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JULY 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“…one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and alcoholics change their goals to meet their behaviors.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see.
We are freed by conscious perception.
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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
I could not believe that I could not drink.
What was worse, I thought I was good at it.
Anonymous
Age is a case of mind over matter.
If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
Satchel Paige
 
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 162 Insights
“I am as God created me.”
Jesus knows what will help us. There is nothing in this world that can harm us or save us in any way. “I am as God created me” helps me let go of my belief in this world. This world is an illusion. I am only dreaming of a world of separation. I am still as God created me. Truth is true and nothing else is true.
 
It is my attraction to the stories of this world that holds me to this world. “I am as God created me” helps me recognize the truth. It helps me recognize that nothing could ever really happen but God. God is. Love is. And then we cease to speak. “I am as God created me” simply recognizes the truth. When my mind wanders in dreams again, I bring it back by remembering again, “I am as God created me.” Such is the truth.
 
Because I have such need of it, I know it will help me to remember God’s Words today as many times as possible. “I am as God created me.” These words bring relief from my sick dreams of a world of separation. I know the words of today’s lesson are the truth.
 
I need this practice today and every day. I begin in the present moment. And through the day if I forget, as soon as I remember, I will return again to, “I am as God created me.” It is the only cure for all the false beliefs found in the dream of separation. None of them are true. There is only one Self. We are all united as Love in the Mind of God. All is still Love, as God created It.
 
“I am as God created me” goes hand in hand with the often stated thought, “ideas leave not their source.” God is Mind, and therefore His ideas are His creations. My Self is an Idea in the Mind of God and It has not left Its Source. I am not a body, nor am I what the body does. I am not the thoughts I seem to think when I am identified with the body. These thoughts are not shared with God and are therefore not real thoughts. Since these are the thoughts I am usually aware of, I am usually not aware of my Self, as God created me.
 
Reminding myself that I am as God created me is another way of loosening my identification with the body. This release from identification with an unreal image is essential for me to receive the gifts that God gave me in my creation. His gifts are not of the world of separation. His gifts are not temporary, but eternal. Thus His gift of my Self is eternal. The truth about me is eternal, changeless and unchangeable. It cannot be harmed, so I am safe. All thoughts of fear of any kind can only occur because I believe I am something other than what God created, that I can in some way be changed.
 
As I practice replacing every thought of fear with the idea that I am as God created me, peace returns to my awareness. I am safe. That can never change. I am grateful for these lessons, which gently lead me back to this awareness.
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Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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