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OCT.19, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.19, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
Eye Opener (1950)
 
There can be no improvement in the world without 
the improvement of the people who constitute it. 
There can be no improvement in people unless it
 is in improved actions motivated by improved
 thinking and a higher morality code.
 
Aside from the immediate benefits derived by the 
alcoholics and their families from the AA program, 
it has done much to raise the character of a large segment of society.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Let me start by asking you some questions. How many of you are sad?
You know what it means to be sad. How many of you are bewildered by
life? Hands. How many of you are afraid of the future? Raise your
hand. Well, we could go on all night on that, couldn’t we?
 
Well, what do you expect? I ask if you are sad and you raise your
hands. I ask if you are depressed and confused and don’t know what
life is all about and you raise your hands. Now how old are you,
how long have you been enduring this condition?
 
And if you don’t listen to what I’m going to tell you now, I’ll ask
you to raise your hand again five or ten years from now, and you
will because nothing will have been changed. How do you expect to
change something without changing something? How do you expect your
inner nature to be different unless you follow a right, true course
for changing it?”
Higher Answers to Daily Problems
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.19, 2016

Thought for the Day
Do I realize that I do not know how much time I have left? It may 
be later than I think. Am I going to do the things that I know I 
should do before my time runs out? By the way, what is my purpose 
for the rest of my life? Do I realize all I have to make up for 
in my past wasted life? Do I know that I am living on borrowed 
time and that I would not have even this much time left without 
A.A. and the grace of God? Am I going to make what time I have 
left count for A.A.? 
Meditation for the Day
We can believe that somehow the cry of the human soul is never 
unheard by God. It may be that God hears the cry, even if we fail 
to notice God’s response to it. The human cry for help must 
always evoke a response of some sort from God. it may be that 
our failure to discern properly keeps us unaware of the response. 
But one thing we can believe is that the grace of God is always 
available for every human being who sincerely calls for help. 
Many changed lives are living proofs of this fact.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may trust God to answer my prayer as He sees fit. 
I pray that I may be content with whatever form that answer may 
take.
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There are only two ways to live your life. 
One is as though nothing is a miracle. 
The other is as though everything is a miracle. 
Albert Einstein 
The world is all right when you leave you it correctly. 
The science of Mind page 56 
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Armored now by utter conviction, and fortified by my characteristic power drive, 
I took off to cure alcoholics wholesale.  ……. Slowly the defects of my approach 
came to light. Something like a religious crank, I was obsessed with the idea that 
everybody must have a “spiritual experience” just like mine. I forgot that James 
had said that there were many varieties of the transforming experience. 
….. What had come to me in six minutes might require six months with others.
— Alcoholics Anonymous – Beginnings and Growth, Bill W.
All big things in this world are done by people who are naive and have an idea that 
is obviously impossible.
— Dr. Frank Richards

Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. 
Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as
one with the shadows. 
~Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 291 Insights

“This is a day of stillness and of peace.”
Stillness and peace are our natural condition. They describe the state in which we were created. The chaos, confusion and conflict of this world are the effect of believing in the illusion that we are separate from our Creator, our Source. We can return to our natural condition by simply giving up our belief in what could never be. Belief makes experience. If we believe that we are separate, we experience all the effects, all the fear and guilt that come with believing we are separate. This need not be.
 
We experience this world of separation because we chose it. But in any moment we can choose differently. We need only recognize that this world truly offers us nothing that we really want. It seems insane that we would choose a world of pain and suffering. And it is insane. But in our insanity, we do not recognize that we are choosing pain and suffering. We think we are choosing independence, individuality and control of our ‘lives,’ which can be summed up as choosing specialness. In our insanity we do not realize that in choosing to be separate from our Source, which is our strength and our Life, we are choosing weakness and death.
 
The seeming complexity of the ego thought system, with its countless images, was made to disguise that we are choosing against our happiness and peace. Consequently, though the choice is simple, it is not easy because we have come to place great value in the images we believe are real. We must be taught that these images offer us nothing of value, and in fact, stand as a barrier against the stillness and peace that is our natural condition.
 
To be taught, we must be willing to be taught. The entire message of the Course is summed up in the introduction. But we need the remaining 1200 pages to bring us to the recognition that the world we thought was so valuable is not what we want. For most of us, it comes gradually. Little by little we see one aspect or another of what we have valued as not bringing us what we want. We become willing to let it go.
 
We accelerate this process by developing the practice of bringing every image we have in this world to the Holy Spirit and asking for His interpretation, His meaning. In the beginning it seems that we only are willing to bring to Him the things we perceive as painful. Gradually we begin to realize that even the forms in this world that seem to bring us pleasure have a hidden cost that keeps us from recognizing the joy and peace of Heaven that is our inheritance. And so we become more willing to bring all perceptions to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to decide for us what it means.
 
We ask Him to decide for God on our behalf in all things. As we let the Holy Spirit decide for God for us, He undoes the effects of all our mistaken choices, freeing us from guilt. This is how we have a day of stillness and peace.
 
The sentence that stands out to me in this lesson is: “This day my mind is quiet, to receive the Thoughts You offer me.” My practice today is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s quietness, the Holy Spirit’s peace of mind.
 
In order to do this, it helps for me to pay attention to the thoughts I am accepting into my mind. I need to be vigilant to my level of peace. I need to be vigilant to keeping my mind open to receive the Thoughts that the Holy Spirit is always offering me.
 
Today is a day of practice. Today is a day of accepting the Holy Spirit’s perception with every experience I have today. Today is a day of accepting the truth and letting go of the ego’s false ideas.
 
My first thought as I read this lesson is that today was going to be a real challenge. This is going to be a very busy day with hardly a moment to catch my breath. I wondered how I could experience stillness and peace under those conditions.
 
Then I thought that these are the conditions under which I most need stillness and peace. I think that it must be possible to have peace at all times, I just have never chosen to do this. I will work on this lesson today and truly seek peace.
 
This is just another example of living in the illusion but knowing that I am not the illusion. I will be very busy as I take care of the illusion, but will be at peace while I do it, knowing that God is in charge of this, too.
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God is not hiding from us. 
He is speaking to us through flowers, 
through our thoughts, through all creation. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
“I hide my distress, just like
the blessed birds hide themselves
when they are preparing to die. Wine! Wine, roses, music and your
indifference to my sadness, my loved-one!” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam…
 
 
“It is good to laugh. Laughter is spiritual relaxation.” 
Bahá’u’lláh

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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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