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APRIL 10, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 10, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Faith
We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it wasn’t true. Actually, we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55
We found the Great Reality deep down within us. 
F A I T H=Found Always In Trusting Him
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VERNON HOWARD

“Since we unconsciously ask for our own grief, 

these ideas help 

us to stop asking.”
Cosmic Command, # 1188
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).

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“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
By the time I got to meetings at seventeen,
I had been in several mental institutions.
Anonymous
 
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,
none but ourselves can free our minds!
Marcus Garvey
 
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 99 Insights
“Salvation is my only function here.”
As I read this lesson, I felt an inner softening. This lesson presents an image of God that differs from the world’s image and the image I learned as I was growing up. It peels away all the false ideas that God would do anything that would bring pain, suffering and loss and it brings to the forefront the recognition that God is Love and nothing else. It takes away the fear of God and replaces it with a sense of deep comfort and safety.
 
God is my refuge, my loving and compassionate Father, Whose only Will for me is perfect happiness and perfect peace. He did not make this world of disease, destruction and death. That is not His Will for me. His Will is that I am His one Son, forever one with His Love. I breathe a sigh of relief as I take in this thought. There is nothing to fear, for only Love is real and I am safe in that Love.
 
God did not make this world. The acceptance of this idea undoes all guilt, all thoughts of deserving punishment and all thoughts of a punishing God. Even in this world we see a loving parent embrace a child with love and want to protect that child from hurting itself. God, too, embraces us with His Love and gave us His Voice, the Holy Spirit, to lead us out of thoughts of destruction and pain and guide us back Home to the safety of His Love.
 
The loving parent we see in this world is but a tiny testament to the all encompassing Love of God. His Love is beyond anything we have allowed ourselves to experience in the world of form. It never stops, never changes. It sees us forever as innocent and worthy of all Love.
 
I see that it is very important to accept that God did not make the world I see through the body’s eyes. For, if I believe He made this world, I will believe that God’s Will includes pain and death. With this belief comes fear of God, which stands as a barrier to the full experience of His Love. As I remember God is still Love and this is not His Will, I release Him from my projections of fear and I release myself to receive His Love.
 
Here is salvation. Here is happiness. Here is freedom. Today I will practice accepting my only function and remember God is still Love and this world that I experience through the body is not His Will.
 
This lesson helps me step back from believing in all the stories I see through the body’s eyes. This lesson helps me remember my only function, which is forgiveness, or letting go of illusions. My job now is to let the Light of truth shine away my belief in the ego’s false idea that separation could ever be real. My function is to let go of believing in what my body’s eyes are showing me.
 
This helps as I watch the images of destruction on TV, the images of body pitted against body, country pitted against country. These are very fearful images of attack and defend. This lesson reminds me that my function is to see past the images to the Light that is true.
 
This whole world of separation is not God’s Will. This whole world of separation is a call for Love. It comes from thoughts of fear. It comes from rejecting the oneness of God’s Love. Salvation is letting all these false images be seen for what they truly are, just false ideas which mean nothing. God is still Love and this is not His Will.
 
Today I am willing to practice letting the Holy Spirit shine Its Light in my mind so that I see these images anew. With the Holy Spirit’s Light, I am able to see the truth behind all the images. As I am able to see the truth, I rest in peace. From this vantage point, I am able to extend peace to all my brothers. I am able to connect mind to mind with the whole Sonship and remember we are one Light, there is no distance between us.
 
In this place of peace, as I watch the images change constantly, it makes no difference. Truth is true and nothing else is true. God is still Love and what is not God’s Will does not exist. I see my job is to extend Love to all parts of my self that are believing in fearful dreams. As I remember that extending Love is my one function, I am helped in awakening to the truth.
 
Today I practice with the Holy Spirit’s help remembering what is real and what is not real. Making illusions real is not my job. Seeing past all forms of separation to the one Light of God is my function. I am determined to practice this today.
 
What but a Thought of God could be the plan by which the never done is overlooked and sins forgotten which were never real? I love the way I feel when I think of God; when I take the time to step back from the everyday chaos and rest with the Holy Spirit.
 
This lesson says that I am entrusted with this plan of salvation for me, but because my ego can’t begin to imagine what this plan is, I need to practice this thought and remove myself from the thoughts of this world and listen to the Holy Spirit as we will accomplish this plan together.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me to have the willingness to open my heart, my mind, and hear the words my Heavenly Father sends to me this day, that I may know and remember my function here. Amen.
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The yogi offers his labyrinthine human longings to a monotheistic bonfire dedicated to the unparalleled God. This is indeed the true yogic fire ceremony, in which all past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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