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MARCH 22, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 22, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Accept
From “The Belief Will Come”:
“I don’t recall any immediate, dramatic change in my life. I began rereading the Big Book and the Twelve Steps, and now I found in these much that I had never found before. I didn’t reject any of it. I accepted it just as it was written. Nor did I read into it anything that wasn’t there.
   Again, nothing changed overnight. But, as time has passed, I have acquired a blind and, yes, childlike faith that, by accepting a God I don’t understand and the program of A.A. just as it is written, I can maintain my sobriety one day at a time.”
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 47
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VERNON HOWARD
 In Dracula, evil as represented by Dracula and his vampires is
finally conquered by humans who are armed with inner rightness. In
life, anyone who loves and lives with the spirit of Truth is
from both visible and invisible wickedness.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 67
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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 are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something… call it what you will.
Ernest Holmes
I suffered from Po ting me,as we say in Hawaii. 
Anonymous 
Continue to be who and how you are,
to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
MAYA ANGELOU
A rose’s rarest essence
lives in the thorn.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 80 Insights
“Let me recognize my problems have been solved.”
If only Love is real, then there can be no real problems. Separation is the only problem and separation in reality has never occurred. So the problem of separation has been solved. All are still within the Mind of God. As I remember this, I return to peace, remembering that the only problem has been solved.
 
This lesson reminds me of another place in the Course which asks me to rise above the battleground to see the Love that is always there. When I am willing to open to God’s Love and really receive It, I come to the awareness that Love is all that is important. Love is all that is real. In this place of remembering Love, I realize that the conflicts that constantly arise within the stories of separation are just a series of attempts to make the false ideas of separation real.
 
I do not have to fight what I recognize is an hallucination. I do not have to fight the ego. I do not need to make the ego real. In fact, letting go of making the ego real is what helps me realize that the one problem has been solved.
 
Love is eternal. Love is changeless. Love cannot be threatened. What is not Love does not exist. Realizing this, I return to peace. Peace is constant. It is only when I try to make what is not real my reality that the appearance of problems could arise. Thank God this could never happen in truth. Thank God that only Love is real. My only problem has been solved.
This lesson makes it clear how simple salvation truly is. There is only one problem and that problem has already been solved. In our experience in the world, simple and easy do not necessarily equate. The difficulty in accepting the solution is not because the problem is complex. The difficulty comes from lack of willingness. It comes from a deeply held desire to have specialness, which was the cause of the belief in separation in the first place. In order to fully accept that separation is the only problem and accept its solution, I must be willing to relinquish specialness. This is what forgiveness is for.
 
Every judgment is an attempt to maintain specialness. It is an attempt to distinguish and therefore separate me from what I judge. By making it appear that there are myriad differences, I hold the illusion of specialness in place. Consequently I cannot see the underlying common thread that makes all the problems the same.
 
This is exactly what the ego wants. Because as long as I see problems as different, I will look for solutions where no solution can be found.
 
By practicing today’s lesson, by reminding myself all through the day that my problems have been solved, I am accepting the possibility that I may have been looking for solutions in the wrong place. If my problems have been solved, but I don’t perceive them as solved, I must not be looking where the solution is. As this idea becomes more prevalent in my mind, I become more and more open to be led to accepting the real solution. Whether I apply this idea to a specific perceived problem or repeat it as a general affirmation, I am accelerating my process of relinquishing my grip on belief in a false reality.
 
I am deeply grateful for the genius of the Holy Spirit for the many tools offered in the Course to help me question all that I thought was real and open my mind to new possibilities. Today, no matter what conflict I look upon, I would remember that all my problems, all conflict, has been solved. God’s Love remains unchanged. And being extensions of God’s Love, all God’s Sons remain unchanged, as God created Them.
 
Isn’t this a perfect follow up to the lessons we have been learning? I worked on yesterday’s lesson as often as I could. I tried to see the real problem in every upset, every negative thought. Now that I have my mind around the idea that each one stemmed from the same mistaken idea, that I am separate, I can consolidate by doing the same thing today except I will recognize that not only are all problems the same, they have been solved.
 
I like what we are doing with this set of lessons. I feel like a gardener who has spent the winter months clearing the land, preparing the soil and planting the seeds. I am beginning to see the fruits of my labor. Just as I am seeing the first blossoms of spring out my window, I am seeing blossoms within.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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