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JULY 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Tell a man that he is putting on a stage performance in order to get what he wants, and he will irritably reject your observation. Why? Because most people go through life as cunning actors with a permanent horror of getting found out.
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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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Teach and practice, practice and teach –
that is all we have; that is all we are good for;
that is all we ever ought to do.

Ernest Holmes
I have long believed that death did not exit,
A loving God would not do that.
Anonymous
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything,
your pain can become your greatest ally in your
life’s search for love and wisdom.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 163 Insights
“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: “We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally.” As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept Your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.
 
As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, “You are loved and you are Love.” This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God’s Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.
 
As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father’s eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God’s changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God’s and His Will is mine eternally.
 
That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.
 
If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.
 
There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me God created only Love and the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me if what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.
 
Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.
 
This is a very powerful lesson. It says death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that’s probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts, so therefore I’m not really living.
 
The lesson says all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome. And I wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I’ll lose the few defenses I have.
 
As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, “Would you bow down to idols such as this?” and my right mind says, “No, of course not!” and yet I do, apparently over and over again.
 
Since I’ve started the Course, it’s been my experience that, even though my world is still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness. I’ve noticed I’m more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.
 
Yes, Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, Your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help us to remember these thoughts today. Amen.
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Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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