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MARCH 25, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 25, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
“Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
We Agnostics, pg. 55
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VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“Q: I have failed somewhere along the path. My behavior is pretty awful
at times.
  A: Yes, because you are asleep but don’t know it. The essential you does
not consist of awful behavior; the behavior results from spiritual sleep.
You must understand what it means to wake up, after which awful behavior
ceases.
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 6, p. 70
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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 the same.  Strip away this world of dreams and it all boils down to one thing, we all spring forth from the same single mind.  We are one.  When we know this about another person, we are able to overlook any silly behavior they show us in this dream world.  It’s not important.  It’s them forgetting who they really are.  Just know their real truth for them, and let it go
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I am so grateful to my sponsor who helps 
me to translate the world around me.
Anonymous 
 
 
Only if we become calm as earth, fluid as water,
and blazing as fire will we able to rise to the task of peacemaking.
BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST
 
 
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” 
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 83 Insights
Review: 
“My only function is the one God gave me.”
and “My happiness and my function are one.”
God’s Love is constant and changeless. As I was created by God’s Love as Love, I am constant and changeless. The Love I am is my function. My true Identity is my happiness. In reality there can be no conflicting goals. If I think I have another goal, that goal is meaningless and an illusion. There is no other goal than God’s Love because there can be nothing besides God’s Love. My remembering this is my salvation.
 
It is my job to recognize empty goals and let them go. It is only when I stick to my true function that I can be truly happy. This is my practice today. My only function is the one God gave me. My happiness and my function are one.
If I was created by Love as Love, then my only function can be to Love. Love is changeless, always giving. And because giving and receiving are the same, Love is always receiving what it gives. To attempt to stop Love or limit Love in any way is to reject Love as It is and try to make It something It is not. Since I am Love, to reject Love is to reject my Self.
 
This world was made as an attempt to change Love, to make Love different, unequal, special. In this world of limitation, it is not possible to fully experience Love, but we can prepare the way to that experience through forgiveness.
 
In this world, forgiveness is Love’s reflection. So while I believe in this world, my only function is forgiveness, letting go of all attempts to change Love. Forgiveness is letting go of conflicting goals. All judgment is an attempt to impose goals other than Love.
 
Love makes no demands. It holds no grievances. Through forgiveness, I release demands and grievances. This is how I open the door to the true happiness that comes with singleness of purpose, having one goal and no other. Peace comes with accepting my function of always offering Love and nothing else.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to maintain this singleness of purpose, to see only Love and offer only Love. In deepest gratitude I accept my only function.
I bought my son his first car this weekend. It cost a bit more than I had planned to pay and I was worried about making the notes. As I did my lesson for the day I decided that this was a wonderful opportunity to practice it.
 
I realized that my goal was not to make more money to pay this higher note or anything else about the money. My goal was to release the fear and embrace the love. I didn’t ask God for anything to do with fixing the problem. I asked Holy Spirit for another way to see this situation. I think that this is how I can learn to stick to my true function; by not allowing myself to get distracted by a myriad of perceived problems.
 
Let me know only You, God. Let me be only as You created me to be. I am content with this. I need nothing else. I want to be only as I was created to be. I am one with You in this. You created me from Yourself. This is what I am. Being this is my greatest happiness, my true joy. Being anything else is pretense, a sham, a false image built on nothingness. My reality is what I am, that comes from You.
 
I sit in this awareness. I sit in willingness to acknowledge and extend this true Self. I know Holy Spirit can bring this to me. I trust that my true Self is knowable and that I can come to know my Self with the guidance of Holy Spirit. What could be more natural and satisfying than to be my Real Self? Being my Real Self is my function, my only function. This is also my happiness. They are joined as one inseparable breath of God’s Life. I live because God lives in me.
 
Each breath of God’s awareness enlivens me, fills me with quickening energy that radiates through me. My being lives. I am resurrected from the body and feel the breath of True Life once more. This is Heaven. I am free to breathe Love, only Love. There is no greater happiness, no greater joy than this. I am complete and whole in God as I Am. My only function and only happiness is to be I Am. I am filled with gratitude to be Who I Am.
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Go on doing good no matter how much you get slapped by others. There are thousands who will appreciate your efforts, and a few who won’t. When they crucify you with unkindness, that is the time to say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Continue to do good to please God, including efforts at resolving the misunderstanding. Don’t be a doormat or cooperate with evil, but in your heart separate them—their souls—from their misguided actions, and give them love sincerely. Thereby you will attain self-mastery—a peace within yourself that cannot be destroyed by the actions of others. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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