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AUGUST 29,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 29,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.
Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning.
I saw that growth could start from that point.
 
Pg. 14,15 My friend had emphasized the absolute necessity
of demonstrating these principals in all my affairs.
Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me.
Faith without works was dead, he said.
And how appallingly true for the alcoholic!
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his
spiritual through work and self-sacrifice for others,
he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.
If he did not work, he would surely drink again,
and if he drank, he would surely die.
Pg. 12 BILL’S STORY
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VERNON HOWARD
Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. Y
ou need not. You can crash through…
whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.
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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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But we are born to be happy,
to be abundantly supplied with every good thing,
to have fun in living,
to consciously unite with the Divine Power
that is around us and within us,
and to grow and expand forever.

Ernest Holmes
They said that if God is my father, then I am His son.
Anonymous
A man who suffers before it is necessary,
suffers more than is necessary.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I have no companion but Love,
no beginning, no end, no dawn.
The Soul calls from within me: ‘
You, ignorant of the way of Love,
set Me free.’
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 211 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
What stands out to me in this lesson are the words, “in silence and in true humility…” This reminds me that in order to seek God’s glory and see it everywhere as my one Self, I must become aware of the ego’s chatter and be willing to let it go. I must let go of trying to make something other than God’s universal Love real.
 
“In silence” means choosing to quiet the ego mind and in true humility recognize all ego thoughts of individuality really mean nothing. Thinking I can really make something other than universal Love is arrogance. True humility does not try to imagine or make real something other than the one Self as we were created. This lesson helps me practice letting go of these absurd ideas of separation from unity, from our communion in God. Today’s lesson helps me remember we all are always in communion with our one Self.
 
My practice today is being willing to remember what is real. My job today is to practice true humility. My job today is to let the truth return to my awareness. The truth is not hiding. My job today is to let go of my denial of the truth of our one, universal Self. My job today is to remember I am not a body. I am free. I remain as God created me. The truth is true and nothing else is true.
 
I am willing to let my mind be filled with awareness of God’s Presence today. What a wonderful practice. What a wonderful opportunity I have today and every day.
This lesson teaches the opposite of what most of us believe about ourselves. “Holy” and “glory” are not words we associate with what we think we are. Guilty and unworthy seem much more appropriate to us because of what we think we are.
 
Yet these attributes we believe about ourselves must be arrogant because this lesson tells us that to recognize our holiness and glory we must seek in true humility. This is the opposite of what the ego teaches, that humility is to see ourselves as debased and unworthy of anything but condemnation.
 
Gratefully the Course teaches us that God does not and never has condemned. His Love for us remains unchanged by any of our wild imaginings of a separate self. So today’s lesson is another step in the reversal of the beliefs I have held about myself. It leads me toward recognition of What I am in truth. In that recognition I see my brothers as my Self, one with me, sharing God’s Love and Light, sharing His glory and holiness. I can only recognize this as I recognize my brothers are one with me. Seeing myself as separate or alone blocks all awareness of my holiness and unity with God.
 
To see this unity, I must let go of all judgment. That is why it is so important to take each thought of condemnation to the Holy Spirit and be willing to receive His vision in place of that false perception.
 
Holy Spirit I open my mind to you today, that I might see the holiness and glory in my brother and therefore in myself. Help me see past body images to the Love that is the essence of everyone and everything, for it is this I desire to recognize in myself. Thank you Holy Spirit for Your strength and support and trust in me.
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Man is important in one sense only.
He was made in the image of God:
That is his importance.
He is not important for his body,
ego, or personality.
His constant affirmation of ego-consciousness
is the source of all his problems.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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