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MAY 9, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 9, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
GOOD ORDERLY DIRECTION 
It is when we try to make our will conform with God’s that we begin to use it rightly.
To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation.
Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower.
We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of
attempting to bring it into agreement with God’s intention for us.
To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.’s Twelve Steps,
and Step Three opens the door. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.  40 
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“There is an activity which is enormously popular with human
beings, overwhelmingly popular, used by each individual on earth
thousands of times a day. It is very popular as a practice and as
popular as it is as a practice as something to do, it is equally
unpopular as something to study. Unpopular as a topic of 
investigation by the millions of people on earth. 
That topic, that activity, is called complaint.
 
Are you acquainted with the topic of complaint? Do you know what
it is? You’ve complained perhaps once or twice in your whole life?
Or has your whole life itself been one great total complaint, of
rebellion, and anxious striking out at the world that you don’t
understand, so that indeed, instead of a thousand complaints there’s
just one whole life of complaining.
 
You know what complaints are, don’t you? Grumblings about conditions
as they are, feeling cheated, feeling left out, crying a good deal,
attacking conditions, attacking yourself. So you’re very well
acquainted, experimentally and personally, are you not, with the
topic of complaint?
 
If you really understood it, if your heart knew what it was all
about, you’d never again complain about anything.”
Let the Bus Take You Home
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
9 May 2017
WALKING THROUGH FEAR
If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
When I had taken my Fifth Step, I became aware that all my defects of character stemmed from my need to feel secure and loved. To use my will alone to work on them would have been trying obsessively to solve the problem. In the Sixth Step I intensified the action I had taken in the first three Steps – meditating on the Step by saying it over and over, going to meetings, following my sponsor’s suggestions, reading and searching within myself. During the first three years of sobriety I had a fear of entering an elevator alone. One day I decided I must walk through this fear. I asked for God’s help, entered the elevator, and there in the corner was a lady crying. She said that since her husband had died she was deathly afraid of elevators. I forgot my fear and comforted her. This spiritual experience helped me to see how willingness was the key to working the rest of the Twelve Steps to recovery. God helps those who help themselves.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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My whole being responds to the thought of life.
I am a life with the Great Vitality of Spirit.
 The science of Mind page 509
 
The feeling that I am a mistake instead of 
feeling that I made a mistake is no longer there.
Ala-non member
 
To say the spiritual aspect of the program is like saying 
the wet part of the ocean.
anonymous 
 
Gratitude is twofold – love coming to visit us and love running out to greet a welcome guest.
HENRY VAN DYKE
 
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
— Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536)
 
 
Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.
~ Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 127 Insights
“There is no love but God’s.”
At the beginning of today’s exercise, I repeated the title of today’s lesson slowly in my mind, like a mantra. Each time I said it, I felt myself relax a little more. It brought a sense of relief. As I accept that there is no Love but God’s, I no longer need to spend all the time I have spent trying to be accepted in one way or another. I don’t need anyone’s approval, for I already have all of God’s Love. There is nothing else.
 
As I remember that there is no Love but God’s, a big portion of the time I have invested to try to obtain value, worth and acceptance is no longer necessary. As I go deeper into remembering that there is no Love but God’s, all need for defense disappears. I no longer have to maintain an image that is “acceptable.” I no longer need to be right. I no longer need to fear losing love or value. So another big chunk is released, freed from investment in defense and returned to acceptance of all that is real, of Love.
 
As I come to rest in the awareness that there is no Love but God’s, I am in deep peace that cannot be disturbed. God has given me all of His Love and there is nothing else to have. I no longer need to strive to obtain anything, for I already have all that I need, all that there is in reality. As I hold this recognition in my mind, all that I see is Love.
 
When any brother comes to mind, all I can see in him is Love. All I can offer Him is Love. I am free of the strain of judgment, trying to make differences where no differences exist. I am accepting my Self as It is and always has been. My heart is filled with deep appreciation that extends to all. At last I accept my Self as God created me. The battle of rejection is over and I am free. Thank you God for your gift of Love to me. I accept your gift by offering it to all.
 
 
What stands out to me in this lesson is the idea that the power of Love holds everything as one. That means Love is one, with no differences and no exceptions. As I learn to open to God’s Love, the power of Love shows me that everything is one. The love I have known in this world, with one kind of love here and another kind of love there, is really nothing and is meaningless.
 
As I learn to return to God’s Love, I am shown that Love is everywhere. In fact, God’s universal Love is all that is real. This takes a lot of stepping back from the false lessons I have learned from the past. In returning to God’s Love, I need to remember that I do not know what anything means. I need to remember that only God’s Love is real. This takes consistent practice and a willingness to appreciate and be open to God’s Love, which is the only Love that is real.
 
God’s Love never changes with time. God’s Love is eternal. I can now use time to return to God’s Love, the only Love that brings an awareness of oneness. I can let go of all the meaning I have given to this world and return to all true meaning. I can learn to lift the veil and find Love behind all the false images of separation. I can learn to rest in the Oneness of God’s Love. I can practice today returning to Love and remembering that there is no Love but God’s.
 
 
I’m glad that the lesson asked us to approach this lesson one person at a time. At first, as I was reading the lesson I tried to encompass everything in my world. All of the places I have withheld love and those I have assigned special meaning swirled through my mind. Is there any place in my life that I have seen Love as it is? I started to feel discouraged. One person at a time, though; I think I can do this.
 
For the first time in my life I feel ready to accept Love as it Is. I know that it will take practice because I have believed in special love for a long time. I have thought of love as a tool to manipulate and control; to reward and to punish. I have been afraid to open up to love, thinking that with great love comes great pain. What a relief it will be to release all of this and accept Love for what It is.
 
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The purpose of meditation is to calm the mind,
that without Distortion it made mirror I’m the presence. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Drink wine and look at the moon
and think of all the civilizations
the moon has seen passing by.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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