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JUNE 22, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JUNE 22, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Sacrifices 
“At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol.  We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices.  Big-shotism and phony thinking had to go.  We had to toss self-justification, self-pity, and anger right out the window.  We had to quit the crazy contest for personal prestige and big bank balances.  We had to take personal responsibility for our sorry state and quit blaming others for it.  Were these sacrifices?  Yes, they were.  To gain enough humility and self-respect to stay alive at all we had to give up what had really been our dearest possessions – our ambitions and our illegitimate pride.” 
Bill W., January 1955
1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 210
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination
Y E T = You’re Eligible Too
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The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, 
from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, 
on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. 
Walt Whitman
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
JUNE 22
TODAY, I’M FREE
This brought me to the good healthy realization that there
were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had
no personal power—that if I was so ready to admit that to
be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission
with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know
that He, not I, was God.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 114
I am learning to practice acceptance in all circumstances of
my life, so that I may enjoy peace of mind. At one time life
was a constant battle because I felt I had to go through each
day fighting myself, and everyone else. Eventually, this
became a losing battle. I ended up getting drunk and crying
over my misery. When I began to let go and let God take
over my life I began to have peace of mind. Today, I am
free. I do not have to fight anybody or anything anymore.
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NO WEARINESS
There is no weariness. Mind and Spirit do not become tired nor weary, and I am Mind and Spirit. The flesh cannot become weary, since it has no mind of its own. I am free from all illusions of weariness. My whole being responds to the thought of Life. I am alive with the Great Vitality of the Spirit. I am alive with spirit.
Affirmations by Ernest Holmes
 
 “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
–Albert Camus

Think of the alcoholic as a glass of water,
he’s just a glass of water. 
Throw him into the ocean and he
becomes part of the whole. 
Anonymous 
 
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”
Rumi

A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 171 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God. The power of decision is my own.”
An echo is a reflection of sound. Thus all things are a reflection of God’s Voice. All things, seen truly, are messages from God, reflected through what I am seeing. If I don’t see those messages, then I have used my power of decision to deny them. When I deny His messages, I deny God and therefore I deny my Self. When I deny God, I deny Love.
 
This world seems to show me everything but Love, which is sharing one Self. But Love is there to be seen. It is not the body’s eyes that will show me this. It is through Christ’s vision that I see the Love that is everywhere. In every moment I make the decision: Will I accept Christ’s vision or will I believe literally what the body’s eyes show me?
 
If I want to know my Self as created by God, I must accept Christ’s vision. To do this, I must let go of believing that I am a body and that it is my identity. Being an illusion, the body cannot offer me anything I really want. It cannot offer me happiness. It cannot offer me peace. It cannot offer me Love. If I use the body to seek the attention of other bodies, I have forgotten who I am. I am not a body. I am Love and nothing else.
 
Love is complete in Itself and therefore so am I. I lack nothing because I am Love. I am alone in nothing because I am Love. My joy is shared with all that is because I am Love. I am free and unlimited because I am Love. I am whole and perfectly safe because I am Love. I am Holiness Itself because I am Love and nothing else. I recognize that all this is mine when I choose to accept the awareness of my Self. I have the power to claim It in every instant.
 
Today I will practice listening to His Voice in all things so I may remember that God is but Love and therefore so am I.
 
 
In this world we have tried to change the meaning of Love. We have tried to change God. We have tried to change what we think we are. If we see a world of separate images which are unique and alone, we have joined with the false mind, which makes up millions of separate images that are not true.
 
God is one and will forever remain so. God is all inclusive. In lesson 169 it says, “We say ‘God is.’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless.” (5:4) God is all. There is nothing outside of God. God is synonymous with the Mind of Love. What we all truly are is synonymous with the Mind of Love.
 
When we are in our right mind, we remember we are Love. We remember our true Identity. Today I use the power of decision to return to my right mind. I return to my true Identity as Love. I remember I cannot change myself or my identity. My Identity is Love. It could never really be anything else.
 
Everyone’s true Identity is safe. Everyone’s true Identity is Love and nothing else. Today I practice remembering this truth again and again until Love is the only thing I see because I remember Love is the only thing that is real.
 
All day I have been very aware of every time I have had an unloving thought. Each time it has happened, I have stopped myself and thought about it. I have seen these thoughts as weapons of destruction that, when wielded, harm the intended victim and then come back like a boomerang and harm me. I have stopped kidding myself about my intention when I defend myself. All attack is meant to hurt, and it is myself I hurt the most by teaching myself that I am vulnerable.
 
Each time, I have articulated the unloving thoughts as clearly as I can and then laid them at the feet of Holy Spirit. In my mind I now have an empty place that Holy Spirit can fill with a new perception, one that is closer to the truth.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Robert H. ‘Dr. Bob’ Smith continued
How much we may rejoice that Anne and Dr. Bob both lived to see the lamp lit at Akron carried into every corner of the earth; that they doubtless realized millions might someday pass under the ever-widening arch whose keystone they so gallantly helped carve. Yet, being so humble as they were, I’m sure they never quite guessed what a heritage they left us, nor how beautifully their appointed task had been completed. All they needed to do was finished. It was even reserved for Dr. Bob to see AA come of age as, for the last time, he spoke to 7000 of us at Cleveland, July, 1950.
 
I saw Dr. Bob the Sunday before he died. A bare month previous he had aided me in framing a proposal for the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA’s third legacy. This bequest, in pamphlet form, was actually at the printers when he took his final departure the following Thursday. As his last act and desire respecting AA, this document will be sure to carry a great and special meaning for us all.
 
With no other person have I ever experienced quite the same relation: the finest thing I know how to say is that in all the strenuous time of our association, he and I never had an uncomfortable difference of opinion. His capacity for brotherhood and love was often beyond my ken.
 
For a last word, may I leave with you a moving example of his simplicity and humility. Curiously enough, the story is about a monument–a monument proposed for him. A year ago, when Anne passed away, the thought of an imposing shaft came uppermost in the minds of many. People were insistent that something be done. Hearing rumors of this, Dr. Bob promptly declared against AAs erecting for Anne and himself any tangible memorials or monument. These usual symbols of personal distinction he brushed aside in a single devastating sentence. Said he, “Annie and I plan to be buried just like other folks.”
 
At the alcoholic ward in St. Thomas his friends did, however, erect this simple plaque. It reads:
 
IN GRATITUDE THE FRIENDS OF DR. BOB AND ANNE SMITH AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL TO THE SISTERS AND STAFF OF ST. THOMAS HOSPITAL AT AKRON, BIRTHPLACE OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. 
 
ST. THOMAS HOSPITAL BECAME THE FIRST RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION EVER TO OPEN ITS DOOR TO OUR SOCIETY. 
 
MAY THE LOVING DEVOTION OF THOSE WHO LABORED HERE IN OUR PIONEERING TIME BE A BRIGHT AND WONDROUS EXAMPLE OF GOD’S GRACE EVERLASTINGLY SET BEFORE US ALL.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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