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AUGUST 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without
being servile or scraping. As God’s people we stand on our feet;
we don’t crawl before anyone.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Learn to see a problem from a higher level of understanding.
Then, it dissolves before your eyes.
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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 ring 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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You have discovered the spiritual universe.
Many others have discovered this same world,
but each must make the discovery for himself.
You are going to have a lot of joy sailing around
this world of yours. Don’t fight the opinions of others,
or waste your time arguing over these things.
Follow the inward gleam of your consciousness and you will arrive.

Ernest Holmes
I learned a great lesson when I was out there and
hopefully I have learned that He is in Charge.
Anonymous
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 193 Insights
“All things are lessons God would have me learn.”
My continued belief in separation is a grievance against oneness. My belief in separation is the same as rejecting God. My holding on to all the different forms of separation that now appear to be real only brings me pain and conflict. Seeing conflict and pain and differences and death comes from the separated mind, the insane mind. My job now is to let go of the thoughts that come from the split mind that believes in separation.
 
Forgiveness means letting go of illusions. As I practice forgiving or letting go of each different form of illusion that comes along, these illusions will disappear because they are made of nothing. Only my belief has held them in place. As I practice forgiveness or handing over every form to the Holy Spirit, I will receive a new perception. This perception reflects oneness. This perception reflects innocence and holiness.
 
If I am willing, the Holy Spirit shows me where I have been mistaken. Forgiveness shows me that only Love is real. What is not real can be let go of easily without sacrifice or pain. I need to recognize all the places of unforgiveness still hidden in my mind. As I let each hour be an opportunity to find every form of unforgiveness and hand it to the Holy Spirit, my lessons are learned. I no longer need the ego’s lessons of another form of separation that might make me happy. The Holy Spirit’s lessons bring me freedom, joy and happiness. These are the lessons I would learn today.
 
 
Today’s lesson is a wonderful recipe for healing. It is exquisite in its simplicity and comprehensiveness. By hourly pausing to forgive the issues of the previous hour and moving ahead into the next hour clean and free, I will inevitably forgive and release all illusions. I don’t have to be concerned about digging up grievances from the distant past. Every grievance I hold will inevitably show up in some way in any given hour. And I have the opportunity then in that hour to forgive and let it go.
 
This practice is a wonderful gift. I only need to do it to make my life an accelerated path to freedom. Inconsistency in following this practice is just a reflection of resistance to accepting the happiness God has given me. This resistance I can also offer to the Holy Spirit for His help in letting it go. This is how I replace tears with happy laughter. This is how I replace a sense of weakness and vulnerability with the strength and certainty of God’s Love.
 
As I began my quiet time with the thought of today’s lesson, I was aware of many little concerns with how my body is functioning. None were ones that I would classify as frightening or life threatening, but all reflected a belief in vulnerability, which the Course tells me is really belief in death. As each one crossed my mind, I offered it to the Holy Spirit, asking His help to forgive and see it differently. As I continued this, I found myself feeling more peaceful and contented. I began to feel increasingly safe and loved as though I were cradled in God’s arms, and angels were singing me a lullaby.
 
Today I would practice this moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, for I would receive God’s gift of Love and perfect happiness. My part is very simple. To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, remember, I will forgive and this will disappear.
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To allot God a secondary place in life was, to me, inconceivable.
though He is the sole Owner of the cosmos, silently showering
us with gifts from life to life, one thing yet remains which He does not own,
and which each human heart is empowered to withhold or bestow – man’s love.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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