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AUGUST 7,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 7,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“…one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics
is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and
alcoholics change their goals to meet their behaviors.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Make it your profitable habit to carefully study facial expressions.
You can see the entire human drama in a face; you can tell its owner’s history.
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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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To the soul that knows its own divinity, all else must gravitate

Ernest Holmes
After a short time in the fellowship, I felt a release that I had
never felt before.
Anonymous
  One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship
is to understand and to be understood.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything,
your pain can become your greatest ally in
your life’s search for love and wisdom.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 189 Insights
“I feel the Love of God within me now.”
This lesson is an extension of one of the very first lessons which taught us that we don’t know what anything means. If I can wholly embrace the idea that I don’t know what anything means, then I can come to the Holy Spirit with a wholly open mind. It is my cherished beliefs (the meanings I give things) that stand in the way of knowing the Love of God is already within me, shining with the brilliance of innocence and peace.
 
The Light of God is already within me. It has never left me and I have never left It. Only my denial of It, my belief that anything could be apart from or other than the Love of God, stands between me and my awareness of the Love of God shining within me eternally. His Love abides in me and my Self returns the Love in gratitude and joy. This circle of Love continues unabated within me, no matter what images I may make up that hide It from me. The Love of God is shining in me now. I don’t have to wait for It to happen. I need only remove the barriers to my awareness of It.
 
I am grateful I have the means within my confused and delusional mind to find my way out, to return to my natural state as Love created me. The Holy Spirit in my mind recognizes the confusion in my mind but does not believe any of it, so He can bring full awareness of God’s Love to my split mind. He can use the images and false ideas I hold for His own purpose to lead me back Home to the Heaven I never left in truth.
 
My job now is to practice again and again and again, turning everything I believe I see over to Him with an open mind to receive His perception. He will show me the innocence behind the behavior, the Light that is ever present in the darkness, the Love beyond the fear. As I open to His vision, I receive the miracle of Love. And I embrace the world with Its blessing.
In this lesson, Jesus shows me what my part is. He says, “Your part is simply to allow all obstacles that you have interposed between the Son and God the Father to be quietly removed forever.” (8:3) This means I am not the one to remove the obstacles. My job is to open my mind to God to let them be removed. My job is to be willing to let God, Which is Love, into my mind. When I open the door to Love, Love does the rest. Love knows what to do, I don’t.
 
My willingness to open up to God is what brings me the experience of God’s Love. I can tell how much I am opening up to God by what I feel within. If I don’t feel God’s Love, then I must still be holding on to ego’s values, ego’s priorities, ego’s thoughts. It is my willingness to open up to let the false values and priorities be removed that allows them to be replaced by God’s Love. I must learn to hold on to nothing. I must open to God’s Love with empty hands and an open heart. If I want to see the real world, I must first let God into my mind. “You will look upon that which you feel within.” (5:3)
 
The following is a prayer that came to me as I asked for help with my willingness: Dear God, I have joined with the values of separation, and now I choose to return to the awareness of Your ever-present Love. I have wandered in the wilderness of separation, thinking it real and have been frightened and confused by my choice to join with ego thinking.
 
I realize now what is truly important above all things is opening to Your ever-present Love. I consciously choose that now. I let my mind quiet, because I would have it be so. I allow the feeling of Your ever-present Love to return to my awareness. I would not keep my mind closed to Your eternal Presence. Your Love is in me and surrounds me always. Your Love is all that is real. I accept It and allow myself to feel It now. Amen.
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The ideal of an all-sided education for youth
had always been close to my heart.
I saw clearly the arid results of ordinary instruction,
aimed only at the development of body and intellect.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Ron Richey
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