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JUNE 13,2015 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES

 
Eye Opener (1950)
The sooner we alcoholics realize the fact that sobriety by itself is not enough to insure real living, the better off we will be.
   For us to emerge from our shell and then cease all growth is to stagnate, and stagnation is death itself to an alcoholic. Everything on this planet has a part in the Grand Scheme and unless we discover and act our little part, we are dead, and decay has already set in.
   It is contrary to the laws of Nature for man to stand still. We either go ahead or we go back.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Here is your problem: You seek comfort instead of revelation.
You’re going after the wrong thing because you don’t know that
you’re going after the wrong thing.
 
Now let’s see what we mean by comfort first of all. What you
mean by comfort is reassurance that you don’t have to change,
that you don’t have to work, that you can stay as you are,
that’s your idea of comfort. Your definition of comfort is to
not be disturbed, to not be shocked by anything, which means
that you’ll never find comfort, which means you’ll never have
the quietness of living your own life, independent of all the
millions of other lives and activities that are going on around
you.”
from a talk given 3/8/1986 AM
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Twenty Four Hours A Day June 13,2016
Thought for the Day 
In A.A. we have to learn that drink is our greatest enemy. 
Although we used to think that liquor was our friend, the time 
came when it turned against us and became our enemy. We don’t know just when this happened, but we know that it did because we began to get into trouble – jails and hospitals. We realize now that liquor is our enemy. Is it still my main business to keep sober? 
Meditation for the Day 
It is not your circumstances that need altering so much as 
yourself. After you have changed, conditions will naturally 
change. Spare no effort to become all that God would have you 
become. Follow every good leading of your conscience. Take each day with no backward look. Face the day’s problems with God, and seek God’s help and guidance as to what you should do in every situation that may arise. Never look back. Never leave until tomorrow the thing that you are guided to do today. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that God will help me to become all that He would have me 
be. I pray that I may face today’s problem as with good grace. 
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Our mental acceptance should be filled with conviction,
warmth, color and imagination. 
Their creative power response to feeling more quickly 
than any other mental attitude. 
The Science of Mind page 398 

Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher  Power.  Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay angry I’ll surely get drunk.  In those moments of self-will it’s as if I’ve slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand.  The above passage is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as being kind and patient with myself.  It assures me that my Higher Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land in the net, and to pray.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
 
 
Love drives you mad from revelation to revelation
through ordeal after ordeal un…till humble and
broken you are carried tenderly into the heart of the rose.
Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 163 Insights
“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: “We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally.” As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept Your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.
As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, “You are loved and you are Love.” This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God’s Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.
As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father’s eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God’s changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God’s and His Will is mine eternally.
That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.
If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.
There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me God created only Love and the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me if what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.
Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.
This is a very powerful lesson. It says death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that’s probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts, so therefore I’m not really living.
The lesson says all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome. And I wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I’ll lose the few defenses I have.
As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, “Would you bow down to idols such as this?” and my right mind says, “No, of course not!” and yet I do, apparently over and over again.
Since I’ve started the Course, it’s been my experience that, even though my world is still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness. I’ve noticed I’m more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.
Yes, Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, Your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help us to remember these thoughts today. Amen.
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“Don’t pursue happiness!
Life is as short as a sigh.
The dust of people that were once famous
turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are
looking at. The universe is a fata morgana;
life is a dream.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
 
 
The wondrous light of truth that leads from the dark
world of matter into the celestial powers of Divinity 
is neither casually bestowed nor effortlessly embraced;
and no endeavor should be considered too arduous
is to find that light and to follow it. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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