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AUGUST 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation “some fact of my life” unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.”

― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD

Never fear to deliberately walk through dark places,

for that is how you reach the light on the other side.

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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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We are chemists in the laboratory of the Infinite.
What, then shall we create?

Ernest Holmes

I kept coming back and they told me
that I only had to do the program 
one day at a time. 
Anonymous

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley

May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day in paradise.
Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 186 Insights

“Salvation of the world depends on me.”
A sentence that stands out to me is, “Yet are the humble free to hear the Voice Which tells them what they are and what to do… You are not weak as is the image of yourself. You are not ignorant and helpless.”
 
If I feel I am ignorant and helpless or weak, I am playing dumb. It is really arrogance to try to change what I really am. My true Self will guide me out of belief in weakness and limitation if I am willing to receive the help. That is my job today — to be willing to receive the help.
 
As I open to the help of the Holy Spirit, I am led to receive God’s gifts which are peace, love and joy. If I am anxious or sad or disgruntled, I am refusing to receive God’s gifts. I would now let my mind quiet of all the ego’s chatter and open up my mind to the Holy Spirit. I would rest in the peace that is there. I would receive the Holy Spirit’s thoughts, which encourage me to lay ego thoughts down. The Light of God is all I am in truth. The Light of God is what everyone is in truth.
 
Am I willing to see the truth today? I will be able to tell by how much peace and happiness I feel. Forgiveness is my function here. Through forgiveness I am the salvation of the world.
I cannot know freedom until every thought of unforgiveness has been cleared from my mind. Unforgiveness turns me into a jailer and the jailer is always bound to the prisoner. Without the jailer the prisoner is free. And without the prisoner, the jailer is free. As I let go of condemnation, of refusal to accept God’s gifts to me, I am released. I am free to be my Self as I was created.
 
Salvation could be defined as release from bondage. The world’s release from bondage depends upon my releasing it. It is only my mistaken belief in made up images of isolation and independence from my Source that holds the world in isolation and and makes it a substitute for the eternal and all encompassing Love of God. Salvation is not about blame. It is about the recognition of where the source of bondage is and hence is the source of release. The limited images of the world are only in my mind and it can only be released in my mind.
 
The experiences I have had in which I completely forgave a perceived wrong brought me profound peace. I breathed a deep sigh of relief. I felt lighter, happier. Love grew stronger in my heart. All this came from a change in my mind. Nothing external changed except my perception of it. This is why salvation of the world depends on me.
 
The ego would like to characterize this as a burden. But this statement brings me the recognition of the power of my mind to be healed and to heal. It is a declaration of independence from the ego and a recognition that my complete freedom lies in my total dependence on my unity with my Creator. The Holy Spirit celebrates with us each time we take another step toward freedom through forgiveness.
I think that the most important lines in this lesson are the last ones. “Salvation of the world depends on you who can forgive.” I think that if I remember what forgiveness really means (as opposed to the world’s definition), and choose forgiveness at each opportunity, I wouldn’t need anything else, not even the Course. The thing is, my resistance to forgiveness is strong. It is too late for me to pretend I don’t know what forgiveness is and what is called for, so I complicate the simple and tell myself I can’t figure out what’s going on.
 
I did this when I read the first line of this lesson. My first thought was “Oh, poor world if it is depending on me to save it.” I thought about all the little things I can’t seem to do, all the mistakes I seem to make. Obviously Jesus expects that reaction because he goes on to encourage us and to answer those fears and objections. Still, as I read I kept thinking how impossible it all seems. How do I do this or that? What about all these other things? When I got to the last lines it was like a cool summer shower washing away the cobwebs of confusion. So simple.
 
I already know how to do this! I am just committing to giving this action priority in my life. I am accepting that it is, indeed, possible for me to forgive in every instance. Not only possible, but the reason I am here. My purpose. Not only that, it is a purpose I am assured of completing because it is a purpose God has blessed.
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No one can be a yogi, maintaining a state of mental equilibrium,
free from inner involvement in planned desireful activities,
unless he has renounced identification with his ego and its
unsatisfiable lust for the fruits of actions.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Sincerely,

Ron Richey

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