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DEC.8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.8,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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From “God Is Good”:
“Each day, God gives us a new challenge. Sometimes, it is prosperity; sometimes, adversity. Prosperity can lead to complacency; adversity, to self-pity. Either one of these reactions is a luxury I cannot afford. I do not always fully accept my adversities as good while I am going through them, but the mere fact that I am now able to write these words proves the logic in my faith that God is good.” 
1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 87
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Here is the whole problem. A man doubts his self-worth and then does
exactly the wrong things to correct it. There is a secret success.
Find the secret, lose self-doubt.
 
People fail to see they have only borrowed ideas, values, ambitions,
attitudes. Most of it is hazardous hokum which just makes everyone
feel bad about everything. Is this an accurate description of human
days? Of course it is.”
Your Power of Natural Knowing, p. 8
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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.
Alcoholics Anonymous® reprinted with permission
 
Third Step Prayer
-The Third Step Prayer is from page 63, The Big Book:
“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!”
 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
“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.”
 
 
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).
 Alcoholics Anonymous®, AA®, and The Big Book® 
are registered trademarks of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 
The Grapevine® and AA Grapevine® are registered trademarks of 
The AA Grapevine, Inc.
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“Be still and know that I am God. I am the Christ, the Son of the Living God within me. I am the Principle of Peace within me. I am the manifestation of Love within me. My mind is poised in peace and beauty. All sense of fear or doubt is gone. I rest in calm trust and rely on the Law of Spirit to bring good into my experience.
“I contend with none, argue with none, and am filled with wonderful peace and light. There is no uncertainty about my future and no fear as a result of my past. I live in an eternal Now which is filled with good alone. Goodness and beauty follow me. Peace and joy accompany me. Happiness and wholeness fill my entire being with the realization of love and perfection.

Ernest Holmes. 

 
 
Sometimes the hair was raised in the back of my neck, 
but I would sit there and someone would say something 
and I would get relief. 
Anonymous

The whole idea of compassion is 
based on a keen awareness of the
interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another, 
and all involved in one another.
THOMAS MERTON
 
 
 “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 347 Insights
“Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is
The weapon I would use against myself,
To keep the miracle away from me.”
In this lesson, Jesus gives us the basis of every problem and he also gives us the solution. He helps us understand that making judgments on our own is an attack on our Self. Judgment keeps miracles away.
 
In paragraph 2, Jesus gives us the one alternative that heals all problems. He tells us, “Listen today. Be very still and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves.” (2:1) Here we have the answer to every perceived problem. We are asked to be still and listen. We are asked to have an open mind so that the healing Voice of the Holy Spirit can be heard. As we are truly willing to open our mind, we can’t help but allow in the peace of God. When the ego’s voice is stilled, peace is there. The Voice for God is there. As our willingness to accept God’s peace grows, we are very gently led back from our sleeping state. We are very gently led to awaken to the truth.
 
As we awaken we see that our attack thoughts are just foolish ideas. We do not want to keep them. They do not protect us. They do not protect our brother. They take us in the opposite direction from where we want to go. We allow a lot of time now to be still and listen. Quieting our minds of the ego’s judgment becomes a high priority. We see that it is the answer to every concern, every fear, every form of suffering. We become more willing to rest in God’s healing Light, God’s healing Love. I would practice accepting this miracle today.
 
In paragraph one, sentences 6-7 it says that the Holy Spirit sees what I see but knows the truth. He looks on pain but understands it is not real. And in His understanding, the pain is healed. When I was in my 20’s, I had a spiritual mentor who saw in me what I was unable to see in myself. I made him into an authority figure in my mind so while I had great respect for him, I also feared him. It seemed that I couldn’t have any secrets. But because he didn’t see the limits on me that I saw, he frequently put me in positions that caused me to stretch and go beyond the box I placed on myself. I believe his compassionate direction helped me grow and establish a foundation upon which I am still building more than 30 years later.
 
This is a small and limited example of what the Holy Spirit in our mind is ready to do for us in every instant. He does not believe the limits we have placed on ourselves. He recognizes that we believe we suffer and have pain. We feel guilty and lack of Love, but He knows it is not true. In every moment He is ready to help us let these false ideas about ourselves go.
 
With loving compassion, He looks upon our ideas of limitation and to each one He gently says, “It is not so.” To feel His healing blessing, we need only take each thought of pain and limitation to Him and let Him show us it is not so. That is His healing judgment on all the fearful and limiting images we perceive. Where we see darkness, He shows us the Light behind the false images. Where we perceive lack of Love and guilt, He shows us the Love that shines upon us beyond the imaginary barriers we have built.
 
The Holy Spirit is our loving Mentor in our mind, ready in every instant to guide us to a kinder and gentler view of the world and therefore of ourselves. Following His kind direction, we walk a path of Light that leads us ever on toward the Home He knows we never really left. Here we find peace. Here the thought of lack and attack is inconceivable. Here is the experience of Love beyond anything we have ever experienced in the dream of separation. Here we remember our unity with our Creator and we are at peace.
 
There are a couple of things that jump out at me in this lesson — line 2 and 3: “Straighten my mind, my Father. It is sick.” (1:2-3) I often use a similar prayer. I ask the Holy Spirit to heal my thoughts. It is such a simple prayer, but incredibly effective. Sometimes I ask myself if it could really be this simple. Sometimes I ask more than once as I wait on myself to choose peace, But I persist and, with the Holy Spirit’s gentle and patient correction, everything changes.
 
I also appreciate the reminder to be quiet today and to listen. I need the reminder as Christmas looms closer and time seems to speed up. As I venture into the frantic crowds today, I ask the Holy Spirit to work through me to bring peace to those I touch. Instead of adding to the chaos this season often brings (or rather that we bring to the season), I want to be a blessing.
 
Beloved Indwelling Spirit, I am willing, this day, to be still and hear that Voice for God You speak of. I have strayed and wandered and gotten lost. And in that wandering, my mind has become sick from all my misperceptions. I am tired, Holy Spirit. Therefore, I surrender this day to you that you may straighten my mind. Though I might not recognize truth today, as I heal I will trust My Father’s will and know that He will use any situation I encounter as part of His plan to lead me back to Him. I am willing to listen today; please speak to me, sing to me Father. I choose to experience the gift of freedom You offer me. Amen.
 
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Absence of wrath is the quickest way to peace of mind. Anger is caused by the obstruction of one’s desires….One who does not expect anything from others but who looks to God for all fulfillments cannot feel wrath toward his fellow men or disappointment in them. A sage is content in the knowledge that the Lord is running the universe….He is free from rage, animosity, and resentment.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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