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SEPT.21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT.21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
We in AA have many religious affiliations, 
and there are some of us who contend that
AA is all the religion they need.
Yet this fact remains: the spiritual facts on
which AA is based would not have survived
The ages but for the tenacity of formal religions.
 
 Without religions, our moral, 
political and social structure would collapse. 
There is a lot in all denominations that can be criticized but, 
without them, life would be chaos.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 
The Magic Castle
 
Once upon a time a weary traveler was wandering down a dark and
scary road. Suddenly there appeared before him a bright and
 marvelous castle, with a welcome sign over the entrance. Knowing he
had reached rest and safety at last, he felt glad.
 
When approaching the open gate he saw a strange sight. Other lost
travelers were walking right past the castle, as if it wasn’t there.
He asked a castle resident about this strange behavior, and heard
this reply: ‘This is a magic castle. It can be seen only by those
who realize and admit they have lost their way. The castle can’t
appear to anyone who pretends he knows where he is going, who
demands his own way. Your own self-honesty made the castle appear
to you. Enter, for all its riches are now yours.’
 
What a perfect explanation of the human problem and its higher
healing. It happily declares that anyone who really realizes he
is lost in life can find himself. It means that _any_ sincere
person can leave all the defeat and sadness of society and enter
his own inner castle where all is well.”
 Your Power of Natural Knowing, p. 40
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Twenty Four Hours A Day SEPT 21,2016
Thought for the Day 
Let us continue with Steps Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Ten. In taking a personal inventory of ourselves, we have to face facts as they really are. We have to stop running away. We must face reality. We must see ourselves as we really are. We must admit our faults openly and try to correct them. We must try to see where we have been dishonest, impure, selfish, and unloving. We do not do this once and forget it. We do it every day of our lives, as long as we live. We are never done with checking up on ourselves. Am I taking a daily inventory of myself? 
Meditation for the Day 
In improving our personal lives, we have Unseen help. We were not made so that we could see God. That would be too easy for us and there would be no merit in obeying Him. It takes an act of faith, a venture of belief, to realize the Unseen Power. Yet we have much evidence of God’s existence in the strength that many people have received from the act of faith, the venture of belief. We are in a box of space and time and we can see neither our souls nor God. God and the human spirit are both outside the limitations of space and time. Yet our Unseen help is effective here and now. That has been proved in thousands of changed lives. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may make the great venture of belief. I pray that my vision may not be blocked by intellectual pride.
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A constant realization of the presence 
of spirit will provide a sense of Divine
Companionship that no other attitude could produce. 
The Science of Mind page 276
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Such prayers, of course, are fundamentally good acts, but often they are based upon a supposition that we know God’s will for the person for whom we pray.
12&12 Step Eleven, p.104

Whenever we can manage to love without expectations, 
calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.
~ Rumi

 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 262 Insights
“Let me perceive no differences today.”
Today’s lesson is the practice of looking beyond the body to our oneness in God, which is always there. Today’s lesson is the practice of seeing what is always the same and what is eternally true. Today’s lesson is the practice of seeing past the ego. Today’s lesson is about accepting the peace that comes with remembering unity. Today’s lesson is about focusing on only what is true.
 
Differences are always of the ego. Different bodies with separate minds is not what is true. Let me perceive no differences today. In this way I accept the peace of God.
 
Differences are the basis for all conflict. There can be no conflict between what is the same. We are told that the Holy Spirit sees the world we see but does not believe it. He knows it is unreal and He is in our minds to teach us to recognize the unreality of the world we think is so real. As we learn to accept His vision, we will still see the forms of the world, but learn to disregard them as meaningless. Thus we will look past the forms to see the Love that is the same in all things everywhere.
 
With the recognition of Love comes peace, for peace is an attribute of Love. As we learn to recognize the unreality of form, conflict disappears. We are able to see beyond the form and if the form appears to be acting out lack of Love, we can recognize it as a call for Love. We will naturally respond to this call with Love. Now we become God’s ministers, bringing His healing Light to our brothers.
 
We do not need to preach to him or correct him or try to make him change at all, for these would be attempts at changing the effect of error instead of changing the cause. We simply answer the call for Love with Love. The error is believing there is lack of Love. Love is always the answer. In this world of apparent differences, the means of extending Love, the form it takes, will vary according to what is most helpful. Of ourselves, we cannot know the form, for of ourselves alone, we cannot Love. Love is the recognition that we are not alone.
 
By joining with Holy Spirit and letting Him guide us in the way in which to offer Love in this world, we join with the Love in our brothers. Thus we can be truly helpful. It is what is the same in all of us that joins us together. What is the same is Love and nothing else. Holy Spirit help me to see what is the same in everyone and everything today.
 
This is a perfect lesson for me today. I have been struggling with feelings directed toward an individual. It always seems harder for me to release anger and resentment when it is the other person’s “fault.” I have tried turning it over to Holy Spirit and just keep taking it back.
 
It was very helpful for me to read the above comments today. I was not thinking of her actions as a call for love and was not thinking that I needed to respond with love. Just as I was wondering how I was supposed to do that, I read the above paragraph reminding me that it is not my job to know the form love needs to take in this instance. That made me feel relieved.
 
I also needed to be reminded not to preach or correct or try to change her at all. I am certain that is why I was having so much trouble releasing this. On top of everything else, I was feeling resentful because I needed to fix this and didn’t know how. Again, knowing that this is not my job, I feel relieved.
 
Now I feel like I can easily respond to her need for love with love and trust the Holy Spirit to guide me in the form in which it is most needed. Now that I think of it this way, I cannot imagine responding to her need for love with anything but love! Thanks so much for the timely reminder.
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Love is the divine power in creation that harmonizes,
unites, binds together…. 
Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love
 achieve harmony with nature and their fellows beings.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“When you have planted
the rose of Love into your heart
your life has not been in vain.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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