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OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 14,2016

DAILIES

“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, 

consistent willingness to appear foolish before yourself and others.

The willingness to appear foolish causes great, beautiful destruction.
The only question that is left is this: “How fast can I go? 
How ingenious can I be in inventing ways to be foolish before 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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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   


“There is an _original creation, an original world, an invisible
world_, which actually exists at this moment, which we are here
discussing. It exists right now, but not to the world.
This invisible world that I’m talking about is one in which there
is no strife, no competition, no worry, no strain, but a world of
peace and understanding — something that is unlike the world you
now inhabit.
Now this world is timeless. It has always existed. It is the orig

inal world. 
A happy, free, spiritual — truly spiritual — world.
But somewhere along the way, something happened. Something bad
happened to human beings. And this original world was lost to
them because they insisted on building their own world as suited
their own false values, as suited their own wrong ideas about
themselves, their vanity ideas.
And so having departed from the original true world, men and women
began to build their own kind of a world, and their horror story
began, and it has continued to this day. Now in this world, which
you know a lot about, there is nothing but chaos and self-deception.
Everyone pretending they know and no one does know.”
The Original World
Powerful Guides for Spiritual Freedom, p. 4

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 Twenty-four Hours a Day Day March 14, 2016

Thought for the Day

Can I get well? If I mean, “Can I ever drink normally again,” the answer is no. 
But if I mean, “Can I stay sober?” the answer is definitely yes. 
I can get well by turning my drink problem over to a Power greater than myself, 
that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, 
and by asking that Power each morning to give me the 
strength to stay sober for the next 24 hours.
 I know from the experience of thousands of people
 that if I honestly want to get well, I can get well.
Am I faithfully following the AA program?
Meditation for the Day

Persevere in all that God’s guidance moves you to do. 
The persistent carrying out of what seems right and
 good will bring you to that place where you would be. 
If you look back over God’s guidance, you will see that
 His leading has been very gradual and that only as you have carried out His wishes, 
as far as you can understand them, 
has God been able to give you more clear and definite leading. 
You are led by God’s touch on a quickened, responsive mind.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persevere in doing what seems right. 
I pray that I may carry out all of God’s leading, as far as I can understand it.
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The highest mental practice is to listen 
to this Inner Voice and declare Its Presence. 
The Science of Mind page 334 

As the doubter tries the process of prayer, he should begin to add up the results. If he persists, he will almost surely find more serenity, more tolerance, less fear, and less anger. He will acquire a quiet courage, the kind that isn’t tension-ridden. He can look at “failure” and “success” for what these really are. Problems and calamity will begin to mean his instruction, instead of his destruction. He will feel freer and saner.
The idea that he may have been hypnotizing himself by auto-suggestion will become laughable. His sense of purpose and of direction will increase. His anxieties will commence to fade. His physical health will be likely to improve. Wonderful and unaccountable things will start to happen. Twisted relations in his family and on the outside will improve surprisingly.
GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1958 
This season with the friend so near, 
the body dims. 
Heart-light grows more intense. 
Storm clouds finally weep, 
because the Lightning has started to laugh.
 With happy tears everywhere coming down,
 the fields get uncontrollably tickled. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 73 Insights
“I will there be light.”
In this lesson, Jesus is helping me to build the habit to see the Christ in everyone I meet or even think of. Jesus is helping me focus on the truth in everyone and not the idle wishes and grievances that come from the ego split mind. Seeing the idle wishes and grievances have cost me the awareness of What I am. Remembering that my real will is one with God’s Will brings me back into alignment with my true happiness, my true unlimited freedom.
 
Saying to myself all through the day, “I will there be light,” reminds me of my true will. This helps me behold the Light that reflects God’s Will and mine. I need this practice to free up my mind from the idle wishes and grievances of the ego thought system.
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The scenery of mountains painted on the ever-changing canvas of the sky,
the mysterious mechanism of the human body, the rose, the green grass carpet,
the magnanimity of souls, the loftiness of minds,
the depth of love-all these things remind us of a God who is beautiful and Noble.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

 
This season with the friend so near, 
the body dims. 
Heart-light grows more intense. 
Storm clouds finally weep, 
because the Lightning has started to laugh.
 With happy tears everywhere coming down,
 the fields get uncontrollably tickled. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 13,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 13,2016
 
DAILIES
Eye Opener (1950)
The relationship of hours to a lifetime is comparable
 to the relationship of bricks to a house. 
Every brick that is laid must be a separate and distinct operation, 
yet so tied to the preceding and the following brick
 that their positions are level and plumb. 
Each one is an entirety in itself, 
but all the bricks are either supporting or are supported by each other.
 
Our hours, lived one by one, are in no sense different. 
The beauty, strength and durability of our lives will 
be determined by the individual hours viewed collectively.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   


“Try to see the difference between you and your spiritual under-


standing. Repeat, try to see the difference between you and your
spiritual understanding. You have no spiritual understanding.
It is always a gift to you from the higher place. That gift
becomes your insight, your treasure of spiritual qualities.
Now think with me on this, it is very important to understand it.
The ‘you’ — does that make it clearer? — the ‘you,’ the self, the old
nature cannot have any spiritual understanding because it has no
existence in itself.”
from a talk given 10/28/1987

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Twenty Four Hours a Day March 13
Thought for the Day

We’ve got rid of our false, drinking selves and found our real, sober selves. And we turn to God, our Father, for help, just as the Prodigal Son arose and went to his father. At the end of the story, the father of the Prodigal Son says: “He was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” We alcoholics who have found sobriety in A.A. were certainly dead and are alive again. We were lost and are found. Am I alive again?
Meditation for the Day
Gently breathe in God’s spirit, that spirit which, if not barred out by selfishness, will enable you to do good works. This means rather that God will be enabled to do good works through you. You can become a channel for God’s spirit to flow through you and into the lives of others. The works that you can do will only be limited by your spiritual development. Let your spirit be in harmony with God’s spirit and there is no limit to what you can do in the realm of human relationships.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may become a channel for God’s spirit. I pray that God’s spirit may flow through me into the lives of others.
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The potential of all things exist in the Universal Wholeness.
The Science of Mind page 271
 
When an individual surrenders, the ability to accept reality functions on
the unconscious level, and there is no residual of battle; relaxation with
freedom from strain and conflict ensues. In fact, it is perfectly possible
to ascertain how much acceptance of reality is on the unconscious level
by the degree of relaxation that develops. The greater the relaxation, the
greater the inner acceptance of reality.
— Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.
Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? 
Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone?
 Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups.
 They swim the huge fluid freedom.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 72 Insights
“Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.”
This lesson is one of the clearest places in the Course where it demonstrates that the Course’s thought system is diametrically opposed to the thinking of this world. The thinking of the world reflects the projected belief that God made the body. Yet in this lesson it says that not only did He not make the body, but He could not, because He cannot create unlike Himself.
 
The statement that as long as the body is the center of our concept of ourselves, we are attacking God’s plan for salvation has been a real eye opener to me. I am seeing that thinking I am a body is an attempt to defy God and be what God did not create me to be.
 
TO CONTINUE:
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When the mud of our restless thoughts begins to settle,
the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters of your consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? 
Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone?
 Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups.
 They swim the huge fluid freedom.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Try to see the difference between you and your spiritual under-


standing. Repeat, try to see the difference between you and your
spiritual understanding. You have no spiritual understanding.
It is always a gift to you from the higher place. That gift
becomes your insight, your treasure of spiritual qualities.
Now think with me on this, it is very important to understand it.
The ‘you’ — does that make it clearer? — the ‘you,’ the self, the old
nature cannot have any spiritual understanding because it has no
existence in itself.”
from a talk given 10/28/1987

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Twenty Four Hours a Day March 13
Thought for the Day

We’ve got rid of our false, drinking selves and found our real, sober selves. And we turn to God, our Father, for help, just as the Prodigal Son arose and went to his father. At the end of the story, the father of the Prodigal Son says: “He was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” We alcoholics who have found sobriety in A.A. were certainly dead and are alive again. We were lost and are found. Am I alive again?
Meditation for the Day
Gently breathe in God’s spirit, that spirit which, if not barred out by selfishness, will enable you to do good works. This means rather that God will be enabled to do good works through you. You can become a channel for God’s spirit to flow through you and into the lives of others. The works that you can do will only be limited by your spiritual development. Let your spirit be in harmony with God’s spirit and there is no limit to what you can do in the realm of human relationships.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may become a channel for God’s spirit. I pray that God’s spirit may flow through me into the lives of others.
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The potential of all things exist in the Universal Wholeness.
The Science of Mind page 271
 
When an individual surrenders, the ability to accept reality functions on
the unconscious level, and there is no residual of battle; relaxation with
freedom from strain and conflict ensues. In fact, it is perfectly possible
to ascertain how much acceptance of reality is on the unconscious level
by the degree of relaxation that develops. The greater the relaxation, the
greater the inner acceptance of reality.
— Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.
Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? 
Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone?
 Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups.
 They swim the huge fluid freedom.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 72 Insights
“Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.”
This lesson is one of the clearest places in the Course where it demonstrates that the Course’s thought system is diametrically opposed to the thinking of this world. The thinking of the world reflects the projected belief that God made the body. Yet in this lesson it says that not only did He not make the body, but He could not, because He cannot create unlike Himself.
 
The statement that as long as the body is the center of our concept of ourselves, we are attacking God’s plan for salvation has been a real eye opener to me. I am seeing that thinking I am a body is an attempt to defy God and be what God did not create me to be.
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When the mud of our restless thoughts begins to settle,
the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters of your consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? 
Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone?
 Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups.
 They swim the huge fluid freedom.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS APRIL 12,2016

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS APRIL 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)