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June 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

June 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Accountability
From “The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous”:
“It was evident that here was a world-wide movement that had no direct access to its own principal service affairs. The Trustees had authority over our services; A.A. itself had no authority. The simple trusteeship had been the ideal guardian for our infancy and adolescence, but how in future years could it possibly go on functioning as it had? At first we had talked vaguely about a hand-picked advisory council or an elected conference of some sort. But since there was no imminent danger, no action was taken. Following a long plea for an elected A.A. conference and other reforms, and after having pointed out that the Trustees had all the authority there was, with no responsibility to anyone, even to Dr. Bob and me. I set out on the road in 1948 to sound out among the groups the possibility of an elected conference to which the Board of Trustees could eventually become accountable.”
Bill W. 2001 AAWS, Inc.  Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 210-11
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VERNON HOWARD
“Here is the painful howl of humanity, ‘My life has broken down, and
I can’t find anyone to repair it. I can’t do it myself. I’ve tried
and I’ve tried to convince myself that eventually there’s going to
be a success in me going around and picking up all the scattered
pieces and bringing them together, putting some very strong glue on
them and holding myself together. I’ve been trying that for so long
and I’m getting very, very tired. The more tired I get, the more I’m
baffled about what to do about it.’
   And I’m going to stop right now and tell you what to do about it.
You stop getting tired of your life being broken down. You stop
looking for someone or something, some magic, some miracle, some
hero, some change of events, you stop looking for something to
change you and to put you together again. You are the cause of
your division. You therefore cannot be the cause of your reunion.
  Now look how simple a lesson you’ve had already, and will you do it?
Will you know that the way you now are, that your own defeat and your
own weakness are just too much for you? So that there’s no tryer
there anymore, so there’s no marching hero going out to conquer
and bring himself back to himself.”
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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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“Here is the painful howl of humanity, ‘My life has broken down, and
I can’t find anyone to repair it. I can’t do it myself. I’ve tried
and I’ve tried to convince myself that eventually there’s going to
be a success in me going around and picking up all the scattered
pieces and bringing them together, putting some very strong glue on
them and holding myself together. I’ve been trying that for so long
and I’m getting very, very tired. The more tired I get, the more I’m
baffled about what to do about it.’
   And I’m going to stop right now and tell you what to do about it.
You stop getting tired of your life being broken down. You stop
looking for someone or something, some magic, some miracle, some
hero, some change of events, you stop looking for something to
change you and to put you together again. You are the cause of
your division. You therefore cannot be the cause of your reunion.
  Now look how simple a lesson you’ve had already, and will you do it?
Will you know that the way you now are, that your own defeat and your
own weakness are just too much for you? So that there’s no tryer
there anymore, so there’s no marching hero going out to conquer
and bring himself back to himself.”
Ernest Holmes
 In Cork Ireland they said that the greatest thing 
America ever sent to him was The Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
Anonymous 
“May I sit comfortably in silence, so that I can hear Gods words.” 
–S. Zee
God created suffering and heartache, so that joy might be known as their opposite. Hidden things become manifest through their opposites. But God has no opposite; so he remains hidden. Light is known as the opposite of darkness. But God’s light has no opposite. Thus we cannot know him through our eyes.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 121 Insights
“Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
In yesterday’s lesson we practiced looking beyond bodies and focusing on the Light in our brothers and ourselves. Today we are told that God holds the door open to a warm and safe place and He invites us to come in. We are told when we enter, we enter into Light and form disappears. The imagery of formless, boundless Light is helping us shift our attention away from forms and what forms seem to do. It brings us to the awareness that illusionary forms do not matter in truth.
 
Light always unites with Light. Light never resists Light. Light does not place limits on itself. It does not stop Itself. It always expands and enters wherever It is welcome. To be in darkness, barriers must be erected to keep the Light out. The moment the barriers are removed, Light rushes in to fill the space where darkness was. Darkness has no power over Light. We experience darkness only when we do not welcome Light and build barriers against It. Forgiveness brings down the barriers. As we learn to practice looking beyond form, letting the veil of form be lifted, we see the Light that has always been there. We see the changeless in the midst of change.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to keep my attention on the changeless and the real, to not value the changeable and temporary. Help me to see the Light beyond all form. I am willing to receive God’s gifts today. I am willing to forgive.
 
Forgiveness means allowing the veil to be lifted. Forgiveness means accepting Heaven’s answer to the hell we made. Forgiveness means accepting God’s gifts. Forgiveness means opening to the Light of God and letting it heal all our false perceptions of separation. Forgiveness offers joy and peace and happiness. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
 
In this lesson, Jesus is really focusing on the benefits of forgiveness. He is showing us that holding grievances only brings us hell and we don’t have to continue living in hell. It just takes a little willingness to accept Heaven’s answer. It takes a willingness to open to God’s plan for salvation. Heaven is always there waiting for us to open the door and let It in. The face of Christ is always there to see in our brother. That is how we see it in ourselves.
 
Today I am willing to practice opening to Heaven’s healing Light. Today I am willing to practice lifting the veil to see the face of Christ in my brother. Love is changeless. Heaven is changeless. Today I am willing to look beyond the constantly changing forms and circumstances to the eternally changeless Light of God That is always there waiting for my acceptance. Today I am willing to be happy. “Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
 
As I read this beautiful lesson my first thought was, “Yeah, maybe if I do this lesson every day for a hundred years.” I seem to be so attached to my grievances. But I reminded myself that I am not alone in this. The Course promises us much support.
 
I am really tired of carrying around these grievances, and I can see how they are making me so unhappy. It is a mystery to me why they are so hard to give up.
 
As I was reading this lesson, I’m answering, “Yes I want happiness, yes I want quietness”, etc. etc. And then the lesson goes into all the wonderful things forgiveness offers like joy and happiness. It seems to me that I can only dream of those things. And then comes the answer to achieve all these things, which is the part I apparently have such a hard time with, the part that keeps me from experiencing these things.
 
Until the Course came around I didn’t realize there was another way of living. I think I always knew in my heart there had to be something better, but I never knew what it was or how to achieve it. I think Jesus knows that we’re extremely attached to what we made, so He is gently trying to remind us with His lovely poetry. It’s almost like He’s saying “you had this before, remember?”
 
So many times I get frustrated because I can’t seem to do what it takes to have peace, but the continuous practice of these lessons along with the power of the Holy Spirit helps me have hope and stay focused. The thoughts of this Course give me the only true life I’ve experienced in my time here on earth.
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…we can hitch to the chariot of our will the prisoners of habits and drive them, instead of letting them drive us. To be able to do the things that we know we should do, not merely the things we whimsically want to do, is to be really free.” 
― Parmahansa Yogananda
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Ron Richey
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