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OCT.11,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.11,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
There is such an abundance of religions, sects, creeds and cults that it is little wonder that many thousands of non-alcoholics have thrown up their hands in disgust and proceeded to ignore them all. The poor confused alcoholic certainly could not be expected to wade through this maze of contradictions.
 
To them, the simplicity of the AA program has been its greatest attraction. Here they have been asked only to seek a God of their own understanding and to accept a spirituality based on common sense and universally accepted moral standards
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“The most valuable science in the world to you is self-science.
With a firm grasp of who we are and what we can do, we become
magicians capable of creating the kind of lives we really want.
Without self-knowledge we have no central attachment; we are
like loose spokes of a wheel without a hub.”
 Psycho-Pictography, p. 132
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Twenty Four Hours A Day  OCT. 11, 2016
Thought for the Day 
How good a sponsor am I? When I bring new members to a meeting, do 
I feel that my responsibility has ended? Or do I make it my job to 
stay with them until they have either become good members of A.A. 
or have found another sponsor? If they don’t show up for a meeting, 
do I say to myself. “Well, they’ve had it put up to them, so if 
they don’t want it, there’s nothing more I can do”? Or do I look 
them up and find out whether there is a reason for their absences 
or that they don’t want A.A.? Do I go out of my way to find out if 
there is anything more I can do to help? Am I a good sponsor? 
Meditation for the Day 
“First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your 
gift to God.” First I must get right with other people and then I 
can get right with God. if I hold a resentment against someone, 
which I find it very difficult to overcome, I should try to put 
something else constructive into my mind. I should pray for the 
one against whom I hold the resentment. I should put that person 
in God’s hands and let God show him or her the way to live. “if a 
man say: ‘I love God’ and hateth his brother, he is a liar, for he 
that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God 
whom he hath not seen?” 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may see something good in every person, even one I 
dislike, and that I may let God develop the good in that person.
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Bondage lies in our own superstitions. 
Joel Goldsmith 
The process of clear thinking, 
if carried out every day will heal.
 Science of Mind page 204
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When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them.
BB Into Action, p.84
 
 
 Flowers open every night across the 
sky as the peace of keeping a vigil Kindles the emptiness.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by C Voleman Barks)
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 282 Insights
“I will not be afraid of love today.”
It doesn’t seem that I am afraid of Love when I make this dream real. It doesn’t seem that I’m afraid of Love when I focus on bodies or individual personalities as though they were real.
 
In truth I know that this whole world is a defense against Love’s oneness. When I believe in the stories of the world, I am joining with the ego. This means that I am afraid of Love. This means that I am choosing not to recognize the truth.
 
Fortunately Love is still there, whether I am willing to recognize it or not. In fact Love is all that is really there. No image making can change Reality and make It what It is not. Choosing to focus on separate forms instead of recognizing the Love that is there is just the fear of Love.
 
Today I would practice opening to the recognition that Love is all that is there, no matter what the form looks like. Today I would practice recognizing that God is Love and therefore so am I. Today I would practice opening to Love’s Presence, Which is always there, waiting for my acceptance. Let me not be afraid of the truth today.
 
 
Sometimes its fairly obvious when there is fear of Love, such as when someone is offered a gift of appreciation and responds with, “Oh no, I couldn’t accept that.” But most fear of Love is disguised in forms we do not recognize. The Course tells us that the world and bodies were made as a fence to keep God out, to keep Love out. Thus belief in the reality of any form in this world is fear of Love. It is trying to keep Love’s Oneness away.
 
The forms are there to hide the deep guilt that everyone in this world has from believing we have separated from Love, our Source. This guilt is so intense that it cannot be acknowledged, so a world of images was made to project the guilt onto. This mechanism of projecting guilt does not deal with the Source of guilt. It merely seeks to place guilt outside of us so that we can seem to be relieved of guilt.
 
The only way to really be relieved of guilt is through forgiveness. It is not God’s forgiveness that we need, for He has never condemned us. He still sees us as innocent as He created us. It is our own forgiveness that we need. We remove the fear of Love by forgiving ourselves for what we thought we did but that never happened in truth. It is through forgiveness that we recognize that we are still as God created us.
 
I practice forgiveness by taking each perception of an image, be it a person, a personality, a sunset — any form in this world — to the Holy Spirit to receive His interpretation. It is not wrong to see images. But it is a mistake to think I know what they mean on my own.
 
Let me walk this day with the Holy Spirit as my Interpreter so that I may see the Love beyond all forms and not use the images of this world as a defense against Love. With Him I walk in peace and gratitude, for He shows me the face of Christ everywhere I look. With His help I will welcome Love today.
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Everything in creation has individuality. 
The Lord never repeats Himself. 
Similarly, in mans divine search there are infinite
variations of approach and expression. 
The romance of each devotee with God is unique. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“Would you be happy! hearken, then, the way:
Heed not to-morrow, heed not yesterday;
The magic words of life are here and now –
O fools, that after some to-morrow stray!” 
― Omar Khayyám
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“Pray that the ill-natured become good-natured 
& the weak become strong.” 
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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