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APRIL 18 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 18 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Seeking Guidance
“Man is supposed to think, and act. He wasn’t made in God’s image to be an automaton. My own formula along this line runs as follows: First, think through every situation pro and con, praying meanwhile that I be not influenced by ego considerations. Affirm that I would like to do God’s will. Then, having turned the problem over in this fashion and getting no conclusive or compelling answer, I wait for further guidance, which may come into the mind directly or through other people or through circumstances. If I feel I can’t wait, and still get no definite indication, I repeat the first measure several times, try to pick out the best course, and then proceed to act. I know if I am wrong, the heavens won’t fall. A lesson will be learned, in any case.”
LETTER, 1950
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“When thunder and lightning strike your mind, remind yourself
instantly, ‘I am apart from all that!’ Now, you translate thunder
and lightning into your personal experiences. Your worries and your
half-seen concerns over what’s going to happen to you. And remember
this fact. What is known in heaven, as a fact, can be known by you
as a human being here on earth. It’s a heavenly fact, and you can
learn how to bring it down to you. Yes, right at the office there,
right at the home.
   You can bring that fact down to you because it doesn’t depend on you
to build it to keep it going. It is up to you allow it to descend
inside your mind so that something that is stronger than the thunder
and lightning can take over your entire life. The next time, that
means during this talk if necessary, you feel a shaking and agitation
or an unnamable bother of any kind that you’re only dimly conscious of,
you will remind yourself of the heavenly fact that you are apart from
all that.
 
The thunder and the lightning is not you! Hostile forces want you to
believe in it. They tell you that’s you. Therefore, you’d better get
sick and stay sick. Don’t you believe it again. Now I know that the
fact is not yet a personal experience with you, and that’s not anything
for you to be concerned with.”
from a talk given 12/9/1990
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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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“Seeing and recognizing no opposite to itself, it finds no need of denial, indeed, this thought need not enter the mind; if we are working with the Spirit we need not deny but state the affirmative attitude of mind, realizing that we are dealing with the only power that exists.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Ernest Holmes: The Essential Collection
 
 
My first attempt at sobriety started at 
woman’s way and I just couldn’t get it. 
Anonymous
 
In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, 
a parade, a community, a school, 
a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
 
 
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 107 Insights
“Truth will correct all errors in my mind.”
Any time I feel anxious, impatient, hurried, unhappy, guilty or less than peaceful in any way, it is a sign that I am believing in error. I am making an error real in my mind. Truth will correct that error in my mind and return me to the place of calm so deep it cannot be disturbed.
 
Truth is everywhere, ever present. There is no place I need to go, no place I need to be to find the truth. It is always with me. I only need to stop holding barriers against the truth, stop believing in error. This is the undoing referred to in the Course. I need do nothing to find the truth, but I do need to stop interfering with the awareness of truth. It is the feverish attempt to hold on to illusions and make them real that bars truth from healing my mind. As I stop holding on to error, the truth will enter of its own because truth is what I am in reality.
 
So today I ask my one Self to walk with me and guide my vision to recognize the illusions I have made that stand in the way of my awareness of truth. I accept His strength as mine and use that strength to let illusions go. It is the strength of the one Self in me through which I forgive the world, forgive myself and let truth correct all illusions in my mind.
 
I rest in peace and gratitude in the strength of my Self. The weight of the world is lifted from my shoulders, for the errors of the world are corrected as I let truth correct the errors in my mind. God’s peace is mine. I accept it now. With gratitude I offer that peace to all the world.
 
When I closed my eyes, I was shown a movie theater. The way to see the movie in this theater was to look through the body’s eyes. Through the body’s eyes pictures were seen where everything appeared to be separate and distinct, different and unique.
 
Many stories arose while looking through the body’s eyes and gradually I found myself becoming more and more engrossed with the stories. They seemed very real. These stories were about individual lives where individual identities lived and died. There were stories of victory and tragedy, competition, life and death. As I became more and more engrossed in the stories, I felt feelings of fear, elation, lack, anxiety, struggle, hanging on and constant ever-changing ups and downs. The stories went on and on, with one problem after another. My anxiety level went up and down with all the constant changes in the stories. The stories are tiring. I ask for a better way.
 
I am told to step back from the stories by ever so little, to detach my mind from them. I am asked to let my mind be quiet and give the stories a rest. As I do this, I am brought to an inner place of quiet, a place of inner peace. An inner Voice tells me that these stories are not real. These stories are hallucinations brought on by the desire to see individuality, specialness, separation from oneness. I ask, “How do I detach from the stories? They seem so real it seems impossible to detach from them.” The inner Voice says, “You can with help.”
 
If you don’t want to detach from the stories, you won’t. If you want to detach from the stories, you will. Truth will enter into your mind as it is given welcome. Practice giving welcome to the truth a little at a time every day. The more you practice, the stronger your ‘welcoming the truth muscles’ grow. You want to walk in the truth but you must practice it. At first a little, and then more and more. The more you practice, the stronger your willingness to welcome the truth becomes. The truth is always there waiting on welcome. The truth will always show you that the stories are not real. Individuality could never be real. What you see through the body’s eyes is not real.
 
You are infinite Spirit, the eternal Spirit of Love, joy and peace. You are changeless. You are Thought in the Mind of Love. Love gives all to all equally. There is no division of any kind. All is One. All is Love. The stories are not real. They are barriers to the truth. As you practice welcoming the truth, the truth will correct all errors in your mind. The veil will be lifted and you will be set free from the self-imposed tyranny of the stories of separation. Take time out to let the truth correct all errors in your mind. Nothing is more important than this.
 
I agree that nothing is more important. I am more aware of my stories as stories and more determined to let them go. But I notice that many of the stories have the same theme even though the stories are different. I read a couple of articles that talked about the need for struggle as a core belief. We sometimes say something like, “God uses our struggles to help us grow.” The article suggested new core beliefs based on learning through joy and peace.
 
I think that this is true of me and I am glad for these last several lessons which emphasizes joy and peace. Getting a little distance from my stories I can see that I have been more comfortable with struggle than with peace. I have been believing that I can get more done through struggle and peace is perhaps a reward for struggling. I am excited at the idea of a new, happier way of living.
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Let things go on in a natural way,
rather than force them.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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