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JULY 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
We must turn in all things to the Father of Light
who presides over us all.
Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 14 paragraph 1
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VERNON HOWARD
What you really want for yourself is always trying to
break through, just as a cooling breeze flows through
an open window on a hot day.
Your part is to open the windows of your mind.
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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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The road to freedom lies not through mysteries
or occult performances, but through the intelligent
use of natural forces and laws.
Ernest Holmes
I went to a divorce lawyer and told her that 
I didn’t want my husband to take my baby, 
and she said “why would he take your baby” 
and I said because I’m an alcoholic and 
she said “why don’t you stop”. I had never 
thought of that. 
Anonymous 
At first dreams seem impossible,
then improbable, then inevitable.
CHRISTOPHER REEVE
Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 155 Insights
“I will step back and let Him lead the way.”
This lesson is comforting and inspiring to me as it challenges me to strengthen my commitment and focus on walking the way to God. After reading through it I felt uplifted and assured that I do not walk alone. I always have with me a mighty Companion and Guide, Who always guides me on the way to truth. My only job is to follow, not lead, not decide on my own what to do or what anything means. I felt inspired to accept the challenge to redouble my efforts to be mindful of my thoughts and attitudes.
 
The path to God is a path of peace and happiness and unlimited Love. It is surely worth the effort to pay attention to the diversions I have given time to and identified with what interferes with my awareness of the path of joy that leads to God. The choice for truth is more clear and illusions are a bit more obvious to me. The choice becomes easier and easier as I am more willing to let Him lead the way.
 
I am also reminded this journey brings with it a responsibility, but not a burden. The responsibility is to all my brothers along with me, for we share one Self. As I walk to God and become more and more aware of His unifying Love, I become more aware of the Love that joins me with all my brothers. As I walk the journey, I cannot help but share what I have learned and am learning, because it is in the sharing that I strengthen it in my own awareness. Each time I share, I feel stronger.
 
My Light is brighter as I see the Light in my brothers grow stronger. The Light has always been there and never changes. But as I release myself from illusions of separation from the Light, from illusions of darkness, I become more aware of the everlasting Light that is my Source. Today I hold Holy Spirit’s hand and let Him lead the way to show me what is true and real and give me His strength to lay aside the childish toys of illusion that do not serve me. I walk to God.
 
Learning to step back takes willingness, practice and patience. It takes remembering what I have learned in the past means nothing. It means letting the Holy Spirit take over the reins. It means not deciding what anything means on my own. I have found this to be quite challenging at times.
 
Many times I do not even realize I have retaken the reins and have returned to deciding I know what something means based on what I’ve learned before. As soon as I notice it, my job is again to step back and move into a place of openness and receptivity to the Holy Spirit. In that quiet place the Holy Spirit is always there, waiting for my willingness to step back again. Holy Spirit is the bridge that returns me to my true Self. But to get on that bridge, I must be willing to step back, open my mind and be receptive to the truth.
 
This world is an illusion. My experience of this world depends on what I am looking for. If I am looking for separation, being an individual and having a private “life” where I make decisions on my own, I will find it. If instead I am looking for a return to God, a return to oneness, a return to eternal Love, the way will be made for me to find it. This is my decision. What I seek for I will find.
 
If I choose to return to my Source, to God, I must learn to step back. I must learn all that I have learned in the world means nothing. God’s laws are not the world’s laws. God’s Mind is the opposite of this world’s thought system. I must be willing to let go of all the world’s false ideas. This is what I find when I practice stepping back and not trying to make decisions on my own. The Holy Spirit always waits patiently for my return.
 
Because the Holy Spirit knows this world is just an illusion coming from the false ego mind, It just smiles when I think I have a problem. As I ask that my thoughts be purified, all the distress just seems to fall away. What was in turmoil now becomes calm. Worries are quieted. I am able to see each situation differently. Only God’s united Love matters and what does not matter is not my concern. All is well. There is nothing to fear. It feels like I have been lifted up and have been allowed to see the Love behind the illusion. This is so comforting and reassuring. The truth is true and nothing else is true. All is eternally safe. All is well, no matter what appearances made up by the ego look like.
 
The real world is always there waiting for my willingness to see it. All is safe. All is well in the Mind of God. When I am willing to step back and let Him lead the way, this is what I am shown. I am shown the Reality behind illusions. I am shown there is nothing more important than being willing to do this more and more each day as I walk along the road of return to Him.
 
I walk to the music of God. God sets the rhythm. God sets the melody. I walk in step with it as I follow the music. God goes before me and I walk in that flow of harmony and love. God leads the way to God in perfect harmony and order, at just the right pace. The great dance of love and creation, each step as graceful as a ballerina in perfect balance, each step light, airy, vibrant. Yes, I walk to God today with a heart full of joy and tenderness, skipping to the beat of the way home. The melody encourages me to continue and the way seems easier as I follow it. Yes, today I walk to God with God’s music leading the way. There can be no greater joy than this. Every step is confidently filled with love, joy and peace. Every step is filled with grace and gratitude.
 
My goal today is to have that more frequent smile, the serene forehead, the quiet eyes this lesson speaks of. It’s only with commitment and dedication to this course that I have the awareness this goal is possible to reach. And it is by this same commitment and dedication that I have learned the only way to reach this goal is by stepping back and allowing myself to be led.
 
I never realized before that I learned to accept and adjust to discomfort in my life. But today, even though I still have uncomfortable moments, I’m learning not to judge situations, but instead to step back. And even though I don’t always “hear” the answer, I’m learning not to come to any conclusions by myself. Sometimes I’m not sure where I’m being led to, but I know it feels good and only gets better if I just trust.
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The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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