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OCT.1,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.1,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
The amount of compensation you get for your labors
 depends on the value of the currency, 
not the denomination of the bills.
 A million dollars in Chinese coin would break your back carrying it, 
but might not buy you a suit of clothes.
 
The greatest compensation would therefore be 
that which would buy those things which you need and want.
 
For services rendered your fellow men, 
God gives you his IOU, and they are better than 
cash on the line in any currency.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
   “ANSWERS ABOUT PROGRESS
 
‘It would help if I clearly knew my goal. Who am I trying to be?’
 
‘The person everyone wants to be is a person who is not in trouble
with himself. You can succeed.'”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 11    
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.1,2016
Thought for the Day 
A.A. will lose some of its effectiveness if I do not do my share. Where am I failing? Are there some things I do not feel like doing? Am I held back by self-consciousness or fear? Self-consciousness is a form of pride. It is a fear that something may happen to you. What happens to you is not very important. The impression you make on others does not depend so much on the kind of a job you do as on your sincerity and honesty of purpose. Am I holding back because I am afraid of not making a good impression? 
Meditation for the Day 
Look to God for the true power that will make you effective. See no other wholly dependable supply of strength. That is the secret of a truly effective life. And you, in your turn, ill be used to help many others find effectiveness. Whatever spiritual help you need, whatever spiritual help you desire for others, look to God. Seek that God’s will be done in your life and seek that your will conforms to His. Failures come from depending too much on your own strength. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may feel that nothing good is too much for me if I look to God for help. I pray that I may be effective through His guidance.
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Never limit your view of life by any past experience.
Science of Mind page 187
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Moments of perception can build into a lifetime of spiritual serenity, as I 
have excellent reason to know. Roots of reality, supplanting the neurotic 
underbrush, will hold fast despite the high winds of the forces which would 
destroy us, or which we would use to destroy ourselves.
— Bill W.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that 
has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost 
May pride stay out of my way, now that I’ve found a road to follow. May I 
avoid that destructive cycle of pride — the ego that balloons up out of all 
proportion and then deflates with a fizzle. May I learn the value of 
“backing down.”
— A Day at a time


A bird delegation came to Solomon complaining, “why is it that you never criticize the nightingale?” Because my way, the nightingale explained for Solomon,” is different. 
Mid-March to mid-June I sing.The other nine months while you continue chirping I’m silent.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 272 Insights

“How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?”
The sentence that stood out to me today is, “I am surrounded by [God’s] Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe.” I repeated that statement over and over in my mind to allow myself to open up to the feeling of being surrounded by God’s Love. Gradually I felt myself soften, relaxing into the comfort of Love. In Love there is no conflict, only unity. My heart fills with joy as I feel the gentleness of God’s Love. I am at peace as I rest in the stillness of God’s Love.
 
His Love overflows in me and I am inspired to embrace all with that Love. There is nothing else I would rather do. There is nothing else that has any meaning. The Love in my heart reaches out and surrounds all that I see. And only Love returns to me. Thus I see the radiant face of Christ everywhere. And yet this joyous feeling that overflows my heart is but a hint of the Heaven God created as my Home.
 
Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart more to the Love that surrounds me with its stillness, its gentleness and its safety. Help me to look past all illusions as I forgive the dream and accept the reality of God’s gift of Love.
As I work with this lesson, I am led to look at all the substitutes I have made for God’s Love. What illusions do I still crave to cling to? What illusions do I still think would bring me happiness? Today my practice is to mindfully look at the illusions I am still making real in my mind and hand them over to the Holy Spirit to be translated into truth.
 
That is what forgiveness really means — taking all my illusions to the Holy Spirit to be undone. In today’s lesson, it says, “Today we pass illusions by.” If I am sincerely interested in awakening to my true Identity in the one Christ Mind, I will take this seriously. I will look at the places where I am not passing illusions by and recognize that these are barriers to my return to Love.
 
Holding onto the symbols of separation — special things, special people, special times and places — is not letting illusions go. This happens only in the unforgiving mind. Today I would take one more step towards true forgiveness. Today I would take one more place where I am making illusions real to the Holy Spirit to receive a transformed perception.
 
Today I would practice forgiving illusions. In reality they are representative of an unconscious grievance against God.
 
God is. Love is. If I hold on to anything else, it is a grievance in my mind. True forgiveness is letting go of these grievances. Today I would practice forgiveness and open to the true happiness of God’s one eternal Love. How can illusions satisfy God’s Son? Today I will practice letting go of trying to make something out of nothing.
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“The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon 
Turns Ashes–or it prospers; and anon,
 Like Snow upon the Desert’s dusty Face Lighting a little Hour or two–is gone.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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 Soar in the skies of ineffable freedom. There all mortal consciousness and the veried discords of the earth vanish, and you will be intoxicated by the endless, ever- satisfying wine of truth and new inspirations. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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(To those who are not familiar with the Bahai faith, they are being killed in Iran and other countries.
They are a religion unto themselves and thier late leader was Bhah”ullah.I have met many of the them and a book I once read has several passages in it that remain and so I am grateful to my good friend who inspired me to to add this to the list that we may all see OUR world in another light form.Hearts and kisses,Ron)

“Many a day hath passed over thee whilst thou hast busied thyself with thy fancies and idle imaginings. How long art thou to slumber on thy bed? Lift up thy head from slumber, for the Sun hath risen to the zenith, haply it may shine upon thee with the light of beauty.” Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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