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NOV.18,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

NOV.18,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

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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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
“Place being someone ahead of doing something. Human beings are
under the trance of going to as many places as possible, doing
as many things as possible, meeting people, chatting, wasting
their time. They’re always running, running, running.
Pause and think of how seldom you slow down or stop. Most people
live by the western song, ‘Back in the Saddle Again.’ Even the
horse had sense enough to stop. (Laughter)”
from a talk given 6/2/1991
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DAILY REFLECTIONS NOV.18,2017
 
A SAFETY NET
Occasionally. . . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay angry I’ll surely get drunk. In those moments of self-will it’s as if I’ve slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand. The above passage is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my Higher Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land in the net, and to pray.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored.
To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. 
Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
There were four or five ladies in Park City
who got together and helped me learn how to meditate.
Anonymous
 
 
Young love is a flame; very pretty,
often very hot and fierce,
but still only light and flickering.
The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals,
deep-burning, unquenchable.
Henry Ward Beecher
 
 
When you see anyone complaining
of such and such a person’s ill-nature and bad temper,
know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 328 Insights
“I choose the second place to gain the first.”
Sometimes I feel on the verge of experiencing unity with Holy Spirit. There is a sense of inner joy mixed with anticipation, like the feeling of getting close to home after a long trip away. Sometimes I experience deep peace and a feeling of Love and compassion for everything I think about. Sometimes I feel like I am just on the surface of this experience and other times I’m able to go deeper into it. Yet I know that I have yet to plumb its depths.
 
My attachment to the world of form that I have thought was home is still too strong for me to let it go completely, which I must do to fully experience unity with the Holy Spirit and my Creator. It seems that when I get too close to this experience, something will distract me. A sound will get my attention and I will start thinking about what it is or what it means. Or I might think of something on my “to do” list. Or I might think of a conversation I had or even expect to have. These are a few of the ways my ego mind will distract me so that I don’t fully experience my unity with all.
 
This distraction is essential to the ego’s existence. The ego is the idea of separation and disappears in the experience of unity. That is why to the ego, salvation is autonomy and complete independence from God and all His Creations, extensions of Love. It is helpful to remember that this mind wandering is just the ego’s defense against Love. It is its attempt to make it appear that it has succeeded in making a will of its own and therefore has usurped God and become “number one.”
 
I can choose differently. By choosing to put this ‘will’ second and accepting that God’s Will is really mine, I open the door to the memory of my Self, which is still one with Love, Its Creator. This is why I must “choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
These tastes or hints of the experience of unity with the Holy Spirit motivate me to keep practicing. I know there is much more to experience — greater joy, greater peace and greater love — than I have yet to experience. And so today I practice again putting the Holy Spirit’s Will in the lead and choosing to follow so that I may once again experience my Home in Heaven.
 
This world is a distraction from knowing God’s Will. This world is the effect of choosing independence from God’s Will. The distraction of the body could take up all my time if I let it. This distraction will continue until I change my mind about the purpose of the world. My experience of this false world will continue until I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead.
 
The Holy Spirit will lead me in a thought reversal. The Holy Spirit will lead me into peace. But I must let go of thinking that I know what anything means on my own. I must have an open mind. Following Holy Spirit’s lead, I will gradually wake up from the dream completely. I will let go of the idea of having an independent reality. I will learn to see past the ego’s image making and become aware of God’s Thoughts. To do this I must be willing to follow and not lead. “I choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
I appreciate knowing that I am not the only one who has that problem — distractions when I meditate. I get very discouraged sometimes because even when I seem to be doing well, I will suddenly realize that my mind has gone off on a tangent that has nothing to do with my meditation. Now I understand what is going on. Thanks for that. Also, I think that this is the first time I have really understood the phrase “I choose the second place to gain the first.”
 
This distraction is essential to the ego’s existence. Thank you. That helps me, because that is a big problem for me at times. With this, I will work to go beyond, rather than giving up, which is what ego demands.
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Jesus went very deep in teachings that appear on the surface to be simple—
much deeper than most people understand….
[In his teachings] is the whole science of yoga,
the transcendental way of divine union through meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Under every stone lurks a politician.
Aristophanes

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