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JULY 9,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 9,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
 
Each of us has only so many hours to live, and we 
alcoholics have wasted far too many of them in the past.
 
New men, by the thousands, are crowding our doors,
searching for our Message of Hope. 
Those who are endeavoring to carry the Message are
frequently pushed to the limit of their available time for this purpose.
 
Have you the right to monopolize the time of the 
Twelve Steppers by indulging yourself in so-called slips?
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“An ancient legend told about a village with an interesting name.
When translated, the name came out as The Village Of Those Who Use
Dissatisfaction Rightly. Its citizens had the happy habit of correcting 
troublesome conditions instead of grumbling over them. Anyone can
use dissatisfaction rightly by seeing that the cause is within, not
outside.”
 700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 160
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 9,2016
Thought for the Day 
Disillusionment and spiritual confusion mark our age. Many of us have cast aside old ideas without acquiring new ones. Many men and women are creeping through life on their hands and knees, merely because they refuse to rely on any power but themselves. Many of them feel that they are being brave and independent, but actually they are only courting disaster. Anxiety and the inferiority complex have become the greatest of all modem plagues. In A.A. we have the answer to these &. Have I ceased to rely on myself only? 
Meditation for the Day 
Disillusionment and doubt spoil life. The doubting ones are the disillusioned ones. When you are in doubt, you are on the fence. You are not going anywhere. Doubt poisons all action. “Well, I don’t know” — so you don’t do anything. You should meet life with a “Yes,” an affirmative attitude. There is good in the world and we can follow that good. There is power available to help us to do the right thing; therefore we will accept that power. There are miracles of change in people’s lives; therefore we will accept those miracles as evidence of God’s power. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I will not be paralyzed by doubt. I pray that I may go along on the venture of faith.
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We are some part of this creative order, 
and we cannot change our nature. 
We had better use it constructively rather
 than destructively and happiness rather than mystery. 
The Science of Mind page 314
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When we are honest with another person, 
it confirms that we have been honest with
 ourselves and with God.
12&12 Step Five, p.60  
 
 
You cannot learn about Love, 
love appears on the wings of grace.
Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 189 Insights
“I feel the Love of God within me now.”
This lesson is an extension of one of the very first lessons which taught us that we don’t know what anything means. If I can wholly embrace the idea that I don’t know what anything means, then I can come to the Holy Spirit with a wholly open mind. It is my cherished beliefs (the meanings I give things) that stand in the way of knowing the Love of God is already within me, shining with the brilliance of innocence and peace.
 
The Light of God is already within me. It has never left me and I have never left It. Only my denial of It, my belief that anything could be apart from or other than the Love of God, stands between me and my awareness of the Love of God shining within me eternally. His Love abides in me and my Self returns the Love in gratitude and joy. This circle of Love continues unabated within me, no matter what images I may make up that hide It from me. The Love of God is shining in me now. I don’t have to wait for It to happen. I need only remove the barriers to my awareness of It.
 
I am grateful I have the means within my confused and delusional mind to find my way out, to return to my natural state as Love created me. The Holy Spirit in my mind recognizes the confusion in my mind but does not believe any of it, so He can bring full awareness of God’s Love to my split mind. He can use the images and false ideas I hold for His own purpose to lead me back Home to the Heaven I never left in truth.
 
My job now is to practice again and again and again, turning everything I believe I see over to Him with an open mind to receive His perception. He will show me the innocence behind the behavior, the Light that is ever present in the darkness, the Love beyond the fear. As I open to His vision, I receive the miracle of Love. And I embrace the world with Its blessing.
 
In this lesson, Jesus shows me what my part is. He says, “Your part is simply to allow all obstacles that you have interposed between the Son and God the Father to be quietly removed forever.” (8:3) This means I am not the one to remove the obstacles. My job is to open my mind to God to let them be removed. My job is to be willing to let God, Which is Love, into my mind. When I open the door to Love, Love does the rest. Love knows what to do, I don’t.
 
My willingness to open up to God is what brings me the experience of God’s Love. I can tell how much I am opening up to God by what I feel within. If I don’t feel God’s Love, then I must still be holding on to ego’s values, ego’s priorities, ego’s thoughts. It is my willingness to open up to let the false values and priorities be removed that allows them to be replaced by God’s Love. I must learn to hold on to nothing. I must open to God’s Love with empty hands and an open heart. If I want to see the real world, I must first let God into my mind. “You will look upon that which you feel within.” (5:3)
 
The following is a prayer that came to me as I asked for help with my willingness: Dear God, I have joined with the values of separation, and now I choose to return to the awareness of Your ever-present Love. I have wandered in the wilderness of separation, thinking it real and have been frightened and confused by my choice to join with ego thinking.
 
I realize now what is truly important above all things is opening to Your ever-present Love. I consciously choose that now. I let my mind quiet, because I would have it be so. I allow the feeling of Your ever-present Love to return to my awareness. I would not keep my mind closed to Your eternal Presence. Your Love is in me and surrounds me always. Your Love is all that is real. I accept It and allow myself to feel It now. Amen.
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Be master of yourself, captain of your destiny.
Danger and you were born together, 
and you are the older brother, 
more dangerous than danger! 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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The mighty Mahmud, the victorious Lord,
That all the misbelieving and black Horde
Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul
Scatters and slays with his enchanted Sword.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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