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JULY 23,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 23,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
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VERNON HOWARD
“Don’t try to be spiritual. That is only a word in the dictionary. Make it your goal to become a normally functioning individual. Let these principles shape you according to your real nature of a simple, decent, honest, unafraid human being.” 
― Vernon Howard, The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power
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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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There is a Power around you that knows and that understands all things. This Power works like the soil; it receives the seed of your thought and at once begins to operate upon it. It will receive whatever you give to it and will create for you and throw back at you whatever you think into it.

Ernest Holmes
My sponsor said that someday I would become a
teacher helping other alcoholics to recover from a
seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.
Anonymous 
Today is your own.
Tomorrow perchance may never come.
Swami Sivananda
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 174 Insights
Review: “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
“Into His Presence would I enter now. Today I learn to give as I receive.”
“Into His Presence would I enter now” is another way of saying I would accept His Presence now. We are completely surrounded by and in God’s Love. It’s only our denial of His Love that makes It seem like we need to enter into It.
 
Here we are, completely immersed in Love, yet we wander the world seeking for love. It is because, in our desire for specialness, we try to keep some love for ourselves alone. This is the insane wish to have more than everything. Because Love by its nature must be extended, to know we are in Love’s Presence, we must give or share God’s Love. Trying to keep God’s Love for ourselves blocks our awareness of having and being It. That is why we need to learn to give as we receive.I enter into Love’s Presence by giving Love. Giving Love shows me that I have Love and am Love. Love is never depleted by giving It away. It is only expanded. To experience God’s Love flowing through me, I must remove the barriers to that flow. The barriers are judgment and guilt. Thus forgiveness is the means by which I enter into His Presence. In this world forgiveness is received by giving it. So forgiveness is Love’s reflection in this world. It opens my mind to become aware of God’s Presence.
 
Today I ask Holy Spirit’s help to recognize the barriers I put up against Love and to let them go so I may enter into His Presence and give as I receive.
 
Opening my mind to Love’s Presence is what the Course is all about. Opening my mind to the truth is opening my mind to God’s Love and my true Identity. I cannot open my mind and still have a closed mind. I cannot do both at the same time. It is either one or the other. Separation is the opposite of oneness. When I open my mind to seeing separation, my mind is closed to seeing Love’s oneness. When I open my mind to Love’s oneness, separation disappears. What I open my mind to is what I give.Today my practice is to open my mind to the truth, to Love’s oneness, Love’s peace, Love’s kind and gentle ways. How willing am I to open to Love’s oneness today? It is my decision moment by moment. What do I think I am? It is my decision moment by moment. Today my practice is to open to Love’s Presence again and again until it becomes a consistent habit.
 
The world of separation seems so familiar that I find myself slipping back into separation’s old and tired ways far too often. Thank goodness I have Holy Spirit right there in my mind to help me return to being aware of Love’s Presence, Love’s peace and Love’s joy.
 
Today I would practice opening to the truth. Love’s Presence is always there waiting for my willingness to return to the truth. Today I would give as I receive. I am determined to receive God’s gifts and in the process of receiving, give them away.
 
Today I rejoice because I just realized I’m finally beginning to accept the fact that I don’t need to go wandering endlessly looking for something I not only have, but I am, which is Love — and that is everything.
 
We do have an insane wish to have more than everything, but our definition of everything is money, looks, material things, and an endless list of nothingness of which there is no guarantee.
 
Today I rejoice because I know in my heart my Heavenly Father’s Love is guaranteed by my Heavenly Father Himself and that’s all I want and need. Today I open myself to receive my Father’s gift of Love and to give that Love to my brothers and sisters in abundance, the way it is given to me.
 
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding me. Thank you, Jesus, for standing by me. Thank you, Father, for loving me, especially when I couldn’t love myself. Amen
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Man is important in one sense only.
He was made in the image of God:
That is his importance.
He is not important for his body, ego, or personality.
His constant affirmation of ego-consciousness is
the source of all his problems
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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