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SEPT.18, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT.18, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Newcomers
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you – until then.” 
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 
Thought to Consider . . . 
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program.  
But our oldtimers are the arteries.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Everyone seeks something that cures problems in the world of love
and romance and marriage. He wants something that keeps him at ease,
that lets him handle a male-female problem with quiet power and con-
fidence. She wants something that keeps her safe and secure with her
man, that enables her to enjoy their compan¬ionship. Everyone wants
a method that both prevents and heals heartache in loveland.
 
Such a method exists. But first we must discover why the old ways
don’t and can’t work. By this we mean the old ways of thinking,
planning, reacting and the general handling of a situation with
that man or woman. Please read the next paragraph very carefully.”
Relationship Guidebook*, p. 4
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DAILY REFLECTIONS SEPT.18, 2017 
LOVED BACK TO RECOVERY
Our whole treasured philosophy of self-sufficiency had to be cast aside. This had not been done with old-fashioned willpower; it was instead a matter of developing the willingness to accept these new facts of living. We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.
— BEST OF THE GRAPEVINE, Vol. I, p. 198
I can be free of my old enslaving self. After a while I recognize, and believe in, the good within myself. I see that I have been loved back to recovery by my Higher Power, who envelops me. My Higher Power becomes that source of love and strength that is performing a continuing miracle in me. I am sober . . . and I am grateful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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The whole world, from the least to the greatest, must know the truth, so that man may understand the great laws that govern his life. He must learn to control his own destiny, to heal his own body and bring happiness to his own soul.
Ernest Holmes, Creative Thought
 
They told me they didn’t care about my feelings.
They said”I should work the f****** steps
mother f***** or die.
Anonymous

As to that unconscious, under’world that cries out, “love me, love me, love me”–no one should be left unattended– you being the First to give it freely away to have it freely stay, Be it a kind act💘 jrc
© John-Robert Coleman.2017

“The married pair must match one another: look at a pair of shoes or boots. If one of the shoes is too tight for the foot, the pair of them is of no use to thee. Hast thou ever seen one leaf of a (folding) door small and the other large, or a wolf mated with the lion of the jungle? A pair of sacks on a camel do not balance properly when one is small and the other of full size.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi of Jalalu’ddin Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 262 Insights
“Let me perceive no differences today.”
Today’s lesson is the practice of looking beyond the body to our oneness in God, which is always there. Today’s lesson is the practice of seeing what is always the same and what is eternally true. Today’s lesson is the practice of seeing past the ego. Today’s lesson is about accepting the peace that comes with remembering unity. Today’s lesson is about focusing on only what is true.
 
Differences are always of the ego. Different bodies with separate minds is not what is true. Let me perceive no differences today. In this way I accept the peace of God.
 
Differences are the basis for all conflict. There can be no conflict between what is the same. We are told that the Holy Spirit sees the world we see but does not believe it. He knows it is unreal and He is in our minds to teach us to recognize the unreality of the world we think is so real. As we learn to accept His vision, we will still see the forms of the world, but learn to disregard them as meaningless. Thus we will look past the forms to see the Love that is the same in all things everywhere.
 
With the recognition of Love comes peace, for peace is an attribute of Love. As we learn to recognize the unreality of form, conflict disappears. We are able to see beyond the form and if the form appears to be acting out lack of Love, we can recognize it as a call for Love. We will naturally respond to this call with Love. Now we become God’s ministers, bringing His healing Light to our brothers.
 
We do not need to preach to him or correct him or try to make him change at all, for these would be attempts at changing the effect of error instead of changing the cause. We simply answer the call for Love with Love. The error is believing there is lack of Love. Love is always the answer. In this world of apparent differences, the means of extending Love, the form it takes, will vary according to what is most helpful. Of ourselves, we cannot know the form, for of ourselves alone, we cannot Love. Love is the recognition that we are not alone.
 
By joining with Holy Spirit and letting Him guide us in the way in which to offer Love in this world, we join with the Love in our brothers. Thus we can be truly helpful. It is what is the same in all of us that joins us together. What is the same is Love and nothing else. Holy Spirit help me to see what is the same in everyone and everything today.
 
This is a perfect lesson for me today. I have been struggling with feelings directed toward an individual. It always seems harder for me to release anger and resentment when it is the other person’s “fault.” I have tried turning it over to Holy Spirit and just keep taking it back.
 
It was very helpful for me to read the above comments today. I was not thinking of her actions as a call for love and was not thinking that I needed to respond with love. Just as I was wondering how I was supposed to do that, I read the above paragraph reminding me that it is not my job to know the form love needs to take in this instance. That made me feel relieved.
 
I also needed to be reminded not to preach or correct or try to change her at all. I am certain that is why I was having so much trouble releasing this. On top of everything else, I was feeling resentful because I needed to fix this and didn’t know how. Again, knowing that this is not my job, I feel relieved.
 
Now I feel like I can easily respond to her need for love with love and trust the Holy Spirit to guide me in the form in which it is most needed. Now that I think of it this way, I cannot imagine responding to her need for love with anything but love! Thanks so much for the timely reminder.
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The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness,
the happiness of others.
Paramhansa Yogananda
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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