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MAY 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Truth, the Liberator
How truth makes us free is something that we A.A.’s can well understand. It cut the shackles that once bound us to alcohol. It continues to release us from conflicts and miseries beyond reckoning; it banishes fear and isolation. The unity of our Fellowship, the love we cherish for each other, the esteem in which the world holds us – all of these are products of the truth which, under God, we have been privileged to perceive.
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Just how and when we tell the truth – or keep silent – can often reveal the difference between genuine integrity and none at all. Step Nine emphatically cautions us against misusing the truth when it states: “We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Because it points up the fact that the truth can be used to injure as well as to heal, this valuable principle certainly has a wide-ranging application to the problem of developing integrity.
GRAPEVINE, AUGUST 1961 

Copyright 1967
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 
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VERNON HOWARD
‘I don’t know how to find the higher life.’
‘To win the higher give up the lower. The home of a man stood near a
beautiful lake. Also on his property was an old and unused cabin which
blocked the view of the lake from the home. The man took great pride in
boasting to visitors about several famous men who had possibly spent a
night in the cabin. At the same time he was saddened by his inability
to see the rippling waters. He finally sacrificed his boasting by
tearing down the cabin, which gave him a new view.”
There is a Way Out, p. 19
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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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“Life is infinite energy coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every visible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom and beauty, as well as energy and imagination. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this invisible Life. All human endeavor is an attempt to get back to first principles, to find such an inward wholeness that all sense of fear, doubt and uncertainty vanishes.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Art of Life
 
I was so screwed that I had no 
choice between right and wrong.
Anonymous
“I am only one; but still I am one. 
I cannot do everything, 
but I still can do something. 
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” 
–Helen Keller
 
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 133 Insights
“I will not value what is valueless.”
Today’s lesson lies at the core of awakening. I will not value what is valueless. Jesus has told us many times that we seek for what we value and we value it because we think it will give us something we want. As long as I value a world of separation, I will seek for it and I will find it.
 
But now I am learning to value what is truly important. I am learning to value the truth. In truth I am still as God created me. I am love and nothing else, and that is the truth about everyone.
 
As I practice every day opening more and more to the truth, its value grows in my mind. The Love that I am is found and felt. The Love that everyone is is found and felt. There is no complication here. Life as I know it becomes simple and clear of valueless distractions. There is only one goal, and that is to return to the truth and let go of the valueless.
 
This is actually very practical. It is not just heady concepts. It brings everything and every experience down to very simple terms. What is real and what is not real? I can let go of what is not real because it doesn’t matter. I can open more and more to what is real because that is all that does matter.
 
In today’s lesson, the first test Jesus talks about is asking of everything, “Is this eternal? Is this a thing that lasts forever?” This is how I can tell if what I am choosing is valuable or valueless, worth everything or nothing at all. As I apply the practice of today’s lesson to each situation I encounter, it takes me a long way towards recognizing what is real and what is not real; what is valuable and what is not worth seeking. This is a very important step on my journey of return to the changeless truth.
 
I am so grateful for these daily practice lessons. I am gradually learning to generalize it to every part of my life. Learning to let go of valuing what is valueless opens my mind to receive what is really true. The whole Sonship is still as God created it. God’s extensions are still safe in the Mind of God. No one has left Heaven. Nothing has changed. The truth is true and nothing else is true. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” (Intro.) Today I practice applying this to every situation I encounter in my daily life.
 
This lesson seems to be working mainly at the metaphysical level. It says that if what you gain another loses, then what you gained is valueless. In the physical world, for anything that you take, the one that you took it from no longer has it. You may have offered money in exchange, but that thing is no longer in their possession. The very point of this lesson is that this exchange is truly valueless. It really follows from yesterday’s lesson. Nothing in this world is real and therefore nothing in this world has value.
 
If we still maintain identification with the ego, this can seem very frustrating. If nothing here is of value, what’s the use, the ego would say. Here it is important that we look at the third test given in this lesson. We need to ask, “What is this for? What is its purpose?” It is its purpose that gives it its meaning. If its purpose is to maintain the idea of separation and specialness, then it is really an empty meaning, for separation and specialness cannot be real. But if its purpose is to facilitate forgiveness and the extension of Love, then its value is mighty, for it is leading us to the gate of Heaven.
 
To clearly discern the purpose of anything in any moment, we need to ask the guidance of Holy Spirit. On our own, which means in our identification with the ego, it is impossible for us to truly recognize the purpose of anything. But the Holy Spirit in our mind is there to help us in every moment with every decision. An important step to opening up to His guidance is learning to recognize the valuable and the valueless. If I am valuing an ego based idea or thing, I will not have an open mind and will be unwilling to receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
 
Today’s lesson offers us a means to practice recognizing the valuable and the valueless. The tests offered in this lesson can help me loosen my grip on the valueless by helping me to recognize it for what it is. This is how I can come to the Holy Spirit with empty hands and an open mind to receive His gifts of the truly valuable.
 
Today i will practice asking in each decision, “Is this eternal? Does this involve loss of any kind? What is its purpose? Is there any guilt associated with this?” Thank you Jesus for this mighty tool to help me on my journey of awakening.
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He is nearer than the nearest, dearer than the dearest. Just behind the words of your speech, just behind your thoughts, just behind the love of your heart, just behind your will, just behind your sense of I-ness, is the great spirit of God. For those who think Him far away, He is far away; but for those who think Him near, He is ever near. [—The Bhagavad Gita VI:30] 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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