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OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 16,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
We have finally found a way to foil alcohol simply by refusing
to look upon it as a beverage and rather as something to which we are allergic.
We have found that we don’t have to drink;
we have demonstrated that we can be happier without it.

Now that we are sober, how are we going to use our sobriety?

Can we sit back and bask in this new found sunshine?
Forget it, kid! Better men than you have tried it.
If still you don’t believe it, go back to the gutter or
the jail or the jitter-joint and ask those who tried that method.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 

 

“No one needs to be a famous philosopher in order to thinkrightly,
but needs only the wish to command the day.”
Cosmic Command, # 677
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Twenty-Four Hours a Day March 16, 2016

 Thought for the Day

Before we decide to quit drinking, most of us have to come up against a blank wall. We see that we’re licked, that we have to quit. But we don’t know which way to turn for help. There seems to be no door in that blank wall. AA opens the door that leads to sobriety. By encouraging us to honestly admit that we’re alcoholics and to realize that we can’t take even one drink, and by showing us which way to turn for help, AA opens the door in that blank wall.

Have I gone through that door to sobriety?

Meditation for the Day

I must have a singleness of purpose to do my part in God’s work. I must not let material distractions interfere with my job of improving personal relationships. It is easy to become distracted by material affairs, so that I lose my singleness of purpose. I do not have time to be concerned about the multi-farious concerns of the world. I must concentrate and specialize on what I can do best.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may not become distracted by material affairs. I pray that I may concentrate on doing what I can do best.
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O Eternal and Blessed Presence,
illumin my mind and command 

my will that my Soul may be refreshed
and that my life may be renewed. 
The Science of Mind page 549

‘AGAIN AT THE CROSSROADS’
Bill W.AA co-founder November 1961
“In the nick of time, and by God’s grace,

each of us been enabled to develope the meaning
and sense of his own life.Grapevine AA Daily Quotes

 

Rise. Move around the center
as pilgrims wind the Kaaba.

Being still is how one clay Clod
sticks to another and sleep,

while movement wakes us up
and unlocks new blessings.
Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 75 Insights
“The light has come.”
This is one of my favorite lessons. It is so uplifting and affirming, yet when I read the lesson, I am aware of an ego aspect that tells me I am not worthy of it. It points out the many ways that I have not yet forgiven the world and asks me, “Who am I to say the light has come?” Yet these are just the ego’s frantic efforts to hold on to its place in my image of myself, for if I truly acknowledge that I have forgiven the world, the light has come, that is the end of the ego.
This lesson is affirming the truth about me, not the ego lies. It is uplifting because it is reminding me of what my true Self experiences in every moment. My true Self does see a forgiven world. It does see its Light reflected back from everything it looks upon. It does experience the serenity that God would have me experience. The apparent fact that I don’t experience this is simply because I have been thinking illusions were real. This does not change reality one iota. But it does cast a shadow upon the world of Light that is my reality.

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My human eyes are enthralled, 
O Lord, with the changeful panorama of life…. 
Open in me the divine eye that beholds in 
all beauty only Thy sovereign beauty.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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Rise. Move around the center
as pilgrims wind the Kaaba.

Being still is how one clay Clod
sticks to another and sleep,

while movement wakes us up
and unlocks new blessings.
Rumi

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 16,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 16,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
We have finally found a way to foil alcohol simply by refusing 

to look upon it as a beverage and rather as something to which we are allergic. 
We have found that we don’t have to drink; 
we have demonstrated that we can be happier without it.

Now that we are sober, how are we going to use our sobriety?

Can we sit back and bask in this new found sunshine? 
Forget it, kid! Better men than you have tried it. 
If still you don’t believe it, go back to the gutter or
 the jail or the jitter-joint and ask those who tried that method.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 

“No one needs to be a famous philosopher in order to think
rightly, but needs only the wish to command the day.”
Cosmic Command, # 677
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Twenty-Four Hours a Day March 16, 2016

Thought for the Day
Before we decide to quit drinking, most of us have to come up against a blank wall. We see that we’re licked, that we have to quit. But we don’t know which way to turn for help. There seems to be no door in that blank wall. AA opens the door that leads to sobriety. By encouraging us to honestly admit that we’re alcoholics and to realize that we can’t take even one drink, and by showing us which way to turn for help, AA opens the door in that blank wall.
Have I gone through that door to sobriety?
Meditation for the Day
I must have a singleness of purpose to do my part in God’s work. I must not let material distractions interfere with my job of improving personal relationships. It is easy to become distracted by material affairs, so that I lose my singleness of purpose. I do not have time to be concerned about the multi-farious concerns of the world. I must concentrate and specialize on what I can do best.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not become distracted by material affairs. I pray that I may concentrate on doing what I can do best.
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O Eternal and Blessed Presence, 
illumin my mind and command 
my will that my Soul may be refreshed
and that my life may be renewed. 
The Science of Mind page 549

‘AGAIN AT THE CROSSROADS’
Bill W.AA co-founder November 1961
“In the nick of time, and by God’s grace,
each of us been enabled to develope the meaning
and sense of his own life.Grapevine AA Daily Quotes

Rise. Move around the center
as pilgrims wind the Kaaba.

Being still is how one clay Clod
sticks to another and sleep,

while movement wakes us up
and unlocks new blessings.
Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 75 Insights
“The light has come.”
This is one of my favorite lessons. It is so uplifting and affirming, yet when I read the lesson, I am aware of an ego aspect that tells me I am not worthy of it. It points out the many ways that I have not yet forgiven the world and asks me, “Who am I to say the light has come?” Yet these are just the ego’s frantic efforts to hold on to its place in my image of myself, for if I truly acknowledge that I have forgiven the world, the light has come, that is the end of the ego.
 
This lesson is affirming the truth about me, not the ego lies. It is uplifting because it is reminding me of what my true Self experiences in every moment. My true Self does see a forgiven world. It does see its Light reflected back from everything it looks upon. It does experience the serenity that God would have me experience. The apparent fact that I don’t experience this is simply because I have been thinking illusions were real. This does not change reality one iota. But it does cast a shadow upon the world of Light that is my reality.
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My human eyes are enthralled,
O Lord, with the changeful panorama of life….
Open in me the divine eye that beholds in
all beauty only Thy sovereign beauty.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Rise. Move around the center
as pilgrims wind the Kaaba.

Being still is how one clay Clod
sticks to another and sleep,

while movement wakes us up
and unlocks new blessings.
Rumi

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 15,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS APRIL 15,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
Few of us have any real direction to our conduct. 

We live from day to day, taking care of our problems as they arise,
 and this is sound AA advice as regards our long-range thinking and planning. 
This does not mean that we should take this too literally
 and give absolutely no thought to tomorrow’s needs.

It is absolutely true that tomorrow may never be born but,
 on the other hand, it might and, in that event,
 a well-filled refrigerator will come in mighty handy.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   

“There is a spiritual law which is entitled
‘The Law of Spiritual
Individual Growth.’
Every human being who comes into this world is
under that law.The very act of entering this world places you underthe law,
which means that we are put here to do something different 
with our level
, to raise it, to be a different kind of human being 
inwardly
in our maturity than we were when we were young and im
mature.

This law is for humanity’s benefit, it is for your benefit. Now

you know what the word ‘benefit’ means. The word benefit means it

is good for you, not harmful, but something that is on your side.

The very fact that it is good for a human being, for an individual,

does not mean that he understands or that he wants it in his life.

To the contrary, because human beings are undeveloped in their

minds, because they’re often petty, misunderstanding, live under

fabulous delusions, because this is their state, then the law of

spiritual growth has no meaning to them.

So as a very elementary lesson, you must understand that this

law of inner development exists whether you know it does or not,

whether you want it or not. Whether you think about it or care

about it or not, the law exists.

Now, this means that you are going to have to do one of two things

with it: continue to ignore it, or begin to try to understand what

it means and how it affects your life. And that is the greatest

single decision any of you will ever make in your life.”

    The Law of Spiritual Development

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day  March 15, 2016

Thought for the Day
We alcoholics were on a merry-go-round, going round and round, and we couldn’t get off. That merry-go-round is a kind of hell on earth. In AA, I got off that merry-go-round by learning to stay sober. I pray to my Higher Power every morning to help me to keep sober. And I get the strength from that Power to do what I could never do with my own strength. I do not doubt the existence of that Power. We’re not speaking into a vacuum when we pray. That Power is there, if we will use it.
Am I off the merry-go-round of drinking for good?
Meditation for the Day
I must remember that in spiritual matters I am only an instrument. It is not mine to decide how or when I am to act. God plans all spiritual matters. It is up to me to make myself fit to do God’s work. All that hinders my spiritual activity must be eliminated. I can depend on God for all the strength I need to overcome those faults which are blocks. I must keep myself fit, so that God can use me as a channel for His spirit.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that my selfishness may not hinder my progress in spiritual matters. I pray that I may be a good instrument for God to work with.
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I have a Friend who walks and talks with me daily.

 The Science of Mind page 515
On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead.
We consider our plans for the day.
Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, 
especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity,
dishonest or self-seeking motives. 
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 86  
Lovers gather and give each other shade, 
relief from the direct sun.
Stay close by with them, 
until you yourself are full of light like the moon,
 then like the Sun.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 74 Insights

“There is no will but God’s.”
As I worked with practicing the exercise and remembering there is no will but God’s, I found my mind wandering to today’s ‘to do list.’ As my mind focused on that list, I became aware of tension building in me. I saw that this list represents conflicting goals. I think they all need to be done and there is not enough time. So I brought my mind back to, “There is no will but God’s.” Conflicting goals cannot be real. I am giving that list a meaning it does not have of itself.
 
As I step back from the importance I place on all these things and remind myself there is no will but God’s, I feel myself relax. My shoulder’s soften. My forehead is relaxed and smooth. I breathe easier.
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In every atom of this astounding universe,
God is ceaselessly working miracles.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Lovers gather and give each other shade, 
relief from the direct sun.
Stay close by with them, 
until you yourself are full of light like the moon,
 then like the Sun.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 12,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 12,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
Life is too short even if we live the whole of it to its fullest, 

but we alcoholics have wasted so many years of our lives

that we must now double our efforts if we hope to do any living at all. 

Truly, for us, it is later than we think.

There is one consolation, however, and that is that it is possible 

to use a single moment to produce an eternity of benefits for humanity.

 Much time has been frittered away, but there is still ample time to do good.

Life is not measured by its length but by its width and its depth.

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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   

“Be logical not theological.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 1711
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Twenty-Four Hours A Day  March 12, 2016

Thought For The Day

The Prodigal Son “took his journey into a far country and wasted his substance on riotous living.” That’s what we alcoholics do. We waste our substance with riotous living. “When he came to himself, he said: I will arise and go to my father.” That’s what an alcoholic does in A.A. He comes to himself. His alcoholic self is not his real self. His sane, sober, respectable self is his real self. That’s why we’re so happy in A.A. Have I come to myself?
Meditation For The Day
Simplicity is the keynote of a good life. Choose the simple things always. Life can become complicated if you let it be so. You can be swamped by difficulties if you let them take up too much of your time. Every difficulty can be either solved or ignored and something better substituted for it. Love the humble things of life. Reverence the simple things. Your standard must never be the world’s standard of wealth and power.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may love the simple things of life. I pray that I may keep my life uncomplicated and free.
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It is necessary for the practitioner to withdraw
 his thought from things as they appear to be
 and to think independently of any and all existing conditions.
Ernest Holmes “How to use Science of Mind “page 50

The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel.
Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life.
 I can’t say upon what occasion 
or upon what day I came
to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly
have that belief now.
To acquire it, I had to stop fighting and practice the rest of
A.A.’s program as enthusiastically as I could.
— Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 27 

 
Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.
— African proverb
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, 
give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your 
income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have 
patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known 
or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful 
uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these 
leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you 
have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults 
your soul.

— Walt Whitman

 

 Poem, song, and story,
 the stream sweeps by, 
moving along what was never mine anyway.
 What I’ve done through an act of will,
 well-meaning, or mean, 
these are brought in briefly by
 moonlight and carried obscurely off. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 71 Insights
“Only God’s plan for salvation will work.”
As I accept that only God’s plan for salvation will work, I experience great relief. It means that I can let go of all my planning, conniving, manipulating and efforting in trying to make the circumstance in which I feel safe and happy. What helps me accept God’s plan is to remember that His Will for me is perfect happiness. Not temporary, not partial, but perfect, whole, complete, eternal happiness.

The ego world is the result of believing that it is possible to have something better than perfect happiness. Put that way it seems absurd, but in rejecting God’s total Love, given equally to all, this is exactly what the ego thought system represents — I want to do it my way. Sooner or later we will all reach the point where we recognize “doing it my way” has not brought the happiness we want. This also helps bring about the relinquishment of our plan so that we come with an open mind to receive God’s plan. Today I am willing to take another step in letting go of my plans and receiving the perfect happiness offered by God’s plan for salvation.
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Your real nature is calmness…. 

It is time you remember who you. are: 
the Blessed soul, a reflection of Spirit. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

 

 Poem, song, and story,

 the stream sweeps by, 

moving along what was never mine anyway.

 What I’ve done through an act of will,

 well-meaning, or mean, 

these are brought in briefly by

 moonlight and carried obscurely off. 

Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks

MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 11,2016

MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 11,2016 DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
In AA, no man is the official mouthpiece of the Movement. 

No one person represents AA officially.
 Here you find a God of your own understanding; 
when you talk, you give only your own opinions, 
you give your own interpretations of the Twelve Steps
 and practice them as you think they should be practiced.

If you use your method and stay sober,
we will admit your way is good for you.
But we admit no authority on your part
to tell us how to work them.
Because it worked for you is no sign it
might not be poison for someone else.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 


“THE STAIRS
One man was standing at the top of some stairs, while a second man
was standing at the bottom. A third man was standing in the middle
of the stairs.

The man at the top declared, ‘These steps go downward.’

The man at the bottom stated, ‘The steps run upward.’ ‘If you were
in my position,’ the third man said to the others, ‘you would see
they run both up and down.’

_A true view of life includes all viewpoints, not merely the one
seen from a presently preferred position_.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 179
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Twenty Four Hours a Day March 11
Thought for the Day
By having quiet times each morning, we come to depend on God’s help during the day, especially if we should be tempted to take a drink. And we can honestly thank Him each night for the strength He has given us. So our faith is strengthened by these quiet times of prayer. By listening to other members, by working with other alcoholics, by times of quiet meditation, our faith in God gradually becomes strong. Have I turned my drink problem entirely over to God, without reservations?
Meditation for the Day
It seems as though, when God wants to express to men what He is like, He makes a very beautiful character. Think of a personality as God’s expression of character attributes. Be as fit an expression of Godlike character as you can. When the beauty of a person’s character is impressed upon us, it leaves an image which in turn reflects through our own actions. So look for beauty of character in those around you.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may look at great souls until their beauty of character becomes a part of my soul. I pray that I may reflect this character in my own life.
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You must attempt to unify your total consciousness,
 so that no one is drawn between the reason and the inner sight.
 Ernest Holmes The Voice Celestial pg.140 

BB We Agnostics, p.53
When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade,
we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing.
 
 


The Angel of Death arrives and I spring joyfully up. 
No one knows what comes over me when
 I and that messenger of yours speak! 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 70 Insights
“My salvation comes from me.”
As I focused on the thought that salvation is in me, and observed the thoughts that passed through my mind, it was easy for me to accept the “blame” for my reactions to my circumstances. It’s easy for me to see that it is my interpretation and my thoughts about anything that caused distress, dissatisfaction or discomfort of any kind. But I also observed that it seemed difficult for me to accept that I could be my own savior, let alone the salvation of the world.

Here I see the effect of the ego’s campaign to convince me of my powerlessness and unworthiness. The ego is perfectly happy for me to accept the blame for my pain. It is not threatened by that. In fact, it sees it as another tool to reinforce guilt. But the ego is threatened to the core by the possibility that I might accept that I have the power in my mind to change my thoughts and free myself from guilt. This is because were I to accept this power as mine, it would be the end of the ego. This is when it is important for me to remember that it is not the little image I have identified with as me that can bring me salvation. It is that image that I need to release myself from.

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 Those who meditate feel a wonderful inner quietl…. 
What you learn in meditation, practice in activity in conversation;
let no one dislodge you from that calm state.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 

The Angel of Death arrives and I spring joyfully up. 

No one knows what comes over me when
 I and that messenger of yours speak! 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

Morning Hotshots March 10,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS March 10,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
We alcoholics know that one drink is too much and a barrel isn’t enough. 
That first drink starts the compulsion to drink.
  Suppressing desires can become a habit just as their satisfaction does.
 Each time we Say “NO,” we weaken the old habit and strengthen the new.

  The efforts to satisfy our desires led us to the excesses that brought about our alcoholism. 
So let us follow the advise of John Stuart Mill and “learn to seek our happiness by limiting our desires,
 rather than attempting to satisfy them.”
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   

“You have direct access to everything you need for self-awakening,
including a fresh supply of energy.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 175


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Thought for the Day March 10, 2016Thought for the Day
We also strengthen our faith by working with other alcoholics and finding that we can do nothing ourselves to help them, except to tell them our own story of how we found the way out. If the other person is helped, it’s by the grace of God and not by what we do or say. Our own faith is strengthened when we see another alcoholic find sobriety by turning to God. And finally we strengthen our faith by having quiet times every morning.
Do I ask God in this quiet time for the strength to stay sober this day?

Meditation for the Day
My five senses are my means of communication with the material world. They are the links between my physical life and the material manifestations around me. But I must sever all connections with the material world when I wish to hold communion with the Great Spirit of the universe. I have to hush my mind and bid all my senses be still, before I can become attuned to receive the music of the heavenly spheres.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may get my spirit in tune with the Spirit of the universe. I pray that through faith and communion with Him I may receive the strength I need.
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Who knows in part has found a door ajar that opens to the whole. 
Ernest Holmes the voice celestial page 94
A DAILY REPRIEVE
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.    

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 
I called through your door,
 “the Mystics are gathering in the street. 
Come out!”
 “Leave me alone. I’m sick.” 
“I don’t care if you’re dead! 
Jesus is here, 
and he wants to resurrect somebody!” 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 69 Insights
My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
Making separation real hides the Light of our oneness from my awareness. Making separation real is a grievance, symbolized by the clouds. If I focus on the clouds, I do not see past them. If I am willing to pass by the clouds and be led to the Light, the Light is what I will find.

This is my most important function, my only function. I need to hear the truth about myself and see past the veil of darkness that keeps the Light concealed as frequently as possible. As I accept the Light, I remember that all is well and there are no problems, only healing solutions. There is no mad dash to accomplish this or that out of a sense of lack

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It is so interesting to see the marvelous evolution of
complex matter from the singular consciousness of spirit. 
How intricate it is, in yet so simple.
Paramahansa Yogananda 


I called through your door,
 “the Mystics are gathering in the street. 
Come out!”
 “Leave me alone. I’m sick.” 
“I don’t care if you’re dead! 
Jesus is here, 
and he wants to resurrect somebody!” 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

MORNING HOTSHOTS March 9,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
One day we were practicing alcoholics,

 then in 24 hours we were on the Program – arrested cases.

Was it because one day we were weak and 
spineless and the next day we had completely reversed our character?

No, the Power had been there all the time, 
but we had never before tapped it. 
Our best-intentioned friends had advised us to use our Willpower,
 not realizing that it was the stubbornness
 of our Willpower that made us persist in our drinking.

It takes a person of great will to continuously defy
 the pleas and threats of our combined worlds. 
No, it wasn’t Willpower we lacked; 
it was Won’t Power. We Won’t take that first drink.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   

“Every spiritual step must be accompanied by the willingness
and the appearance of feeling foolish. There is no escape from
the prison of your old acquired self without a deliberate, con-
sistent willingness to appear foolish before yourself and others.
The willingness to appear foolish causes great, beautiful des-
truction. The only question that is left is this: “How fast can
I go? How ingenious can I be in inventing ways to be foolish be-
fore you and myself?” You know that the reason we want to appear
wise before others is because we want a picture of ourselves
presented to them. Now we are going to do the exact opposite
of everything we used to do.”
 A Treasury of Trueness, # 200

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Twenty Four Hours a Day March 9
Thought for the Day
If we had absolute faith in the power of God to keep us from drinking and if we turned our drink problem entirely over to God without reservations, we wouldn’t have to do anything more about it. We’d be free from drink once and for all. But since our faith is apt to be weak, we have to strengthen and build up this faith. We do this in several ways. One way is by going to meetings and listening to others tell how they have found all the strength they need to overcome drink. Is my faith being strengthened by this personal witness of other alcoholics?
Meditation for the Day
It is the quality of my life that determines its value. In order to judge the value of a person’s life, we must set up a standard. The most valuable life is one of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. All people’s lives ought to be judged by this standard in determining their value to the world. By this standard, most of the so-called heroes of history were not great men. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, if he loseth his own soul?”
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be honest, pure, unselfish, and loving. I pray that I may make the quality of my life good by these standards.
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Truth reveals itself at every point in

 time and space to every man who
 thinks his way behind the thing he
 knows to what he does not know.
 Ernest Holmes “The Voice celestial” page 59

Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which 
we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all – 
every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, 
we ask God to help us be willing. 
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 71
 
 Real value comes with madness,
matzub below, scientists above.
 Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief 
disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


ACIM Workbook Lesson 68 Insights
“Love holds no grievances.”

I am learning to remember that I am Love and nothing else. I am learning to remember that everyone is Love and nothing else. I am learning that forgetting that I am Love or that everyone is Love is holding a grievance. Forgetting my Identity as Love is the same as refusing to let Love come into my awareness and choosing to make something other than Love real.

   In this lesson Jesus is helping me realize that when I make the body real by seeing myself as a body, I am holding a grievance against God. Jesus wants me to realize what this does to my mind. He wants me to realize how this ‘forgetting’ creates a sense of fear and not being safe. He wants me to realize how this ‘forgetting’ creates a sense of guilt and lack of peace and happiness.

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Spirit manifests tenderness in the flowers. 

Paramahansa Yogananda 

 Real value comes with madness,
matzub below, scientists above.
 Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief 
disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)