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MARCH 24, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 24, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

True Ambition – and False
We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us. We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership. So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked “Fear.” We simply had to be Number One people to cover up our deep-lying inferiorities.
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True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the profound desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.
TWELVE AND TWELVE1. p. 123 – 2. pp. 124-125
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 

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VERNON HOWARD

“We have been fooled long enough. We must make up our minds on that
point. You have paid enough; it is time to quit. Quit thinking that
you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not.
You can crash through. There is not a single harmful thought, or
emotion, or circumstance that can really separate you from the lofty
life. Wherever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 5, p. 91

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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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“This Mind is in all People”
“The Mind which you use is the Mind which I use; It is the Mind which everyone uses.  It is the Mind of God and, because the Mind of God is a complete Unity, It is Omnipresent.  Therefore the Mind which you use and which is your mind now is the God-Mind in you.  This Mind is in all people, envelops all, and is at the center of every thing.  This is why it is that when you know the Truth at the center of your own being you know it within the only Mind there is.”
–Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind, p 118

She said quit arguing with yourself whether
or not you want to get sober. Obviously she said,
it didn’t work, so don’t keep looking back.
Anonymous 
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.
SIR FRANCIS BACON

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

RUMI

ACIM Workbook Lesson 82 Insights

Review:
“The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.”
and “Let me not forget my function.”
My function is to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit, I am able to see through the eyes of Christ. Christ is One and includes the whole Sonship. As I am able to see the Christ, I am remembering the truth. When I remember the truth, I extend peace to the whole Sonship. This is my one true function. This is why I am here. Nothing else matters.
 
Let me remember my function. Let me feel the happiness that comes with joining with my true Nature and the true Nature of everyone. Today is the day of practicing this.
When I let go of judgment or forgive, I open the door to seeing the Light in my brother, the same Light that is in me. As I see this, I recognize our unity and conflict disappears. This is how I accept my Self and experience the joy that God wills be mine.
 
Judgment blinds me to the Light. The Light is always there, but if I insist on seeing others as different from me, which is what judgment does, I cannot see the Light that I share with everyone. It’s like walking around in a well lit room with my eyes closed, wondering why I can’t see. Forgiveness is how I open my eyes to see the Light.
 
Today if I notice even a twinge of irritation or discontent with someone’s words or behavior, let me remind myself that this is an opportunity for me to let go of judgment and see the Light that we share. This is how I fulfill my function. This is how I experience the joy of being the Love that joins me with all that Is. This is how I experience everyone as my Friend. This is how I bring peace to the world. Let me see everyone as my brother and my friend. Let the Love that I am embrace them all.

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As God is constantly forgiving us,
even knowing all our thoughts,
so those who are fully in tune with Him
naturally have that same love.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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