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OCT.20,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.20,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES     
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Faith is probably the first natural virtue that the human being acquires.
 A baby’s reaction to its mother is different from earliest infancy.
 It is an instinctive faith that this one person, above all others,
 can and will supply all its needs. 
This faith in mother decreases as the child develops and becomes
more self-reliant. He loses faith in the parent as he develops faith in himself.
 Finally he arrives at a point where he depends upon himself entirely.
 When Alcoholism develops and he begins to lose faith in himself, he feels completely helpless.
 
He must then start rebuilding faith, first in the Group or his Sponsor, 
then in the Program itself, and finally in God. 
When this is accomplished, then faith returns in himself.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Human beings are caged inside their own anxious thoughts. And
because anxiety is not understood, the individual with the tension
and nervousness becomes bad, and does and says and feels bad things.
 
But you can’t get away with being bad. Underline that, please –
you can’t get away with being bad. Your nerves won’t forgive your
wrongness.
 
I am telling you now, therefore; to stop trying to find yourself in
the world of your mind.  Give up trying to find yourself inside your
intellect; you’re not there. When you give up, God gives down. You
remember that, and you remind yourself where you have to give up,
what you have to give up. And if you can think about it, that’s what
you have to give up.”
from a talk given 11/27/1987
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.20, 2016
Thought for the Day
For the past few weeks we have been asking ourselves some searching questions. We have not been able to answer them all as we would like. But on the right answers to these questions will depend the usefulness and effectiveness of our lives and to some extent the usefulness and effectiveness of the whole A.A. movement. It all boils down to this: I owe a deep debt to A.A. and to the grace of God. Am I going to do all I can to repay that debt? Let us search our souls, make our decisions, and act accordingly. Any real success we have in life will depend on that. Now is the time to put our conclusions into effect. What am I going to do about it?
Meditation for the Day
“Our Lord and our God, be it done unto us according to Thy will.” Simple acceptance of God’s will in whatever happens is the key to abundant living. We must continue to pray. ..Not my will but Thy will be done.” It may not turn out the way you want it to, but it will be the best way in the long run, because it is God’s way. If you decide to accept whatever happens as God’s will for yourself, whatever it may be, your burdens will be lighter. Try to see in all things some fulfillment of the Divine Intent.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may see the working out of God’s will in my life. 
I pray that I may be content with whatever He wills for me.
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Think of yourself as being especially looked after.
 Frederick Dailies
Only love those above, and love knows only love. 
The science of Mind page 478 
 


Experience shows that the A.A. program will work for alcoholics who are sincere in their efforts to stop drinking; it usually will not work for those not absolutely certain that they want to stop.
 — 44 Questions
We are assuming, of course, that the reader desires to stop. Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. 
 — Alcoholics Anonymous, page 34
 May I realize that “letting go and letting God” does not mean that I do not have to put any effort into the Program. It is up to me to work the Twelve Steps, to learn what may be an entirely new thing with me — honesty.
– One Day at a time
 

The way the night knows itself with the moon, be that way with me. Or, alternately translated, Union is a raging river running toward the sea. Tonight the moon kisses the stars. O beloved, be like that to me. 
~Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 292 Insights
“A happy outcome to all things is sure.”
The only reason we seem to have problems is because we think the ego thought system (alien will) is real. As long as we believe that, we are clueless about what is actually real. We have no idea of the Love and joy that is ours because they are God’s Will. We flounder around in a world of chaos and uncertainty, oblivious to the happiness God has in store for us. But we do not have to be stuck in this belief system. We need only ask for God’s help to give us the strength and certainty to not interfere with His Will.
 
Because the ego believes in sin and punishment, the ego tells us that God’s Will for us is punishment and that He will demand sacrifice of us if we “yield” to His Will. The ego has us convinced that it is God’s Will that is alien to us. Yet in truth, we share God’s Will. It is the ego’s will that is alien. The ego’s view of God’s Will is simply a projection of the ego’s belief in sin, punishment and sacrifice.
 
Again and again the Course tells us in different ways that God’s Will for us is perfect happiness. It seems hard to believe because in our identification with the ego we have never experienced a wholly benevolent will. Our lives are filled with suspicion and doubt. It seems that even our best friends have the potential to turn on us and become our enemies. This is because the relationships we have in this world are based on specialness that is ever changing. God’s Love is unknown in this world, because this world was made to keep Love out. By the grace of God, this need not be. He has given us a healing dream that helps us let go of the fearful world we think we have made. This healing dream is the dream of forgiveness. There would be no need for forgiveness if we did not believe in sin and condemnation. But the illusion of forgiveness is used to help us let go of the guilt and the accompanying fear that comes with the belief that we have separated from Love.
 
We have help with forgiveness. We need only ask for this help and the strength of God is ours. It is with His strength that we forgive. It is available to us in every moment. A happy outcome is assured because only happiness is real. Forgiveness lets go of the interference that blinds us to the joy and love that is ever present.
 
Holy Spirit, I ask your help today to let go of the interference, so that I may recognize the happy endings promised me for every problem I perceive.
 
The sentence that stands out to me in this lesson is, “Help us not to interfere, and so delay the happy endings You have promised for us for every problem that we can perceive, for every trial we think we still must meet.” (2:2) How do I not interfere with the happy ending? Day by day I practice being mindful of the ego’s thought system. I observe it and hand it over to the Holy Spirit for a changed perception.
 
I practice stepping back from what I think I already know and ask to be shown the truth. I let go of thinking I know anything. I ask for the peace of God and open my mind to receive it. I give times during the day to quiet my mind and leave it open for Holy Spirit’s inspiration. I practice resting in peace, resting in God’s Love, resting in the remembrance that only Love is real. I ask often, “What would you have me do, where would you have me go, what you have me say and to whom?”
 
I remember that guilt is what makes the world go round and delays the happy outcome. I watch for the times when I am tempted to believe that guilt is real. As soon as I see it, I hand it to the Holy Spirit and ask for a new perception because I have had enough of the alien will. It has not brought me happiness. Separation is really hell. I do not know how to get out of hell, but the Holy Spirit in my mind does. And so day by day, I practice taking all my perceptions of separation to the Holy Spirit to be undone.
 
As long as I continue to believe in the reality of separate bodies with separate minds, I have more to hand over to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows me in each instance the unreality of my perceptions. The Holy Spirit shows me the undivided Love that is behind each perception of separation. Whenever I think I have a problem, the Holy Spirit shows me that there is another way of looking at it.
 
Holy Spirit, help me not interfere and so delay the happy endings.
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The cultivation of intuitive calmness requires unfoldment of the inner life…. 
Meditation is the way.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit 
Of This and That endeavor and dispute; 
Better be merry with the fruitful Grape 
Than sadden after none, or bitter, fruit.” 
― Omar Khayyám
 
 
“God has created us all human…
He is kind & just to all. 
Why should we be unkind & 
unjust to each other?” 
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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