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AUGUST 25,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 25,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Pg. xvi He suddenly realized that in order to save
himself he must carry his message to another alcoholic.
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VERNON HOWARD
Just be honest with yourself.
That opens the door.
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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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Nature will not let us stay in any one place for too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul. This is a wise provision, for should we stay there too long, we would become too set, too rigid, too inflexible. Nature demands change in order that we may advance.

Ernest Holmes
Every night I pray for those I have a hard time with and those that
I love.
Anonymous
I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 207 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I bless the world because I bless myself.”
 
The words that stand out to me in this lesson are, “accept God’s boundless Love for me.” This world is an attempt to limit God’s Love. Bodies were made to separate off parts of God into isolated individual segments which do not share all of God’s Love. The separate identities we call bodies cannot know boundless Love because the bodies themselves are boundaries.
 
To be boundless is to be united with all. It is to be one. Identifying with the body automatically brings with it a belief in being unworthy of all God’s boundless Love. As I am able to accept more of God’s boundless Love, I bless the world because I bless myself. It is not God Who limits Love. It is simply my mistaken belief in an image of myself that could never be true or real.
 
The Course is teaching me how to forgive myself for having made up this image and let it go. As I let go of the false image, I open my heart to recognize the Presence of God that never left. God is truly in everything I see. God’s Presence has nothing to do with form. God is in everything I see because God is boundless and is therefore everywhere. To experience this, I must let go of all meanings I have given forms. These meanings interfere with Christ’s vision, which sees God’s Love everywhere.
 
Holy Spirit, help me bless myself today by helping me let go of the false meanings and images I have made in this world so I may see the Light of God where it is, which is everywhere. Thus I will bless the world because I bless myself.
 
God (Love) abides in my heart. Love abides in everyone’s heart. This is what is real. For me to recognize this is to bless myself and my brother. I need but turn to Love and I will see this is true.
 
As I turn to Love, the false concepts of bodies and differences fall away. As I turn to Love, my belief in weakness and separation from God falls away. As I turn to Love, I see my innate strength. I feel God’s Love. Because God’s Love is continuous, it is everywhere. The false images disappear in the ever expanding extension of God’s Love. Opening to this truth is blessing the world and blessing myself.
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When the yogi starts to meditate, he must leave behind all sensory thoughts and all longings for possessions by quieting the waves of feeling (chitta), and the mental restlessness that arises therefrom, through the application of techniques that reinstate the controlling power of the untrammeled superconsciousness of the soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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