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OCT.21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES     
 
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Beauty that only appeals to the eye is shallow and is of short duration. A thought is only beautiful if it inspires beautiful action. A masterpiece of painting is a masterpiece only if it inspires people to beautiful thinking. Mechanical perfection is only good craftsmanship unless it provides a need for humanity.
 
A thing of beauty is one that serves a beautiful purpose. If your actions are not motivated by lofty ideals and purposes, you are denying yourself much that is beautiful in life.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Recognize cosmic gems
 
Never hesitate to let regret over anything rise to the surface of the
mind, where it can be studied by esoteric science and then ended.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 188
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.21, 2016
Thought for the Day
Now that we have considered the obligations of real, working members of A.A., let us examine what the rewards are that have come to us as a result of our new way of living. First, I understand myself more than I ever did before. I have leamed what was the matter with me and I know now a lot of what makes me tick. I will never be alone again. I am just one of many who have the illness of alcoholism and one of many who have leamed what to do about it. I am not an odd fISh or a square peg in a round hole. I seem to have found my right place in the world. Am I beginning to understand myself?
Meditation for the Day
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will remain with him and him with me.” The knocking of God’s spirit, asking to come into your life, is due to no merit of yours, though it is in response to the longing of your heart. Keep a listening ear, an ear bent to catch the sound of the gentle knocking at the door of your heart by the spirit of God. Then open the door of your heart and let God’s spirit come in.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may let God’s spirit come into my heart. I pray that it may fill me with an abiding peace.
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 I blessed my mind and my body for they are worthy of my love. 
The Science of Mind page 25
 


At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth,
 to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.
BB We Agnostics, p.47  

You that prefer,
 like crows do, 
winter’s chill in the empty limbs, 
notice now this that fills with new 
leaves and Roses opening and the nightbirds song. 
Let your love dissolve also into this season’s moment, 
or when it’s over, you’ll buy lamp after lamp to find it!
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 293 Insights
“All fear is past and only love is here.”
I always get what I ask for in my deepest heart of hearts. If I want to see through the Holy Spirit’s eyes, I will receive that. If I want to see through the ego’s eyes, I will see a world of fear. I will see a world of unhappiness, depression and death. I will see specialness, competition and winning or losing. Is this what I would see today? It is my choice.
 
The Holy Spirit will show me the real world, where only Love is real. The Holy Spirit will show me the real world, underneath the sounds of fear.
 
Today I open my mind to see the real world. I open my mind to recognize that all fear is past and only Love is here. Today I would practice holding Holy Spirit’s hand, showing me the difference between the unreal and the real. I would let my mind be healed today.
 
If I experience anything less than perfect peace, I have forgotten that the past is gone. I am holding the past in my mind and overlaying it on the present so that I cannot see the Love that is there. Time was made by the ego as a mechanism for the mind to use to try to hold on to the past. It is trying to say that the past exists and can influence the present. This is the basis for maintaining guilt.
 
If we did not retain the past in our mind through the belief in time, there would be no memory of the past to feel guilty about. There would be no basis for worry about the future, which is simply a belief that the past can repeat itself because it is not over. In the thought system of time, the past is always lurking, ready to project on the present to hide it so that fear of the future can be maintained.
 
In the ego thought system, the present moment is always avoided, either by projecting into the future or covering over the present with projections from what is believed to be the still real past. To the ego, the present is to be avoided at all costs, because the ego cannot exist in the present, where only Love is found.
 
Letting go of the past is what the Course calls forgiveness. Grievances are always about the past. When the past is gone from our mind, there can be no grievances. Most of our grievances we keep unconscious. We may go through many days feeling pretty good. But then somebody says the “wrong” thing one too many times and the grievance raises its angry head. It shows us that forgiveness was needed. Some part of our mind had set a limit on how many offenses it would accept before it would complain. Unconsciously we were keeping a tally, and when the threshold was crossed, the anger or resentment rose to the surface.
 
At this point we have two options. One is to try to ignore it and hope will go away. Perhaps if we avoid contact with the perpetrator who brought the grievance to the surface. This self deception will seem to work until the next one comes along who does the wrong thing one too many times. Then we discover nothing really changed.
 
Our other option is to bring the grievance to the Holy Spirit, honestly and openly. We don’t need to hide from the grievance. We do need to acknowledge its presence in our mind and then turn it over to the Holy Spirit. If we release it fully into His hands with an open mind, His Light will show us the basis for release. We will see that where we thought there was harm, nothing occurred. We will recognize the call for Love in the behavior of another and in ourselves.
 
The Holy Spirit will show us the Love that we are in a way that we can recognize and accept. He will show us that the past and the fear that came with it is gone and only Love is here. Now the grievance is healed.
 
We may still find grievances coming up because we have not recognized what makes all grievances the same. And so we must practice bringing each grievance as it appears to the Holy Spirit. Gradually we will see the sameness in them all, until at last forgiveness is complete and we see the real world shining in the reflection of God’s Love and we are ready to accept God’s hand as He reaches to us to draw us into the Heaven of His Heart.
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 Teach me O infinite spirit! that whether I am awake or asleep,
 alert or daydreaming, living or dying,
 Thine all-protecting presence encircles me.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
“With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow, 
And with my own hand labour’d it to grow: 
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d—
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.” 
― Omar Khayyám
 
 
“It is not preaching any rules the world wants, 
but love and action.”
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
3856 Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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