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AUGUST 12,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 12,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Walk In Dry Places
No Conditional Sobriety
Admission of Powerlessness —
 
Sobriety in AA is unconditional. This means that there’s never been a reason for drinking, no matter how bad our circumstances may become. As the AA pioneers were fond of saying, “THERE’S NOTHING THAT DRINKING WON’T MAKE WORSE.”
 
How do we know if we’ve been setting conditions on sobriety?
It’s revealed to us in our own thinking.
 If we believe, for example, that a certain setback such as the
 ending of a relationship is just cause for drinking, 
we have made our sobriety conditional.
 
In such cases, what we need to do is clear up
 our own thinking on the subject. 
Maybe further inventory is needed, or perhaps
 we should let ourselves learn from the experience of others. 
Self-honesty is also important in getting priorities in order.
 
The decision to choose unconditional sobriety brings
 additional benefits in helping us to organize our lives. 
Once we completely understand that sobriety is all-important,
 it becomes easier to make other decisions that bear on keeping sober. 
We find ourselves choosing the ideas and activities that enhance sobriety, 
while rejecting other things that could threaten it.
 
“I’ll never waver in a moment from my relief that I must continue to seek sobriety…
 unconditionally. There is nothing that could ever justify my taking a drink.”
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Roger C. was obviously a man with a troubled mind. He started by
saying how difficult it had been for him to come and see me. He
apologized for cancelling a previous appointment, explaining that
he had been so overwhelmed by a sense of futility toward life that
it seemed useless even to try any longer.
 
‘If this is all there is to life,’ he said, ‘I wonder whether it’s
worth the effort to go on. I used to have what I called willpower,
but even that has gone. When I heard about you, I thought there
might be a last hope.’
 
I gave Roger a wondrous fact which is given at the beginning of this
book. I told him that esotericism is definitely not for people who
are good or strong or successful. It can only help a failure who
willingly accepts the knowledge of failure.
 
Roger smiled at that statement, saying, 
‘If failure is a requirement, I’m ready.’
 
Roger’s work as a salesman brought him into daily contact with dozens
of people. I pointed out the value of using these contacts for self-knowledge.
 He did so, which gave his life new meaning.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 157
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Twenty Four Hours A Day august 12, 2016
Thought for the Day 
“There was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual 
tools laid at our feet by Alcoholics Anonymous. By doing so, we have a 
spiritual experience which revolutionizes our whole attitude toward life, toward others, and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives there in a way that is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us that we could never do for ourselves.” Have I let God come into my life? 
Meditation for the Day 
The moment a thing seems wrong to you or a person’s actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted or that person to be changed. What is wrong in your surroundings or in the people you know? Think about these things and make these matters your responsibility. Not to interfere or be a busybody, but to pray that a change may come through your influence. You may see lives altered and evils banished in time. You can become a force for good wherever you are. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may be a co-worker with God. I pray  that I may help people by my example.
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Any sense of inner agitation is now wiped away,
 and in its place there comes a warm sense of 
my Oneness innocence and essence with all
 the good there is. 
The center of my being as Understanding and Intelligence. 
The science of Mind page 249 
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Every day is a day when we must carry
the vision of God’s will into all of our activities.
BB Into Action, p.85  

 
 
This drunkenness began in some other tavern. 
When I get back around to that place,
I’ll be completely sober. 
~Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 223 Insights
“God is my life. I have no life but His.”
Today’s lesson is leading us to a new definition of life. In this world, human life is defined as a body that can breathe, its heart is beating and brain is functioning. But this lesson says that our real Life is only the Life we have in God. Our Life is God’s Life. We have no thoughts apart from Him. And His Thoughts are ours. There is nothing here about a physical body.
 
To fully grasp this meaning of Life requires a radical shift in perception. We must recognize that only God’s Thoughts are real and our only real Thoughts are the Thoughts we think with Him. The thoughts I seem to think as I look through the body’s eyes and label images as trees and water and sky are really only hallucinations. They are not real thoughts. They are image making. God is not an image that can be defined by form. God is Thought, which cannot be limited by an image.
 
Perhaps most radical of all to our ego-based thought system is the idea that we are Thought, not form. In this world all our thoughts are tied in one way or another to images. To recognize what we are in truth, we must learn to disregard the images and give them no meaning. This is very difficult for us if we believe our identity is defined by our form, which is the case for most of the people in the world. A vast portion of our resources is invested in clothing and painting the body to make it more appealing and to protect it from harm. But the body is not what we are. We are God’s Thought.
 
As I practice this idea, I become more and more aware of the many ways I put time and thought and effort into maintaining body identification. This is not limited to just the things I do to keep the body healthy, clothe it and house it. It is also about how I think of others and what others do. If I think one person is more successful than another, or I feel sad because I see someone who is having difficulty in their worldly experience, these are ways of keeping my belief in individual identities in place.
 
The truth is there is no difference between me and everyone, for we are all the same Thought in God’s Mind. We are one as God’s Thought. As I move my awareness more in this direction, my life becomes simpler. Less effort is put into having special things or looking a special way. More and more my attention is on seeing the Light in every brother, to seeing the face of Christ in him. There is less and less of a sense of difference and more and more of a sense of unity. As I remember that God is my Life and I have no Life but His, I am able to rest in His peace.
 
Part of the process of my waking up is to recognize my mistaken thoughts. This lesson reminds me that when I think I am living a life apart from God, it is not true. I have no life apart from God. This life I think I am living as a separate person is just a mistaken idea.
 
Unless I come to realize that my thoughts are mistaken, I will not lay them down. And it is only when I lay them down that I become aware of the real Thoughts I think with God. I cannot have both my mistaken thoughts and real Thoughts at the same time, for they are opposite in every way.
 
Jesus is there for all of us to help us recognize the mistaken ideas and let them go. He remembers our true Identity for us while we are forgetting and is there to remind us of the truth as soon as we will let him.
 
There is only one Life and that is the Life I live in God. My practice today is to remember this and extend the Love I feel from my true Home to everyone I see or even think of. Today is truly a happy day.
 
Today is my first real day back to work after vacation and after my ordination. I started wishing this weekend that I didn’t have to go back. I wished I could stay home and write and pray and distribute my fliers and be a full time minister. I wished this even though I knew I wasn’t ready for that. If I did that full time at this point, I would be through in about two days. I am still learning and growing and allowing time for things to fall into place.
 
As I read today’s lesson, I remembered it doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing. Every minute, everywhere, is an opportunity to practice my ministry. It makes me happy to think of bringing love and comfort to all of my customers and each person I drive past and every clerk in every store I stop to buy gas from along the way. I don’t have to do or say anything special to do this. As I use this time to practice setting aside my false thoughts and recognizing, instead, the thoughts I think with God, then I am serving the awakening. My attitude and my words will reflect these new thoughts and I will be serving the awakening. This is my ministry and it goes where I go.
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In all our harmonious relations we must remember
that it is God who is playing hide-and-seek 
from behind the living hearts. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“How sad, a heart that
does not know how to love, that
does not know what it is to be drunk with love.
If you are not in love, how can you enjoy
the blinding light of the sun,
the soft light of the moon?” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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