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APRIL 24,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 24,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
THE CHALLENGE OF FAILURE 
In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 31 
  How thankful I am today, to know that all my past failures were necessary for me to be where I am now. Through much pain came experience and, in suffering, I became obedient. When I sought God, as I understand Him, He shared His treasured gifts. Through experience and obedience, growth started, followed by gratitude. Yes, then came peace of mind – living in and sharing sobriety.
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VERNON HOWARD
“‘You have said we do not think deeply enough to see the startling
significance of certain ideas. Please give us one such idea.’
 
  ‘Whoever blames another person for his troubles is making a terrible
confession. He admits he does not think for himself. Think deeply
about that.'”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 196
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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
 
What do you mean I am One with God?
That doesn’t make since.
Anonymous

 [Whilst] everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.  That informing power or spirit is God….And is this power benevolent or malevolent?  I see it as purely benevolent.  For I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.  Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light.  He is Love.  He is the supreme Good.  Mahatma Gandi
 
 
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” 
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 113 Insights Review:
 “I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
and “Salvation comes from my one Self.”
It is comforting to know that my unity with God and all creation has not been disrupted in any way. I remain one Self. Peace and serenity are automatic conditions when there is no “other” with which to conflict. Where there is perfect unity, there can be no conflict. That is my natural and true state. All I need do to experience this is let go of all the false images made up by the ego to make separation appear real.
 
The task is simple but it does not seem easy. The difficulty comes because there are still aspects in my mind that believe some of these images offer me something I want. In basic terms, there is a preference for specialness over the unity of God’s Love. Again and again throughout the Course Jesus shows me that all these images really offer me nothing. It is a gradual process of learning to recognize the valuelessness of every image of everything in this world.
 
I definitely can see that my life is more peaceful than it was before I began studying the Course. Every year has brought me to more consistent levels of deeper peace. Yet I still experience frustration, impatience, irritation and disappointment, which shows me that I am still valuing things of this world more than my unity with Love, my one Self. The fact that I do experience more consistent peace shows me that the practice is working. It’s worth continuing the practice.
 
Each time I remind myself that I am one Self united with my Creator and that salvation comes from my one Self, my identification with a separate self image loosens. My attention shifts more and more strongly to the one Self that I am in truth. I am grateful for these lessons that provide a structure to help me shift my identification from the false to the true, from the conflicted to the peaceful.
 
The truth of our Oneness is real, and nothing else is real. Making up stories that are not real does not make them real. Trying to make separation real is the core of what I need to let be undone. Jesus tells us many times in the Course not to make the error real. The error of separation is really nothing, and yet I find myself making separation real over and over again.
 
This lesson, if I practice it consistently, will help me undo the persistent habit of making separation real. It helps me loosen my grip on a false identity. We all are really one Self, united with our Creator. We are One. We are in God and of God. Returning to this awareness, this reality, is our salvation.
 
Today’s lesson helps me change my mind. This lesson helps me let go of that persistent habit of believing in the error of separation. Jesus very wisely knows what I need to undo this persistent habit of making the error of separation real. So today I practice reversing my thinking. I practice remembering there is only one Self and that salvation comes from my one Self. How willing am I to awaken to this truth? Today I practice one hour at a time, returning to what has never changed. Today I practice remembering that only Love is real and nothing else is real.
 
This morning my attention shifted more and more strongly to the one Self that I am in truth.
 
The first part brought the awareness of Self’s supreme confidence. I have experienced bravado, and strutting, and good hair days, and all the promises of being confident. They never satisfied, never caused me to be comfortable in my own skin. Supreme confidence is Truth, and natural. That fleeting quiet confidence is both a personal reason to want to reach Self and the knowledge that I can.
 
Thinking of God’s perfect plan for my salvation being seen as perfectly fulfilled made perfect sense out of a business motivational concept meaningful to me (at last). The concept is that one must set goals and have a clear, concise, mental picture (CCMP) in order to be successful. The picture that flashed was now is Eternity, my life in the forgiven Sonship. So now I know my reachable goal. I can finally “see” it. When you take the exercises as seriously as you know how, some really neat stuff starts to happen.
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Ignoring all prejudices of caste, creed, class, color, sex, or race, a swami follows the precepts of human brotherhood. His goal is absolute unity with Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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