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APRIL 3, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 3, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
COMMITMENT
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125
   There came a time in my program of recovery when the third stanza of the Serenity Prayer – “The wisdom to know the difference” – became indelibly imprinted in my mind.  From that time on, I had to face the ever-present knowledge that my every action, word and thought was within, or outside, the principles of the program. I could no longer hide behind self-rationalization, nor behind the insanity of my disease. The only course open to me, if I was to attain a joyous life for myself (and subsequently for those I love), was one in which I imposed on myself an effort of commitment, discipline, and responsibility.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Don’t try to destroy enemies, whoever or whatever they are. Even
if you succeed, you fail, for they disappear only to be replaced by
other adversaries, as your experience has shown you. This forces you
into battle after battle until you are worn out.
  The right way is to let enemies destroy themselves. You start by seeing
that enemies are not external to you. No, your enemies are not cruel
people or frustrating conditions. It only appears so because you do not
as yet understand. But you can start all over with a fresh mind. You can
replace _thinking_ with _knowing._
How?
This is a good place to review the three supreme steps for daily success,
supplied in Chapter 1:
1. We must deeply see the need for self-transformation.
2. We must see ourselves as we actually are.
3. We must work earnestly with esoteric principles.”
 Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 88
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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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“If the philosophy of Christianity were lived, wars would cease, unhappiness would cease, economic problems would be solved, poverty would be wiped from the face of the earth, and man’s inhumanity to man would be transmuted into a spirit of mutual helpfulness.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind
 
 
There is just myself, my mother and my grandmother, 
we didn’t have money but I had a family who loved to me. 
Anonymous
 
If the only prayer you ever say in your 
entire life is “Thank You,” it will be enough.
MEISTER ECKHART

 
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 92 Insights
“Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.”
It seems right now that the darkness of the ego thought system is being acted out on a grand scale. We are seeing that attack begets attack begets attack. Graphic images of death and destruction make it seem very real. It seems to confirm that the ego thought system is firmly established, never to be undone. This of course is the goal of the ego. Like a puffer fish that swells up to look larger and more menacing, the ego makes fearsome images to make itself look real. Yet this ‘show of strength’ is just an attempt to hide the underlying sense of weakness.
 
Remembering that light and strength are one and another lesson which says, God is the light in which I see, we remember that our strength comes from our complete dependence on God, our Source. The ego is the idea of independence — being different, unique, special. Yet to establish this independence, the ego must cut itself off from the Source of strength. Now perceiving itself as weak, it must find ways to hide its weakness.
 
Attack is its chief mechanism for hiding its sense of weakness. Attack always comes out of weakness. Strength sees no need for attack, for It knows Itself as invulnerable. Judgment can only come out of a sense of weakness. The ego, perceiving itself as weak, projects that weakness onto an outside world and judges that weakness in an attempt to make itself look strong. Thus any time I judge, I am doing the same thing as sending an army into battle or making weapons of mass destruction. It is all the same error.
 
I cannot personally go to Iraq or any other place of military conflict and stop the battle. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can rise above the battleground in my mind, let go of my insistence on specialness and let the Holy Spirit shine His light that I might see the strength I share with God. Here I find peace. Here I find safety. Here I see innocence and there is no need to judge. Here, in this place of Light, I remember my Source and my strength. From this place I offer the peace of God to all. I see innocence everywhere and I remember only Love is real.
 
This is how I bring peace to conflict and shine the conflict away. What happens between bodies has no effect on the Son of God. As I remember my unity with my Source and my strength, I help all God’s Sons remember too. This is how I can help. I call upon the strength of God in me today to help me bring this Light and strength with me in every moment, that I may always bless with my thoughts and deeds.
 
Today my job is to let myself be brought unto my Self. I do this by being willing to open my mind to the Light, to the strength of my true Self. This Light and strength is always there, waiting to give all of Itself to Itself. In the Light, all the little self personalities disappear. All the false masks of differences and individuality disappear. All the false stories disappear. All sense of conflict disappears. All sense of weakness and vulnerability disappears. What remains is the peace of God, the Love of God and the joy of God.
 
God’s strength is constant because it is changeless. It is always there eternally. If I want to think that I am separate from it, I can experience that illusion. But the truth is I am still one with the Light and strength of God. This can never change. I can believe in stories or I can believe in the Truth. It is always my choice.
 
I let the stories go as I let myself be brought unto my Self. This is my answer to every sense of weakness, every problem I may perceive. This is the only answer that works. This is where my strength lies. Opening up my mind to the quiet, eternal Love of God is where my happiness lies. It is all I want. It is all I need.
 
I am slowly but surely finding true strength in myself by committing to these lessons and the Course. I can’t begin to understand what the lesson means when it says my body’s brain cannot think, but the mere fact that I am willing to believe there is something other than this gives me much hope.
 
I have perceived much darkness in my life, but the tiny specks of light I have experienced give me enough strength and willingness to carry me. I would guess that is the strength of God in me this lesson refers to because it is the only logical explanation I have.
 
Although I probably can’t begin to even fathom what my Heavenly Father’s strength can do for me, these lessons help me stay focused on thoughts that steer me toward my goal.
 
Holy Spirit, please place my gratitude for these lessons at my Father’s altar for me and thank you for your constant guidance. Amen
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Many great works of art, poetry, and music
are inspired by astral memories.
The desire to do noble, beautiful
things here on Earth is also often a carryover
of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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