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MORNING HOTSHOTS March 9,2016

DAILIES

Eye Opener (1950)
One day we were practicing alcoholics,

 then in 24 hours we were on the Program – arrested cases.

Was it because one day we were weak and 
spineless and the next day we had completely reversed our character?

No, the Power had been there all the time, 
but we had never before tapped it. 
Our best-intentioned friends had advised us to use our Willpower,
 not realizing that it was the stubbornness
 of our Willpower that made us persist in our drinking.

It takes a person of great will to continuously defy
 the pleas and threats of our combined worlds. 
No, it wasn’t Willpower we lacked; 
it was Won’t Power. We Won’t take that first drink.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   

“Every spiritual step must be accompanied by the willingness
and the appearance of feeling foolish. There is no escape from
the prison of your old acquired self without a deliberate, con-
sistent willingness to appear foolish before yourself and others.
The willingness to appear foolish causes great, beautiful des-
truction. The only question that is left is this: “How fast can
I go? How ingenious can I be in inventing ways to be foolish be-
fore you and myself?” You know that the reason we want to appear
wise before others is because we want a picture of ourselves
presented to them. Now we are going to do the exact opposite
of everything we used to do.”
 A Treasury of Trueness, # 200

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Twenty Four Hours a Day March 9
Thought for the Day
If we had absolute faith in the power of God to keep us from drinking and if we turned our drink problem entirely over to God without reservations, we wouldn’t have to do anything more about it. We’d be free from drink once and for all. But since our faith is apt to be weak, we have to strengthen and build up this faith. We do this in several ways. One way is by going to meetings and listening to others tell how they have found all the strength they need to overcome drink. Is my faith being strengthened by this personal witness of other alcoholics?
Meditation for the Day
It is the quality of my life that determines its value. In order to judge the value of a person’s life, we must set up a standard. The most valuable life is one of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. All people’s lives ought to be judged by this standard in determining their value to the world. By this standard, most of the so-called heroes of history were not great men. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, if he loseth his own soul?”
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be honest, pure, unselfish, and loving. I pray that I may make the quality of my life good by these standards.
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Truth reveals itself at every point in

 time and space to every man who
 thinks his way behind the thing he
 knows to what he does not know.
 Ernest Holmes “The Voice celestial” page 59

Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which 
we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all – 
every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, 
we ask God to help us be willing. 
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 71
 
 Real value comes with madness,
matzub below, scientists above.
 Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief 
disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


ACIM Workbook Lesson 68 Insights
“Love holds no grievances.”

I am learning to remember that I am Love and nothing else. I am learning to remember that everyone is Love and nothing else. I am learning that forgetting that I am Love or that everyone is Love is holding a grievance. Forgetting my Identity as Love is the same as refusing to let Love come into my awareness and choosing to make something other than Love real.

   In this lesson Jesus is helping me realize that when I make the body real by seeing myself as a body, I am holding a grievance against God. Jesus wants me to realize what this does to my mind. He wants me to realize how this ‘forgetting’ creates a sense of fear and not being safe. He wants me to realize how this ‘forgetting’ creates a sense of guilt and lack of peace and happiness.

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Spirit manifests tenderness in the flowers. 

Paramahansa Yogananda 

 Real value comes with madness,
matzub below, scientists above.
 Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief 
disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

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