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NOV.17,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.17,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS
And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
AS BILL SEES IT, p.  69 
The concept of giving without strings was hard to understand when I first came into the program.  I was suspicious when others wanted to help me.  I thought, “What do they want in return?”  But I soon learned the joy of helping another alcoholic and I understood why they were there for me in the beginning.  My attitudes changed and I wanted to help others.  Sometimes I became anxious, as I wanted them to know the joys of sobriety, that life can be beautiful.  When my life is full of a loving God of my understanding and I give that love to my fellow alcoholic, I feel a special richness that is hard to explain.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
There cannot be personal peace without personal responsibility.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.17,2017

OVERCOMING LONELINESS
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 90
The agonies and the void that I often felt inside occur less and less frequently in my life today. I have learned to cope with solitude. It is only when I am alone and calm that I am able to communicate with God, for He cannot reach me when I am in turmoil. It is good to maintain contact with God at all times, but it is absolutely essential that, when everything seems to go wrong, I maintain that contact through prayer and meditation.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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You are an eternal being now on the pathway of endless unfoldment, never less but always more yourself. Life is not static. It is forever dynamic, forever creatingnot something done and finished, but something alive, awake and aware. There is something within you that sings the song of eternity. Listen to it.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
The trick is to care about everyone
without caring what they think.
ANONYMOUS
 
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, 
you would never think a negative thought.
PEACE PILGRIM
 
Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 327 Insights
“I need but call and You will answer me.”
With this lesson, it helps me to remember that God is Love and nothing else. So the title can be read, “I need but call and Love will answer me.” In this world, God seems to be distant. This is because the world was made to keep God out. This world is the effect of the denial of God. Because the denial of God is the denial of Love, the ego had to make a substitute that would seem at least to temporarily satisfy so that we would not go searching to try to find the Love we seem to have lost. This substitute is specialness.
 
Because this world is the effect of the denial of Love, there is an underlying emptiness that we feel. It is because we are denying our Self. And so we spend our lives searching for Love. But when we follow the ego’s direction, it can only direct us to its substitute for love — specialness.
 
The ego does not know how to find Love, because separation cannot conceive of the unity of Love. And so as long as we follow the ego’s dictates, we search endlessly for substitutes that never satisfy. This fits the ego’s credo of seek and do not find. This lesson is telling us that this need not be.
 
Instead of looking to the ego and its substitutes for Love, if we call upon Love, Love will answer. To do this we must learn to disregard the ego’s thought system. How do we call upon Love? We call upon the Holy Spirit in our minds, which is the link between Love, and the identity we think we are in this dream. We bring all our judgments, which stand as a barrier against Love, to the Holy Spirit. This is how we forgive and this is how we open our minds to Love’s Answer.
 
Today I will call upon Love by continuing to practice bringing my thoughts of fear, guilt and separation to the Holy Spirit. I will practice returning to the peace of God within me so that I may listen with an open mind to Love’s Answer. Thus will I experience the truth of God’s promise. Each time I have a moment of peace, a moment of release from guilt, my conviction of the reality of Love’s promise grows stronger. My heart is filled with gratitude to Love’s Answer in my mind that assures me of Its eternal presence and unity with me. I am learning the truth that, “I need but call and You will answer me.”
 
Conviction comes with practice. Conviction comes with being willing to quiet my mind and open up to receiving God’s peace. With God’s peace, comes understanding, for with one comes the other.
 
The Holy Spirit knows how to heal my mind of all its false ideas. The Holy Spirit has every answer that I need, for the Holy Spirit is the Answer. The Holy Spirit will bridge me from where I think I am to the awareness of my true Identity as Love. I need but follow. I need but be receptive with an open mind. The Holy Spirit answers in a form which will be most helpful in the moment.
 
The more I practice opening to the Holy Spirit’s answer, the more my conviction grows that this really works. As my conviction grows it leads to certainty.
 
How often I accept Holy Spirit’s help is determined by my willingness. And each time I accept Holy Spirit’s help, it paves the way to even greater understanding. It paves the way to building an even stronger habit of generalizing it to every part of my life where I do not yet feel peaceful. As I practice, I will learn the truth of the statement, “To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering: I will forgive and this will disappear.” (W-pI.193.13:3-4)
As I continue this practice of opening to the Holy Spirit with every concern, my faith in the Holy Spirit strengthens, day-by-day. My willingness to be consistent grows with continued practice. I see that the Holy Spirit is right there, willing to tell me how I can be truly helpful with every situation. I need but call and the Holy Spirit will answer me.
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The Kingdom of God Within You
 
There is a beautiful accord between the teachings of Jesus Christ to enter the “kingdom of God within you” and the teachings of Yoga set forth by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita to restore King Soul, the reflection of God in man, to its rightful rulership of the bodily kingdom, with full realization of the soul’s godly states of consciousness. When man is settled in that inner kingdom of divine consciousness, the awakened intuitive perception of the soul pierces the veils of matter, life energy, and consciousness and uncovers the God-essence in the heart of all things….
 
Raja Yoga, the royal way of God-union, is the science of actual realization of the kingdom of God that lies within oneself. Through practice of the sacred yoga techniques of interiorization received during initiation from a true guru, one can find that kingdom by awakening the astral and causal centers of life force and consciousness in the spine and brain that are the gateways into the heavenly regions of transcendent consciousness. One who achieves such awakening knows the omnipresent God in His Infinite Nature, and in the purity of one’s soul, and even in the delusive cloaks of changeable material forms and forces.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Being fair-minded and tolerant is a goal toward which I must work daily. I ask God, as I understand Him, to help me to be loving and tolerant to my loved ones, and to those with whom I am in close contact. I ask for guidance to curb my speech when I am agitated, and I take a moment to reflect on the emotional upheaval my words may cause, not only to someone else, but also to myself. Prayer, meditation and inventories are the key to sound thinking and positive action for me. 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.

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