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SEPT.4,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT.4,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
By the grace of God, we alcoholics have acquired certain characteristics that have made us beneficial to the earth. We have become, in fact, the salt of the earth.
 
If, however, we hoard our savoir to ourselves and fail to recognize our responsibility to distribute it to those portions of the earth that need it, then have we indeed lost our savoir and it is good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden underfoot of men.
 
Nothing is a blessing unless we put it to some constructive use. The wealth of the world is useless to a starving man on an uninhabited and barren island.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
 “Should You Help Others?
 
People confess, ‘I’m confused over the duty of helping other
people. I want to be good to others, but I just don’t have the
strength. Is this selfish of me?’
 
A false sense of duty damages human harmony. So if you have ever
asked a similar question, please follow:
 
For now, don’t concern yourself in the least with ideas about
helping others. Here is one of the sorriest traps ever invented.
For one thing, it is necessary to discover what is really helpful
to others.
 
Concentrate your strength on achieving the self-change we have
been covering. _This is your first duty_. In the long run, it is
the richest contribution you could ever make to others.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 97
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Twenty Four Hours A Day  SEPT.4,2016

Thought for the Day 
“We must be careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking 
as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not 
helpful to anyone. We are not fanatics or intolerant of people who 
can drink normally. Prospects are relieved when they find we are not 
witch burners. Temperate drinking is okay, but we alcoholics can’t 
get away 
with it. And no alcoholic likes to be told about alcohol 
by anyone who hates it. We shall be of little use if our attitude 
is one of bitterness or hostility.” Do I have tolerance for those 
who can drink normally? 
Meditation for the Day 
Do not become encumbered by petty annoyances. Never respond to 
emotional upsets by emotional upset. Try to keep calm in all 
circumstances. Try not to fight back. Call on the grace of God 
to calm you when you feel like retaliating. Look to God for the 
inner strength to drop those resentments that drag you down. if 
you are burdened by annoyances, you will lose your inward peace 
and the spirit of God will be shut out. Try to keep peaceful within. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may do the things that make for peace. I pray that I 
may have a mission of conciliation.
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The Universal Mind contains all knowledge. 
To it, all things are possible. 
To us, as much as possible as we can conceive.
 The science of Mind page 44
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“The only requirement for membership is an desire to stop drinking.” It is not within our province to refuse AA to an alcoholic who asks for help. God has a way of handling those who do not believe in Him. AA does not demand belief in God, yet the newcomer soon learns that contented sobriety demands it. There can be no satisfactory personality change in a member who refuses spiritual help.
Spiritual Contact —
Our Father, prevent us from passing judgment upon anyone. Grant us wisdom to discern between tolerance and indulgence. Let us live and give AA.
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If you want what visible reality can give,
you’re an employee.
If you want the ununseen world, 
you’re not living your truth. 
Both wishes are foolish, 
but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that what
 you really want is love’s confusing joy.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


ACIM Workbook Lesson 246 Insights
“To love my Father is to love His Son.”
To love my Father is to focus on the Truth of my brother. The Truth of my brother is not his personality and is not his body. The Truth of my brother is not his ego mind. The Truth of my brother is that he is an extension of God’s Love and he is still in the Mind of my Father.
 
The Truth of my brother has no form. The Truth of my brother has no individuality, no uniqueness, no differences. The Truth of my brother is pure Love and nothing else. The Truth of my brother does not change. This is how I Love God’s Son. This is what “to love my Father is to love His Son” means to me.
 
In my daily life, this means that the way for me to come to my Father is to see past individual bodies to the One Light of God That is in everyone. The same Light of God is in my sister, my mother, my neighbor, the friend across town and the terrorist in the middle east. To focus on the Truth in every brother, I must be willing to lay down the barriers of individuality. I must be willing to see past bodies and past personalities and past differences. All these define separation. When I make these differences real in my mind, I am making the ego thought system real and acting as if it were real. All this I must let go of.
 
This lesson says, “I will accept the way You choose for me to come to You, my Father.” My Father, Which is Love, is oneness. And my Father chooses oneness for me. So seeing oneness is my practice today. Seeing past differences, past behavior, is the way to my Father. I cannot see differences and oneness at the same time because they are opposites. God does not ask me to love differences, but to love the oneness of the Son, for that alone is true. This is my practice today.
 
To love my Father is to fully appreciate all He is. He is Love and nothing else, for only Love is real. This Love is One, wholly consistent, indivisible and changeless. Because of this, It is given equally to all. The ego cannot appreciate this Love because the ego cannot conceive of equality and unity. In fact, the ego is the idea of inequality, of specialness. Thus, to love or fully appreciate God, I must set aside the ego thought system. I must disown all it teaches. Thus I clear the way to recognize the unity of Love that is God. Being wholly unified, God’s Son must be one with Him.
 
So to fully appreciate God, I will also fully appreciate His Son, Who is like Him in every respect. To experience this appreciation, I must lay aside all the ego’s judgments, all its values. For this I need the Holy Spirit’s help. I must be willing to bring all the thoughts I have about this world to the Holy Spirit. He will shine His Light of Love upon them. This Light will show me what is real, and what is unreal will fade away. This Light is not of this world. That is why I need it. Nothing within this world of the ego thought system will do anything but perpetuate the ego’s lies. But the Holy Spirit’s Light shows me their nothingness. And in that Light it is easy to lay them down.
 
Holy Spirit, I dedicate this day to the practice of bringing my thoughts to you to receive your Light. I would make no decisions on my own. With you, I will experience the Love of my Father and the Love of His Son, my Self. Thank You.
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No one else has a personality just like yours. 
No one else has a face just like yours. 
No one else has a soul just like yours. 
You are unique creation of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Alike for those who for To-day prepare,
And those that after some To-morrow stare,
A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries
“Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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