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OCT.14,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.14,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
The poor old drunk has ever had to face the wrath
 of the law and an indignant world.
 Lectures, threats, jail sentences, booby hatches 
and asylums have proven to be but waste of words,
efforts and public funds. Nothing – absolutely nothing – worked.
 
AA tried a revolutionary ministration of sympathy and understanding. 
It recognized his condition as an illness, threefold in its nature,
and that the only medication that would prove effective must
 treat his physical, mental and spiritual disorder at one and the same time.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“If you hand a man a lemon and tell him that its sourness lies
outside the lemon he will think you are joking. 
Yet with a perfectly straight face that same man will tell you that his sour
life is caused by external events. When will man learn that he
is the cause of his own feelings for either happiness or anxiety?”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 377
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.14,2016
Thought for the Day 
How big a part of my life is A.A. ? Is it just one of my activities and a small one at that? Do I only go to A.A. meetings now and then and sometimes never go at all? Do I think of A.A. only occasionally? Am I reticent about mentioning the subject of A.A. to people who might need help? Or does A.A. fill a large part of my life? Is it the foundation of my whole life? Where would I be without A.A.? Does everything I have and do depend on my A.A. foundation? Is A.A. the foundation on which I build my life? 
Meditation for the Day 
Lay upon God your failures and mistakes and shortcomings. Do not dwell upon your failures, upon the fact that in the past you have been nearer a beast than an angel. You have a mediator between you and God – your growing faith – which can lift you up from the mire and point you toward the heavens. You can still be reconciled with the spirit of God. You can still regain your harmony with the Divine Principle of the universe. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may not let the beast in me hold me back from my spiritual destiny. I pray that I may rise and walk upright.
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There is only one temple in this universe:
 the body. We speak to God whenever 
we lay our hands upon it. 
Thomas Carlyle 
We can sit in the shade or move into the sunshine. 
The science of Mind page 411
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When they talked of a God personal to me,
who was love, superhuman strength and direction,
I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory.
BB Bill’s Story, p.10  
 
 
Come, whoever you are! Wanderer, 
worshipper, lover of leaving. 
This is not a caravan of despair.
 It doesn’t matter if you’ve broken
your vow a thousand times, 
still and yet again come! 
~Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 285 Insights
“My holiness shines bright and clear today.”
Our holiness shines bright and clear every day. If we are not aware of it, it is because we have identified with the darkness of the ego thought system. Our holiness comes from the wholeness of God, Who is the Light that we are. The ego thought system is the thought of being separate from the Light. Thus when we identify with the ego, we identify with darkness, for the ego is the denial of Light.
 
Vision is impossible in darkness so the ego makes up images to fill the darkness and calls it seeing. This is the world most of us are aware of. It’s what the body’s eyes show us. Because these images are based on the idea of separation, they simply reinforce the seeming reality of being alone, isolated, disconnected and vulnerable. These are not the things of happiness God wants us to have.
 
We will only have what brings true happiness if we invite It into our mind. What we must learn is that it is impossible for the ego to give us anything that will bring us true and lasting happiness. By identifying with the ego, we are asking the ego to bring us happiness. The ego will offer a response, but all it can offer is empty images. They may seem to sparkle and offer temporary satisfaction, but they cannot last because they are founded on nothingness.
 
When we dis-identify with the ego and accept our holiness, we look to our Source for our happiness instead of the ego. We remember that we are the extension of God, Who is happiness.
 
Holy Spirit, guide my vision today so that I may recognize the empty images of the ego for what they are. With that recognition I freely lay them down and accept the joyous gifts of God as my own. I would judge nothing on my own but let You judge truly for me. Thus will I recognize my holiness and the holiness of all Creation. And I will see that my holiness shines bright and clear today.
 
Wholeness or oneness is the opposite of individuality or separation. The thoughts of wholeness or holiness come to me as I ask for them. Asking for individuality brings only pain, grief and the belief in loss.
 
Accepting holiness is accepting God. Accepting the ego is rejecting God. Today I would practice forgiving or letting go of all thoughts that cause me pain. Today I would practice letting the Holy Spirit bring me a changed perception about what I am thinking is real. Today I would have an open mind and not make decisions about what is real on my own. Today I would practice remembering that only what is of God is real. Today I would accept happiness, which comes from accepting God.
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Smile from within and all those around you will try to smile. 
Be cranky, and sorry faces will mushroom along your path. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
“You say some Greek philosophers could dazzle their audiences
with their riddles? That does not interest me at all. Bring
more wine instead and play your lute; your changes in tones
remind me of the wind that rushes past and disappears,
just like us.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
 
 
“Be kind to all peoples…strive ye to gladden every soul.”
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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