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MARCH 26, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 26, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Dealing with expectations is a frequent topic at meetings. It isn’t wrong to expect progress of myself, good things from life, or decent treatment from others. Where I get into trouble is when my expectations become demands. I will fall short of what I wish to be and situations will go in ways I do not like, because people will let me down sometimes. The only question is: “What am I going to do about it?” Wallow in self-pity or anger; retaliate and make a bad situation worse; or will I trust in God’s power to bring blessings on the messes in which I find myself? Will I ask Him what I should be learning; do I keep on doing the right things I know how to do, no matter what; do I take time to share my faith and blessings with others?
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“These teachings reveal stars you
never before knew existed in
the spiritual skies.”
Cosmic Command, # 222
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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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The Universal Truth about life is that life
never ends. What we call death is simply the changing of one
form of life for another. Death, the belief and perception that life
must come to an end, is a human concept. As in birth the
invisible becomes visible, so in dying the visible again becomes
invisible. Life continues on another plane when the body has
outlived its usefulness.
Ernest Holmes
 
If I think I’m too smart to have this alcoholic addiction,
that’s the Trap.
Anonymous 
 
The way you come to fully appreciate the 
infusion of the Spirit is to more and more 
come fully into the moment, 
where this moment is enough.
RAM DASS

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 84 Insights
Review: 
“Love created me like Itself.”
and “Love holds no grievances.”
With every situation, it is helpful that I remember that I am Love. With every situation, it is helpful to remember that everyone else is Love. With every situation, it is helpful to remember that only Love is real. Illusions of separation are meaningless and I do not have to give them meaning. It is when I give them meaning that I forget my Self and the Self in others.
 
I am here to be truly helpful. I can only be truly helpful when I allow my perceptions of distinct bodies with distinct minds to be undone by the Holy Spirit. If I am not at peace, let me remember that I am holding a grievance against the truth. Let me take that grievance to the Source of Love That shines a light on it and shows me that it is not real.
 
Love holds no grievances. When I hold a grievance, I am forgetting What I am. I am attacking my Self. Today I am willing to practice recognizing grievances for what they are and handing them over to the Light so that they can be undone. I am willing to focus on this practice today.
Since Love created me like Itself, and Love holds no grievances, judgment is never justified. Any time I judge, it is because I have denied What I am. I have denied my Self. It is only by Self denial that I could believe that it is possible to judge. The body’s eyes were made as instruments of judgment. They show me only differences and I have learned to label these differences. I see a shape defined by differences and I call it a piano or a tree. This instrument, designed to show me differences, was made to make the illusion of separation appear real. This is denial of my Self as Love created me.
 
Yet even in this world of denial it is possible to let the denial go. While it is possible to simply cease the denial, in practice the denial is let go of gradually. The sudden and complete release from the image I have made of myself would be terrifying because it would appear that I am sacrificing my identity. And so the Holy Spirit is present in my mind to teach me in every moment as I am willing to be taught.
 
Today I would practice, with the Holy Spirit’s help, recognizing the little grievances, the little judgments that run through my mind. I am willing to turn each of them over to the Holy Spirit for Him to shine His Light upon them and show me the truth beyond the illusion, show me the unity beyond the perception of separation and differences.
 
Here is peace. Here I experience the joy of connecting in Love with all that is. All conflict disappears. I see that I am one with all my brothers and our interests are the same. We are all Love and our only function is to extend that Love.
“As I look on this, let me remember my Creator.”
 
This morning, I was doing the stair-master at the gym while watching the images on the television monitors. The images I saw brought great distress to my mind. I found myself in a time of prayer, which turned out to be threefold.
 
I prayed for the two men being held hostage, that they may feel the great outpouring of love extending to them and that a Comfort greater than anything found within this world will make Himself known to them.
 
I prayed for the captors, that they may receive so much as a glimpse of their own Divinity and know (no matter how deeply hidden) they desire not these two men any harm.
 
And I prayed for my own desire to hate, that I may remember it be only myself I crucify with such hate.
 
“I will not use this to attack love.”
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If you would develop Christ-consciousness, learn to be sympathetic. When genuine feeling for others comes into your heart, you are beginning to manifest that great consciousness….Lord Krishna said: “He is a supreme yogi who regards with equal-mindedness all men….”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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