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JULY 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Anonymity
“We now fully realize that 100 per cent personal anonymity before the public is just as vital to the life of A.A. as 100 percent sobriety is to the life of each and every member. This is not the counsel of fear; it is the voice of long experience.” 
1957AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 293 
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VERNON HOWARD

“Never permit other people to drain your energy.”
There is a Way Out, p. 77
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
HUMILITY IS A GIFT 13 July
As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God’s will, was missing.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 72
When I first came to A.A., I wanted to find some of the elusive quality called humility. I didn’t realize I was looking for humility because I thought it would help me get what I wanted, and that I would do anything for others if I thought God would somehow reward me for it. I try to remember now that the people I meet in the course of my day are as close to God as I am ever going to get while on this earth. I need to pray for knowledge of God’s will today, and see how my experience with hope and pain can help other people; if I can do that, I don’t need to search for humility, it has found me.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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INSPIRATION
Come, Thou Great and Infinite Mind and inspire me to do great deeds. Acquaint me with Thy knowledge and in Thy wisdom make me wise. I would be taught of Thee, Inner Light, and inspired by Thy presence. I will listen for Thy Voice and it will tell me of great things to be done. I will walk in Thy Paths and they will lead me into All Good. I will be inspired from On High. O Wonderful Presence, flooding me, filling me with Thy Light, Thou dost inspire me! I feel the inspiration of Spirit.
Quote by Ernest Holmes
 
My  sponsor would ask me if I knew 
what a word meant and I would always
 say ‘yeah’ and then he would say ‘look it up’. 
I was a know-it-all. 
Anonymous 
 
“Where as a movie’s goal is to send the viewer out on a 90 minute high, television is a bit different. It aims to keep people watching television, forever.”
Consciousness21
 
If a drunken prince goes into the slums and, forgetting entirely his true identity, begins lamenting, “How poor I am,” his friends will laugh at him and say, “Wake up, and remember that you are a prince.” You have been likewise in a state of hallucination, thinking you are a helpless mortal, struggling and miserable. Every day you should sit quietly and affirm, with deep conviction:
   “No birth, no death, no caste have I; father, mother, have I none. Blessed Spirit, I am He. I am the Infinite Happiness.”
RUMI
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary
ACIM Workbook Lesson 196 Insights
“It can be but myself I crucify.”
I see today’s lesson as very empowering. It is teaching me that all power is in me. There is nothing external to me that can harm me. Nothing, no exceptions. This puts me fully in charge of my experience and it eliminates all belief in enemies. There is no external force in any form to battle against. There is nothing to defend against. All fear, all pain, all sorrow and guilt are products of my own thinking.
 
Since they come from my thinking, I can be free of them by changing my thinking. I need no external help but I do need to be willing to accept the Help that is in my mind, ready to teach me the difference between true and false, real and unreal. My freedom does not wait on time. It waits only on my willingness to let the Holy Spirit in my mind show me the Love behind all the forms of fear I have imagined. My own thoughts are the cause of all my distress.
 
In this world, we are taught and taught again that we must protect ourselves from myriad external forms of danger. Now we are being encouraged to recognize the true source of that perceived danger — our own thoughts. No longer need we be helpless victims. Our power is recognized once again as we accept it is our own thoughts that are the cause and we have the power to change our thoughts.
 
This is perhaps the most difficult part of changing our mind. We have so thoroughly taught ourselves that our thoughts are powerless that we need help in recognizing the falsity of this teaching. By the grace of God we have that Help. It is the Holy Spirit in our minds. He needs only our willingness to open to His teaching for Him to bring us the gift of new perception which shows us our strength, our innocence and our safety.
 
With His vision we see that only Love is real, that God is our Friend and our Father. Now we can walk with confidence and peace, knowing God goes with us wherever we go. We always have a Friend Who will show us the truth, Whom we can trust.
 
I have great gratitude for today’s idea, for by it I am able to recognize my true Strength, my Self, and recognize I am not an ego. I am in truth the extension of Love I was created to be.
 
This lesson reminds me how important it is to really look at the thoughts I am putting my belief in. It is these thoughts that create my experience. As long as I continue to believe something outside is the cause of my experience, I am denying my salvation and putting up a barrier against God.
 
It is only the ego’s thought system that generates the idea there is anything outside myself. My job now is to expand my willingness to remember it is always an inside job. As I am willing to monitor my thoughts, I will soon learn to recognize when I am joining with the ego thought system. Joining with this thought system is the same as crucifying myself.
 
The Course tells me it does not take a thousand years to undo the ego thought system. The time is shortened when I am willing to look at ego thoughts and take them to the Holy Spirit to be undone. This needs to be my consistent practice, the one habit I consistently apply to every concern, every anxiety, every circumstance where I am not in peace.
 
In reality, the world is nothing. My belief in separate bodies comes only from my joining with the ego thought system. It is only my thoughts that give a world “outside” me any meaning. I can practice today letting the Holy Spirit give the world all the meaning it has for me.
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“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
 
 
CARL SAGAN
by Austin Cline
An astronomer, activist, and novelist, Carl Sagan didn’t hesitate to share his views on the world, notably giving several quotes on the topic of religion. The famous scientist was born Nov. 9, 1934, into a family of Reform Jews. His father, Samuel Sagan, reportedly wasn’t very religious, but his mother, Rachel Gruber, actively practiced her faith.
 
Although Sagan credited both of his parents with shaping him into a scientist – he became enamored with the universe as a child – he admitted they knew nothing about science.
 
As a small child he began to take trips alone to the library to learn about the stars because no one could explain their function to him. He likened reading about the stars to a “religious experience.” It was an apt description given that Sagan rejected traditional religion in favor of science. 
 
Sagan may have been atheist, but that didn’t stop him from speaking extensively on religion. The quotes that follow reveal his thoughts on God, faith and more.
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Ron Richey
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