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AUGUST 8,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 8,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Whatever you want, you have the power to attain it.
The man or woman who calmly and matter-of-factly
accepts this pronouncement at face value will soon
find himself working magical accomplishments far
beyond that which he previously dreamed possible.
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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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Today I do affirm that I am Divinely guided…
There is that within which knows what to
do and how to do it, and it compels me to act on what it knows.

Ernest Holmes
Today it is as if God God all of a sudden took a shine to me.
I feel free for the first time in my life.
Anonymous
We are more often frightened than hurt;
and we suffer more from imagination
than from reality.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Love will find its way through all languages on its own.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 190 Insights
“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”
To me this lesson is about responsibility. It makes it very clear that everything I think I experience is because of my own choice. Much of my life I lived believing things happened to me that I had nothing to do with. This lesson is teaching me I am responsible for what I see and what I feel for everything I experience.
 
The title implies I have chosen pain. In case I miss the point in the title, he explains in specific detail that fear and pain are my choice. But I have another choice. I can choose instead the joy of God, the peace of Heaven. And most importantly, the choice for the joy of God is the choice for reality instead of illusion.
 
All I really need do is lay down the self denial that has made illusions seem real. The moment I do this, the reality of the joy and peace of God rushes in to fill the space made empty by laying down illusions. I don’t have to work to become worthy of God’s joy. I don’t have to jump through hoops to please God in order to receive His joy. I need only lay down the illusions that block my awareness of the joy that is always there.
 
It cannot really be hard to let go of nothing in order to receive everything. What makes it seem hard is my unwillingness to recognize nothingness for what it is. This unwillingness comes from identifying with a self image made up of nothingness. It seems that if I give up my belief in it, I will lose my identity and everything of value. This is the effect of misplaced values. In fact, the whole world is the effect of misplaced values. The moment I value reality more than illusion, I will experience reality. I will experience the joy of God.
 
Holy Spirit, help me recognize my misplaced values today. Help me see their nothingness so I can lay them down. Help me see the treasure given me by my Creator and mine for eternity. Help me see Love everywhere. This is the treasure I seek and would offer in every moment. Thank You for Your support.
 
 
I ask myself, “Why have I believed in the existence of pain and death? What attracts me to believe in bodily illusions instead of the truth that I am still in the Mind of God? What attracts me to believe that I or anyone can be hurt? What is the payoff for believing in what is not true?” I take this to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shares:
 
Love is all powerful. Love is What you are. This is your Identity. You cannot leave your Identity. God’s Will is your Will. There is only one Will. Thinking there is something other than the Will of Love is the cause of all pain. There is nothing other than the Will of Love and therefore pain is illusion.
 
The only thing to do with illusions is to lay them down because they are not true. You cannot fix illusions or make them better. What really works is to just give them up, let them go. They are not real. They are thoughts of being unlike God. God is not special or different. God is universal Oneness. God gives all Love to All of Itself. That is What you are for eternity.
 
Being willing to lift the veil of illusions is what cures all pain and sorrow. Being open to the Truth of your Identity as Love removes all belief in weakness, loss and pain. Practice this today.
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It is wisest to be impartial. If you have health,
but are attached to it, you will always be afraid of losing it.
And if you fear that loss, but become ill, you will suffer.
Why not remain forever joyful in the Self?
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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