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SEPT.5,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

SEPT.5,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
It has been observed by many in AA that the surest bet to get our Program is the man who needs it most desperately. His very desperation lends strength to his efforts. He has been backed up to a wall and he must fight his way out of his dilemma or else he must die. There is no alternative.
 
Only the coward quits in despair, and the alcoholic can’t be a coward for, if he was, he would have quit the unequal game long before his alcoholism was fully developed.
 
Yes, it takes a brave man to fight his way to the gutter, and it takes a brave and desperate man to fight his way out.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“An awakened man has a unique relationship with society. He is like
a spectator at a football match who knows all about the game but who
does not play himself. Having risen above the disastrous error of
taking sides, he is unconcerned with winning or losing. It is his
deep insight into the game which makes him valuable to those who are
tired of the kind of winning which soon turns to losing. He shows them
a totally new kind of winning, which is not a contest, but an undivided
path.”
Esoteric Mind Power, p. 40
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Twenty Four Hours A Day SEPT.5,2016
Thought for the Day 
One of the mottoes of A.A. is “First Things First.” This means that 
we should always keep in mind that alcohol is our number-one problem. We must never let any other problem, whether of family, business, 
friends, or anything else, take precedence in our minds over our 
alcoholic problem. As we go along in A.A., we learn to recognize the 
things that may upset us emotionally. When we find ourselves getting 
upset over something, we must realize that it’s a luxury we 
alcoholics can’t afford. Anything that makes us forget our number-one 
problem is dangerous to us. Am I keeping sobriety in first place in 
my mind? 
Meditation for the Day 
Spiritual progress is the law of your being. Try to see around you 
more and more of beauty and truth, knowledge and power. Today try to 
be stronger, braver, more loving as a result of what you did yesterday. 
This law of spiritual progress gives meaning and purpose to your life. 
Always expect better things ahead. You can accomplish much good 
through the strength of God’s spirit in you. Never be too discouraged. 
The world is sure to get better, in spite of setbacks of war, hate, 
and greed. Be part of the cure of the world’s ills, rather than part 
of the disease. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may keep progressing in the better life. I pray that I 
may be a part of the forces for good in the world.
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Concentration of thought is not an effort to compel, 
but the desire to permit the stream of 
Creative Energy to take definite form. 
We concentrate our attention. 
The law creates the form. 
The science of Mind page 194
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Spiritual Direction.
   History and even some modern experience prove that human beings can do terrible things while attributing their acts to “following the will of God.” How can this be, if God is the source of all true morality?
   True guidance from our Higher Power will always be in line with the best principles we know. Lying, stealing, murder–these come out of human heart, not the heart of God.
  Some people justify wrong actions by pointing to the way things work among animals in the wild. But we are not animals in the wild, and we have destiny that can be reached only by learning and practicing higher standards.
Wrong action is never God’s guidance for us. It’s always a lower human nature trying to justify the old selfishness.
“Whatever I do today will be morally correct if I truly seek and follow God’s guidance.” Mel B.
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There is a way of breathing that’s a shame and suffocation. 
And there’s another way of expiring,
 a love breath that lets you open infinitely.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 247 Insights
“Without forgiveness I will still be blind.”
Sin is another word for lack of Love, or separation from Love. Belief in being separated from Love is an attack on Love because it is a denial of unity. Forgiveness is letting go of the ego, which is the idea that separation could be possible.
 
As long as I hang on to the ego thought of being a separate identity, I cannot see the unity that Christ’s vision would show me. The whole Course is leading me to recognize the nothingness and meaninglessness of the ego. With this recognition, I can be brought to the point of letting it go.
 
I only hang on to the ego because I think it has meaning and therefore gives me meaning. Yet what is truly nothing cannot give meaning. It has nothing to give. When I identify with the ego, I identify with nothing. To the degree that I am able to let go of a separate identity, to that degree I am able to see the Love that unifies my brother with me and with our Father, our Source.
 
Every moment is a choice. Do I want the loneliness and isolation of a separate identity or do I want the joy and communion that comes with identifying with All That is? Do I want to spend my life searching for moments of happiness, that even if achieved, bring with them a sense of impermanence and uncertainty so that even those happy moments cannot be fully appreciated? This is the best the ego has to offer.
 
On the other hand, what the Holy Spirit has to offer is joy beyond words, a deep peace that cannot be disturbed and a sense of Love that cannot be experienced in a world of separation. Best of all, what the Holy Spirit offers is eternal and changeless. Looking at these two options, the choice seems obvious. Yet most of the time I don’t make the obvious choice because of a lingering belief that if I give up my unique identity, I will lose all that I value. This is true. But this lingering resistance is only because I do not realize what I have been valuing is valueless. I may be giving up all that I value, but I will be giving up nothing valuable.
 
By valuing the nothingness of the ego, I am blind to the gifts every brother has to offer me because of What he is in truth. This is why I need to turn every day, and as many times a day as I can to the Holy Spirit for His Light to show me what is truly valuable and what is valueless. He will teach me to recognize the mistakes and let them go. Thus will I receive the blessings of Christ’s vision as I learn to look on my brothers as my Self. Through forgiveness I will see.
 
The Course asks me again and again to see past my brother’s separate identity to the Light of God which lies behind it. The Course reminds me to see the Light in my brother again and again, which reminds me of the truth about myself. Without remembering the truth, I am blind. Being blind is making illusions of separation real. This does not bring happiness. It brings only fear. Our unity in God is the only truth. Love is sharing unity. Awareness of sharing the unity of God comes with taking the blindfold off.
 
Today I will practice taking the blindfold off by mentally telling each brother I meet or think of, “My brother, I share God’s unity with you. We are one in God.” I cannot see both the ego identity and our unity in God at the same time, for they are total opposites. As I practice remembering the truth and telling the truth, I will see the truth and teach the truth today. This is practicing forgiveness.
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All paths are paths to God,
 because ultimately,
 there is no other place for the soul to go.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and–sans End!
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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