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JULY 16,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 16,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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“I have found that the process of
discovering who I really am begins
with knowing who I really don’t want to be.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
“It is a mistake for anyone to think he
has lived too long in his old, unsatisfactory
ways to make the great change. If you switch
on the light in a dark room,
it makes no difference how long it was dark
because the light will still shine. Be teachable.
That is the whole secret.
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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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Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. 
It can be ignored. To the extent that we
abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. 
Denying love is our only problem,
and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love,
we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
“Winners do what they have to do
and losers do what they want to do.”
Anonymous
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
 
Beauty surrounds us, 
but usually we need 
to be walking in a 
garden to know it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 166 Insights
“I am entrusted with the gifts of God.”
Today’s lesson is asking us to exemplify what we are learning from the Course. To truly have the gifts the Course is offering us we must live them. It is not enough to just repeat the words that God has given me His joy and His Love. I need to accept His joy and be joyous. This is how I offer salvation to the world. This is how I offer joy to my brother — by demonstrating joy. I can only demonstrate joy when I align my will with God’s, when I remember His Will and mine are one and the same.
 
If I perceive myself attacked by a brother and respond with attack, I have made the world real and denied my Creator’s Will. His Will is to love and nothing else. The more I to take my thoughts of attack to the Holy Spirit to let them be transformed, the more I will live in peace and joy, and the more I will give the gifts of peace and joy. The transformation of my thoughts and beliefs comes in many ways, but the end result is that what I perceived as attack I have been led to see as a call for Love.
 
Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in another. Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in myself. And oftentimes I see it in both. The Holy Spirit always answers those calls for Love with Love. He reminds me that God created me in Love, has not changed His Mind about me, and so I already have the Love I seek. He reminds me that I am worthy because God has deemed me worthy. Sometimes the transformation of perception leads to an action or expression to a brother to help Him know that he is loved in a form that he can receive. Sometimes it is only a thought of Love in my mind that I can offer, but always, as I give the gift, I receive the gift. I feel the strength of Love in my heart grow.
 
Today let me recognize the Love I have and am. Let me freely give It so I may receive It’s blessing. Thus do I fulfill God’s trust in me that He has demonstrated by His gifts to me.
 
God’s gifts to me are His Love, His peace and His joy. God’s gift to me is true happiness. God’s gift to me is Heaven. Jesus tells us in earlier lessons that we are Heaven. We have been given Heaven. It is our only Identity. Our job now is to let go of wandering in the wilderness like the prodigal son. Our job is to accept our inheritance from our Father in Heaven and be willing to be led back to Heaven by the Holy Spirit.
 
We can tell if we are allowing ourselves to be led back to Heaven by the amount of peace, love and joy we let into our awareness. When we let peace, love and joy into our awareness, we feel it. We are one with these gifts. When we are one with these gifts, we spontaneously give these gifts of peace, love and joy. When we receive Love we give Love. Within the action of receiving is the action of giving. It is all one.
 
It is interesting to recognize that the most important thing we can give any brother is the gift of peace, the gift of Love, the gift of joy. In order to give these gifts, we must first receive them. And inherent in receiving them is giving them. So today my top priority is to give God’s peace, God’s Love and God’s joy to everyone, because God’s gifts are always all inclusive. I do this by being willing to receive God’s gifts.
 
My practice today is asking myself often, “Am I actively receiving God’s gifts of peace, love and joy right now?” If not, my job is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit and ask with desire. What I ask for in my heart of hearts I will receive. What a wonderful opportunity I have today — the practice of receiving the gifts of God and giving them away.
 
I have succeeded in making it a habit to ask Holy Spirit to take my thoughts of attack and transform them. Though I don’t always do it, I do it more often than not. It is making a huge difference in my life. I realized this morning that I almost never follow my request by asking for God’s Love and comfort. I am not asking for joy. I think this tells me that I am resisting my true Self and clinging instead to the self I made. I think the only way to change this is by a conscious decision to do so. I will spend today reminding myself that I want God’s gifts of peace love and joy and asking for them. I am sure that receiving them will increase my motivation.

It is essential I do this because I must have them so that I can give them away. This is my part in the salvation of the world. I think that unconsciously I was beginning to realize what I’ve been doing because lately it has been bothering me a lot that I am so seldom accepting these gifts from God. I’ve been talking to Holy Spirit about it, but somehow I’ve been thinking of them as rewards, nice but hardly necessary, and perhaps not deserved yet. I see it differently now and I thank God for this new vision.
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The physical ego, the active consciousness in man,
should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul,
its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired
in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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