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MAY 26, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
AA is the outgrowth of a long period of experimentation. It is true that two men conceived the idea, but it was only incorporated into a working plan after pooling the experiences of a hundred more.
 
The “Big Book” is a collection of ideas and experiences. There is no one in AA who can say, “I, and I alone, conceived the idea in its entirety; I, and I alone, organized it; I, and I alone, control it.” No man – with all due appreciation to the founders – developed AA, for AA is a program of growth; it has grown from the day of its inception and is still in the process of growth and development.
 
We move onward and upward, side by side and hand in hand, helping and sustaining one another. This way we will advance, but when someone begins to control and command, deserters will out-number recruits.
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 VERNON HOWARD
 
“Conceal nervousness and we become its victim, but study
nervousness and we become its conqueror.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1273
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Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 26,2016
Thought for the Day
In twelfth-step work, the fourth thing is conversion. Conversion means change. Prospects must learn to change their way of thinking. Until now, everything they’ve done has been connected with drinking. Now they must face a new kind of life, without liquor. They must see and admit that they cannot overcome drinking by their own willpower, so they must turn to a Higher Power for help. They must start each day by asking this Higher Power for the strength to stay sober. This conversion to belief in a Higher Power comes 
gradually, as they try it and find that it works. Do I care enough about
other alcoholics to help them to make this conversion? 
Meditation for the Day 
Discipline of yourself is absolutely necessary before the power of God is given to you. When you see others manifesting the power of God, you probably have not seen the discipline that went before. They made themselves ready. All your life is a preparation for more good to be accomplished when God knows that you are ready for it. So keep disciplining yourself in the spiritual life every day. Learn so much of the spiritual laws that your life cannot again be a failure. Others will see the outward manifestation of the inward discipline in your daily living. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may manifest God’s power in my daily living.
 I pray that I may discipline myself so as to be ready to meet every opportunity.
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Let goodness shine forth. 
Let us learn to see that everyone is an evolving Christ.
Let us so live and think that we may retire at night in peace, 
knowing that no harm can come to the soul.
The science of Mind page 435
 
 
At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself. Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us. 
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 77
 
 
There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
 Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 144 Insights
Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“There is no love but God’s. The world I see holds nothing that I want.”
As I take the time to do this lesson this morning, I am struck by how important this practice is in readying my mind to open to God’s Love. Taking this time to open my mind and let it be cleared and quieted of all worldly thoughts, I receive the blessing of God’s peace and joy. I see how important it is to return to this quiet place in my mind that is always there. It is only through consistent practice with opening up to the sacred place in my mind that I recognize its value.
     As I go through my day, all the worldly activities seem so important. But I am learning that nothing is more important than opening my mind to God. Nothing is more important than opening my mind to the truth of what is real. Then when I go back to my daily activities, I can practice bringing that feeling of God’s Presence with me. There is nothing more important than God’s Love, because nothing else is real.
    Anything that changes is part of the illusion. Within my mind there is a sacred place that is eternal. And What is in that sacred place is What I am and What everyone is. In truth, my mind holds only what I think with God, and that is eternal. I am determined to rest in God today as I practice the hourly remembrances.
   The ego loves to keep the mind preoccupied with busy doings in the world. It always has a “to do” list that includes more than can possibly done in the time available. As long as I let the ego be my guide, my mind will be occupied with seeming thoughts that block my awareness of the thoughts I share with God. If I place priority on the ego’s list, I shut God out and keep myself separate and alone. I don’t have time to quiet my mind and become aware of the thoughts of Love I share with God.
    All the striving and doing of the ego come from the belief that there is something I see in the world that I want. Somehow accomplishing the “to do” list will get me what I want. If I look beneath the layers of form, I see that what I think these forms will offer me have something to do with specialness in some way. Specialness is the ego’s substitute of God’s Love. Today’s lesson is telling me that there is no Love but God’s. And that is why nothing I see in the world offers me anything I want. Specialness is an empty substitute for Love.
     It is important that I take the time to quiet my mind and open to the awareness to the thoughts of Love that I share with God. This is what I truly want. This is where I will find the only Love there is in truth. This is where I remember my Source. From this place of remembrance, I can return to my list of ‘to do’s with a new perspective. No longer is the list a means of being stressed and isolated. It now becomes a means of extending Love. Some things on the list may be dropped entirely, for they are seen as having no purpose. Others are given a new purpose. The form of doing may remain the same, but the content now is Love.
   Holy Spirit, help me today to follow your lead in all my doing that I may use every moment as an opportunity to extend Love.
TO CONTINUE:
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A worthwhile desire is like a divine steed which… will lead you toward the kingdom of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
 Rumi

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