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DEC.9,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.9,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Hope
From “Window of Opportunity”:
“I once knew a woman who was crying before a meeting. She was approached by a five-year-old girl who told her, ‘You don’t have to cry here. This is a good place. They took my daddy and they made him better.’ That is exactly what A.A. did for me; it took me and it made me better. For that I am eternally grateful.”
2001 AAWS Inc. Fourth Edition
Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 431
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“When you understand the problem, you understand the solution.
So what is the problem? The problem is that men and women are
in internal unseen conflict. Now conflict accomplishes nothing.
Two armies on the battlefield do nothing constructive, only
destructive.
 
So, without knowledge of the problem, you can’t solve it; with
knowledge of the problem it is clear as to what you have to do.
So what is the problem that is unconscious, unseen inside of you?
It is basically something that is very hard to see at the start,
hard because you don’t want to see it. When you want to see it,
then it becomes easy, and it is this: You cry out for something
that is stronger than you are; when you’ve got troubles, you cry
out for something that is stronger than you are. But all your life
you’ve never been able to admit that there is anything or anyone
stronger than you are.
 
Now I want you to know that I told you a fact whether you understand
that fact or not. Let’s try it again.”
from a talk given 6/27/1987
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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).
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are registered trademarks of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 
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The AA Grapevine, Inc.
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 We cannot be in peace until we know that
the Spirit is the only cause, medium and
effect in our lives. There is no past,
present and future to It.
Evil has no history and has never entered
in to the being or the experience of Reality.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I made a decision to turn my will, my wife, 
and my life over to the care of God. 
Anonymous
 
 
Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; 
but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach.
PINDAR
 
 
 
 
“What you seek is seeking you.”
Rumi
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES INSIGHTS
ACIM Workbook Lesson 348 Insights
“I have no cause for anger or for fear,
For You surround me. And in every need
That I perceive, Your grace suffices me.”
As I continue the process of returning Home to Love, I must remember the power of my mind. Jesus tells me, “You are much too tolerant of mind wandering.” The dream appears very real to me because of this mind wandering. I am often frightened or angered by the stories I make up in my dream.
 
If I truly want to awaken, I will take a step back from the dream and I will be willing to observe the dream with Holy Spirit. I will give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to help me see that what made me fearful or what angered me is just a dream. It is just mind wandering. What I see or experience in this world is coming from my own mind. I have created this through mind wandering and I can let it go.
 
If ever I get frightened or angry, it is important that I practice stepping back and opening my mind to the Thought that heals. If I am willing to become quiet and listen, the Holy Spirit will purify my mind of all false ideas. In truth, I am still as God created me. I am a Thought in the Mind of God. There is nothing to fear. There is no world of separation. There is only perfect peace, perfect safety, perfect joy.
 
When I scare myself through mind wandering, the fear or anger I experience can become a signal to quiet my mind and return to the peace and safety of the Holy Spirit. It can remind me to let go of making a world of separation real. It can remind me to let go of my belief in what never happened.
 
The truth is I am surrounded by Love. I am surrounded by perfect safety. I am willing to practice returning to the truth today with my constant Companion. That is my purpose today and every day I think a world of separate bodies is real.
 
This lesson tells me I am surrounded by God, my Creator. I am surrounded by everlasting Love, perfect safety and perfect sinlessness. Here we see a succinct description of God’s attributes. When I allow myself to remember that God surrounds me and what this means, I am comforted.
 
As I was thinking about this lesson, my mind wandered to a situation in which I felt impatient and taken advantage of. These thoughts slipped into my mind without me even noticing at first. They were all too familiar. Then I remembered today’s lesson. “I have no cause for anger or for fear. I am surrounded by everlasting Love and perfect safety.”
 
Immediately I felt myself soften and relax. What seemed to be cause for resentment faded away. I have nothing to fear. I am surrounded by the safety of everlasting Love. Only in a world wholly alien to what I am in truth could there seem to be cause for fear or anger. Let me learn to recognize these thoughts that seem so familiar are truly alien and what is truly natural to my mind is the safety of everlasting Love.
 
When I believe in a world of harm and loss, I have forgotten I am surrounded by perfect sinlessness. In that forgetting it seems I must build defenses in every direction. Despite all my efforts, these defenses never seem to be enough. There is always some weakness, for belief in separation is the belief in weakness. It is the belief that I have separated from God’s strength.
 
Yet this can only happen in a dream world. My dreams do not affect reality at all. In this dream world I believe I have a will in opposition to God. Recognizing God’s strength, believing I am in opposition to Him is very frightening. But this is only a dream. The truth is my will is one with God’s Will, exactly the same. I have no cause for anger or for fear. I only have cause for joy and for peace, for I am surrounded by everlasting Love, perfect safety and perfect sinlessness.
 
Thank You Father for Your grace, which would not let my wild imaginings change the truth. You have held it perfect and pure for me so I may return to the perfect Home You hold for me. I need only recognize that I share my will with Yours. They are one and the same. Thank You for Your gift to me.
 
I am struck by this message and a place in the Text in Chapter 7. Simply put, grace is the natural state of every Son of God. When he is not in a state of grace, he is out of his natural environment and does not function well. It goes on to say, “A Son of God is happy only when he knows he is with God. This is the only environment in which he will not experience strain, because that is where he belongs. It is also the only environment that is worthy of him, because his own worth is beyond anything he can make.”
 
This does point out to me that I am much too tolerant of mind wandering. I must be vigilant for the Kingdom of God and I must either choose Love or fear. I must either be on the bus or off the bus. My mind cannot serve two masters. So I have to forgive myself and others as I see our equality and I must also forget what is not Love. The past is over. I am awakening to the Truth and it is this I want.
 
Too often I have wanted it both ways, a little worldly stuff to prove my worthiness, money, houses, land, jobs, and I see now why I was so strained and so conflicted. Today I ask Holy Spirit to correct all that is not the truth in my mind and ask Him to help me not make illusions real. May I see it a different way.
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The greatest love you can experience is in communion with God in meditation. The love between the soul and Spirit is the perfect love, the love you are all seeking. When you meditate, love grows. Millions of thrills pass through your heart….If you meditate deeply, a love will come over you such as no human tongue can describe; you will know His divine love, and you will be able to give that pure love to others.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
 

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