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APRIL 11 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 11 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
“My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, ‘Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?’
  That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.
  It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
Bill’s Story, pg. 12
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VERNON HOWARD

“We must guard against finding satisfaction in mere words, which is
like admiring a horse instead of riding it to our destination.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 84
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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 all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life.
We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through
us a creative something… call it what you will.” 
― Ernest Holmes
 

I said that I was just going to drink one and
I was able to stop at 6 as I ran out and the package
store was closed.

Anonymous

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
MAX EHRMANN
 
 
“You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop” 
RUMI
 
Listen to Lesson 100 Insights
ACIM Workbook Lesson 100 Insights
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”
What I am learning from today’s lesson is that happiness is always within me. Happiness is in the Christ Mind, which is my real Mind. In order to find the Christ Mind, the only real Mind, I need to learn to pass by the little thoughts and foolish goals of the ego mind. I need to practice going deep within with one intent and that intent is to open up to the truth — what is real — the Christ Mind.
 
The Christ Mind carries the feeling of deep peace, deep joy and deep happiness. It does not fluctuate, but is constant. There is no change and no differences. It steadily radiates happiness. It sees that Love is everywhere, that Love is all that is. This Source of Love within me is my anchor, my support, my source of giving.
 
This is my part in God’s plan for salvation. The peace and joy I feel and extend is contagious. This is how I can be helpful. Being in this place of peace is my most important goal. I cannot extend peace and happiness unless I receive peace and happiness, and I receive peace and happiness by giving peace and happiness. Giving and receiving are the same.
 
What is my intent? Do I want to make separate minds with separate bodies real or am I open to be a part of reversing this mad belief? Continuing to practice going to this sacred place in my mind is how my mind is healed. This is the only way I am able to fulfill my part in God’s plan for salvation.
 
Today I saw images of citizens dancing in the streets of Bagdad, celebrating their freedom from tyranny. That symbolizes what we feel inside when we let go of our allegiance to the tyrannical role of the ego. The ego is the idea of limitation and so it ‘rules’ by limiting. When I shift my allegiance from the ego to my true Self, I shift from the loss and sacrifice and death demanded by the ego to the perfect happiness and perfect peace given me by God.
 
We do not need to attack the ego to subdue it. In fact, such an attempt simply strengthens the ego’s perception, because the ego becomes strong in strife. We only attack what we think is real.
 
The ego has no defense against the joy and peace of God, for what is nothing can have no effect on what is everything. My part in God’s plan for salvation is simply to accept His gifts and demonstrate my acceptance by letting His gifts radiate through me to embrace all. It shows by the smile on my face, the happy laughter and the unshakable peace that is mine to give as I accept God’s Will for me, as I accept perfect happiness.
 
There is a passage in the Bible that says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Today’s lesson is talking about that. I was created as an extension of God’s Love, which magnifies His Love. But if I deny that Love, this magnification is not seen or recognized. As I learn to accept my Self as I was created, Love extends through me. That is how I know the perfect happiness that is His gift to His one Son, the Self I share with everyone. As I open up to and express the joy of God, I magnify His Love. This Love reaches out and touches the Love in the hearts of everyone, whether or not they recognize that the Love is in them.
 
Today I dedicate to remembering to accept the joy and peace of God and let it shine through me so that I can take my place in God’s plan for salvation.
 
This lesson says that God’s will for me is perfect happiness. Realizing this gives me a huge amount of willingness to stay focused on this journey to peace, because if God wills happiness for me, it’s just a matter of putting my part in it. My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation. Today I choose to do God’s will for me and be happy. I know that in that happiness I will know peace, know love, know my true Self; the Self that my Heavenly Father created, the Self that is always in my mind if I set myself aside from the insanity of this world and join with the Holy Spirit.
 
As I prepare myself for today, I surrender myself and ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help keep me focused on today’s lesson. Thank you, Father; thank you, Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
It all seems so simple. God loves me. He wants me to be happy. Being happy is my only job here. The only thing keeping me from being happy is my decision not to be. The way to change that is to forgive this decision and to open my mind to Holy Spirit so He can show me another way to see.
 
It is amazing to me how resistant I am to this process. One thing that has changed over the last couple of years is that I am more determined to succeed. I really want this. I may not want it to the exclusion of everything else, but that will come because I want it too much to quit trying.
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The physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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