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OCT.16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
Can you imagine a state of mind absolutely free of fear? 
It is extremely hard for us who have had Fear,
Worry and Uncertainty as constant companions most of our lives. 
To attain such a state of mind is only possible where there is complete Faith in God.
 Somehow, too, it would appear that it would mean complete
faith in our fellow man and in ourselves.
 
Maybe this is too much to expect, but you can try to cultivate
more faith day by day and, as you do, you will find more and
more peace of mind and less and less of worry, fear and uncertainty.
It works.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Evil can be defined as anything that opposes human evolvement
through higher knowledge — for example, the thrill of being told
you are right when you are actually wrong.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 336
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.16,2016
Thought for the Day 
How seriously do I take my obligations to A.A.? Have I taken all 
the good I can get out of it and then let my obligations slide? Or 
do I constantly feel a deep sense of loyalty to the whole A.A. 
movement? Am I not only grateful but also proud to be a part of 
such a wonderful fellowship, which is doing such marvelous work 
among alcoholics? Am I glad to be a part of the great work that 
A.A. is doing and do I feel a deep obligation to carry on that 
work at every opportunity? Do I feel that I owe A.A. my loyalty 
and devotion? 
Meditation for the Day 
If your heart is right, your world will be right. The beginning of 
all reform must be in yourself. It’s not what happens to you, it’s 
how you take it. However restricted your circumstances, however 
little you may be able to remedy financial affairs, you can always 
turn to your inward self and, seeing something not in order there, 
seek to right it. And as all reform is from within outward, you will 
always find that the outward is improved as the inward is improved.  
As you improve yourself, your outward circumstances will change for 
the better. The power released from within yourself will change your 
outward life. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that the hidden power within me may be released. I pray that 
I may not imprison the spirit that is within me
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 When the roots are deep,
there is no reason to fear the wind.. 
African Proverb
Change the Consciousness and frost conditions disappear. 
The science of Mind page 54 

AA has always had any number of friends, professional men and women, who know and love AA and want to help us. We need to let them. As Bill W. noted in the March 1958 Grapevine, “More and more we regard all who labor in the total field of alcoholism as our companions on a march fromdarkness into light. We see that we can accomplish together what we could never accomplish in separation and in rivalry.”  

Physician, help yourself: thus help your patient too. Let this b— I AM RESPONSIBLE: The Hand of AA, page 67e his best help: 
that he may behold with his eyes the man who heals himself.
— Friedrich Nietzsche 
Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.
— Mark 9:24

The road might end at a single house, 
but it’s not love’s road. Love is a river. Drink from it. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 288 Insights
“Let me forget my brother’s past today.”
The Course tells us that the world we see is entirely a projection of our minds. In one lesson it says point blank, “There is no world.” It sure doesn’t seem that way when I miss the nail and hammer my thumb. This idea is completely the opposite of everything we seem to experience in the world. It is why the Course says it is leading us to a complete thought reversal.
 
Since the world is a projection from my own mind, then what I perceive as my brother’s past is also a projection of my own mind. By forgetting my brother’s past, I am forgetting my own projections of a past. This is forgiveness. The past that I have attached to an image of a person in another body is purely a figment of my imagination, a projection that does not exist outside of my mind.
 
But in this world images of other bodies seem very real and I’m not being asked to deny that I believe they are real. I am simply being asked to forget what I believe they did. The process of forgetting the past of “others” will lead automatically to the recognition that I have truly forgiven myself. With my strong investment in the belief in an outer world, I am not being asked to find my own way to stop believing in it. I am being asked to bring these beliefs and perceptions to the Holy Spirit.
 
As I learn to open my mind to His teaching, He will show me step-by-step that what I have hung on to in my mind about the past is not here and is not real and is therefore nothing. My job is to bring all those thoughts and perceptions to Him and then open my mind to His gentle correction.
 
It is not my job to do the correcting. To attempt on my own to correct my mistaken beliefs is like the blind leading the blind. Belief in illusion will only foster more belief in illusion. But with my willingness to accept the Holy Spirit’s intervention, I can learn to recognize the illusion for what it is. Thus it is with the Holy Spirit’s help that I learn to forget my brother’s past today.
 
The Course tells us that time and space have never been. It tells us that time and space are the mechanisms of illusion in which we write stories of being separate people leading separate lives. The Course reminds us gently, again and again, that these stories are not true. It reminds us that any thoughts regarding having a past or future could never be real. It reminds us that we are still a Thought in the Mind of God, Which remains changeless and eternal.
 
In this lesson we are being gently reminded to let go of the past. Letting go of our brother’s past helps us let go of what we may think of as our past. Because we are one, it is all the same. No one’s past is real. There is only the eternal present in God. There is only Heaven. Believing in anything else is really holding a grievance against the truth. It is resistance to accepting the truth.
 
The whole journey Home is a process of letting go of what never could be real. This is what the Course calls forgiveness. As we let go of what could never be real, what lies behind those false stories becomes clear to us. All is still as God created it. Everyone is still as God created them. Nothing could ever happen but God. Love is all there is.
 
While I am thinking that I move in a world of time and space, seeing my brother differently with the help of the Holy Spirit is the way the dream gets dissolved. Letting go of the past is the way the dream gets dissolved. Opening to Holy Spirit’s Light again and again will show me the consistency of the eternal presence of Love. This habit will heal my mind of all belief in time and space. This habit will gently undo all grievances I have against God’s oneness.
 
There is not now or ever could be a past or a future. There is only the eternal now. Today I would watch my thinking and see where I am making the past appear real, which means I am making the false stories appear real. I would take each circumstance to the Holy Spirit to receive another perception. This is true forgiveness. This is how the dream is undone in my mind.
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When one has realized to God,
he no longer feels that others are different from himself. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“Come, fill the Cup, in the fire of Spring
Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter–and the Bird is on the Wing” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam
 
“Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. 
Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. 
Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, 
a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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