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APRIL 8, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 8, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, 
which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail t
o keep a man in everlasting ignorance, 
that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Appendices II
Spiritual Experience, pg. 568
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“One purpose of these teachings is to help us to no longer live by the
ideas which have caused so much grief. “
1000 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 228
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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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“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
 
I drank Manhattens and when I threw up I knew it was the cherries.
Anonymous
 
If we lose love and self respect for each other,
this is how we finally die.
Maya Angelou
“Respond to every call 
that excites your spirit.” 
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 97 Insights
“I am spirit.”
Each time I say the beginning words of the exercise, I feel uplifted, lighter. Joy and gratitude grow in my heart and a sense of peace envelops me. The truth is I am free of all limits, safe and healed and whole. When I remember this, I see that there is nothing to forgive and I bring that vision of innocence to the world.
 
That is the salvation of the world. It is the recognition that in truth, nothing was ever lost. What looked like a world of division and harm and loss was just a foolish fantasy that could never be. The world is safe and healed and whole in truth. As I recognize this peace grows stronger in my awareness. Conflict and doubt fade away. There is nothing but Love to give and to receive. The joy of loving fills my being.
 
I look upon someone that I once held a grievance against and love fills my heart and reaches out, offering it to that dear brother, my Friend, my one Self. No loss ever happened. No harm. All that has ever happened in truth is the extension of Love to Love, forever extending.
 
In this moment this is what it means to me to say, “I am Spirit.” Thank you Holy Spirit for this loving reminder.
 
“I am Spirit” returns me to the truth. I am not a body. I am not an individual self with a separate mind. I am Spirit, totally united with all Spirit, one Spirit, one Self. I need to be reminded of this truth often. I need to return to my true Identity as often as possible.
 
Being lost in dreams leads to nowhere and does nothing. Awakening to the truth is my one goal. There is nothing more important than this. I am Spirit. There is only one Spirit. I rest in the truth of my true nature as God created me. I rest in God. I let illusions go.
 
It is sometimes so difficult for me to see myself as anything other than this limited body. My goal in committing myself to the teachings of this course is to know my true Self, the Spirit in me this lesson speaks of. I want so desperately to detach myself from this dream of illusions. Even though my ego self can’t imagine what it is like to be Spirit, it is in the quiet minutes of these lessons practiced that I believe I will receive His power, His light, His words.
 
Help me this day, Holy Spirit, to have the willingness to listen and hear my Heavenly Father’s words for me, the truth about me. Somehow I know this truth is what carries me through these sometimes seemingly difficult days.
 
 
I really love this lesson. In fact, I keep the prayer, “Spirit am I…” where I can see it all the time. This morning it is especially appropriate because I am feeling attacked from all sides. What an especially appropriate lesson for me today! One thing I thought about during my meditation this morning has to do with forgiveness. I have a place in my life that I feel needs forgiveness. This morning I was reminded that the only one who needs to forgive this is me. So often I have thought that if only the other person would forgive me, then I could forgive myself.
 
I realized for the first time that I was, not so much looking for forgiveness, as for someone to project my guilt onto. In other words, I am saying to that other person that I feel so bad because of the way you are seeing me. If you will stop seeing me that way, I can feel forgiven and forgive myself.
 
Now that I understand my motivation, I think I can let this go and allow Holy Spirit to show me another way to see. I fully accept sole responsibility for my actions and my feelings in this incident. Now that they belong to me, I am free to release them and accept healing.
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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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Ron Richey
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