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SEPT.20, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT.20, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
It was very hard for us alcoholics to realize that
 God has a big world on His hands and that
 He has other chores than just to give us rain when
we want rain and sunshine when we want sunshine.
 We always thought the Universe revolved around us.
 
That He knows His job is evidenced by the regular
 return of days and seasons, by His distribution of 
weather in such a manner that the world has never
 been devoid of food.
 Think what chaos would exist if He had allowed us to run it our way.
 
God has given us many controls over Nature, 
but He knows the limits of human intelligence
 and the extent of human selfishness.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“As you already know, some of your desires are fulfilled, while
others are not. Perhaps you have wondered what determines the
gain or lack of gain of a desire. A gain is not determined by a
person’s strong will-power, but by the alternating flow of nature
which sometimes says _yes_ and sometimes says _no_. Once you see
that you do not determine events, a _no_ cannot disturb you. We
are disturbed only when _no_ exposes our pretense of having a
separate ego which can control events. You are not apart from
the whole of nature, but are one with it.”
 Esoteric Mind Power, p. 151
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Twenty Four Hours A Day SEPT 20,2016
Thought for the Day 
Step Four is, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of 
ourselves.” Step Five is, “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to 
another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Step Six is, 
“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of 
character.” Step Seven is, “Humbly asked Him to remove our 
shortcomings.” Step Ten is, “Continued to take personal inventory 
and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” In taking a personal 
inventory, we have to be absolutely honest with ourselves and with 
other people. Have I taken an honest inventory of myself? 
Meditation for the Day 
God is good. You can often tell whether or not a thing is of God. 
If it is of God, it must be good. Honesty, purity, unselfishness, 
and love are all good, unselfish helpfulness is good, and these 
things all lead to the abundant life. Leave in God’s hands the 
present and the future, knowing only that He is good. The hand that 
veils the future is the hand of God. He can bring order out of 
chaos, good out of evil, and peace out of turmoil. We can believe 
that everything really good comes from God and that He shares His 
goodness with us. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may reach out for the good. I pray that I may try 
to choose the best in life.
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What are the most important things to remember
 is that we are always causing something to be created for us. 
And that whatever cause we have set in motion
 must produce some kind of effect. 
The science of Mind page 194
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That basic ingredient of all humility,
a desire to seek and do God’s will, was missing.
12&12 Step Seven, p.72 
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My memory of your face prevents my seeing you. 
Lightning veils your brow. 
Recalling our kissing, I can’t kiss you now. 
So strange, such sweetness could keep us apart.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 261 Insights
“God is my refuge and security.”
Either I will think I live in a body or I will remember that I live in God. When I place my sense of security in the body to make me safe, I will be in fear. When I place my sense of trust and security in God, I will be in peace. It is my choice. Where will I place my trust today? Do I think I need to provide for myself on my own or will I be willing to remember that the only real Life I live is the Life I live in God?
 
The way I remember the Life I live in God is by being willing to recognize the ego mind when I am not at peace and open to the truth with the Holy Spirit. I have closed my mind to the truth and now it is time to open those doors, remove those barriers to Love which hide the truth. I hold the key in my hand. By letting my mind quiet, I will receive whatever I need in the present moment to heal my mind.
 
I will receive a different way to view the world. I will receive a new perspective on what I see through the body’s eyes. I will be taught how to look past bodies to the one Christ Spirit that is the truth of every brother. I will be taught how to lay down the ego’s fearful lies and scarcity and danger. I will be taught that true Love is sharing all of God’s Love with everyone equally.
 
I will feel encompassed in peace. I will feel the fruits of living in God. I will feel the peace, Love and joy of God. I will feel Love’s safety and know that it is eternal. It does not come and go. Today I would remember that “God is my refuge and security.”
 
It is interesting to observe the many ways the ego attempts to offer substitutes for God’s refuge and security. Any time I judge someone’s behavior, I am believing that my safety somehow lies in that person having different behavior. There is a belief that if I could somehow fix things in the world I perceive outside of me, I will feel safe. If I have the right relationship, I will feel safe. If my ‘significant other’ would just not do that one annoying thing, I would feel safe. If the boss were not so insensitive, I would be happy. If I had a new car, I would be happy.
 
The list of things outside me that seem as though they could bring me happiness is endless as long as I believe the world of separate bodies has any value. Today’s lesson is reminding me where my true refuge and security lie. All the things in the world are just decoy’s, illusions of safety that offer nothing real or lasting.
 
Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the false substitutes for what they are so that I can let them go. In letting them go I open my mind to remembering that God is my refuge and security.
 
This is a good lesson for all of us. When I find myself getting too caught up in something or someone, I now say to myself: “Oh wait, I don’t have to do that anymore.”
 
Another favorite saying of mine is: “I don’t need to muck around in someone else’s garden,” or “Oops, that’s God’s garden and He certainly doesn’t need my input.” I just remind myself it’s none of my business.
 
I think a good time to practice this is on the freeway when there’s an accident and I want to slow down and take a good look. Well guess what, it’s NONE of my business and so I just say a little prayer for that person and keeping watching the traffic in front of me.
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Steer the ship of concentration calmly 
to the shores of blessedness.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“From the house of unbelief
to true religion
is a single breath;
From the world of doubt
to certainty
is a single breath;
Enjoy this precious single breath,
for the harvest
of our whole lives
is that same one breath.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Quatrains – Ballades
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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