.
— Elise Boulding
 
 
“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which 
he himself must pass if he would reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.”
George Herbert –

 
“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 122 Insights
“Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
In yesterday’s lesson we practiced looking beyond bodies and focusing on the Light in our brothers and ourselves. Today we are told that God holds the door open to a warm and safe place and He invites us to come in. We are told when we enter, we enter into Light and form disappears. The imagery of formless, boundless Light is helping us shift our attention away from forms and what forms seem to do. It brings us to the awareness that illusionary forms do not matter in truth.
 
Light always unites with Light. Light never resists Light. Light does not place limits on itself. It does not stop Itself. It always expands and enters wherever It is welcome. To be in darkness, barriers must be erected to keep the Light out. The moment the barriers are removed, Light rushes in to fill the space where darkness was. Darkness has no power over Light. We experience darkness only when we do not welcome Light and build barriers against It. Forgiveness brings down the barriers. As we learn to practice looking beyond form, letting the veil of form be lifted, we see the Light that has always been there. We see the changeless in the midst of change.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to keep my attention on the changeless and the real, to not value the changeable and temporary. Help me to see the Light beyond all form. I am willing to receive God’s gifts today. I am willing to forgive.
 
 
Forgiveness means allowing the veil to be lifted. Forgiveness means accepting Heaven’s answer to the hell we made. Forgiveness means accepting God’s gifts. Forgiveness means opening to the Light of God and letting it heal all our false perceptions of separation. Forgiveness offers joy and peace and happiness. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
 
In this lesson, Jesus is really focusing on the benefits of forgiveness. He is showing us that holding grievances only brings us hell and we don’t have to continue living in hell. It just takes a little willingness to accept Heaven’s answer. It takes a willingness to open to God’s plan for salvation. Heaven is always there waiting for us to open the door and let It in. The face of Christ is always there to see in our brother. That is how we see it in ourselves.
 
Today I am willing to practice opening to Heaven’s healing Light. Today I am willing to practice lifting the veil to see the face of Christ in my brother. Love is changeless. Heaven is changeless. Today I am willing to look beyond the constantly changing forms and circumstances to the eternally changeless Light of God That is always there waiting for my acceptance. Today I am willing to be happy. “Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
 
 
As I read this beautiful lesson my first thought was, “Yeah, maybe if I do this lesson every day for a hundred years.” I seem to be so attached to my grievances. But I reminded myself that I am not alone in this. The Course promises us much support.
 
I am really tired of carrying around these grievances, and I can see how they are making me so unhappy. It is a mystery to me why they are so hard to give up.
 
 
As I was reading this lesson, I’m answering, “Yes I want happiness, yes I want quietness”, etc. etc. And then the lesson goes into all the wonderful things forgiveness offers like joy and happiness. It seems to me that I can only dream of those things. And then comes the answer to achieve all these things, which is the part I apparently have such a hard time with, the part that keeps me from experiencing these things.
 
Until the Course came around I didn’t realize there was another way of living. I think I always knew in my heart there had to be something better, but I never knew what it was or how to achieve it. I think Jesus knows that we’re extremely attached to what we made, so He is gently trying to remind us with His lovely poetry. It’s almost like He’s saying “you had this before, remember?”
 
So many times I get frustrated because I can’t seem to do what it takes to have peace, but the continuous practice of these lessons along with the power of the Holy Spirit helps me have hope and stay focused. The thoughts of this Course give me the only true life I’ve experienced in my time here on earth.
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When you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, 
you can do anything! 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“The mighty Mahmúd, Allah-breathing Lord,
That all the disbelieving and black Horde
Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul
Scatters before him with his whirlwind Sword.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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