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FEB.9, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.9, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
NO REGRETS 
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83 
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VERNON HOWARD
“We’ll take questions tonight that you’ve written. Before we go
into them, I went over and looked at them, and so many of the
questions can be answered with the following single explanation.
First of all, let’s look and see how an immature, undeveloped,
self-injuring mind works. It works simply by mechanical forces.
   Example: You’re at home, you’re at work, wherever, a thought comes
to your mind – now follow this, it’s very important – a thought
comes to your mind and you act on it. Now acting on it can mean
that you can act outward on it. You can think something and then
you say something or you throw something or you walk somewhere. Or
you can act on it internally. You can feel distress. You can feel
flattered. You can feel confused all because one thought out of
ten thousand thoughts a day came to you and the thought’s
appearance was your automatic reaction to it — going along with it.
   No study of the thought itself. No looking at it. No examination,
no asking, ‘Is this thought going to lead me in a truly right
direction or in a truly wrong direction?’ No examination, no
consciousness, no intelligent seeing of the thought at all.
It took you and carried you away and you yelled something out
or you felt bad or you froze up.
   Now I’ve just described to you an immature, undeveloped hurtful
type of mind, which is yours.”
 Let This Talk Awaken You – Part 1
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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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No one can be responsible for someone else’s death.
Each soul has selected the hour and the place when
he or she will transition from this plane.
Others are simply the instruments we use for our departure.
— Ernest Holmes
I thought I was high and mighty and 
looking back it’s very embarrassing. 
Anonymous 
For death really begins with life’s first breath,
And real life begins at the touch of death.
–John Oxenham

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Camille and Kabir Helminski

ACIM Workbook Lesson 40 Insights
“I am blessed as a Son of God.”
Today’s lesson once more asks us to accept the truth about ourselves. In truth, everyone is blessed as a Son of God. In truth, everyone is an extension of God — an extension of God’s Love. Because we all are God’s Love, we bless and are blessed. Because we are God’s Love, we extend Love as God does. All are in holy union with God. We cannot be without Love’s blessing, because we all are Love. And Love, to be Love, extends Love. Love sees all as Itself. Love sees all is Itself.
 
Affirming “I am blessed as a Son of God” every 10 minutes is important mind training. It helps me return to accepting the truth about myself and about everyone. If I really want to return to the truth and accept the blessings of my true inheritance, I will practice consistently today. I will do as Jesus instructs, for he does know how to lead me Home. He is our elder brother. He knows that our minds are still undisciplined. I am determined to follow Jesus’ instructions today. I am determined to accept the truth that I am blessed as a Son of God.
 
In Chapter 4, Section IV, paragraph 7 of the Text, it says that the reason we lack consistency in focusing our attention on the Love of God is not because it is hard, but because we do not believe we are worthy of it. In today’s lesson, Jesus clearly recognizes that we may miss some practice periods, maybe even for long periods. But he urges us not to let that discourage us or to use it as an excuse to stop practicing. He simply says, “Try again.” No guilt, just try again.
 
One of the things that has struck me over the years as I have worked with the Course is that it is gentle. There is no coercion, only loving encouragement. Never does it shame or judge us for our insanity. It just patiently, repeatedly encourages us, reminding us of what is true and helping us to recognize illusions for what they are. Sometimes we may take offense at what it says, because we have identified with a false image of ourselves and perceive the words as an attack on who we are. But that is simply the ego trying to hold its ground.
 
No matter what we believe about ourselves, no matter how much we deny God’s Love for us, He continues to give all of His Love, eternally. He gives His Love without consideration of whether or not we accept it. He is always giving. If we are not aware of His blessing, it is simply because we have chosen not to accept it. But His blessing remains there for us to receive the instant we are willing. If I am blessed as a Son of God, then God must want me to be happy. If I am not happy, I am not accepting God’s will for me. Today I will practice remembering I am blessed as a Son of God because I want to be happy.
 
 
I love that I am not judged for my lapses. I love the gentleness of the Course. I often think of this when I am tempted to judgment or anger over another person’s actions. Gentleness and forgiveness is not always my first choice, but more and more I am stepping out of the destructive cycle of blame and fear, and choosing gentleness instead.
 
I am so grateful for this change in myself. I know it is a direct result of these lessons. I keep working on the lessons because I want a gentle life without excursions into fear, anger, guilt and judgment.
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Many human beings say “I love you” one day and reject you the next. That is not love. One whose heart is filled with the love of God cannot willfully hurt anyone. When you love God without reservation, He fills your heart with His unconditional love for all. That love no human tongue can describe….The ordinary man is incapable of loving others in this way. Self-centered in the consciousness of “I, me, and mine,” he has not yet discovered the omnipresent God who resides in him and in all other beings. To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings. Then you will be able to love others as your own Self.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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