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SEPT. 16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT. 16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
Many of us, when we get over the Big Trouble – whiskey – 
sit back complacently and begin to enjoy our sobriety.
 
To work the Program successfully, we must remember 
“First Things First” and also remember that whiskey is only the first. 
There are many other conflicts ahead and we must press on to 
successive victories over our many character defects to achieve a new way of living.
 
The conflict will never end until you arrive at perfection or, 
still more probably, the grave.
 
When you begin to rest complacently on your oars, 
you will find your boat is drifting downstream.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 

 
“I annoy me.”
 A Treasury of Trueness, # 682
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Twenty Four Hours A Day  SEPT 16,2016
Thought for the Day 
Today, let us begin a short study of the Twelve Suggested Steps of 
A.A. These Twelve Suggested Steps seem to embody five principles. 
The first step is the membership requirement step. The second, 
third, and eleventh steps are the spiritual steps of the program. 
The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenth steps are the personal 
inventory steps. The eighth and ninth steps are the restitution 
steps. The twelfth step is the passing on of the program, or 
helping others, step. So the five principles are membership 
requirement, spiritual basis, personal inventory, restitution, 
and helping others. Have I made all these steps a part of me? 
Meditation for the Day 
We seem to live not only in time but also in eternity. If we 
abide with God and He abides with us, we may bring forth 
spiritual fruit which will last for eternity. If we live with 
God, our lives can flow as some calm river through the dry land 
of earth. This can cause the trees and flowers of the spiritual 
life-love and service-to spring forth and yield abundantly. 
Spiritual work may be done for eternity, not just for now. Even 
here on earth we can live as though our real lives were eternal. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may try to make my life like a cool river in a 
thirsty land. I pray that I may give freely to all who ask my help.
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Affirmation: There is one life, that life is with God,
that life is perfect,that life is my life right now.
Science of Mind 7-15
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We asked God to help us show them the 
same tolerance, pity, and patience that 
we would cheerfully grant a sick friend.
BB How It Works, p.67  
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Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?

~Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 258 Insights

“Let me remember that my goal is God.”
This lesson reminds us that this is a mind training program. In this mind training program, the goal is to return to our true Identity — Love. We do this by letting go of the artificial values of the ego.
 
The ego always looks for material gain, material wealth, because that is what it values. The Holy Spirit always looks to bring us awareness of the truth, for that is what It values above all else. Awareness of the truth is hidden when our mind is filled with little senseless aims and agendas which keep our minds so busy that we don’t have time to remember God. And yet God remains there in our minds waiting for our acceptance.
 
My goal today is to recognize senseless aims for what they are. My goal today is to quiet my mind of all the ego’s chatter. My goal today is to open my mind to the awareness of God’s Presence. How much am I willing to be aware of God’s Presence today? What I seek for I will find. “Let me remember that my only goal is God.”
 
This world is filled with senseless aims and pointless goals, which do not exist. Some of these goals are consciously set. We think these goals will bring us happiness or safety. But many of our goals are kept unconscious. These goals are made to help us hide from the guilt we feel because we believe we have separated from our Source, and thus caused harm to our Source.
 
It is these unconscious goals that are the basis for judgment and all forms of anger. They are attempts to claim the innocence we do not believe we deserve. We want to project the guilt we feel to anything and everything outside of us so that we can hide the fact that the guilt is in our own minds. This guilt is not real, but it seems real because we believe separation is real.
 
The attempt to put guilt and blame on everything outside us actually works against the goal of ridding ourselves of guilt. It makes the guilt continue to appear real, thus keeping it firmly entrenched in our minds.
 
This is why we need to retrain our minds to have the goal to remember our unity in God. This is the way we end guilt. Guilt cannot be real because it is the effect of the illusion of separation. Remembering God ends the illusion of separation and reunites us with our Self, with Love. Love is innocent, being all encompassing and undivided. Therefore we are innocent in truth. When we remember God, we remember our innocence.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to let go of senseless aims, so that I may remember Love. My goal is to see the Love in my brother so that I may remember God in him, and thus in me.
 
My goal today is to recognize senseless aims for what they are.
 
I have noticed that my list of needs is much shorter than it used to be. I take this as a good sign. But, there are still material goals that I am unwilling to release. I think I need a certain amount of money to live comfortably and I guess I am afraid God doesn’t agree because I have been unwilling to just turn that part of my life over to him. I want to be able to pay my son’s tuition to school. I want my body to be healthy and pain free. I want my children to be part of my life. Those are the only one’s I could think of.
 
Today, I am asking Holy Spirit to help me become aware of the unconscious goals I have set for myself. I know they are there but I am not facing them and I want to. I want God to be my only goal.
 
I give Holy Spirit all resistance I am feeling toward relinquishing my ego goals. I give Him my fear and doubts and ask for another way to see this.
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What I am no one else is. 
I should be very proud of my divine individuality. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“Wake! For the Sun, who scatter’d into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav’n,
and strikes
The Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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