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MAY 21,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 21,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
NO MORE STRUGGLE… 
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 
When A.A. found me, I thought I was in for a struggle, and that A.A. might provide the strength I needed to beat alcohol. Victorious in that fight, who knows what other battles I could win. I would need to be strong, though. All my previous experience with life proved that. Today I do not have to struggle or exert my will. If I take those Twelve Steps and let my Higher Power do the real work, my alcohol problem disappears all by itself. My living problems also cease to be struggles. I just have to ask whether acceptance – or change – is required. It is not my will, but His, that needs doing.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
“This is tough stuff here. No more childlike games, no more playing,
no more making it easy on ourselves. Those who make it easy on them-
selves won’t make it. They won’t make it outside of themselves, which
is the purpose of this class.
   If you can take it, you will make it. If you can’t take it, you’re
not going to make it. Now there it is. We’ve said that for years, and
you think about it afresh. If you can take it, you will make it. That
means if you can take right in front of you the facts of what you are
really like, if you can take that, and stick with it, not run away from
it, you’ll make it.
   And what you’ll finally make is not something you presently know about at
all, so don’t try to describe it and don’t imagine it because what you’ll
make is the loss of everything that you falsely think is supporting you,
so you have no supports at all. But there’s no one there to be supported.
The two go together.
  The dissolution of you is your only salvation, and I tell you, there’s no
ten products on the market for you to choose from. There’s no five, there’s
no two. There is just one.”
from a talk given 6/27/1986
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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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“Life is infinite energy coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every visible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom and beauty, as well as energy and imagination. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this invisible Life. All human endeavor is an attempt to get back to first principles, to find such an inward wholeness that all sense of fear, doubt and uncertainty vanishes.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Art of Life
 
 
Someone told me that I can come to know and have
a personal relationship with my Higher Power.
I didn’t believe that was possible.

Anonymous


 “What we must realize is that we cannot see everything. 
We do not know everything. More important, 
we must understand that it is impossible for us to control anything. 
The process of life is a spiritual one, governed by invisible,
intangible spiritual laws and principles.” 
— I. Vanzant
 
“Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?”
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 140 Insights
“Only salvation can be said to cure.”
This lesson is expanding on the first miracle principle: There is no order of difficulty in miracles. Accepting a miracle is recognizing that there is no difference between being disturbed by a story of someone hitting a child or being bothered because I tripped over a piece of loose carpet. There is no difference between intense terror and a mild irritation. They are all equally illusions.
 
The world has set up elaborate schemes to try to bring a sense of safety in this world of illusions. We jail people who we believe will harm us. We take pills to protect ourselves from damaging microorganisms. We take other pills to destroy those threatening organisms when the first pills didn’t work and we believe we are sick. This lesson is saying false perception is the same — they are all illusions. When we make up one illusion to try to fix another, we are not dealing with the real source of the problem.
 
It is essential that we learn to recognize illusions for what they are. Otherwise we will continue mindlessly trying to cure what is merely an effect without changing the cause. And this cannot be a cure. All the myriad forms in this world are there to justify our belief that separation is real. But they are merely the effect of a confused mind that believes that what could never be real is real.
 
This lesson is telling me that if I want to be free of the conflict of this world, the fear and deprivation, the guilt and isolation, I need to change my mind about what I think is real. Then real healing happens. Each time I bring a fear or guilt to the Holy Spirit, ask for His healing perception and receive it, I move a step closer to my salvation. When I can see that what I thought harmed me had no real effect on my true Reality as Love, I can let go of the fear or anger and free myself with Holy Spirit’s help.
 
The recognition that this world is an illusion is how I wake up from the dream. Each time I forgive or let go of dreaming I am separate from Love with the Holy Spirit’s help, my dream is a little happier, a little more peaceful, a little more loving. Gradually I begin to see that what seemed to be different circumstances, different problems, have more and more in common in my perception. As I see the sameness of all problems, my letting go of the world of illusions accelerates. I move from baby steps to recognizing more and more that all problems are the same.
 
Today, with the Holy Spirit’s help, I will move closer to the full recognition that nothing but the full unity of my mind with God is real. Here is my salvation, my freedom. I am grateful that the Holy Spirit is ever present in my mind. All His strength He shares with me as I walk this journey with Him. It is through His strength that my mind is healed. I am grateful.
In this lesson Jesus is telling me that there is only one solution to every problem. He is telling me that the Holy Spirit abides in my mind and can bring a happy solution to every perception that I hold as I am willing to open to the healing perceptions that the Holy Spirit brings. But in order for me to hear His Voice, I must be willing to be still with an open mind. I must be willing to quiet my mind of all the mental chatter that goes on there. I must be willing to open my mind to receiving the truth. From this comes true healing. Only from this comes salvation from every problem I think is real.
 
Every problem comes from belief in separation. Every solution comes from being open to the truth and receiving Holy Spirit’s true perception. That is why there is no order of difficulty in miracles. All false ideas stemming from belief in separation are equally unreal. All false ideas stemming from belief in time and space and separate bodies that are born into a brief “life” and then die are equally unreal.
 
Only salvation can be said to cure these false ideas. The false ideas are the cause and the effect is the world of separation I seem to see. As the cause is changed, the effect must change. Only the Holy Spirit, Which is always in my mind ready to give me a correction in perception, can heal these false ideas. That is why having a mind open to the Holy Spirit is so important. Salvation does not happen without openness to the Holy Spirit.
 
Today I practice opening my mind to the Holy Spirit hourly. Today I practice returning my mind to the truth which helps me recognize the false ideas for what they are and let them go because they are not true. Today I practice letting the Holy Spirit guide my life in every way.
I have a few transgressions in my life that have caused me much guilt. I cling to that guilt with great tenacity. Do I think the pain of guilt will ward off a worse punishment? Is it just another way of making myself special — my guilt is a greater burden than your guilt, certainly different from your guilt?
 
I bring it to Holy Spirit, but I won’t leave it there. I really need this hourly practice today. It is so hard for my mind to grasp the idea of no order of difficulty in miracles.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org

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However, Christ does last. He is in your mind as your higher spirit in a very literal sense. You must seek for Him to know that He is there. This is foolishness and “frightening” to your ego. Your ego is that aspect of your personality that has been trained by this world. There is another world that Jesus Christ refers to as heaven. This heaven is obtained by love. When you unconditionally forgive another, you are sending love to them and yourself.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 22,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 22,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Neighbors
Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love Thy neighbor as thyself.”
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 152-3
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
T E A M=Together Everyone Achieves More
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VERNON HOWARD
“Would you like to reply to a foolish world with power and poise?
You can.
  Thoughtfully read the seven answers. _Remember, you do not actually
speak the answers aloud to another person_. The answers are designed
to build right and strong attitudes within you. And, of course they
are not said as angry accusations; you are merely seeing obvious facts
about the person. These silent answers will build your firmness and
understanding. You will learn how to avoid the traps of cunning people.
 These answers are really very kindly, for they come from a high source
of strength and wisdom. It is weakness and confusion toward people that
is unkind, for it keeps them undeveloped. So have no guilt in seeing
thru deceitful men and women. You have a right to free spiritual speech,
and it returns a rich inner reward. When you truly understand a harmful
person you are free of him, so let these answers dissolve all problems
with people.
The world has a desperate need for strong people who know and live the
real answers to life. Be one of them.”
WHEN PEOPLE INTERFERE WITH YOUR LIFE
 1. Please do not use my personal affairs for your private entertainment.
 2. What do you secretly expect in return for your help?
 3. You pretend to help because you know of nothing else to do with
    yourself.
 4. The greatest help you can give me is to leave me alone.
 5. If I wish your help I will ask for it.
 6. How would you feel if I asked you a personal question like that?
 7. Your kind of help just adds to the problem.”
How to Handle Difficult People, p. 4
“Q: How can we escape feelings of weakness?
A: Weakness handled with an alert mind turns to strength. Suppose you
suffer a loss of some kind, making you feel weak and sad. Wake up!
Refuse the feeling. Make it absolutely clear that you will have nothing
to do with the weakness. A new feeling of strength will come.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 407
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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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“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am” 
― Ernest Holmes

“How did I get here, sober?”
Anonymous

 
 
When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!  
Rabbi Harold Kushner
 
 
“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
 Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?” 
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 111 Insights Review: 
“Miracles are seen in light.” and
“Miracles are seen in light and light and strength are one.”
This lesson reminds me to give time to God, to give time to the strength in my mind. This lesson reminds me to open to the truth. It encourages me to maintain this practice of opening to miracles throughout the day. It is only by opening to the Light and strength in me that the truth comes into my mind.
 
This Inner Wisdom is always there, waiting eagerly to be accepted into my mind. This practice of opening to the truth all through the day is the way that my false ideas are undone. It is the way that I learn to identify with the strength in me. Light and strength are one. The strength of God is always there in my mind, waiting for acceptance.Today’s practice is very important practice. Accepting the Light of God that we all are is very important practice. In today’s review lesson, Jesus defines the practice very clearly. My willingness to follow through is what will bring me the gifts of receiving miracles all through the day. O Happy Day!
 
The Course uses Light as an attribute of God, like peace and joy and happiness. Since God created me as an extension of Himself, and I remain as God created me, I share His Light. And remembering that peace and joy and happiness are companions of God’s Light, if I am experiencing anything but peace and happiness, I must have cut myself off from the Light and believe I am in darkness. Thus the world of separation is a world of darkness, a place of believing that I am separate from God’s Light, and therefore my own.
 
This is why it is important for me to welcome God’s Light, to invite It into my mind. His Light will dispel all the images that I have made to fill darkness. I see miracles when I invite the Light of truth into my mind. I see miracles when I am willing to accept my true Self as What I am.
 
If I see a situation as disturbing, if I perceive someone’s words or actions as an attack, I have forgotten the Light. I am seeing made up images in darkness. Because I made these images up, they seem very real to me. I need the Light and strength of God to recognize that these images are not real. It is helpful to be reminded that strength is one with Light. When I welcome God’s Light, I welcome His strength.In darkness I will feel weak because darkness is the effect of believing I am separate from strength, from God. But I can reverse the situation instantly simply by being willing to accept the light and strength that are already in me as I was created by God.
 
Today I will be consistently mindful of what condition I am allowing in my mind. I will use any disturbance of my peace as a reminder to welcome Light and strength into my mind. This is how I give myself the gift of seeing miracles all through the day.
 
When I see with God’s Light, I see only innocence and wholeness and purity. Everything else is recognized as illusion. This is forgiveness. This is my salvation and the salvation of the world. Today I will practice accepting salvation.
 
I used to think the word “light” was a shade of white, or a group of angels coming out of the clouds opening up in the sky, or the room lighting up around me with glorious music. As a result, I would get frustrated with myself and the Course, thinking I wasn’t doing something right, thinking all my efforts weren’t working because I never saw or experienced any of those things.
 
Today I realize that Light means recognition — recognition of who I am, recognition of the strength in me to remember my Identity and that of my brothers. Today I might recognize that I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t understand where I’ve been, but the miracle is that I’m willing to learn, to be taught by my Divine Guidance.
 
The recognition of this thought gives me the strength I need to carry me until I recognize another miracle, which then doubles in strength, and on and on. This is the way I’ve been able to commit to the Course, no matter how difficult it sometimes gets — one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one miracle at a time.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
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Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 23,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 23,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
“We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 22
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VERNON HOWARD
 
Whether a person is aware of it or not, he is assaulted constantly by misleading and hostile voices within the mind. They speak both through you and to you. Everyone is their target, but because of their extreme cunning, few people ever detect and dismiss them. So the only problem is a lack of information about these foreign voices. The curing facts are as close as your desire for them. It is extremely important for you to remember the following truth: these hurtful voices are not you, and they do not belong to you, but merely speak through your psychic system. Don’t take them as being your own voices, any more than you take radio voices as being your own. They simply use unaware human beings. Your true nature has nothing to do with them. When finally dismissing these sinister speakers you make room for spiritual health and true life.
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power[edit]
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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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“Life is not just something to be endured. 
It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit (p.82)” 

Ernest Holmes

 
” They told me that I would find God, and I said, ‘is he lost?”
Anonymous
 
 
God is to me that creative force, behind and in the universe, who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love.
Henry Sloane Coffin
 
 
 
 
“When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
… When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
NEVER GIVE UP!
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 112 Insights Review: 
“Light and joy and peace abide in me.”
and “I am as God created me.”
This lesson is talking about my Identity. It is talking about everyone’s Identity. Everyone is the home of Light and joy and peace. Jesus is encouraging me to remember this. He is giving me a structured practice to help me remember the truth. Do I want to remember the truth of my Identity? If so, I will do the practice.
 
I want to return to my true Identity. Jesus is pointing out the way here in today’s lesson. I have practiced the opposite often enough. The time is now to practice returning to the truth. It all happens in my mind. I need to give this practice the devotion it deserves, the time it deserves. This is the most important use of time, no matter what the ego thought system may point out to me that needs to be done with my time.
 
We are all part of God. This can never change. Whether we choose to remember this is up to us. Today I have been given a structured practice to remember What I am in truth. I open my mind today and follow the lead of my true Self. There is nothing more important than this.
 
Light and joy and peace are already mine. I do not need to do anything to qualify for them, to deserve them. They are part of me as I was created by the Source of light and joy and peace. I remain one with that Source. Darkness, sadness and conflict cannot coexist with light and joy and peace, being complete opposites.
 
If I remain one with the Source of light and joy and peace, darkness, sadness and conflict cannot be part of me. If I believe I experience darkness, sadness or conflict, I must be believing in illusion. Since it is my belief that brings me this experience, I can change my experience by changing my belief.
 
These lessons provide a means for me to practice giving my attention to a new belief, a belief that leads me to the experience of myself as God created me. Today, if I experience tension, which is a sign of conflict in my mind, I will use today’s lesson to redirect my mind by reminding myself that joy and Light and peace abide in me. This practice throughout the day, as many times as I can remember to practice, strengthens my mind in a new belief. It redirects my attention to accepting my true Identity as God created me.
 
My home is not my body; my home is with God, because I am a part of Him, as are my brothers. And being of God, only Light and joy and peace could possibly abide there. This makes sense of the God I knew of deep down in my heart; the one I knew could never abandon me or cause all the insanity I sometimes see.
 
Jesus wants us to practice this thought over and over again until we can begin to see the truth in this thought. I will remain forever they way God created me, in the image of Himself, changeless like Himself.
 
Holy Spirit, help me this day have the willingness to stay focused on these thoughts; the thoughts my Heavenly Father has sent me to remind me of who I am. Amen.
 
For all this time, until this morning, the only wrinkle I saw in ACIM was the seeming focus on life’s challenges. You know, “Do the exercises at these intervals, and especially any time a problem arises.” I formed a fuzzy notion of being “Salvation” ready or “problem” ready by exercising according to the instructions.
 
For one thing, my performance of the exercises had been rather hit and miss. I was rarely particularly pro-active. Now that my commitment has been activated, I am very ready to hear Holy Spirit’s notions. As it turns out, every now moment that is not guided by the awareness of Self as defined by Holy Spirit holds a problem. Just because I am not conscious of the problem hasn’t meant that there is no problem. And the problem is always that I am not allowing myself receive all that is mine. Just as the absence of war is not peace, well the absence challenges is not happiness, which is my inheritance.
 
“Go with God” is not just a wish for you to be safe, as I once believed. It’s an invitation to Joy. Go, spend YOUR day with Him. Or, if you have the time or inclination to read a description of the defining moment, read on.
 
I was having a morning that is typical for me. Running late, and making mistakes, and involving other people. Today, it was getting the mechanic to fit me into his schedule because I was late with obeying the state inspection standards. And then he informs me that it is my registration that is overdue. My inspection isn’t due until the end of June. “Details, details! Like I had the time to get to DMV today. After all I was already late getting to the mechanic, for goodness sake.” Very, very frustrating, especially when it’s a way of life as it is with me.
 
The little dark cloud didn’t form. Instead I remained Light. With a flick of a few light hearted comments, and a big “thank you” to the mechanic and his helper, I went on to finish having a day. Not until I got into the car did I realize that I acted as God created me. At no time, during the event, did I consciously invoke today’s exercise. I had been proactive in my performance of the every 1Ú2 hour repetitions and thoughtfulness. But, that is it.
 
Still does not sound much like a defining moment, does it? I hope I can explain, because it’s big. Very big. There were no words or pictures to describe, only a moment of coming to understand. A moment of awareness. Yes, this event was a moment of challenge. I had been making my self ready for it, or so it seems.
 
The but? Number one, I would not have ever considered this event one of the challenges because I never would have been testy to or blamed my brother, the mechanic. I would have felt sorry or angry with my self and/or fate again, hence the cloud. It is also not odd for me to become somewhat humorous to make the moment more bearable. This does sometimes dispel the cloud, but has never given me happiness.
 
And number two, only the exercises repeating in my head stopped me in my tracks. Only those words reminded me that a Creation of God had no place being angry with Self. It was from this place that Holy Spirit had only to take a little leap to show me that all the moments I spend without God are problem moments. I had willed my Self to meet Him with an open heart wanting to be filled. The defining moment is in that leap. My gratitude to the Trinity, of which we are all a part.
 
I had a defining moment, too. I was interacting with someone and found myself judging that person. Quickly I thought about that person as abiding in Light and realized that my judgment was of his “story,” not of who he really was.
 
I saw so clearly that person was Light that cannot be changed or even dimmed by whatever story he chooses for himself today. Everyone is as God created them — Hitler, Bin-Laden, everyone! Saddam Hussein’s Light is as pure and bright as mine and ours is just as bright as Jesus’ Light, because nothing can change that.
 
I know that this is what we have been saying all along, but suddenly it wasn’t just an idea, but I really understood what that means. I asked for help to stay focused on the Light and not on the story. I had good interactions with everyone today and feel so happy and even though it has been a very long day and I haven’t even had time to stop and eat, I’m not even tired. This is how I am meant to live every day, in Light and peace and joy, just as God created me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
==================================
The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest. Man is the 
highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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APRIL 24,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 24,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
THE CHALLENGE OF FAILURE 
In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 31 
  How thankful I am today, to know that all my past failures were necessary for me to be where I am now. Through much pain came experience and, in suffering, I became obedient. When I sought God, as I understand Him, He shared His treasured gifts. Through experience and obedience, growth started, followed by gratitude. Yes, then came peace of mind – living in and sharing sobriety.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“‘You have said we do not think deeply enough to see the startling
significance of certain ideas. Please give us one such idea.’
 
  ‘Whoever blames another person for his troubles is making a terrible
confession. He admits he does not think for himself. Think deeply
about that.'”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 196
========================
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).
==============================
“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something… call it what you will.” 
Ernest Holmes
 
What do you mean I am One with God?
That doesn’t make since.
Anonymous

 [Whilst] everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.  That informing power or spirit is God….And is this power benevolent or malevolent?  I see it as purely benevolent.  For I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.  Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light.  He is Love.  He is the supreme Good.  Mahatma Gandi
 
 
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” 
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 113 Insights Review:
 “I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
and “Salvation comes from my one Self.”
It is comforting to know that my unity with God and all creation has not been disrupted in any way. I remain one Self. Peace and serenity are automatic conditions when there is no “other” with which to conflict. Where there is perfect unity, there can be no conflict. That is my natural and true state. All I need do to experience this is let go of all the false images made up by the ego to make separation appear real.
 
The task is simple but it does not seem easy. The difficulty comes because there are still aspects in my mind that believe some of these images offer me something I want. In basic terms, there is a preference for specialness over the unity of God’s Love. Again and again throughout the Course Jesus shows me that all these images really offer me nothing. It is a gradual process of learning to recognize the valuelessness of every image of everything in this world.
 
I definitely can see that my life is more peaceful than it was before I began studying the Course. Every year has brought me to more consistent levels of deeper peace. Yet I still experience frustration, impatience, irritation and disappointment, which shows me that I am still valuing things of this world more than my unity with Love, my one Self. The fact that I do experience more consistent peace shows me that the practice is working. It’s worth continuing the practice.
 
Each time I remind myself that I am one Self united with my Creator and that salvation comes from my one Self, my identification with a separate self image loosens. My attention shifts more and more strongly to the one Self that I am in truth. I am grateful for these lessons that provide a structure to help me shift my identification from the false to the true, from the conflicted to the peaceful.
 
The truth of our Oneness is real, and nothing else is real. Making up stories that are not real does not make them real. Trying to make separation real is the core of what I need to let be undone. Jesus tells us many times in the Course not to make the error real. The error of separation is really nothing, and yet I find myself making separation real over and over again.
 
This lesson, if I practice it consistently, will help me undo the persistent habit of making separation real. It helps me loosen my grip on a false identity. We all are really one Self, united with our Creator. We are One. We are in God and of God. Returning to this awareness, this reality, is our salvation.
 
Today’s lesson helps me change my mind. This lesson helps me let go of that persistent habit of believing in the error of separation. Jesus very wisely knows what I need to undo this persistent habit of making the error of separation real. So today I practice reversing my thinking. I practice remembering there is only one Self and that salvation comes from my one Self. How willing am I to awaken to this truth? Today I practice one hour at a time, returning to what has never changed. Today I practice remembering that only Love is real and nothing else is real.
 
This morning my attention shifted more and more strongly to the one Self that I am in truth.
 
The first part brought the awareness of Self’s supreme confidence. I have experienced bravado, and strutting, and good hair days, and all the promises of being confident. They never satisfied, never caused me to be comfortable in my own skin. Supreme confidence is Truth, and natural. That fleeting quiet confidence is both a personal reason to want to reach Self and the knowledge that I can.
 
Thinking of God’s perfect plan for my salvation being seen as perfectly fulfilled made perfect sense out of a business motivational concept meaningful to me (at last). The concept is that one must set goals and have a clear, concise, mental picture (CCMP) in order to be successful. The picture that flashed was now is Eternity, my life in the forgiven Sonship. So now I know my reachable goal. I can finally “see” it. When you take the exercises as seriously as you know how, some really neat stuff starts to happen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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Ignoring all prejudices of caste, creed, class, color, sex, or race, a swami follows the precepts of human brotherhood. His goal is absolute unity with Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 25,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 25,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Powerlessness
Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21
We surrender to win.
S W A T=Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, and Trust
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“THE OPENING IN THE WALL
As a clerk in a courtroom, Wayne daily observed human beings in
conflict with each other. As part of his inner work, he tried to
connect human affairs with the facts absorbed in class, which
speeded his progress. At one group gathering he commented,
“The best word to describe human relations is confusion. Is
there some opening in the wall we can work on to make things
clearer?”
  ‘You get for yourself exactly what you wish for others — what
you _really_ wish for others, not what you say you wish. It can
be no other way. It is a law of spiritual science. Work with
that opening.”
  _Conflict does not enter the life of anyone who understands the
spiritual laws governing human relations.”_
Inspire Yourself, p. 46
========================
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).
==============================
“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
 
 
“Pinch me, I’m a human being.What is this crap that I am one with God?
Anonymous

That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein

 
 
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” 
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 114 Insights Review:
 “I am spirit.” and 
“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.”
True happiness is accepting my Identity. True happiness is accepting God’s Will for me. God wills that I not be separate from Him. God is the universal Spirit of Love. That means that I am the universal Spirit of Love.
 
I am not a body. I may use the body as an instrument, but that is not what I am. I am not contained by the body or limited in any way. I am still as God created me. I am Spirit, the one Spirit of Love, joy and peace. I have forgotten my Identity, but now I am reawakening to It. I open my mind to God’s Will for me. I practice today opening to the truth. I am Spirit.
Every day I see stories of conflict. Some of them seem not to be directly related to me. They appear to occur in other parts of the world or in other people’s lives. Others seem to directly affect me. Yet the Course reminds me that no conflict can occur in reality. What is one cannot conflict with itself. Only seeming differences can conflict.
 
If I perceive conflict anywhere, in any way, I have a choice of two responses. One is to perceive the conflict as real and seek to in some way prevent or change or protect against that conflict. This is an attempt to substitute one form for another, but it does not deal with the cause, only the symptoms.
 
The other way to respond is to let Holy Spirit guide my vision, to see beyond the conflict of forms to the unity of Spirit in all things. This is how I remember my true Identity. This is how I accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. This is how I bring peace to the world.
 
My practice now is to seek in every moment to let Holy Spirit guide my vision. And in moments of temptation, where I perceive conflict of any kind, to respond by reminding myself that I am Spirit and I choose to accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
 
I choose to open my mind and heart to the guidance of Holy Spirit to see with His vision, to Love with His Love. This is how I accept the happiness that God gave me in my creation and which He gave to all His creations. I am not a body and I am not limited by a body. I can learn to see beyond body forms. I can accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
The fact that my Heavenly Father’s Will is that I not be separate from Him gives me a sense of security and peace that there are no words for. This thought is much easier to accept when I realize I am not a body. When I practice letting go of belief in my body, just for moments at a time, I do believe it is possible to connect with God. Even though I’m not sure at this point where my mind goes when I take the time to get away from the insanity of this world, wherever it is, I get the willingness to be open to my part in God’s plan for salvation, whatever that is.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me this day to have the willingness to stay focused on the fact that I am Spirit and, being Spirit, to accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 16 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 16 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
A THANKFUL HEART
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37 
  My sponsor told me that I should be a grateful alcoholic and always have “an attitude of gratitude” – that gratitude was the basic ingredient of humility, that humility was the basic ingredient of anonymity and that “anonymity was the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” As a result of this guidance, I start every morning on my knees, thanking God for three things: I’m alive, I’m sober, and I’m a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then I try to live an “attitude of gratitude” and thoroughly enjoy another twenty-four hours of the A.A. way of life. A.A. is not something I joined; it’s something I live.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“THE SHADOWS AHEAD
Three friends were passing through a strange land at night. Just
ahead they saw some moving shadows which seemed to menace them.
 ‘We had better run away,’ whispered one.
 ‘N0, it is best to rush forward and fight them,’ stated another.
 Advised the third man, ‘Let’s sit quietly here until we understand
what they are.’
 So that is what they did. At dawn, the shadows which seemed so
menacing turned out to be broad branches of a tree.
 The inaction of a quiet mind is the only action leading to perception
of things as they are.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 109
========================
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).
==============================
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” This is a blessed thought, for it means that we cannot wander from the presence of God, or depart from divine care. Always God watches over us and comforts us. Forever we sit in the house of the divine and we are ceaselessly cared for. The all-seeing eye cannot overlook any one, and all are kept in sacred care. All are kept in divine care.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Daily Meditations for Self Help and Healing
With you guys I learn how to fix myself, 
which is internal. 
Anonymous 
Let everything happen to you: 
beauty and terror. 
Just keep going. 
No feeling is final.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
“When the world pushes you to your knees,
you’re in the perfect position to pray.” 
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 105 Insights
“God’s peace and joy are mine.”
God’s peace and joy extend forever. God’s peace and joy extend to me and through me. If I don’t experience God’s peace and joy, I have put up a barrier to its extending through me.

The Holy Spirit will help me remove the barriers to my extending peace and joy if I let Him. The Holy Spirit shines a light on all my barriers to peace and joy and helps me see that they are not real. The Holy Spirit helps me see that the barrier is not what I want and is meaningless.
 
I cannot receive God’s peace and joy unless I am willing to extend it or give it away. That is the way God’s gifts work. They increase through extension. Today my practice is to extend God’s peace and joy so that I will remember that they are mine. As I learn to connect with the peace and joy in everyone, I will learn that they are mine. Giving is receiving.
 
Today’s practice is a practice of accepting God’s gift of happiness. Doing this exercise all through the day is the way to accept happiness as mine. It is a way of seeing a forgiven world. I cannot truly offer peace and joy to my brother if I am holding a grievance. And I cannot accept peace and joy in me while I am holding a grievance.
 
Forgiveness is a central theme of the Course. Today’s exercise is another way of moving toward seeing a forgiven world. When I look upon a brother I have judged, one I might call ‘enemy,’ and I offer peace and joy to that brother, I am releasing him from that judgment and releasing myself at the same time.
 
In the beginning of this practice, I may say the words with halfhearted belief. I may understand the truth, but still have reservations about the worthiness of the other to receive those gifts. Yet each time I practice, I open the door a little wider to the acceptance that these gifts in truth do belong to everyone. Everyone deserves them without exception. It is God’s Will and therefore must be mine as well, for I share God’s Will for my happiness and the happiness of all the world. I will practice today. I want to remember that everyone, including me, deserves all of God’s joy and peace.
 
As I did the lesson, I came up against a barrier with a couple of people and felt guilty that I was having trouble with them. I don’t know why it is that I tend to always think I am the only person to have these problems and that there must be something especially unworthy about me that I can’t do them. (OH, wow! Maybe that’s it. Maybe it is just another way to feel special. I am uniquely unworthy. More unworthy than anyone else. Now how is that for foolish. No wonder Jesus refers to the ego thought system as insane.) I will keep working at it throughout the day and trust that Holy Spirit is working with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
The physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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APRIL 17 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 17 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Reborn From “Riding the Rods”:
“That was two years ago. The way has not been easy. The new way of life was strange at first, but all my thoughts were on it. The going was sometimes slow; halting were my steps among the difficulties of the path. But always, when troubles came, when doubts assailed and temptation was strong and the old desire returned, I knew where to go for aid. Helping others also strengthened me and helped me to grow.”
2005, AAWS, Inc.
Experience, Strength & Hope, pg. 74
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
 
‘Help us stick to our lofty aims.’
‘Imagine a party of explorers in unknown territory. They spend all
their time avoiding the dangers of marshes and storms and wild animals.
That is all they do – avoid dangers. Because of this they never set a
goal of reaching  the mountaintop from where they could view everything.
That is man. He is so busy avoiding dangers to his faulty beliefs that
he has no cosmic aim. Forget the so-called dangers. March toward your
elevated view.'”
There is a Way Out, p. 58
========================
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).
==============================
“What we need to do is to eliminate the negative 
and accentuate the positive. In doing this, 
we gradually acquire the habit of affirmative thinking.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Philosophy of Jesus: Updated and Gender-Neutral
 
 
I thought I was having fun, getting up, not knowing 
where my purse was, or my car or for that matter 
where I was, and who I was with. 
Anonymous 
 
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic…
If we remember those times and places where people
have behaved magnificently, this gives us energy to act, 
and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top 
of a world in a different direction.
HOWARD ZINN

“Knock. And he’ll open the door.”
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 106 Insights
“Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
Let yourself rest a while in oneness. There is no conflict there, only perfect peace and a deep sense of well-being. Here you recognize through experience that giving and receiving are the same: One undivided Whole, giving all of Itself to all, eternal because It is changeless, being filled up completely, giving completely, safe, happy, loving, loved, gentleness, being Spirit.
 
When I let myself open up to this state of mind, it is there, it is real. The world of separate bodies is nowhere and nothing. On the other hand, as I focus on the world of separate bodies, this world becomes very real and God’s Reality seems very distant. The Course tells us that we can have one or the other, not both at the same time. What an opportunity today to take five minutes of every hour to be still and listen to the truth, open to reality, feel the well-being and safety that comes with opening to God’s peace and love and joy.
 
I need to ask myself, “What are my priorities? What is truly important to me? Where do I find my salvation? Where do I place my trust? How am I to be of service today?” It is only as I am willing to be still and listen to the truth that I receive Reality instead of illusions. As I am open to receive, so do I give. Today I will nurture myself with the truth. I will allow myself to feel God’s gifts of peace and joy. What is more important than this?
 
When I allow myself to be still, the truth comes with a deep sense of peace. I experience no conflict as I look upon the world. I feel safe. This is the message I receive and the message I give. The message is, “We are one. There are no differences. There is no distance between us.”
 
My job is to hold that awareness all through the day for myself and all my brothers. Sometimes I may express these thoughts in words for my brothers to hear with the body’s ears. Sometimes it is best simply to hold those thoughts in my mind as I see with the vision of Christ my unity with my brother.It matters not if my brother seems to be dedicated to ego and heavily defended against the truth. I can still give the message in my mind, joined with his that we are one and the same, still Love, as we were created.
 
In the giving of that thought, it is returned to me, strengthening it in me. And Holy Spirit holds that thought for my brother in safe keeping until he is ready to receive it, just as He has held that thought for me. Today I will be still and listen to the truth.
 
When I went into work early this morning, I was told that my supervisor’s mother had passed during the night after a downward struggle with heart disease. The immediate and normal reaction of my ego was sadness; for my supervisor, her mother, and mostly fear for myself, as I, too, have a mother in her mid 80’s who’s health is also progressively declining.
 
It is times like this that the constant practicing of these lessons, the constant repetition of the same thing over and over, as inconvenient as it can sometimes seem, that I see results and change in myself — results that are truly valuable, results that sustain me, results that give me hope.
 
I quickly began to steady my mind in an attempt to escape the insanity and the fear, and I turned to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I must say I didn’t “hear” anything, I didn’t get an answer, but I felt peace. I went absolutely no further with the fear; I was actually able to let it go and just feel peace. Sometimes, when I ask for guidance, I don’t know what “the answer” is, but today I know that I don’t always need to know “the answer”; all I need to do is be at peace. When I do that, everything starts falling into place. Life just seems to work.
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Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 18 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 18 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Seeking Guidance
“Man is supposed to think, and act. He wasn’t made in God’s image to be an automaton. My own formula along this line runs as follows: First, think through every situation pro and con, praying meanwhile that I be not influenced by ego considerations. Affirm that I would like to do God’s will. Then, having turned the problem over in this fashion and getting no conclusive or compelling answer, I wait for further guidance, which may come into the mind directly or through other people or through circumstances. If I feel I can’t wait, and still get no definite indication, I repeat the first measure several times, try to pick out the best course, and then proceed to act. I know if I am wrong, the heavens won’t fall. A lesson will be learned, in any case.”
LETTER, 1950
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
“When thunder and lightning strike your mind, remind yourself
instantly, ‘I am apart from all that!’ Now, you translate thunder
and lightning into your personal experiences. Your worries and your
half-seen concerns over what’s going to happen to you. And remember
this fact. What is known in heaven, as a fact, can be known by you
as a human being here on earth. It’s a heavenly fact, and you can
learn how to bring it down to you. Yes, right at the office there,
right at the home.
   You can bring that fact down to you because it doesn’t depend on you
to build it to keep it going. It is up to you allow it to descend
inside your mind so that something that is stronger than the thunder
and lightning can take over your entire life. The next time, that
means during this talk if necessary, you feel a shaking and agitation
or an unnamable bother of any kind that you’re only dimly conscious of,
you will remind yourself of the heavenly fact that you are apart from
all that.
 
The thunder and the lightning is not you! Hostile forces want you to
believe in it. They tell you that’s you. Therefore, you’d better get
sick and stay sick. Don’t you believe it again. Now I know that the
fact is not yet a personal experience with you, and that’s not anything
for you to be concerned with.”
from a talk given 12/9/1990
========================
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).
==============================
“Seeing and recognizing no opposite to itself, it finds no need of denial, indeed, this thought need not enter the mind; if we are working with the Spirit we need not deny but state the affirmative attitude of mind, realizing that we are dealing with the only power that exists.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Ernest Holmes: The Essential Collection
 
 
My first attempt at sobriety started at 
woman’s way and I just couldn’t get it. 
Anonymous
 
In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, 
a parade, a community, a school, 
a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
 
 
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 107 Insights
“Truth will correct all errors in my mind.”
Any time I feel anxious, impatient, hurried, unhappy, guilty or less than peaceful in any way, it is a sign that I am believing in error. I am making an error real in my mind. Truth will correct that error in my mind and return me to the place of calm so deep it cannot be disturbed.
 
Truth is everywhere, ever present. There is no place I need to go, no place I need to be to find the truth. It is always with me. I only need to stop holding barriers against the truth, stop believing in error. This is the undoing referred to in the Course. I need do nothing to find the truth, but I do need to stop interfering with the awareness of truth. It is the feverish attempt to hold on to illusions and make them real that bars truth from healing my mind. As I stop holding on to error, the truth will enter of its own because truth is what I am in reality.
 
So today I ask my one Self to walk with me and guide my vision to recognize the illusions I have made that stand in the way of my awareness of truth. I accept His strength as mine and use that strength to let illusions go. It is the strength of the one Self in me through which I forgive the world, forgive myself and let truth correct all illusions in my mind.
 
I rest in peace and gratitude in the strength of my Self. The weight of the world is lifted from my shoulders, for the errors of the world are corrected as I let truth correct the errors in my mind. God’s peace is mine. I accept it now. With gratitude I offer that peace to all the world.
 
When I closed my eyes, I was shown a movie theater. The way to see the movie in this theater was to look through the body’s eyes. Through the body’s eyes pictures were seen where everything appeared to be separate and distinct, different and unique.
 
Many stories arose while looking through the body’s eyes and gradually I found myself becoming more and more engrossed with the stories. They seemed very real. These stories were about individual lives where individual identities lived and died. There were stories of victory and tragedy, competition, life and death. As I became more and more engrossed in the stories, I felt feelings of fear, elation, lack, anxiety, struggle, hanging on and constant ever-changing ups and downs. The stories went on and on, with one problem after another. My anxiety level went up and down with all the constant changes in the stories. The stories are tiring. I ask for a better way.
 
I am told to step back from the stories by ever so little, to detach my mind from them. I am asked to let my mind be quiet and give the stories a rest. As I do this, I am brought to an inner place of quiet, a place of inner peace. An inner Voice tells me that these stories are not real. These stories are hallucinations brought on by the desire to see individuality, specialness, separation from oneness. I ask, “How do I detach from the stories? They seem so real it seems impossible to detach from them.” The inner Voice says, “You can with help.”
 
If you don’t want to detach from the stories, you won’t. If you want to detach from the stories, you will. Truth will enter into your mind as it is given welcome. Practice giving welcome to the truth a little at a time every day. The more you practice, the stronger your ‘welcoming the truth muscles’ grow. You want to walk in the truth but you must practice it. At first a little, and then more and more. The more you practice, the stronger your willingness to welcome the truth becomes. The truth is always there waiting on welcome. The truth will always show you that the stories are not real. Individuality could never be real. What you see through the body’s eyes is not real.
 
You are infinite Spirit, the eternal Spirit of Love, joy and peace. You are changeless. You are Thought in the Mind of Love. Love gives all to all equally. There is no division of any kind. All is One. All is Love. The stories are not real. They are barriers to the truth. As you practice welcoming the truth, the truth will correct all errors in your mind. The veil will be lifted and you will be set free from the self-imposed tyranny of the stories of separation. Take time out to let the truth correct all errors in your mind. Nothing is more important than this.
 
I agree that nothing is more important. I am more aware of my stories as stories and more determined to let them go. But I notice that many of the stories have the same theme even though the stories are different. I read a couple of articles that talked about the need for struggle as a core belief. We sometimes say something like, “God uses our struggles to help us grow.” The article suggested new core beliefs based on learning through joy and peace.
 
I think that this is true of me and I am glad for these last several lessons which emphasizes joy and peace. Getting a little distance from my stories I can see that I have been more comfortable with struggle than with peace. I have been believing that I can get more done through struggle and peace is perhaps a reward for struggling. I am excited at the idea of a new, happier way of living.
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You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
Do your best and then relax. 
Let things go on in a natural way,
rather than force them.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 19 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 19 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Built by the One and the Many
We give thanks to our Heavenly Father, who through so many friends and through many means and channels, has allowed us to construct this wonderful edifice of the spirit in which we are now dwelling – this cathedral whose foundations already rest upon the corners of the earth.  On its great floor we have inscribed our Twelve Steps of recovery. On the side walls, the buttresses of A.A. Traditions have been set in place to contain us in unity for as long as God may will it so. Eager hearts and hands have lifted the spire of our cathedral into its place. That spire bears the name of service. May it ever point straight upward toward God.
<<< >>>
“It is not only to the few that we owe the remarkable developments in our unity and in our ability to carry A.A.’s message everywhere. It is to the many; indeed, it is to the labors of all of us that owe these prime blessings.”
1. A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 234 
2. TALK, 1959
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
“Like an army doctor treating enemy soldiers, Truth is patient
and kindly toward the parts of us which resist correction.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 19
========================
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).
==============================
“Love rules through Law. Love is the Divine Givingness; 
Law is the Way. Love is spontaneous; 
Law is impersonal…
Love points the way and Law makes the way possible.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
 
I have learned in the fellowship that to
give and 
receive are one and the same.
Anonymous
Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.
PEMA CHÖDRÖN
 
 
“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.” 
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 108 Insights
“To give and to receive are one in truth.”
I have experienced both sides of this truth. I have experienced guilt and fear when I have judged (attacked) another. And I have experienced great feelings of peace and love when I have offered peace and love to others. In fact it seems that sometimes I feel the love stronger when I offer thoughts and words of love to another than when someone offers loving expression to me. Perhaps that is because there are some aspects in my mind that do not feel worthy of love. Perhaps it is because as I offer love and peace, I identify with it first in order to offer it. Or perhaps it is a combination of both. On thing is sure: It is clear that giving and receiving are the same.
 
Because of this truth, if I want to experience love, peace and joy, it certainly behooves me to offer them to everyone I meet or think of. Peace does not come through criticism, trying to change others so that their behavior will be to my liking, trying to make others guilty, defensiveness, berating myself for “dumb” mistakes, or any of the myriad other ploys the ego uses to try to make it seem that my lack of peace is the result of some external cause.
 
Peace comes through connecting with the Source of peace that is always within me, my true Self. This peace is then magnified again and again as I share it with anyone and everyone. It is a blessing to bless. I know that I am blessed when I bless.
 
Today I will seek to only bless with all my thoughts. Holy Spirit, I ask Your help to guide my thoughts that I might share only loving thoughts throughout the day.
 
Practicing the process in paragraphs 7-9 today is quite convincing. What I offered, I received. As I offered everyone quietness, I received quietness. As I offered everyone peace of mind, I received peace of mind. As I offered everyone gentleness, I received gentleness.
 
I am realizing that this truth — that to give is to receive — is happening all the time. What I am accepting into my mind is what I am giving and what I am giving is what I am accepting into my mind.
 
This is the beginning of understanding the truth of unified thought spoken of in paragraphs 2-3 of this lesson. What particularly stands out to me is, “It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. And thus what is the same is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for it is not there.” (2:2-3) and … “This is the light that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be glad that they are one with you and with themselves. This is the light that heals because it brings single perception, based upon one frame of reference, from which one meaning comes.” (3:2-3)
 
When I practiced the process in paragraphs 7-9, I was led to the experience of vision referred to in paragraph 1. This vision reconciled all seeming opposites that I saw before doing the process. As I accepted true perception, I gave true perception. What a powerful practice to use to transform my mind whenever I find myself not at peace! This Course is truly very practical to apply to every part of my daily life.
 
Thanks for the reminder not to try to change others so their behavior will be more to our liking. I was just about to do that. Now that I think about it, I can see that my Inner Guide was trying to direct me away from that course of action, but my ego wanted to do it so bad, that I wasn’t paying attention. I will offer silent blessings instead and see how that feels.
 
I, too, have, a million times, experienced both sides of this truth. Unfortunately, if I look back, my ego tells me that I’ve experienced more fear than love, which, in turn, causes guilt. But the Course tells me to hang on to the power of the Holy Spirit and bring from the past with me only those thoughts of love; anything else than that has but given me the strength to seek and find my Heavenly Father.
 
Many times I just don’t feel like I have it in me to forgive or to love the way I think I should. It is these times that I’ve learned to withdraw from the thoughts of this world for awhile and work on my relationship with my Higher Self until I am able to receive love and forgiveness for myself; at that point I can then give it away and it’s at that point that I see I don’t need to be critical or unforgiving of others. It is only myself I need forgive.
 
Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness today to offer peace and love to everyone, especially the people my ego tells me have hurt me. Help me know that to give to them is to give to myself. Amen.
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Ignoring all prejudices of caste, creed, class, color, sex, or race, a swami follows the precepts of human brotherhood. His goal is absolute unity with Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Whole
From “A Living Part of A.A.”:
“God is a living part of A.A. 
I feel His presence each time 
I look into the concerned eyes around me. 
His greatest commandment is 
‘Love thy neighbor as thyself.’ 
This seems to me to be the entire purpose of A.A.”  
Marysville, Ohio, USA
1973 AAWS, Inc., printed 2004; Came to Believe, pg. 89
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
Don’t think that you must involve yourself 
with complex intellectual philosophies. 
Don’t try to be profound or educated. 
That only wears you out. Just be simple. 
Let everyday life be your teacher.” 
― Vernon Howard, The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power
========================
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).
==============================
“Man, by thinking, can bring into his experience whatsoever he desires–if he thinks correctly, and becomes a living embodiment of his thoughts. This is not done by holding thoughts but by knowing the Truth.” 
Ernest Holmes

“They told me that all I really had to
do was to turn everything over to God”
Anonymous

In the end we will conserve only what we love. 

We will love only what we understand. 
We will understand only what we are taught.
BABA DIOUM, SENEGALESE CONSERVATIONIST

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 109 Insights
“I rest in God.”
This lesson helps me remember What and Where I am in truth. Telling myself consistently, “I rest in God,” helps me step back just enough to look at life’s seeming occurrences a different way. I am so grateful for the peace and stillness of God. I am so grateful to let my mind be still a while. It is so nurturing and filled with peace.
 
I especially like paragraphs 8 and 9, where Jesus talks about calling all our brothers to rest with us. “Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brothers and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you.”
 
In this world, resting seems very unproductive. Jesus shows me here how truly helpful my willingness to join with all my brothers in rest is to both myself and the whole Sonship. He tells me, “We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.”
 
This helps me see how important my hourly remembrances are. I think of the thousands and thousands of people doing this lesson today and calling to their brothers to rest with them. What a powerful force our united practice is in this time of world turmoil.
 
I am so grateful for this daily practice, both for myself and all my brothers in the world who are dreaming this dream of separation. We are ready to remember that we all rest in God. That is the truth, now and forever, no matter what stories we are dreaming about.
 
The statement, “I rest in God” is the acknowledgment of the truth of my reality, your reality and everyone’s reality. The truth is we all are still as God created us. We are still the Thought of Love in the Mind of Love. We have not made our clashing dreams reality. We truly do rest in God right now, no matter what dreams we may be dreaming.
 
Accepting the truth that I rest in God all through the day helps the truth return to my awareness. It helps me awaken to the fact that I never left Heaven. Accepting the fact that I rest in God right now helps me change my mind about what I think is true. It helps me detach from the dreams I have been thinking are real. What a blessing!
 
Jesus tells me, “This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is.” Jesus is letting me know that this is a very powerful thought. It surely is worth my hourly remembrance. In fact, I don’t know what is more important than this.
 
While I was doing this morning’s lesson several people came to mind and I mentally invited them to join me. Then a situation came to mind and I found my sense of peace dissolving as I focused on it. So I said, “This can rest in God, too,” and I returned to peace.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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==================================
Everything, at first, is an idea, a special creation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 11 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 11 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
“My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, ‘Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?’
  That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.
  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.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
Bill’s Story, pg. 12
========================
VERNON HOWARD

“We must guard against finding satisfaction in mere words, which is
like admiring a horse instead of riding it to our destination.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 84
========================
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).
==============================
“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life.
We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through
us a creative something… call it what you will.” 
― Ernest Holmes
 

I said that I was just going to drink one and
I was able to stop at 6 as I ran out and the package
store was closed.

Anonymous

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
MAX EHRMANN
 
 
“You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop” 
RUMI
 
Listen to Lesson 100 Insights
ACIM Workbook Lesson 100 Insights
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”
What I am learning from today’s lesson is that happiness is always within me. Happiness is in the Christ Mind, which is my real Mind. In order to find the Christ Mind, the only real Mind, I need to learn to pass by the little thoughts and foolish goals of the ego mind. I need to practice going deep within with one intent and that intent is to open up to the truth — what is real — the Christ Mind.
 
The Christ Mind carries the feeling of deep peace, deep joy and deep happiness. It does not fluctuate, but is constant. There is no change and no differences. It steadily radiates happiness. It sees that Love is everywhere, that Love is all that is. This Source of Love within me is my anchor, my support, my source of giving.
 
This is my part in God’s plan for salvation. The peace and joy I feel and extend is contagious. This is how I can be helpful. Being in this place of peace is my most important goal. I cannot extend peace and happiness unless I receive peace and happiness, and I receive peace and happiness by giving peace and happiness. Giving and receiving are the same.
 
What is my intent? Do I want to make separate minds with separate bodies real or am I open to be a part of reversing this mad belief? Continuing to practice going to this sacred place in my mind is how my mind is healed. This is the only way I am able to fulfill my part in God’s plan for salvation.
 
Today I saw images of citizens dancing in the streets of Bagdad, celebrating their freedom from tyranny. That symbolizes what we feel inside when we let go of our allegiance to the tyrannical role of the ego. The ego is the idea of limitation and so it ‘rules’ by limiting. When I shift my allegiance from the ego to my true Self, I shift from the loss and sacrifice and death demanded by the ego to the perfect happiness and perfect peace given me by God.
 
We do not need to attack the ego to subdue it. In fact, such an attempt simply strengthens the ego’s perception, because the ego becomes strong in strife. We only attack what we think is real.
 
The ego has no defense against the joy and peace of God, for what is nothing can have no effect on what is everything. My part in God’s plan for salvation is simply to accept His gifts and demonstrate my acceptance by letting His gifts radiate through me to embrace all. It shows by the smile on my face, the happy laughter and the unshakable peace that is mine to give as I accept God’s Will for me, as I accept perfect happiness.
 
There is a passage in the Bible that says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Today’s lesson is talking about that. I was created as an extension of God’s Love, which magnifies His Love. But if I deny that Love, this magnification is not seen or recognized. As I learn to accept my Self as I was created, Love extends through me. That is how I know the perfect happiness that is His gift to His one Son, the Self I share with everyone. As I open up to and express the joy of God, I magnify His Love. This Love reaches out and touches the Love in the hearts of everyone, whether or not they recognize that the Love is in them.
 
Today I dedicate to remembering to accept the joy and peace of God and let it shine through me so that I can take my place in God’s plan for salvation.
 
This lesson says that God’s will for me is perfect happiness. Realizing this gives me a huge amount of willingness to stay focused on this journey to peace, because if God wills happiness for me, it’s just a matter of putting my part in it. My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation. Today I choose to do God’s will for me and be happy. I know that in that happiness I will know peace, know love, know my true Self; the Self that my Heavenly Father created, the Self that is always in my mind if I set myself aside from the insanity of this world and join with the Holy Spirit.
 
As I prepare myself for today, I surrender myself and ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help keep me focused on today’s lesson. Thank you, Father; thank you, Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
It all seems so simple. God loves me. He wants me to be happy. Being happy is my only job here. The only thing keeping me from being happy is my decision not to be. The way to change that is to forgive this decision and to open my mind to Holy Spirit so He can show me another way to see.
 
It is amazing to me how resistant I am to this process. One thing that has changed over the last couple of years is that I am more determined to succeed. I really want this. I may not want it to the exclusion of everything else, but that will come because I want it too much to quit trying.
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The physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
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APRIL 12 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 12 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Out of Defeat . . . Strength
If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that some day we will be immune to alcohol.
<<< >>>
Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.
1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 33 
2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46 
Copyright®1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“I will tell you this morning whether or not you have a chance to
be saved. And I’m going to start off and tell you exactly how it
operates. You and you have a chance to be saved only if you don’t
know what it means to be saved.”
from a talk given 11/1/1987
========================
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).
==============================
“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
 
My lense was scratched and I saw the world differently.
Anonymous

Real men laugh at opposition;
real men smile when enemies appear.
Marcus Garvey
“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: 
every success depends upon focusing the heart.” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 101 Insights
“God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.”
God is eternal Love. You are eternal Love. I am eternal Love. Eternal Love is happiness. Inherent in eternal Love is indescribable peace and joy. As we return to the truth, we recognize that this and only this is reality.
 
Separate bodies are not God’s Will. With belief in separate bodies comes belief in sin. Belief can make appearances seem real, but it cannot make it the truth.
 
God wills only happiness for us. Love wills only Love and sees only Love. Death and pain and destruction are not God’s Will. Truth is true and nothing else is true. Salvation or happiness is not found through pain. Salvation or happiness is found only through returning to the truth, returning to Love. Jesus wants us all to return to Love. Jesus wants us to accept the truth. He knows we are one Self, united with our Creator.
 
Today I am willing to practice opening to the truth. Today I am willing to practice opening to happiness. Today I am willing to practice letting go of all the forms of belief in sin and guilt that may crop up in my mind. It is through practice and willingness to remember the truth that I accept my eternal nature as Love and nothing else.

In this lesson Jesus really spells out the ego thought system. He makes it clear why there is so much resistance to accepting God’s gift of salvation. And it all centers around the conviction that sin is real. The Course tells us point blank that sin is not real. This idea is central to the healing message of the Course and yet to some religions, it is blasphemy. This lesson shows us why we would believe that it is blasphemy to believe that sin is not real.
 
Just as the recognition of the unreality of sin is central to the Course’s message, the ‘reality’ of sin is central to the ego’s existence. If sin is not real, the separation never happened and the ego does not exist. A separate identity with private thoughts does not exist. This is why the ego resists with all its tricks any idea that points to the unreality of sin.
 
We are given an opportunity today to loosen our identification with the ego thought system. And we are told the benefit that we will gain by letting it go. We are told that we will receive the perfect happiness that God wills for us.
 
In one simple lesson we are taught that the core idea that has held the world of pain together for us is not true. At the same time we are given the happy replacement for what we believed was the inevitable consequence of the sin we thought was real. Not only is the effect replaced by its opposite but the cause is recognized as unreal and therefore nonexistent.
 
Instead of fearing salvation now we can welcome it. We no longer need to fear pain and punishment. We can welcome perfect happiness. God’s will for me is perfect happiness. This is the truth because sin is not real.
 
I really hold tight to the idea of sin and punishment. I never realized the extent of my resistance to change this belief until today. I brought up some of the things I feel guilty about and reminded myself, one guilty thought at a time, that sin is not real and that I am not punished for it. This was hard to do. I kept feeling like it wasn’t working and was so uncomfortable that I wanted to quit.
 
When I followed my feelings to a thought I realized that I was holding onto stuff I learned from an early age. Like, “You made your bed, now you have to lie in it.” And, “You did something wrong, now you have to suffer the consequences.” I can see that all of the fears I have stem from this idea of being punished for past actions, a feeling of deserving what I get and taking my punishment as the adult, responsible thing to do.
 
Today I have an opportunity to turn this thought process around, to see it differently. It is so ingrained in me that it seems impossible and yet, I know that it is not impossible. I remind myself that I am not alone in this. All of you are there with me. We are doing this together. I am reminded also that, “Your newborn purpose is nursed by angels, cherished by the Holy Spirit and protected by God Himself.”
 
There are so many wonderful passages in the Course that comfort and strengthen and I have written a number of them down in a little notebook. I think today would be a good day to carry that notebook with me and anytime I start to think I can’t do this or I start to feel guilty or afraid, I will remind myself of how supported and protected I am by reading some of those passages.
 
I get a lump in my throat when I realize that all God wants for me is perfect happiness. To know that the all powerful Creator of the Universe, Ultimate Love is attempting to get a message to us, telling us that no matter what we think we’ve done, it’s all an illusion and He wants us to know that. He wants us to know that there is no need to be sad, or angry, or resentful; He just wants us to be happy and to know that we are one with all that is.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness to turn to you during this day in my time of need; to know that should I encounter one of the many forms of fear, I just need look to you for guidance and remember that God’s will for me is perfect happiness. Thank you. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
The physical ego serves as its own worst enemy when,
by delusive material behavior, it eclipses its true nature
as the ever blessed soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 13 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 13 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
OUR PATHS ARE OUR OWN 
. . . there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 25 
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
Now that sounds strange maybe to you at first in which we say you
should defeat defeat, that you should get rid of defeat because you
say, ‘Of course, I don’t want to be a flop, I want to be a success,
I want to be somebody.’ No, you insist on being a loser. Are you aware
of that?”
from a talk given 12/12/1987 AM
========================
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).
==============================
“Electricity was a reality in the universe when Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. This is true of all natural laws; they have always existed but only when understood may they be used.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

 
All of a sudden I a foreigner in my own life,
I can’t tell you how I feel, but I’m a foreigner.
Anonymous
 

God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
Marcus Garvey

“Gamble everything for love, 

if you are a true human being.
Halfheartedness does not reach into majesty.
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 102 Insights
“I share God’s Will for happiness for me.”
I really appreciate Jesus revealing the underlying motive of all suffering. Atoning for sin is purposeless. Pain is purposeless. As I practice quieting my mind and going to that inner place of peace, I do find a quiet, gentle happiness there. I find a sense that all is well and that nothing has ever changed.
 
I really do appreciate this thought reversal training. My experience of the world changes as I change my mind. I am seeing that these are not just words. It is really true. Beneath the turmoil of the world, there is peace, there is happiness, there is universal Love. There is oneness.
 
I choose now to practice, hour by hour, to remember the truth behind the images of the world. Suffering is purposeless — just silly ego stories made up in madness. I can loosen my grip on these stories and remember that as part of Love’s extension, happiness is my one function. What a wonderful idea to practice all day today! What a wonderful opportunity to heal my mind.
 
How helpful it will be to observe and become aware of all the little places where I still believe that suffering will give me something I want. Today is an important day given me to heal my mind. Sin is meaningless. Separation is meaningless. Pain and suffering are meaningless. True happiness is only of God. I happily affirm today, again and again, that I share God’s Will for happiness for me. Happiness is my one function.
 
I see this lesson as another step in remembering that I am still one with God. I remain as God created me, unchanged. For if I share God’s Will for happiness for me, I must be one with Him. If I don’t think I deserve happiness, then I must believe I am separate from God.
 
This world was made to make it appear that separation from God is real. With that comes the belief in harm. At its core is the belief that I harmed God by separating from Him. This could only bring guilt. Along with guilt comes the inevitable belief that punishment is justified. In this belief, punishment is seen as payment for the sin of separation. And in its twisted thought system, pain is also seen as the way to return to God. Thus pain is seen as a means to heal separation. Yet it is impossible that what reinforces the belief in separation, making it seem more real, could be the means to heal separation. It is another example of the ego’s motto, “Seek and do not find.” Thus all forms of pain, from mild irritation or disappointment to intense rage and deep depression, from a minor body ache or malfunction to “life” threatening disease. All these symbols of pain and sacrifice serve only to reinforce the illusion of separation — illusions made to make illusions seem real. Being illusions, they accomplish nothing in truth.
 
Today as I practice remembering that I share God’s Will for happiness for me, I loosen my identification with the body and all of its forms of pain and suffering. I move closer to recognition of the truth about me as God created me. I move closer to the recognition of the one Self that is me and all my brothers. I move closer to the comfort, safety and happiness that God has given me and that is mine to claim. I accept God’s happiness for me now. That is my one function. That is my meaning. I share my meaning with God, for He is the Source of all meaning.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
As often as you fail, get up and try again.
God will never let you down,
so long as you don’t let Him down,
and so long as you make the effort.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 14 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 14 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
A.A. Unity
Though many of us have had to struggle for sobriety, never yet has this Fellowship had to struggle for lost unity. Consequently, we sometimes take this one great gift for granted. We forget that, should we lose our unity, the millions of alcoholics who still “do not know” might never get their chance.
Bill W., Letter, 1949
c. 1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It,  p. 297
We can make a difference. Without you, there is no “we.”
E G O =Edging God Out
========================
VERNON HOWARD
 
The Reality of Spiritual Experiences
“Perhaps you raise the question of hallucination verses the divine imagery of a genuine spiritual experience. I doubt if anyone has authoritatively defined what an hallucination really is. However, it is certain that all recipients of spiritual experiences declare for their reality. The best evidence of that reality is in the subsequent fruits. Those who receive these gifts of grace are very much changed people, almost invariably for the better. This can scarcely be said of those who hallucinate. “Some might think me presumptuous when I say that my own experience is real. Nevertheless, I can surely report that in my own life and in the lives of countless others, the fruits of that experience have been real, and the benefactions beyond reckoning.”
TALK, 1960 
========================
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).
==============================
“Life is infinite energy coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every visible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom and beauty, as well as energy and imagination. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this invisible Life. All human endeavor is an attempt to get back to first principles, to find such an inward wholeness that all sense of fear, doubt and uncertainty vanishes.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Art of Life
 
 
I learned that you can’t walk like an elephant and defecate like a bird.
Anonymous
 
Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone –
we find it with another.
Thomas Merton
 
“Why are you so enchanted by this world, 
when a mine of gold lies within you?”
RUMI
 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 103 Insights
“God, being Love, is also happiness.”
My goal is to accept the truth. This means that my goal is to accept God. My goal is to accept happiness. My goal is to accept joy. When I think of it that way, the more I accept the truth, the happier I will be, the more joy I will feel in my heart.
 
The Course tells me that joy is everywhere. Happiness is everywhere, which means God is everywhere. I certainly have more work to do because I do not always feel God’s joy. This means that I am denying that God is everywhere. If I am not joyful, it is not because of something outside me, but my decision to deny God is the true cause.
 
So I use today as another day of thought reversal. I have been denying that joy is everywhere and now today I practice accepting God’s joy where it is — everywhere. This involves lifting the veil of denial, seeing past belief in sin and being willing to see the Christ beyond the body with everyone I meet or even think of today.
 
This is an ongoing practice. I see what I decide to see. I see through the ego’s eyes or I see through Holy Spirit’s eyes. This is my choice today. God, Love, joy, peace is everywhere. Am I willing to see it today? Or am I going to deny that it is there? Today is another day of practice in allowing myself to remember the truth that God indeed is everywhere. Am I willing to be happy today? It is my decision.
 
It’s interesting that happiness seems so tenuous. It seems that we can’t trust happiness to last. A common saying is, “It’s too good to last” or variations of that idea. When things are going badly we don’t hear people say, “it’s too bad to last.” It seems that we have been conditioned to believe that unhappiness is our normal state. We may get fleeting moments of happiness, but they cannot be trusted to last. In fact we are almost certain they won’t. What a sorry world we have made for ourselves.
 
This lesson is showing us that the world of unhappiness is a lie, an illusion that cannot be true because God, Who is Love, and everywhere, is also happiness. This lesson is a wonderful blessing. I am grateful to learn that I have been wrong in believing that the world must be an unhappy place, with pain and sorrow, devastation and death. Today I am willing to loosen my grip on that belief. I am willing to take each unhappy thought, each disappointment, each thought of impatience, each fear and each thought of guilt to the Holy Spirit. I am willing to let His Light show me that there is no cause for anything but happiness because the only real Cause is Love.
 
I do not need to walk through life expecting something to go wrong, expecting happiness to be temporary or limited in any way. The truth is I was created happy by Happiness. Experiencing anything less than perfect happiness means I am denying my Self and my Creator. One look at the many excuses I use for experiencing less than perfect happiness tells me that I have been denying my Self most of the time.
 
I am willing to take another step today towards letting go of that denial. I am willing to accept that God is Love and nothing else, and therefore He is happiness. I am willing to accept that I share His happiness. Thank you Jesus for bringing this happy message.
 
I was thinking that since God is Joy and God is everywhere, then it should be easy to feel joy. It should be unavoidable! So why am I not experiencing joy? It is not possible that God is failing to be Himself so it must be that I am blocking joy somehow. (I am not even going to get into why I am doing it.)
 
I imagined myself building a wall all around me with sandbags. This wall seems very solid and is blocking my sight of what is just outside it. The wall has been there for so long I’ve forgotten there is anything out there. I asked Holy Spirit to look at my wall with me.
 
I took each bag one at a time and examined it closely. Each one is made of some grievance. One is a grudge I am holding against my boss for something he did a while back. Another is a fear of something that hasn’t happened yet, but could. Another is a worry that my son is making a mistake in his life that he will come to regret. There are so many of these bags and they all seem to be about something that happened in the past or that hasn’t happened yet.
 
The thing about sandbags is that they seem very thick and solid and heavy. Very substantial. But as I give each one to Holy Spirit and ask Him to help me see this in a different way, I visualize them being emptied, the top being loosened and the sand pouring out. Nothing is left but an empty bag. As I give each bag to Holy Spirit and we look at the fear and guilt, the many grievances I used to block my awareness of Love, I start to dismantle the wall that kept me from seeing the joy that is all around me.
 
Today, I am going to continue this process. Every time I become aware of a grievance that is blocking my awareness of love and joy I am going to remember how insubstantial it really is and, with Holy Spirit, I am going to let it go. Removing those blocks is as easy as pouring the sand from a bag.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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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
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 15 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 15 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 28
========================
VERNON HOWARD
The Reality of Spiritual Experiences
“Perhaps you raise the question of hallucination verses the divine imagery of a genuine spiritual experience. I doubt if anyone has authoritatively defined what an hallucination really is. However, it is certain that all recipients of spiritual experiences declare for their reality. The best evidence of that reality is in the subsequent fruits. Those who receive these gifts of grace are very much changed people, almost invariably for the better. This can scarcely be said of those who hallucinate. “Some might think me presumptuous when I say that my own experience is real. Nevertheless, I can surely report that in my own life and in the lives of countless others, the fruits of that experience have been real, and the benefactions beyond reckoning.”
TALK, 1960 
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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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“Does this thing I wish to do express more life, 
more happiness, more peace to myself, 
and at the same time harm no one? 
If it does, it is right. It is not selfish.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
 
 
It said that AA tells you how to find what you want and how to
stay sober as you acquire it.
Anonymous
 
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, 
and not to twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton
 
 
“You were born with wings,
why prefer to crawl through life?”
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 104 Insights
“I seek but what belongs to me in truth.”
As I observe my thoughts during the practice periods, it is clear how conflicted my mind is about what I want. I start by affirming that I seek but what belongs to me in truth and shortly thereafter I realize that my mind has wandered into thoughts about things to do, a conversation I had, various thoughts about my day-to-day experience. Somehow I have given importance to these thoughts, more importance than I give to God’s peace and joy. If I follow those trains of thought, some part of me must think I want those things more than God’s peace and joy. It is simply a demonstration that in the split mind, there are conflicting goals.
 
The split appeared to occur because of a belief that something other than God’s gifts is more valuable to me. It’s no wonder Jesus calls the split mind insane. What could in truth be more valuable than eternal joy and peace? What could be more valuable than perfect happiness that cannot be shaken? Obviously the ego thinks there are lots of things more valuable. But what the ego offers never lasts.
 
It does seem to bring periods of happiness, yet because this happiness is based on illusion, there is always an underlying sense that it will not last. There are periods when I seem to feel comfortable and safe, yet my mind is always on alert to defend against the intrusion of some disruptive force. Someone’s actions, a disease, some words I determine are hurtful. This is not really happiness. This is not peace.
 
To experience God’s joy and peace I must set aside all thoughts, all belief that anything in the world of separation, any form, has any value to me. To the ego this appears to be sacrifice because it means giving up all that the ego values. But because everything the ego values is illusion, it is really giving up nothing. And by letting nothing go, I make room to receive everything. I make room to accept God’s gifts, which is all of Himself, all that Is, all Love.
 
Peace and joy are the attributes of Love, so when I accept peace and joy, I accept Love. When I accept God’s Love, I accept His peace and joy. These are mine already. I need do nothing to have them. To know that I have them, I simply need to cease denying them. Today I practice accepting my inheritance. God’s peace and joy are mine. Thank you God. I love you God.
 
In this lesson it talks about clearing a holy place within our minds where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome. One way that works for me is to imagine myself standing underneath a waterfall of Light. As I stand there, the Light dissolves all that is not of God’s Light. After a short while there is nothing but God’s Light left. There is only God’s Light. And in this place, where there is nothing else, I am able to see that in everyone I know, everyone in this whole world, there is only God’s Light. God’s Light is all there is left to see. This is a wonderful experience. There is no conflict because there are no differences. God’s peace and joy are everywhere. God’s Love is all. The veil is lifted.
 
When I want to see the truth, I will see the truth. When I want to see God’s Light, I will see God’s Light. The ego cannot stop me seeing the truth and feeling the truth. I am the decision maker. I choose what I want to see. In truth I am and everyone is peace, joy and Love. This is what is in the mind of God. This is God. This is all. I can rest in God, in peace and joy and Love, any time I choose. It is eternally present. It never changes.
 
The stories in the dream have seemed so attractive, but now they are losing their luster. Seeing the Light of God in everyone really does bring joy with it. I realize this is a gradual process and that it toggles back and forth as I am willing to join with the Holy Spirit’s dream of awakening to the truth. As I join with Holy Spirit’s perception, the world seems less complicated. The stories carry less importance. Truth is true and nothing else is true.
 
When I get wrapped up in dreams again, a very helpful process for me is returning again to standing beneath that shower of Light. I stand there until everything gets washed away but God’s Light. I find this process very helpful when I think something that is not of joy and peace is real. I am grateful to the Holy Spirit for this important handrail, this important pathway, that leads me very gently back to the truth, that leads me back where I belong. It is always there as I am willing to accept it. It is there now. Joy and peace are my inheritance. It is all I have in truth. It is all I am.
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The yogi offers his labyrinthine human longings to a monotheistic bonfire dedicated to the unparalleled God. This is indeed the true yogic fire ceremony, in which all past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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APRIL 6, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 6, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
A New Life
Life will take on a new meaning. To watch people recover, 
to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish,
to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – 
this is an experience you must not miss. 
We know you will not want to miss it.
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89
Break out of your shell and join us!
*~*AACRONYMS*~*
F E E L=Feel, Experience, Express, Let go!
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“ELEVATION
‘How does spiritual elevation proceed?’
 ‘First you suffer from many things but do not know why. Then you
suspect yourself as the cause of your troubles but are reluctant
to admit it. Then you see how your unconscious cause produced the
unhappy effect. Then you rise above cause and effect to the clear
sky of awareness and peace.'”
There is a Way Out, p. 37
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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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“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am”
Ernest Holmes

I am who I am and the fellowship has changed me
and today i can accept myself and prepare for the
awakening as is promised in the Big Book.If you search
long enough you will find it.

Anonymous  

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
MAX EHRMANN
“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
  Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 95 Insights
“I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
Jesus knows that we can’t be aware of our one Self and make illusions real at the same time. We have to let go of one to have the other. In this lesson he guides us to focus on the truth about ourselves and our brothers. To do this, we must let go of our illusions about ourselves and our brothers.
 
As we allow in the awareness of the truth that we are one Self united with our Creator, we are able to feel our Identity as peace and joy and Love. It fills up our mind and relaxes every concern. We realize that the truth is true and nothing else is true. We realize that only Love matters. We realize that all the craziness of the world is just a reflection of the ego’s madness and it doesn’t matter because it is an illusion.
 
Behind all the conflict is the truth. Behind all the conflict is the peace of God. Behind all the conflict is our one true Identity. We have never left our Creator. We are one Light and there is no distance between us. This remembering carries a feeling. It is a feeling of safety and joy and peace.
 
Let me practice opening up to this feeling today. Let me remember the truth. Let me lay all illusions aside. Let me practice this again and again and still again today. I will to be happy. I will to remember the truth that we are one Self, united with our Creator, and nothing else is true.
 
As I repeat slowly to myself, “I am one Self,” I feel myself moving into deeper and deeper levels of peace. I am one Self. I include more and more in my awareness of What is my one Self. Exclusions and exceptions diminish. I feel more deeply that you and I are one Self, united with our Creator. As I move toward including all and excluding nothing, my experience of peace deepens. Joy grows as gratitude fills my heart. Everywhere I look, I see my one Self. I see past words and behavior and forms of many kinds.
 
As the Light of my one Self grows stronger and stronger in my awareness, I see that there is no loss in my one Self, for It remains one with my Creator, one with all Love. As I remind myself throughout the day that I am one Self, united with my Creator, I move closer and closer to identifying with the truth of What I am instead of a false image of weakness, fear and guilt. This is my goal today, to remember my one Self.
 
I am grateful for these practice sessions, which redirect my attention from a false image to the truth about me and everyone. “I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
 
This morning as I sat down to meditate, I had to stop and complain. I told Spirit, “How could I possibly stop at the top of every hour and close my eyes for five minutes to think of the lesson” I have too much to do! And I don’t feel good if I reach the end of the day without getting my stuff done.” Etc, etc. Oh my.
 
I think I know so much about how to be happy. I think if my house is clean and the paperwork done that I will be happy. And when I’m at work, I think that if I keep my thoughts focused on the tasks required that I will be happy. I think to please my ego and this ego is my cruel dictator that I have come to think I love.
 
I need to understand how brainwashed I have become. This lesson tells me the only way I can do this right now is to give five minutes of every hour to remembering how to Think. I will try.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
==================================
The physical ego, the active consciousness in man,
should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul,
its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired
in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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