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DEC.15,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.15,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
We recall, a little ruefully, how much store we used to set by imagination as it tried to create reality out of bottles. Yes, we reveled in that sort of thinking, didn’t we? And, though sober nowadays, don’t we often try to do much the same thing? Perhaps our trouble was not that we used our imagination. Perhaps the real trouble was our almost total inability to point imagination toward the right objectives. There’s nothing the matter with truly constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it. 
After all, no man can build a house until he first visions a plan for it.
12 & 12, p. 100
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Listen to this amazing thing. Only a good person has it easy. I’m not
going to let you get away with not seeing that. Only a good person has
an easy life. Do you know why you have a hard life? You’re bad. I know
you don’t want to hear this! And, by the way, there’s no law that’s going
to force you to hear it. I’m asking you, don’t you want to invite some-
thing that is higher than your present life and let it — listen — and let
it change your mind for you? You’re not going to change your mind for
yourself and of yourself. That’s the last thing you’re going to do because
being captured by ignorance, that’s what you’re listening to and obeying
and so you suffer.”
Stop Loving Your Pain
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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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There is a power for good in the universe
greater than you are and you can use it.
– Ernest Holmes
I had a god complex. I decided to shoot 
myself and picked out a red outfit  
so there wouldn’t the blood stain and
I was wondering if I looked good enough 
would they put it in better House and Gardens. 
Anonymous 
“Success is most often achieved by those
who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 
— Coco Chanel
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul there
is no such thing as separation.
RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 344 Insights

“Today I learn the law of love; that what
I give my brother is my gift to me.”
The Course is very clear that the world we see is a projection from our own minds. Thus the “brother” that I see out in the world represents what I think of myself. Some brothers I seem to like. Others seem to anger me or make me afraid. They all represent aspects of what I think I am. There is one Son. But because I believe in separation, I see God’s one Son in many images, projected from my mind, starting with the body I call me.
 
Because I have so completely bought into the thought system of separation, the Holy Spirit leads me from where I think I am to the gates of Heaven. Thus He starts with teaching me to forgive that ‘other’ brother, who seems not to be me. Each time I truly forgive a brother, I feel the blessing of release. I walk with a lighter step and so I experience the law of Love. I thought I gave my brother a gift of forgiveness, yet simultaneously I was blessed by the gift.
 
As I experience this more and more, I become more motivated to practice forgiveness because I want the blessing of peace and happiness that comes with it. Gradually it dawns upon me that what I give my brother is a gift to me.
 
Sometimes it looks like my brother’s behavior changes and I may attribute the blessing I feel to his changed behavior. But once again I remember all that I see is a projection from my own mind. And so my brother’s changed behavior is just another form, reflecting the change in my own mind. Perhaps his behavior doesn’t seem to change. But with forgiveness in my heart, his behavior has no effect on me. The love in my heart continues to embrace him because it sees past behavior to the face of Christ.
 
With the Holy Spirit’s help, I learn to see Christ’s face more and more and that face of innocence teaches me of my own innocence. Gradually I learn to see every brother as my savior, offering me the opportunity to see my own innocence. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I walk with my brother to the gates of Heaven. Here I recognize my brother as my Self. And in the recognition of that unity, form fades away and we are united once again in the Heaven that is our Home. And I give thanks.
 
The law of Love is the law of unity, the law of oneness. The law of oneness remains unchangeable. This is the ultimate lesson that we are here to learn. We can’t turn what is one into many separate individuals. We can’t do the impossible.
 
Forgiveness means letting go of trying to do the impossible. Forgiveness means letting illusions go. As we forgive our brother, we learn to see the face of Christ where once we saw a separate individual. As we learn to practice forgiveness with every brother, we learn to see the same face of Christ in every brother. Thus our illusions are undone.
 
Through forgiveness, we learn to overlook what never happened. We learn to see past illusions of separation to the one truth that can never change. The face of Christ that I see in my brother shows me that nothing has changed. My brother is only Love and remains eternally changeless for Love is eternal.
 
Seeing the face of Christ in my brother heals my mind. Seeing the face of Christ in my brother reminds me that the separation never happened. Love cannot change into something it is not. Each time I see the face of Christ in a brother, I take one more step towards healing my projections of separation. As I give I receive.
 
Today is another day of practice with opening my mind to what is forever true. The face of Christ is all there is to see. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him. Today I will practice letting my mind be healed of all thoughts of separation.
 
The brother I see out in the world represents what I think of myself. If I’m totally honest with myself, I’ve noticed the people I have the hardest time accepting have characteristics I dislike in myself. I don’t claim them or want to own them so I attempt to get rid of them by projecting them onto someone else. But no matter how much I try to avoid or run away from these people in my life, they still keep showing up in my face. They just show up in different form or they play a different role.
 
As I practice forgiveness because I’m tired of running, I begin to see the Christ in these people, which reminds me of the Christ in me. My brothers and I do have the same characteristics, but they are of innocence, of perfection, of guiltlessness. If I see anything other than this, it is my own distorted perception.
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If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy.
But if you make up your mind to be happy,
no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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The Four Sights
 
Soon Siddhartha became disillusioned with the palace life and wanted to see the outside world. He made four trips outside the palace and saw four things that changed his life. On the first three trips, he saw sickness, old age and death. He asked himself, “How can I enjoy a life of pleasure when there is so much suffering in the world?”
 
On his fourth trip, he saw a wandering monk who had given up everything he owned to seek an end to suffering. “I shall be like him.” Siddhartha thought.
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