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APRIL 4, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 4, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Seeing Is Believing
The Wright brothers’ almost childish faith that they could build a machine which would fly was the mainspring of their accomplishment. Without that, nothing could have happened. We agnostics and atheists were sticking to the idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems. When others showed us that God-sufficiency worked with them, we began to feel like those who had insisted the Wrights would never fly. We were seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 52-53, 55
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“First of all, remind yourself that your adventure is an inward one.
Do not try to change the external world. Change your own attitudes
and viewpoints. When you change yourself, you change the world as
far as you are concerned – for _you_ are your own world. The interior
and exterior are the same. Make this exciting discovery, for then you
will see how it is perfectly possible to live in a confused society
while remaining untouched by its chaos.”
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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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“Does this thing I wish to do express more life, 
more happiness, more peace to myself, 
and at the same time harm no one? 
If it does, it is right. It is not selfish.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
 
 
I’m not used to speaking but if I get lost
 I know you all will come and get me. 
Anonymous 
 
Recipients of our appreciation are apt to express their own gratitude to others, lengthening the unending, golden chain of connections-in-goodness that stretches across the world.
MARY FORD-GRABOWSKY
 
 
“Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. 
A voice inside the beat says, “I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way.”
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 93 Insights
“Light and joy and peace abide in me.”
In today’s lesson, Jesus is helping me distinguish between the real and unreal. He reminds me that the individual self image I made is not the the Son of God. The individual self image my brother made is not the Son of God, therefore all these images do not exist at all. What these images seem to do mean nothing. This helps me when I watch the images of war on television or the images of harm made by a new virus they are calling SARS. Jesus is helping me remember these images are not bad or good, they are merely unreal. The truth is light and joy and peace are what we all are and nothing else.
 
This lesson helps me see the unreality of the images, which helps me loosen my grip on them. I see the practice of today’s lesson of repeating the idea for the day at the top of every hour and then giving five minutes to let the experience of this truth soak in as very helpful for me today. Jesus uses repetition often to help me learn to distinguish the difference between the real and the unreal and wake up to the truth. I still identify with the self I have made as my identity. I need this practice. It is worth the effort. I need the practice of recognizing the truth in my brothers. It is worth the effort.
 
I want to come to the point where I automatically recognize that light and joy and peace abide in everyone, and that everyone’s sinlessness is guaranteed by God. This lesson is pivotal in my awakening. I recognize how important it is and I am determined to practice it every hour today. In this is my salvation and the salvation of the world.
 
If we simply accepted ourselves as God created us, this lesson and the entire Course would be unnecessary. But as the first paragraph spells out in vivid detail, we have very clearly made up an image of ourselves that is very different from what God created. It is this that must be undone. Whenever I feel sad or tired or irritated or guilty or angry or anything other than love and joy and peace, I am believing in an image of myself that is not true. It is time to remind myself that Love and joy and peace abide in me. I remain as God created me and He has guaranteed my sinlessness. There can be no exceptions to this in my thinking. If I attempt to hold out exceptions, I am attempting to deny the Will of God.
 
In the moments when I have felt firmly rooted in Love, I have experienced the reality of peace and joy and Love abiding in me. I have experienced the truth of this statement. My job now is to dismiss the other image of myself that I made up that denies this reality. That is what this lesson is here to help me do. I am grateful for this exercise, which will help me strengthen my acceptance of the reality of What I am, my acceptance of my Self. Here is my safety and my strength.
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Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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