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MARCH 19, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 19, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Results
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous,  p. 46
God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity.
G I F T=God Is Forever There
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Declare your personal independence. Say NO to human nonsense.
No matter how popular it may be with others, you cannot afford
it any more. Remember the letters NTN – NO TO NONSENSE. Write
these three letters on a slip of paper and carry it with you.
Glance at the secret code every so often during your day. It
contains the great secret for a new you.”
Your Power To Say NO, p. 23
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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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Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I was introduced to a group of women by my sponsor, 
they would  laugh so hard that they couldn’t get their breath. 
Anonymous 
 

Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond.
MARK NEPO

The Soul of the Soul of the Universe is Love.

RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 77 Insights
“I am entitled to miracles.”
Today’s lesson means I am entitled to remember my true Identity. I am entitled to remember the peace of God. I am entitled to extend what I am, the love, joy and peace of God, to everyone. I am entitled to be happy. As I am willing to accept my entitlement, my mind opens more and more to accept the truth. I am part of God. Everyone is part of God. God is but Love and therefore so am I. Inherent in Love is God’s peace, God’s joy, God’s giving all to all. This is true happiness. I am entitled to true happiness because it is already mine. It has always been mine. I am just learning now to accept my entitlement.
 
Last night I woke up and realized I was concerned about a friend. I took that concern to the Holy Spirit. It seemed like a hopeless situation. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am the peace of God. He reminded me that my friend is the peace of God. My friend is still safe, whether I remember it or not. My friend’s identity cannot change. The Holy Spirit reminded me that it is not helpful for me to join my friend’s hallucinations of lack and loss. What is helpful is to remember the truth about her. It is helpful to remember that she still is the peace of God. She is still as God created her. Nothing can ever change that. Illusions of harm are just that, illusions.
 
I spent time telling my friend mentally that she is the peace of God. This also helped me remember that I am the peace of God. This was very helpful for me. I asked for a miracle and received it. I received the change of mind, the change in perception that I asked for. The feeling of worry was transformed into feeling the peace of God. I am entitled to miracles everyday. It is up to me to open my mind to receive them. That is what today and every day is for. As I open up to and am willing to accept the miracles that are always there, waiting for my acceptance, my mind is healed.
 
“I am entitled to miracles” means that I am entitled to happiness because God’s will for me is happiness. If I am not experiencing happiness, I need a change of mind. I need a new view of what I think I am perceiving. Unhappiness can only come from believing that I am not as I was created by the Source of happiness. It is that belief that must be changed. It is that change of mind that is a miracle. This is why it is important any time I am feeling less than peaceful and joyful to affirm that I am entitled to miracles. I do not need to accept fear, sadness, guilt, anger or distress of any kind. I am entitled to miracles.
 
Through my studies of A Course in Miracles, I have come to experience more and more peace and happiness in my life. Yet if I honestly look at how I feel throughout the day, I cannot claim to be perfectly happy and in deep peace in every moment. This tells me that I still need to be reminded that I am entitled to miracles. I still need to be reminded about my true Identity. I still need to be reminded that God has not changed His mind about me. He still gives me all of His joy, all of His peace, all of His Love, all the time.
 
I want the peace of God, fully, without limit. I want to be able to see my brother as innocent, always, no matter what behavior he appears to be displaying. I want to be able to feel the Love of God flowing through me and connecting with every brother in every instant. In truth, this is what is happening all the time. It is only the shadows of false images and mistaken beliefs that keep me from recognizing this as a fact, now. And so I am grateful for this lesson which reminds me that I am entitled to miracles.
 
With the combination of studying the Course, applying these lessons to my everyday life, and a little willingness, the thought of being entitled to miracles because of who I am is finally beginning to sink into my head. There are no words for the peace and serenity this thought gives me. I find myself still resisting, I think, because the thought is so alien to me. In my own sick way, I fear change, even if the change is for the better. But I find that as I slowly let go of the old tapes and begin trusting God, the Holy Spirit, I begin to welcome change and realize it is possible that I am entitled to miracles.
 
As I remember this, I try to apply this thought in my personal life with my loved ones; in my work life, especially when my boss is, in my perception, irrational; or with people in my world who aren’t behaving the way I feel they should.
 
This Course, in itself, is a miracle in my life and for that I am truly grateful. I place my belief of this thought at the altar of my Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit; please help me have the willingness to use this thought throughout the day. Amen.
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The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the word love. Love has been so abused and crucified by man that very few people know what true love is. Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation. But to define love is very difficult, for the same reason that words cannot fully describe the flavor of an orange. You have to taste the fruit to know its flavor. So with love.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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