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AUGUST 5, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 5, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Triumph
“It is only at the moment when a member ceases to drink that he asserts the right to describe himself as an alcoholic . . .What an unthinking world may look upon as defeat, alcoholics in A.A. know as a triumph of the spirit, a triumph of humility over false pride and self-centeredness.  How few human beings ever have the courage to stand up before their neighbors and, in humility, describing themselves truthfully, to say: ‘This is what I really am.'”  
1985 AAWS 
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 278 
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Start living in heaven right now – 
you don’t have to wait.
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 5, 2017
LISTENING DEEPLY
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 37
If I accept and act upon the advice of those who have made the program work for themselves, I have a chance to outgrow the limits of the past. Some problems will shrink to nothingness, while others may require patient, well-thought-out action. Listening deeply when others share can develop intuition in handling problems which arise unexpectedly. It is usually best for me to avoid impetuous action. Attending a meeting or calling a fellow A.A. member will usually reduce tension enough to bring relief to a desperate sufferer like me. Sharing problems at meetings with other alcoholics to whom I relate, or privately with my sponsor, can change aspects of the positions in which I find myself. Character defects are identified and I begin to see how they work against me. When I put my faith in the spiritual power of the program, when I trust others to teach me what I need to do to have a better life, I find that I can trust myself to do what is necessary.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something… call it what you will.” 
― Ernest Holmes
He told me that it will take me 5 years 
to get my marbles back and 5 years 
to learn how to play with them. 
Anonymous 
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
~Johannes A. Gaertner 
 “When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep. Praise God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.”
RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY (various writers)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 219 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I am not a body. I am free.”
The statement “I am not a body. I am free” implies that if I were a body, I would not be free. The body is limited to a few cubic feet of space in this world. It is disconnected from everything else. This is an extreme limitation compared to the universal unity that is the reality of what God created. What God created is forever joined with Him and all creation. God loves what He created because He created it out of Love. That Love is eternal, unchanging and unchangeable.
 
The Self He created is Love and that is What He loves as His Son. It is What I am in truth. Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am. I am not a body. Believing I am a body is just a mistake to be undone. Because I am not a body, my innocence remains untainted. If I believe I am guilty for anything, it is because I have accepted a false image of myself as what I think I am.
 
The commandment that says, “You shall have no other God’s before Me” is a path to freedom. It is the mistaken images I have made of myself that are false idols which keep me bound to an experience of limitation and lack of Love. As I let them go, I open my heart and mind to the Love of God that has never ceased. Remembering “I am not a body. I am free. I am God’s Son” is an affirmation of my innocence and my wholeness. It reminds me I am still as God created me.
 
God is formless, changeless, eternal Love. God, or Love, is universal. This means Love is everywhere. There is nothing but Love. Love shares all of Itself with all. Love extends. Love is giving. Love’s extension is God’s Son. The one Son that we are is eternally united and eternally Love.
 
Dreaming of bodies with separate minds is just a mistake to be undone. No matter what we dream, we all still remain Love as we were created. We are still an extension of Love, which is continuous and united.
 
It is only as I am willing to quiet my mind of all the false ideas of separation that I can remember this truth. I have been confused about what I am and what my brother is, but I can lay this confusion down. I can remember what my Father loves forever as His Son. I can remember that nothing has really changed. Love remains Love as one forever. I need not be bound by dreams of false ideas.
 
Today my practice is to remember I am not a body. All still remains Love as God’s extension. I have reinforced false ideas and now it is my opportunity to reinforce the truth.
 
I woke up this morning thinking about my errors and berating myself for not being perfect. I sat down to do my lesson and started doing the “wrong” one. I read, “Only my condemnation injures me.” I felt a sense of relief, as if God were answering the question my mind was asking, “Am I condemned because of my mistakes?” For that is really what I fear when I do something that doesn’t feel right or have thoughts that don’t feel right.
 
I realized this was yesterday’s lesson and laughed out loud at how perfectly the Universe works to support my growth and my happiness. Then I read the comments from Staff and thought you must be speaking directly to me this morning. Especially the line that says, “Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am.” Thanks for the help!
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Always face your faults with gratitude, for only by facing them can you work on them and change them.
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
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“Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. 
That is how we will have peace… 
we just need to declare it.”
John Lennon
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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