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JULY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
The tides of life flow endlessly for better or worse, both good and bad, and I cannot allow my sobriety to become dependent on these ups and downs of living.  Sobriety must live a life of its own.
~Alcoholics Anonymous,  p. 451 ~
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VERNON HOWARD
We are exactly where we have chosen to be.
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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 was an atheist when I was drinking and thought
God would want nothing to do with me.When I
came to the fellowship, I met a lot of former atheists
Anonoymous
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that
you have built against it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 165 Insights
“Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.”
This lesson gets to the core of what A Course in Miracles is all about. Jesus brought the Course to us because we have denied What we are and Where we are. We are denying that we are in Heaven now. We are denying that we are a Thought in the Mind of God. As the first sentence says, “What makes this world seem real except your own denial of the truth that lies beyond?” This lesson and the whole Course is there for us to help us change our mind about this denial and about what we desire.
 
When we desire the truth, we will receive it. When we desire to see illusions, we will see that. All through the Course, Jesus tells us again and again that the desire to see a world of separate bodies only brings us illusions of limitation, pain and death. He helps us see that this is not what we really want. He helps us remember that the truth lies beyond the illusions of separation.
 
As we stick with the Course day by day, our minds are slowly changed. We are led to let go of what we thought was real. We are led to see all the forms of separation for what they really are, which is a defense against God. We are led to open our minds to the truth that we are in Heaven now and never left. We are led to understand that it is only our wanting separation that continues to make the forms of separation we see appear real. Jesus tells us, “Ask with desire.” (5:1) We always get what we want in our heart of hearts.
 
Holy Spirit, I open my mind to You. I want Your healing Light, Your healing peace, Your healing understanding. I want to let go of denying the truth. I open my mind to Your thoughts. I let Your thoughts comfort me and heal my mind of all false images. I will let my mind be healed today and accept the truth. The truth is I am still in God and of God. All is one in God.
 
As I continue to work daily with the Course, my values are changing. As I realize that something I value is bringing me pain or sadness or fear, I let it go. More and more I realize that all I really want is to remember God’s Love for me. No substitute will ever satisfy me. I am doing less looking for love in all the wrong places. Life is much simpler now. There is less efforting. Less energy is put into trying to make the circumstances of the moment fit my image of what they should be to make me happy.
 
Glimpses of the happiness available to me in God show me that all the forms of this world cannot come close to offering me the happiness I really want. Nothing in this world can offer me that happiness. Likewise, nothing in this world can keep me from it. It is only my mistaken idea that something in this world offers me something I want that interferes with my awareness of the peace and joy already given me by God.
 
I am deeply grateful to know that the Holy Spirit is always in my mind, ready to lead me Home to the Heaven of God’s Love. My only job now is to practice listening to His guidance. In any moment that I feel apprehensive or uncertain, I will use this as a reminder to turn to Him for His guidance and His vision. He will show me with certainty what is truly valuable and show me the valuelessness of the empty images I have mistaken for reality. This is my path to peace and certainty. It is my path to eternal Life. It is my path to freedom.
 
The above comments reflect my process as well and help me to articulate it. Sometimes I become discouraged by my apparent lack of progress and forget to see how far I have come. I now see I am experiencing denial of the truth and allowing it to hide God’s perfect Will for me.
 
I really appreciated the passage from today’s lesson that reassures us that sureness is not required, only desire. I tend to forget that and start thinking that because I doubt, I cannot have it. My desire is strong and with each lesson I do and with each small success, it becomes stronger.
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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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