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AUGUST 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Personal power gives you a sense of accomplishment.
It enables you to live fully and zestfully. It provides you
with a mature reason for liking yourself better.
To state it another way, it is the mark of a healthy and
well-adjusted individual to seek self-advancement by
mastering his human relations.
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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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We are all immersed in the atmosphere of our own thinking.
This decides what shall take place in our lives.

Ernest Holmes
You folks taught me Gratitude.Today,
I am able to  walk free.
Anonymous
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light.
Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not,
and what beyond is in Eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet,
Through Love all that is copper will be gold,
Through Love all dregs will become wine,
through Love all pain will turn to medicine.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 195 Insights
“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.”
A key idea brought up several times in this lesson is that Love makes no comparisons. Comparison is a way of setting things apart. So comparison is a reflection of unforgiveness. If I have forgiven my brother, I have let go of the idea that he is separate from me. It is impossible to compare what is one. There must be an ‘other’ for a comparison to be made.
 
Each time I recognize my brother shares the same need to Love I have, my forgiveness or letting go of illusion is strengthened. Everyone in the world needs to Love, because Love is what we all are. Yet the world was made to be a place without Love, where Love/God is excluded. And so we wander the world searching for Love because we hear the call from our heart to return to Love. Forgiveness is the means in this world to remove the barriers to Love’s Presence. That is why when forgiveness is complete, gratitude is complete, because Love is complete.
 
As I learn to look past the behavior I disapprove of, the words that seem to hurt, and see the Love I share with all things, gratitude fills my heart. I no longer need to defend. I no longer need to compare myself with anything or anyone. The full recognition of the Love I am dawns upon my mind. The search is over. I have found what I am and what I am encompasses all of Life, for what I am is one with Love, my Source. Love fills me and is my strength. Love is my safety and my peace.
 
Today let me look upon my brother and see him as he is, with no thought of the past and no empty images that could ever contain his magnificent Light. Thus will I recognize my Self and I will walk in gratitude.
 
 
Inherent within the Love of our Source is oneness. Oneness is the truth. Because all is One Love, there are no differences, no exceptions. When I open my mind to accept this truth, the truth of God’s Love as being all there is, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude comes inherently with accepting the truth that God’s Love is all there is.
 
Today my practice is to be grateful for the truth of our oneness in God. I am grateful that the truth of oneness is real and nothing else is real. This opening to the truth brings me deep peace. God is One. No dreams can change that. Of this I am grateful.
 
I am thankful dreams of separation could never be true. I am thankful everyone is safe in God and their true Identity could never be changed from how God created them. I am thankful all that is real still resides in Heaven and has never left Heaven. I am thankful we cannot leave God, even though we may dream of separation. I am thankful Love is the only reality and dreams of separation could never be real. Remembering the Reality and Oneness of Love is the way I walk in gratitude. That is the essence of today’s lesson for me.
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The sense of being a separate, egoic self begins with the astral,
not with the physical, body. The soul is individualized spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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