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MARCH 30, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 30, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
WE CAN’T THINK OUR WAY SOBER 
To the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman, many A.A.’s can say, “Yes, we were like you – far too smart for our own good . . . Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone.” 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 60 
Even the most brilliant mind is no defense against the disease of alcoholism. I can’t think my way sober. I try to remember that intelligence is a God-given attribute that I may use, a joy – like having a talent for dancing or drawing or carpentry. It does not make me better than anyone else, and it is not a particularly reliable tool for recovery, for it is a power greater than myself who will restore me to sanity – not a high IQ or a college degree.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
“It may appear unkind to leave people with their own responsibilities,but it is a truly helpful act, for they can grow no other way.”1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1056
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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Spirit is a transcendent, perfect Whole that
contains and embraces all seeming opposites. As human
beings, we have free will and can choose what we experience,
whether it be positive or negative. The same Principle that
brings us freedom, prosperity, and joy also allows us to
experience bondage, lack, or misery, according to our
consciousness.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I credit all you new guys for just showing up.
Anonymous
 
 
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.
ALBERT EINSTEIN
“We are one. Everything in the universe is within you.
Ask all from yourself.”
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 88 Insights Review: 
“The light has come.” and
“I am under no laws but God’s.”
Today’s lesson helps me distinguish between the real and the unreal. This lesson helps me let go of the arrogance of the ego in thinking that it knows anything or that its laws are real. This lesson helps me recognize where I need help in changing my mind.
 
I obviously need practice in this. I have believed that the effects of the ego thought system were real. And because of this, I have felt limited and alone. I have felt separated from God.
 
Today’s lesson reminds me that it is over. The Light has come. As I am willing, the Light is all there is to see because the Light is all that is there. Forms of separation are illusions. I really am under no laws but God’s because if it is not of God, it is not real and does not exist.
 
Today’s lesson is a very important lesson for me to practice. Because I am part of God, I am only under God’s laws. I am willing to look today at the thoughts in my mind that try to deny God’s laws. I am willing to look today at what is really there. The Light has come. It is only my holding on to false ideas that brings me the effect of seeing something else.
 
Let me allow God’s laws to work in each project I work on today and not my own. I would step back and follow and let go of the idea that I know anything on my own. I would open my mind to Love’s comfort and support. I would not reject God today. This is my practice for today.
 
The ego makes up a million stories that seem to make its thought system appear real. The stories all revolve around the body—what it can do, what it cannot do, what can happen to it. The body appears to be vulnerable and needs constant protection.
 
Associated with the body is a personality. Being an extension of the idea of a separate identity, like the body, this personality is vulnerable and needs constant protection. One or two words can bring intense pain to this personality identity. A few other words can seem to bring it to heights of happiness. But consistency is unknown to this identity.
 
All this is characteristic of the stories of the ego thought system. It is characteristic of the ego’s made up laws. The laws themselves are inconsistent, for they seem to apply in some situations and not others. Believing in this unreliable, capricious and constantly changing system of “laws” brings great stress. There can be no certainty here.
 
Accepting that the Light has come and there is in reality nothing else to choose brings the end of the stress that comes with uncertainty. The Light is certain and unchanging because the Light is God, Love. This Light is all there is, and because It is God, only His laws prevail in this Light.
 
The instability of the ego thought system is inevitable because it is all illusion. Illusion by its nature cannot be stable. If I choose the illusion of the ego, I choose an unstable, unreliable world. If I choose the consistency of the Light, I choose the safety and peace of God.
 
My prayer today is, “Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the illusions of the ego thought systems for what they are. I am willing to let the Light replace the darkness I have made up. I am willing to be under no laws but God’s. I am willing to be Love and nothing else.”
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“Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired….Sincere words or affirmations repeated understandingly, feelingly, and willingly are sure to move the Omnipresent Cosmic Vibratory Force to render aid in your difficulty. Appeal to that Power with infinite confidence, casting out all doubt; otherwise the arrow of your attention will be deflected from its mark.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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