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JAN.29, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JAN.29, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Only God Is Unchanging
Change is the characteristic of all growth. From drinking to sobriety, from dishonesty to honesty, from conflict to serenity, from hate to love, from childish dependence to adult responsibility – all this and infinitely more represent change for the better.
   Such changes are accomplished by a belief in and a practice of sound principles. Here we must needs discard bad or ineffective principles in favor of good ones that work. Even good principles can sometimes be displaced by the discovery of still better ones.
   Only God is unchanging; only He has all the truth there is.
LETTER, 1966
Copyright®1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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VERNON HOWARD
“Listen to something besides your present nature. Your present self has
attracted all your troubles, so refuse to obey it anymore. Listen to a
higher voice. Be like the man who wanted to hear a nightingale sing, so
he climbed the mountain where it lived. Climb the spiritual mountain.
Practice at listening to voices that tell you it is wrong to do certain
acts. Listen and obey them. You will contact Truth, the perfect guide
thru life.”
50 Ways To Get Help From God, # 47
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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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The key, then, to success and happiness,
is the conscious control of ongoing thought
patterns and a continuous emission of
constructive thinking and acting.
This key will unlock the treasure house of
the Infinite and reveal to us undreamed-of
opportunities and experiences.
Ernest Holmes
 
Thank God I don’t drink today because I 
would have a non-religious load of that crap. 
Anonymous 
The way you come to fully appreciate the 
infusion of the Spirit is to more and more 
come fully into the moment, 
where this moment is enough.
RAM DASS
“I long to escape the prison of my ego and lose myself in you.”
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 29 Insights
“God is in everything I see.”
As I repeat, “God is in everything I see,” I am being taught to shift from physical sight to spiritual sight. God can not be seen with the physical eyes. But I can be aware of God’s Presence as I open my mind to an inner vision, Christ’s vision. With Christ’s vision, I see that behind every form is the Light of God. I can train myself to open my mind with consistent practice to be open to the awareness of God’s presence everywhere. I can practice by realizing that God is where I see that plant. God is not the physical plant, but through Christ’s vision I see the Light of God is what is really there.
 
Today I am asking to see with spiritual sight and I know that what I really want to see, I will see. And so I use time today to practice opening my mind to spiritual sight, opening my mind to Christ’s vision. Through Christ’s vision I remember that only Love is real, and behind all form is the Love that is eternal, that is always there to see if I am open to seeing it. I am willing to practice today letting my mind be healed. I am willing to practice remembering that God is in everything I see.
This lesson tells us that the idea that God is in everything I see is central to the Course, the basis for all previous lessons and all subsequent lessons. Yet as I say God is in that table, all that I’m aware of is that table. It doesn’t seem that I am seeing God. But the exercises are designed to open my mind to accept the possibility that God is there, that He is everywhere. Just because I am not aware of God everywhere doesn’t mean that God/Love isn’t everywhere.
 
If I see something that upsets me or I’m afraid of, clearly I’m not seeing Love there. I’m perceiving something else. This lesson is teaching me that despite my perception, Love is still there. If I’m not seeing it, I must need an adjustment in my perception. Thus every moment can be a reminder to take my perception to the Holy Spirit to receive His vision. His is the vision that will show me the Love that lies beyond my perception. So this lesson is introducing me to a world I have not allowed myself to perceive. It is telling me there is more to see.
 
It is part of the process of retraining my mind to question the limits I have accepted. I do not have to be limited to what I am currently able to perceive. God is there for me to see. I need only let go of my limitations. I am not limited to a body, because I am not a body, I am free. I am still Love, as God created me.
 
The Love in me always recognizes God in everything I see. If I don’t recognize it, it is because I don’t recognize my Self. I am grateful for the opening this lesson brings to prepare the way for me to know my Self. The Love I share with God is in everything I see.
God is with me in every step I take. If I see truly, I see Oneness, every thing, every person, all joined in Oneness. We are all made from the same substance, Love, even though we may look different. Above all I want to see the Love that is present, not the seeming differences. The differences are nothing. Only the Love present is real.
 
Love is in everything I see. I can see Love if I open my spiritual eyes and mind. I can see Love if I choose to because I am capable of seeing it. I am Love and can see my Self. This is not too hard for me. There are no partitions between parts of the Oneself. The Oneself can see its whole Self. I can see God because I am one with God. I can experience God in every moment, if I choose to, because this is the reality that exists. I can choose reality or I can choose the illusion of separation, separation from God and, consequently, separation from persons and things. Today I choose Truth. Today I choose Love. Today I choose Peace. Today I choose God.
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The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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