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APRIL 27,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 27,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Within From “Inner Voice”:
“Long before nagging and pressures from others concerning my excessive use of alcohol made any impression on me, the nagging voice of conscience my own inner voice of truth and right apprised me of the irrevocable fact that I had lost control of alcohol, that I was powerless. I know now that the inner voice was God, as I understand Him, speaking. For, as I had been taught from earliest memory and as A.A. has emphasized, God or good emanates from within each of us.”
Lakewood, Ohio, USA
1973 AAWS, Inc.; 30th Printing 2004 
Came to Believe, pg. 83
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VERNON HOWARD
“Your real nature is free from past mistakes.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, p. 60
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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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In each one of us, there exists the Divine Image of ultimate perfection, for God indwells everything which He creates. Excerpted from The Science of Mind
Ernest Holmes
 
 
It’s great to be at a meeting with my family of choice.
Anonymous
Hope is like a road in the country: there was never a road,
 but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
LIN YUTANG
 

“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 116 Insights
Review: “God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.”
and “I share God’s Will for happiness for me.”
There is an aspect in my mind that seems to be on constant alert, looking for ways to sabotage my happiness. I call it the judge. The judge has a template of rules that define how circumstances should be, how events should occur, what people should say and do, and what I should say and do. It measures everything against this template. If anything does not measure up to this template, which is certain to happen, the gavel comes down and the verdict is guilty. Most of the time guilt seems to be assigned to others. The judge says it is acting on my behalf for my best interests. It’s just trying to keep things in control so that I can be happy.
 
What it doesn’t say is that it has conflicting rules and so it is never possible to achieve perfect happiness based on its rules. There will always be some violation, some cause for guilt. If ever I doubt its rules, it righteously points out that these rules are there for my protection. Without them I am defenseless, according to the judge. I would become a pawn to all the other forces that are out there trying to control me. It is quick to judge and always ignores the real evidence. It seems to operate under the principle, “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
 
It believes it knows what’s right and wrong. Yet because its entire set of rules, its entire belief system, is based upon a false belief about what is real, it really knows absolutely nothing. Its judgments are based upon lies, and so it can never judge truly.
 
It is time to fire the judge and turn to the other Judge in my mind, Who has always been there, ready to remind me of what is true and real. This Judge, the Holy Spirit, always judges truly and Its judgment is always simple. The judgment is: It’s either real or unreal; Love or a call for Love. Only these two choices exist.
 
As I learn to bring all my perceptions to this Judge, I will learn to recognize that I share Love’s Will for my perfect happiness. Guilt, and all the pain and death associated with it, will disappear. This Judge will always show me what is loving and true. It always declares innocence and always offers Love, even to those who have mistakenly declared themselves guilty. Today I will practice taking every circumstance, every perceived problem to this Judge so that I may learn that God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
As I learn to share God’s Will, I see only innocence. I see only God’s perfect and pure extension of Himself. God’s Will is eternal. In God’s Will, nothing ever changes. Love stays Love. Happiness and joy remain themselves. God’s peace does not fluctuate or change.
 
It is so helpful to remember this and allow this truth to heal all my misperceptions that something other than Love has ever happened. Am I willing to rest in the truth of God’s happiness? In truth, we all live in Heaven. In truth, we are Heaven.
 
Letting go of dreams of separation from God’s happiness is my one function. Accepting God’s Will for happiness for me is the result. Today, again I practice remembering that God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. I practice accepting God’s Will for me. I practice letting the truth return to my awareness. I practice letting go of all ideas stemming from belief in separation. The truth is true and nothing else is true. Only Love is real.
I love that simple illustration of the judge. This is something I will use. I need it, too. I guess my ego is rebelling at all this attempted change. Last night I dreamed several dreams of everything going wrong. I woke up feeling uncertain and doubtful. Today’s lesson helps me reaffirm my desire for perfect happiness and the judge idea will help me to carry it through.
 
Today I fire the judge. What a wonderful illustration! I have been trying to let this guy go and trying to ignore him and hoping that someone else would come in and tell him to leave, but I have to. What a miracle!
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However, at some point, in Kali Yuga descending (the darkest of the ages on this planet, which reached its nadir at 500 A.D.), the Church began the process of making Jesus more and more “special.” Being steeped in the materialistic thinking of Kali Yuga, Church officials – by now more bureaucrats than saints – could no longer understand the true nature of their own Master and set about remaking his image to more closely resemble what they felt it ought to be.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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