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SEPT. 16, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT. 16, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Guidance
“I am a firm believer in both guidance and prayer. But I am fully aware, and humble enough, I hope, to see there may be nothing infallible about my guidance. The minute I figure I have got a perfectly clear pipeline to God, I have become egotistical enough to get into real trouble. Nobody can cause more needless grief than a power-driver who thinks he’s got it straight from God.” 
Bill W. Letter 1950 
1967AAWS As Bill Sees It p. 38 
 Thought to Consider . . . 
It’s not making a mistake that will kill me.
It’s defending it that does the damage.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“If we say, ‘There is a vastness to life which is unseen at present,’
we are stating a fact. It may not be our experience as yet, but it is
still a fact which nothing can destroy. So we are in a good position.
From this position we can begin to see life in a different way, the
way of non-division, of wholeness. We can begin seeing the entire
ocean instead of individual waves. What are some of these waves?
Obsessive ambition. Finding false comfort in crowds. Demanding
respect. Pretending to know. Individual waves cannot support a
ship. But the smooth and entire ocean easily does so.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 56
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DAILY REFLECTIONS SEPT.16, 2017 
WE STAND—OR FALL—TOGETHER
. . . no society of men and women ever had a more urgent need for continuous effectiveness and permanent unity. We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 561
Just as the Twelve Steps of A.A. are written in a specific sequence for a reason, so it is with the Twelve Traditions. The First Step and the First Tradition attempt to instill in me enough humility to allow me a chance at survival. Together they are the basic foundation upon which the Steps and Traditions that follow are built. It is a process of ego deflation which allows me to grow as an individual through the Steps, and as a contributing member of a group through the Traditions. Full acceptance of the First Tradition allows me to set aside personal ambitions, fears and anger when they are in conflict with the common good, thus permitting me to work with others for our mutual survival. Without Tradition One I stand little chance of maintaining the unity required to work with others effectively, and I also stand to lose the remaining Traditions, the Fellowship, and my life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Jesus said, in effect: “God has made you. The Divine Spirit is already within you. This is your Father in your heaven who desires only your good.” Spirit has already provided a law of mind, giving you the use of a power greater than you are. And if you will only learn to live in recognition of this presence and in harmony with this law, then the miracle of life and love will take place. He coupled the knowledge of spiritual truth with the thought that there is a law of mind which acts upon our belief and brings into our experience those things which we believe.
Ernest Holmes
 
Someone said to me why didn’t I give Alcoholics Anonymous
another chance and I said no then I went into treatment
and started my program in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Anonymous
 
 If you want to become  fearless choose love
Rune Lazuli

“A royal spirit escaped from a prison:
why should we rend our garments and how should we gnaw our hands?
Since they were monarchs of the (true) religion,
’twas the hour of joy (for them) when they broke their bonds.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 260 Insights
“Let me remember God created me.”
The sentence that stands out to me this time as I read this lesson is, “Yet, as Your Thought, I have not left my Source, remaining part of Who created me.” Jesus reminds me that I am God’s Thought. And if I am God’s Thought, so is my brother God’s Thought. We all came from the same Source, the Mind of God, and we remain There. We remain as Thought in the Mind of God.
 
It is helpful for me to remember that this and only this is the truth. It is helpful for me to remember that my dreams of something else being real are just illusions. It is helpful for me to remember that my brother’s dreams are just illusions. It is helpful for me to return to remembering that the only truth of everyone in this world is that they are unified Thought in the one Mind of Love.
 
This remembering comforts me and brings me peace. This remembering cuts through all the ego’s clutter and deception. All the conflict of the world is easy to cut through. It never happened. All the myriad stories of differences and separation are false. They are lies. They are substitutes for the truth of our one Identity. We all are the same Love in the Mind of Love. That alone is true.
 
Today I will rest in this remembering. Today I will be comforted in this remembering. Today I will practice remembering that I did not create myself. Let me remember God created me. How God would have me be, I am.
 
 
It’s helpful to look at the implications of the recognition that God created me. First, the Course tells us that God is Love and nothing else. It then tells us the implication is, “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
 
The Course also tells us that Love is eternal, changeless and forever extending Itself. Since I am Love, I must be changeless, eternal and forever extending Love. Therefore I am harmless and invulnerable, perfectly safe. Being harmless, guilt is impossible and fear inconceivable. Joy and peace are my natural state, for they are simply attributes of Love.
 
All this I recognize when I remember God created me. I remember my Self and share God’s holiness when I remember God created me. I recognize my Self in all my brother’s when I remember God created me. I am wholly free of conflict and filled with the joy of sharing Love with All That is when I remember God created me. Today, let me remember the truth that I am created by God. I could never create myself in truth.
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Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, 
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
Paramhansa Yogananda

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Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate And Human Rights Advocate Liu Xiaobo Dies

A chair sat empty for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in Oslo, Norway, in 2010. The rights activist was imprisoned in China in 2009.
Prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, the only Chinese citizen to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize while still residing in China, has died at age 61. Liu died Thursday while on medical parole in northeastern China’s Shenyang city, where he was being treated for liver cancer. He was serving an 11-year prison sentence for trying to overthrow the government.
 
By the time Liu, a scholar and human rights advocate, was diagnosed in late May, his liver cancer was already in its late stages. Chinese authorities released video footage intended to show that Liu had been receiving good medical care, and they invited U.S. and German doctors to treat him. But Beijing rejected calls to allow him to seek treatment overseas.
 
As China’s Strength Has Grown, So Has Its Unwillingness To Let Dissidents Leave
PARALLELS
As China’s Strength Has Grown, So Has Its Unwillingness To Let Dissidents Leave
Liu’s biographer and friend, the U.S.-based dissident Yu Jie, believes that China’s government had a motive to withhold or delay treatment: It feared the consequences of Liu getting out of prison alive.
 
China Releases Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo From Prison After Cancer Diagnosis
THE TWO-WAY
China Releases Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo From Prison After Cancer Diagnosis
In that case, Yu says, “he would [have] become a standard-bearer for China’s democratization and civil society.”
 
Liu was born in 1955 in northeastern China’s Changchun city, a center of heavy industry. He spent his teenage years in the countryside during the 1966 to 1976 Cultural Revolution and was admitted to college in 1977, as universities reopened following the decade of chaos.
 
In 1988, Liu received his doctorate in literature from Beijing Normal University, and he stayed on to work as a lecturer and literary critic.
 
“He was known then as a rebel, the black horse of the literary scene,” says Perry Link, a China scholar at Princeton and the University of California, Riverside who has translated Liu’s works into English. “And he took on just about everybody else and made fun of them and debunked them.”
 
Yu says Liu was especially good at debunking Chinese intellectuals who claimed to be liberals. “He perceptively discovered and criticized traces of the Communist Party’s education and brainwashing in them,” he says.
 
When the Tiananmen Square democracy movement broke out in 1989, Liu flew back to Beijing from New York, where he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University.
 
Along with three other protest leaders, Liu led a hunger strike in the heart of the square. Its aim, he said, was to compel both the government and the student protesters to reflect on their own behavior.
 
Standing near the Monument to the People’s Heroes in the square on June 3, 1989, Liu addressed the students with a bullhorn. The scene was captured in a 1995 documentary, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, by filmmakers Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton.
 
“A major problem with the student movement,” Liu told the students, “is that it is obsessed with opposing the government but unconcerned with practicing democratic principles in its own ranks.”
 
He suggested that students consolidate their gains and return to campus to try to make politics there more democratic. “To replace a military dictatorship with a student dictatorship would hardly be a victory,” he said. “It would be a tragic failure.”
 
In the early hours of June 4, 1989, as soldiers gunned down protesters in the streets of the capital, Liu negotiated with the military to let the remaining students leave the square unharmed.
 
For his role in the movement, Liu was jailed for 21 months — the first of what would be four stints in prison.
 
The final one started in 2009. He was jailed for his role in drafting a call for political reform known as Charter 08. The document recounted how the Communist Party, just like the nationalists before them, had promised a modern, democratic China — but failed to deliver.
 
Chinese intellectuals had been pointing this out for years. But Link says China’s leaders particularly objected to one item in the charter.
 
“That item of ending one-party dictatorship stuck in their craw, I believe,” he says.
 
Liu was not the charter’s main author — but of its roughly 300 original signatories, he drew the heaviest punishment. Link says Liu told the other authors and signers that he was willing to take the rap for the document.
 
Liu was sentenced to jail on Dec. 25, 2009. China dismissed widespread international condemnation of the verdict as interference in its internal affairs.
 
The following year, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”
 
The head of the Nobel committee placed Liu’s prize on an empty chair to symbolize his absence from the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, that year. Liu was the third Nobel laureate to receive the peace prize while under arrest or under house arrest. (The first was German journalist Carl von Ossietzky in 1935; the second, Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991.)
 
When Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, visited him in prison to give him news of the award, “His first reaction was not happiness or pride,” Yu recalls. “He said the prize was for the Tiananmen generation and for the students who had died.”
 
China’s state media have described Liu as a stooge of the West, saying his Nobel Peace Prize was a sign of the West’s prejudice, arrogance and intent to impose its own ideology on China.
 
China punished Norway by suspending political and economic ties — including salmon imports from Norway — until last year, when Oslo promised to respect “China’s core interests and major concerns.”
 
But Link says that Liu was able to transcend such acrimonious politics. He says a visit Liu made one day to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York led to a sort of revelation.
 
“He realized in that great museum that the big problems of humanity are not really East vs. West,” Link says. “They’re really much broader, much more existential than that.”
 
In a document written on the day of his trial titled “I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement,” Liu said, “I hope that I will be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisitions and that from now on, no one will be incriminated because of speech.”
 
In the same document — which also served as his Nobel Peace Prize lecture a year later, read in his absence by Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann — he brimmed with confidence that the rule of law and human rights would someday prevail in China. “There is no force that can put an end to the human quest for freedom,” he wrote, “and China will in the end become a nation ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme.”
 
For now, Liu Xiaobo remains largely unknown in his own country, and his name has been erased from the country’s Chinese-language media and Internet.

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