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OCT.3,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.3,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
It takes courage, intelligence, initiative and deep emotions to make
 a really successful fool. The timid, under-imaginative, cowardly seldom do.
 
We as alcoholics made fools of ourselves, it is true, but, in so doing, 
we experienced more, we lived more, we suffered more. 
These are the ingredients of a liberal education.
 
If wisdom could be dissected, there would be a large portion of Folly, 
Defeat, Suffering and just plain Damned Foolishness in its makeup.
 
By the same token, our foolishness taught us valuable lessons 
that could not have been acquired anywhere else.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“END FEAR  Tired of fearing people? Good for you. Just stop.
Right now. You don’t have to think about it. Just stop. Nothing
stops you. It is a myth that you must continue to walk in fear.
No longer cringe before someone’s disapproval. Don’t be scared
by scared faces. Walk away from smiling charlatans. Contact the
Power that fears no one. Look for help in a Higher Place.
People want to resign from their troubles but they don’t know
where to send the letter. You have just read the address.
Conquer Harmful Anger 100 Ways, # 16
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT. 3, 2016

Thought For The Day 
How do I talk with new prospects? Am I always trying to dominate 
the conversation? Do I lay down the law and tell prospects what 
they will have to do? Do I judge them privately and feel that they 
have small chance of making the program? Do I belittle them to 
myself? Or am I willing to bare my soul so as to get them talking 
about themselves? And, then, am I willing to be a good listener, 
not interrupting, but hearing them out to the end? Do I feel deeply 
that they are my brothers or my sisters?   Will I do all I can to 
help them along the path to sobriety? 
Meditation For The Day 
“The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of 
righteousness shall be quietness and assurance forever.” Only when the soul attains this calm, can there be true spiritual work done, 
and mind and soul and body be strong to conquer and bear all things. 
Peace is the result of righteousness. There is no peace in wrong 
doing, but if we live the way God wants us to live, quietness and 
assurance follow. Assurance is that calmness born of a deep 
certainty of God’s strength available to us and in His power to 
love and guard us from all harm and wrong doing. 
Prayer For The Day 
I pray that I may attain a state of true calmness. I pray that I 
may live in quietness and peace.
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 I am one with all people, with all things, with all life.
As I listen in the silence, the voice of all humanity 
speaks to me and answers the love that I hold out to it.
 The Science of Mind page 299



The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 25 
The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because it brings against them its most formidable weapons.
 — Friedrich Nietzsche 
Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Humility, Courtesy, Unselfishness, 
Good Temper, Guilelessness & Sincerity.
(The Greatest Thing In The World, Henry Drummond 
(Another of the books Dr. Bob recommended to his sponsees)

Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks the road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love- Hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 274 Insights
“Today belongs to Love. Let me not fear.”
Today I would join with the Holy Spirit to be shown the truth behind illusions. Today I would practice opening to the truth. Today I would practice letting all the thoughts of separation be healed by the Holy Spirit in my mind. Today I would practice letting the dream be undone.
 
Today I would practice letting only the truth of Love be recognized as real. Today I would practice letting go of substitutes for God’s Love. Today I would practice forgiving, or letting them go. I would remember that this is what letting go of fear entails. This is letting Love be itself without trying to put something else in its place.
 
Today I would practice letting go of duality and remember that only Love’s oneness is the truth. Today I would remember that truth is true and nothing else is true. Today belongs to Love. Let me not hold on to fear. I would let my mind be healed today by the Holy Spirit. Today is a wonderful opportunity to practice remembering that only Love is real.
 
Today belongs to Love as does every day. It doesn’t seem that way when I look out on a world that seems to be vulnerable and seems to attack. It doesn’t seem that way when the body I call mine malfunctions or the car I am driving is hit by another car. But that is only because I am seeing the ego’s false images in place of the Love that is all that is real.
 
The images of the ego are indeed fearsome if they are believed to be real. But when we let the Holy Spirit show us what they are in truth, we can only respond with gentle laughter as we dismiss them as meaningless and without effect.
 
Love cannot be changed. It is eternal and Love is What we all are in truth. Love is the Self we share, the Christ that remains one with Its Source. Fear is simply a sign that I am believing separation to be real. It is this belief that must be undone. It is undone step by step.
 
Each time I bring each thought of fear, each disturbance of my peace of mind to the Holy Spirit, His Light of truth shows me that what I thought could harm me does not exist. What does not exist can have no effect. Without a cause, fear disappears. With the Holy Spirit’s help I remember today belongs to Love, for there is nothing else.
 
Today went fine for me, but toward the end of the day (and after two days of traveling) as I was finally going home, I started to feel inexplicably sad. I even started tearing up.
 
I immediately started the three-step process of turning it over to the Holy Spirit. I tried to think of what the thought was behind the sadness. I thought of a couple of things, but suspected that I had not gotten to the core problem.
 
I offered what I could to God and asked Him to help me. At first nothing happened, then I felt a strong desire to listen to one of the tapes from the 901 Course that I keep in my car. It didn’t have anything on it that was specifically related to what was going on right now, but I started feeling much better and I realized that I had not taken time to do my lesson this morning and had not paused during the day to center myself.
 
I just needed to remember who I was and what my purpose is. Sometimes it is just that simple.
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Beginning with the early dawn today,
I will radiate joy to everyone I meet. 
I will be mental sunshine for all who crossed my path. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“I brought the cup to my lips with greed
Begging for longevity, my temporal need
Cup brought its to mine, its secret did feed
Time never returns, drink, of this take heed” 
― Omar Khayyám
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“It is not preaching any rules the world wants, but love and action.”
Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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