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OCT.12,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.12,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Inward Reality 
It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that its outward appearance is not inward reality at all. The prosaic steel girder is a mass of electrons whirling around each other at incredible speed, and these tiny bodies are governed by precise laws. Science tells us so. We have no reason to doubt it. When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that, infinitely beyond the material world as we see it, there is an all powerful, guiding, creative Intelligence, our perverse streak comes to the surface and we set out to convince ourselves that this isn’t so. Were our contention true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 48-49 
“If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 66
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“There has to be an answer to the delirious world that we live in;
there has to be and there is. The fact that you haven’t found the
answer has nothing to do with it, that is with the existence of the
answer itself.
It is there, whether you know it not, whether you want it or not.
So it’s very encouraging if you’ve come here tonight because you
want answers that answer something, answers that change something
inside of you, so that you go through your day and go through your
night too for that matter, while you’re asleep, in a way that’s
unique. With a uniqueness that the world knows nothing of, wants
nothing to do with, a uniqueness that is very beautiful because
it is indeed without effort on your part.
Now, I’ll tell you a long, long story in connection with that, and
I want you to see as I go to the story, to the illustration, and
to the application that I’m describing perhaps your life and the
lives of the people that are around you.”
The Secret of the Invisible Man
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DAILY REFLECTIONS OCT.12, 2017

CURBING RASHNESS
When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91
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.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“Seeing and recognizing no opposite to itself, it finds no need of denial, indeed, this thought need not enter the mind; if we are working with the Spirit we need not deny but state the affirmative attitude of mind, realizing that we are dealing with the only power that exists.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Ernest Holmes: The Essential Collection



My counselor said I was addicted to changing
my consciousness by whatever means possible.
Anonymous
 


Having seen and felt the end,
you have willed the means to the realization of the end.
Thomas Troward

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
RUMI


A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS

ACIM Workbook Lesson 287 Insights
“You are my goal, my Father. Only you.”
Only universal Love is real. It is helpful to know that as I make individual forms real, it causes my awareness of universal Love to disappear. The way back to universal Love is to recognize that my replacements — all the forms of this world, all the forms of separation and individuality — are but illusions. So my practice now is to look at every separate form and let the Holy Spirit show me its unreality. This is the purpose for time now, to see all the forms of separation, the barriers to Love, for what they are. The Course calls this forgiveness.
The Course helps me understand that all these forms of separation are really forms of grievance. They are forms of rebellion against God’s Oneness. Today I would practice letting my grievance against Oneness go and open my mind to allow the Holy Spirit to dissolve every form of separation that is blocking my awareness of Love’s Oneness.
 
In this way, the Holy Spirit will show me one by one that everyone is really universal Love. As I repeat this process, it will gradually sink in that I am only universal Love and nothing else. Universal Love is my only goal. It is my Source and All That is real. Recognizing this is my practice today.
 
In another lesson we are told, “God is but Love and therefore so am I.” So this lesson is reminding us that Love is our only goal. And because we are Love, our only goal is really the recognition of our Self, our Identity. The underlying desire in all of us is to return to Love, to return Home to our Self, to be as we were created. The sense of emptiness and longing for something more that everyone in this world feels comes from believing that we have separated from our Identity, our Source.
If we listen to the ego’s thought system, we will search for a false identity in all kinds of meaningless forms that never satisfy because the ego’s motto is, “seek and do not find.” The ego knows that when we do find and accept our true Identity, it will be the ego’s end. By the grace of God, we have another Voice in our mind that directs us truly to where we will find our hearts desire. We will find Love. We will find our Self.
 
We have been accustomed to listening to the ego’s directives. Now we need to retrain our minds to listen to the Voice that leads us on the path to true and lasting happiness. To do this mind training we need to practice being mindful of our level of peace. And with this mindfulness, we need to practice turning over every thought that is less than peaceful to the Holy Spirit.
 
At the end of Chapter 5 it gives us a prayer to use when we feel less than peaceful: “I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace. I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise. I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace. I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him. I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.” I will practice this today.
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The Lord ever silently whispers to you: I am Love. But to experience the giving and the gift of love, I divided Myself into three: love, lover, and beloved. My love is beautiful, pure, eternally joyous; and I taste it in many ways, through many forms. — 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Always remember others may hate
you but those who hate you don’t
win unless you hate them.
And then you destroy yourself.

Richard Nixon
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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