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JULY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 “The idea that somehow, someday,
he will control and enjoy his drinking
is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.
The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.
Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

”Chapter 3, BB
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VERNON HOWARD
“Troubles, rightly met and understood,
are the one great chance 
you have for
ending troubles.”
Cosmic Command, # 1690
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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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Each one of us is an outlet to God and an inlet to God.
Ernest Holmes
When someone said something 
that I really liked, after the meeting
I would go and make sure I shake his hand. 
Anonymous 
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
—Ethel Barrymore
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 151 Insights
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God.”
There are two main points that I get from this lesson. The first is that the information I obtain through the body’s senses is not only woefully inadequate as a basis for judgment, but it is totally false. The second point is that I have an alternative that will always show me the truth and that is the Holy Spirit.
 
I have gone through my life thinking what I see and hear and touch is the basis for understanding. Yet like the lesson says, there have been innumerable occasions in which I made a judgment, only to find out later I didn’t see what I thought I saw or hear what I thought I heard. Or I may have heard and seen accurately, but there was more I didn’t see or hear that changed the meaning of the event.
 
Surely by now it would seem I would have learned that my body’s senses cannot give me all I need for accurate and true judgment. Yet it seems I am still more inclined to believe the information I gain through the body than to listen for and trust the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
 
I am grateful for this Course because I am more and more willing to question everything I think I know and turn to the Holy Spirit for His Vision. Whenever I do, I always find peace. I always see innocence in my brother and myself. I recognize that all things are echoes for the Voice for God when I am willing to step back from my judgments, to not believe the information coming to me through the body’s senses, and listen instead to the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
 
When I am able to successfully do this, it is like the images of the world are thin veils through which I am able to see the loving Light that unifies everything. The veil is so thin and faint that it does not interfere with seeing the Light, the innocence, the Love that is truly there.
 
It is my goal to be able to walk the world lightly and carry this “x-ray” vision of the Holy Spirit in all my doing. I can imagine putting on a set of “Christ vision goggles.” With these goggles I am able to see through the chaotic confusion of images and remain at peace because I see the unity of Love and innocence in all. The images of form may still be there, but the old meanings I gave them have faded away and with Christ vision goggles I am able to see the face of Christ everywhere. Today, in any moment in which I do not feel complete peace, I will practice seeing with Christ vision goggles. This is a way of walking in peace.
 
As I read the Course each day, I am always led in one way or another to follow the perceptions of my inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Today Jesus reminds me that it is only the Holy Spirit That can be the true Judge of anything.
 
What I see through the body’s eyes always bears false witness. The body’s eyes were made to see separation from God and from my brother. None of this is true.
 
Through the Holy Spirit I am led to look past these false witnesses and see nothing has changed from God’s extension of the Love and Light that everyone is. It is only by my consistently opening to Holy Spirit that I am able to awaken from this false dream of separation and return to the awareness of the unity of God. In truth there is only one Life, and that is the Life we all live in God as One. Today my job is to practice giving all judgment to the Holy Spirit, where it belongs.
 
Holy Spirit help me see that I cannot judge. What I see through the body’s eyes only brings false witness. Help me not to believe in these false witnesses, but rather receive Your Vision of what is eternally true. Be my Guide all through the day. Purify my thoughts as I hand them over to you, one by one. Help me distinguish between what is real and what is false. Help me see as You see, that I may extend what You extend. Help me see the innocence and unity that is behind every form of separation. Help me remember the truth. My part is to give all my judgments to You, remembering that I cannot judge. Only You judge truly.
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This life is not man’s own show;
if he becomes personally and emotionally
involved in the very complicated cosmic drama,
he reaps inevitable suffering for having distorted the divine ‘plot.’
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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