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APRIL 16 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 16 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
A THANKFUL HEART
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37 
  My sponsor told me that I should be a grateful alcoholic and always have “an attitude of gratitude” – that gratitude was the basic ingredient of humility, that humility was the basic ingredient of anonymity and that “anonymity was the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” As a result of this guidance, I start every morning on my knees, thanking God for three things: I’m alive, I’m sober, and I’m a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then I try to live an “attitude of gratitude” and thoroughly enjoy another twenty-four hours of the A.A. way of life. A.A. is not something I joined; it’s something I live.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
“THE SHADOWS AHEAD
Three friends were passing through a strange land at night. Just
ahead they saw some moving shadows which seemed to menace them.
 ‘We had better run away,’ whispered one.
 ‘N0, it is best to rush forward and fight them,’ stated another.
 Advised the third man, ‘Let’s sit quietly here until we understand
what they are.’
 So that is what they did. At dawn, the shadows which seemed so
menacing turned out to be broad branches of a tree.
 The inaction of a quiet mind is the only action leading to perception
of things as they are.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 109
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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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“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” This is a blessed thought, for it means that we cannot wander from the presence of God, or depart from divine care. Always God watches over us and comforts us. Forever we sit in the house of the divine and we are ceaselessly cared for. The all-seeing eye cannot overlook any one, and all are kept in sacred care. All are kept in divine care.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Daily Meditations for Self Help and Healing
With you guys I learn how to fix myself, 
which is internal. 
Anonymous 
Let everything happen to you: 
beauty and terror. 
Just keep going. 
No feeling is final.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
“When the world pushes you to your knees,
you’re in the perfect position to pray.” 
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 105 Insights
“God’s peace and joy are mine.”
God’s peace and joy extend forever. God’s peace and joy extend to me and through me. If I don’t experience God’s peace and joy, I have put up a barrier to its extending through me.

The Holy Spirit will help me remove the barriers to my extending peace and joy if I let Him. The Holy Spirit shines a light on all my barriers to peace and joy and helps me see that they are not real. The Holy Spirit helps me see that the barrier is not what I want and is meaningless.
 
I cannot receive God’s peace and joy unless I am willing to extend it or give it away. That is the way God’s gifts work. They increase through extension. Today my practice is to extend God’s peace and joy so that I will remember that they are mine. As I learn to connect with the peace and joy in everyone, I will learn that they are mine. Giving is receiving.
 
Today’s practice is a practice of accepting God’s gift of happiness. Doing this exercise all through the day is the way to accept happiness as mine. It is a way of seeing a forgiven world. I cannot truly offer peace and joy to my brother if I am holding a grievance. And I cannot accept peace and joy in me while I am holding a grievance.
 
Forgiveness is a central theme of the Course. Today’s exercise is another way of moving toward seeing a forgiven world. When I look upon a brother I have judged, one I might call ‘enemy,’ and I offer peace and joy to that brother, I am releasing him from that judgment and releasing myself at the same time.
 
In the beginning of this practice, I may say the words with halfhearted belief. I may understand the truth, but still have reservations about the worthiness of the other to receive those gifts. Yet each time I practice, I open the door a little wider to the acceptance that these gifts in truth do belong to everyone. Everyone deserves them without exception. It is God’s Will and therefore must be mine as well, for I share God’s Will for my happiness and the happiness of all the world. I will practice today. I want to remember that everyone, including me, deserves all of God’s joy and peace.
 
As I did the lesson, I came up against a barrier with a couple of people and felt guilty that I was having trouble with them. I don’t know why it is that I tend to always think I am the only person to have these problems and that there must be something especially unworthy about me that I can’t do them. (OH, wow! Maybe that’s it. Maybe it is just another way to feel special. I am uniquely unworthy. More unworthy than anyone else. Now how is that for foolish. No wonder Jesus refers to the ego thought system as insane.) I will keep working at it throughout the day and trust that Holy Spirit is working with me.
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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
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