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MARCH 1, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 1, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Choice
The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.
c. 1976, 2001 AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24
Just for today, I choose not to drink.
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VERNON HOWARD
“Attend to what matters, not to what scatters. To do that, I will
introduce you to a certain virtue to which we are seldom introduced.
And that is the virtue of single-mindedness. And you’re going to hear
some new definitions of that state, some higher explanations of it,
that will do you good.
 
Single-mindedness, of course, means that your thoughts are not flying
in every frantic direction. When you are un-single-minded there are
colliding ideas and they seem to have a life and a will of their own.
Single-mindedness, on the other hand, means something else. It means
that you are able to give one complete concentrated attention on
whatever is happening at the moment it is happening. You are with
yourself, watching the world and understanding the world because
the self you are with is really not mental but spiritual.”
 from a talk given 7/15/1988
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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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We have within us, a power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.
Ernest Holmes
I had sex in a confession Booth one time 
and figured God wanted nothing to do with me. 
Anonymous 
May you experience each day as a
sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
JOHN O’DONOHUE
The sun itself is proof the sun exists!
Seek your proofs, but don’t turn your face from it.
Masnavi 1: 116
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 59 Insights
Review of Lessons 41 – 45
My whole life is a process by which the thoughts that are not of God gently get washed away. I have tried to add other thoughts to God’s thoughts. They are not true. They are mistaken ideas. These mistaken ideas have created a story of having an individual life where I made decisions on my own. I am learning now that my only true happiness comes as I am willing to let go of deciding on my own. It has not worked and never will work. It’s high time to give it up.
 
The peace of God comes into my awareness as I am willing to let go of a bodily identity, of an individual identity. The peace of God is the greatest gift I could ever receive. And as I am willing to receive it, I am receiving it for the whole Sonship. As every part of the Sonship is willing to receive the peace of God, they are also receiving it for me, for we are one. Anyone receiving the peace of God is helping me wake up.
 
I can experience peace as a very strong connection, like a “super broadband” inner-net. All I have to do is connect and I receive the peace of God and extend it. And it doesn’t cost $20 a month! It’s like the whole Sonship belongs to one inner-net, God’s inner-net. As a member of God’s inner-net, all I have to do is connect and I am filled with the peace of God.
 
This presence of peace is always there for me to connect with. I can “e-mail” anyone, mind to mind, and extend the peace of God and recognize the peace of God in them. There is no fear here. It is constant, unwavering. It’s consistent. So all I need do is improve my consistency with opening to the peace of God and I will feel it always. As I am willing to receive it, I will naturally extend it. This is the meaning of, “God goes with me wherever I go.” It is only my willingness to experience God’s peace that turns the connection on and keeps it on. I am willing to practice this today.
 
Hallucinating is just seeing something that is not there. What is seeing in this way is just an image in the mind of the beholder. I am becoming more and more clear that the entire world I think I see is just image making in my mind. The whole world is one big hallucination.
 
When someone is hallucinating, they believe what they see and it blocks their awareness of anything else. This process was powerfully portrayed in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Because he believed in what he saw, he could not distinguish between the images that he alone saw from the images that were shared by the world around him. Likewise, when I believe in the images I have made, they are real to me, more real than the reality I share with God. The reality I give these images does not make them real in truth, but does cause me to experience them as real.
 
Just as the character in A Beautiful Mind needed someone outside his thought system who recognized what was going on to help him begin to sort out the real from the unreal, we need help from outside of our thought system. By the grace of God we have this Help right within our minds, our inner Teacher, given us by God.
 
This inner Teacher helps us recognize what is not true and what could never be true. It helps us learn not to pay attention to the false images. While we are in this world, the bodies eyes will still show us false images. Our inner Teacher offers us His vision and our practice is to pay attention to that vision and let that be our guide for interpretation rather than the messages of the body’s senses. This is how we free ourselves from the limitations of image making and open ourselves to the Light of God.
 
I acknowledge that I am a child of God. I no longer desire to pretend I am orphaned, that I must figure out my life or the life of another. I belong to the family of God and God is my living guardian. Just as a child runs to its parent for comfort, advice, knowledge, and joy, I remain with God, the perfect parent, the One who holds the book of Life we so eagerly desire.
 
God goes with me wherever I go. I take responsibility to access that Love, to receive It that I may share It, the ultimate joy. I look forward to waking up more and more each moment. It isn’t a chore or a painful journey, except in the ego’s eyes. I’m carried in the arms of Love. And I choose to demonstrate that I cannot be hurt. No one is guilty and until we allow ourselves to access the truth about how deeply loved we really are, we could never know our innocence. We are never alone. Our Companion always watches over us and longs to share Life with us. I celebrate the opportunity to be guided in Love like this in every moment.
 
I am surrounded by the Love of God. As I slip into deep meditation, the stillness and peace of Love surrounds me. In this gentle place, I understand I am completely loved and I am completely safe. There is nothing to fear, ever. This Love is of joy and peace and experiencing the extension of Love from my Father to me and then outward to bless all the Sonship in the one mind of Christ. It is a joyful and loving experience, for which I am truly grateful. Amen.
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“Father was a strict disciplinarian to his children in their early years, but his attitude toward himself was truly Spartan. He never visited the theater, for instance, but sought his recreation in various spiritual practices and in reading the bhagavad gita. Shunning all luxuries, he would cling to one old pair of shoes until they were useless. His sons bought automobiles after they came into popular use, but Father was always content with the trolley car for his daily ride to the office. The accumulation of money for the sake of power was alien to his nature. Once, after organizing the Calcutta Urban Bank, he refused to benefit himself by holding any of its shares. He had simply wished to perform a civic duty in his spare time.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
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