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JULY 5,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 5,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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

“The pretense of having a separate ego which controls life
is the primary pretense which creates all other pretenses and
their tragedies.”
The Power of Esoterics, p.
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 5,2016
Thought for the Day
Until we came into A.A. most of us had tried desperately
to stop drinking. We were filled with the delusion that we
could drink like our friends. We tried time and again to
take it or leave it, but we could do neither. We always
lapsed into ceaseless, unhappy drinking. Families, friends,
and employers threw up their hands in hurt bewilderment,
in despair, and finally in disgust. We wanted to stop. We
realized that every reason for drinking was only a crazy
excuse. Have I given up every excuse for drinking.?
Meditation for the Day
Many things can upset you and you can easily get off the
track. But remember that God is near you all the time,
ready to help you if you call on Him. You cannot forever
stand against God’s will for you, nor can you, forever
upset God’s plan for your life, even though Gods plan may
be postponed by your willfulness and deliberate choice of
evil. A whole world of men and women cannot permanently
change God’s laws nor His purpose for the universe. The sea
of life may took very rough to us, but we can believe that
our Captain steers the boat on a straight course.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may try to steer a straight course. I pray
that I may accept God’s direction in my life’s journey.
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We should also erase the thoughts of yesterday
that rob us of today’s happiness.
The science of Mind page 245
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So the difference between “the boys and the men” is the difference between striving for a self-determined objective and for the perfect objective which is of God.
12&12 Step Six, p.68  

I have lived on the lip of insanity,
wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.
It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside!
— Jelaluddin Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 185 Insights
“I want the peace of God.”
One thing I find helpful is to ask myself frequently, “What is my level of peace right now?” Just asking the question helps because the question reminds me to take the time to open to peace more fully. Focusing on accepting peace brings me more peace. With peace comes a softening, a gentleness.

The Course says “Peace and understanding come together and are never found alone.” If ever I want understanding about a situation or circumstance, the way to get it is to first choose peace. When I consciously choose peace, my priorities seem to change. My perspective changes. I am reminded there is only eternal oneness, and the rest is dreams. What doesn’t matter gently recedes and then disappears from my mind.

Peace is the pathway of Heaven. It opens my communication channels with the Holy Spirit and brings clarity to my mind. What I really need to remember from the Holy Spirit’s perspective, I will remember. Today I will practice accepting the peace of God. It is my one goal.

This lesson is leading us to a unified priority, a singleness of mind. In an earlier lesson we are told to examine our goals and points out that we will find, if we look deeply, we have goals that conflict with each other. This is why the ego thought system requires compromise. Within the thought system of separation, it is impossible to have a single goal that is wholly shared with another.

As I examine the things I think will bring me happiness and comfort, I see I have many levels of goals. I do have goals of following Holy Spirit’s lead and serving as His messenger. But I have to admit other goals can take over my attention.

These goals are associated with forms of this world. I want certain things to happen or certain conditions to exist. The fulfillment of these goals is measured by what bodies do or what forms are present in the circumstance. These forms are nothing in themselves. But if I think the form in which they appear in my experience is what will make me happy, then I lose my focus on following Holy Spirit’s lead. Form takes precedence over content. But form does not bring lasting peace because form is unstable and is always changing.

The peace of God is eternal and changeless. To wholly want the peace of God, I must let go of needing any particular form to appear in my life. With the peace of God as my top priority, the forms needed in the moment to serve Holy Spirit’s plan will be there. When they are no longer needed, they will go. There is no need to be bogged down with things that no longer serve. The path of peace is a light, unburdened path to Light.

The lesson says if I want the peace of God I will have it, which means if I don’t have it, I don’t really want it. This just astounds me. How could I not want the peace of God?

I did as suggested in the lesson and thought of those things I want instead. I’ve tried to do this before, but without a lot of success. Thinking in terms of what comforts me made it easier. I was surprised at what came up.

I was glad for the reminder not to look at some of them as shameful, because that was my first reaction. For instance, I discovered a desire to be admired and respected by others. I would let my mind wander to other goals and would find, to my embarrassment, I was focused once again on some form of personal success which brings me recognition from others.

There were other goals as well, other sources of comfort. But what I found myself wondering was why they are so hard to give up. When I offered them to Holy Spirit and asked for God’s peace in return, I felt a lack of conviction. I didn’t really want this, not entirely. And, of course, wanting it entirely is how you get it.

I let my mind wander over this terrain for awhile and I think the primary feeling I had was fear. What if I give these things to Holy Spirit — what will this feel like? Will the peace of God bring me the same high that success does? Of course there won’t be those long stretches of feeling incomplete and unfulfilled when I’m not flushed with success. And there won’t be the uncertainty of not knowing what constitutes success at any given moment. But what would it feel like not to live on this roller coaster ride — high one day, low another?

I had no idea I felt like this until I did this meditation. I expected to feel more confused and doubtful than before I started since nothing was settled. But when I examined my feelings, I found that I felt good about the meditation. I discovered something about myself I had kept hidden. That I was willing to take it out of the darkness and look at it in the light with Holy Spirit is a good sign. I trust Holy Spirit to help me with the next step.
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Understand and experience the superior joys of the interior life;
then everyone around you will feel and benefit from the pure joy
that emanates silently from your soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“There was a Door to which I found no Key
There was a Veil past which I could not see
Some little Talk awhile of ME and THEE
There seemed–and then no more of THEE and ME.”
― Omar Khayyám
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Ron Richey
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