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MARCH 27, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 27, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
EXPECTATIONS vs. DEMANDS
Burn the idea into the consciousness 
of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. 
The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 98 
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“You have succeeded in life when all you really 
WANT is only what you really NEED.” 
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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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In the Eternal Now, there can be no place
for Divine anger, unforgiveness, or punishment. If we perceive
a need for forgiveness, this is a human condition. Human
forgiveness is the process that frees us to live in the Eternal
Now. It is the essential step before real spiritual growth can
flourish. Science of Mind teaches that the ultimate goal of life is
complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that
this goal is sure to be attained by all.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
You guys tell me that if I don’t look at myself really
really good then I’ll never see the good in me. 
Anonymous 
 
 
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, 
and you do not know what it will bring back, 
a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
ANAÏS NIN
 
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 85 Insights Review: 
“My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
and “My salvation comes from me.”
“My salvation comes from me” means that within my mind is the Source of Love That is the real Me. As I am willing to return to that Source of Love, my grievances disappear. Thinking that there is anything other than Love disappears. Thinking that there is something outside me is a grievance against the Oneness of God’s Love. Thinking that someone is separate or different from Love is a grievance. Trying to make separation real is a grievance. My salvation comes with giving this up, letting this go, laying it down. That is how I set myself free.
 
The temptation to make a world outside of me real seems very strong at times. My job now is to go to the Source of Love in my mind and let the false mind, the ego mind, be undone as the inner Light shines it away.
 
The world of separation is so complicated, so full of conflict, so filled with guilt and blame. I do not try to fix it. I do not try to change it. Instead, I go to the Source of Love and practice seeing through the eyes of Love. Through the eyes of Love I see that all the separate forms are really hallucinations. They are not real. God created All That is from Himself, as Himself. Nothing could ever be real that is not Love.
 
I am recognizing that making separate forms real is a grievance holding the awareness of God’s oneness from my sight. I am willing to practice letting that go today. I am willing to practice returning to Love, my Source, again and again today. I am willing to practice remembering that only Love is real. My projections of an outside world mean nothing. I am willing to remember that it is only through the ego mind that I see the ego. It is through Love’s One Mind that I see Love. Which will I choose to see today? My salvation comes from me.
 
Expectations are a form of grievance. They are an attempt to find salvation outside of me. By expecting events to happen a certain way or expecting someone to say the “right” thing or do the “right” thing, I am putting a condition on the outer world that determines whether or not I will be happy or saved. This makes the Light of the world that is in me invisible to me because my attention is focused outside. I have turned my back on the Light and denied Its Presence. It leaves me thinking I am a victim to the outside world. My safety or my happiness is now dependent upon what others, who I do not perceive as part of me, do or say. Thus expectations are a denial of Oneness, a denial of my Self as God created me.
 
I can never experience lasting peace as long a I hang on to expectations. Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me be aware of how I am looking to a world outside to make me happy and safe, to be my salvation. With His help and strength I will let these go and look within to the Light of innocence and Love, my Source. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will be able to see that same Light everywhere I look, for I will recognize everyone as part of me as I am part of my Creator.
 
As I learn to see the Light within and in all things, I walk in peace. In this place of peace, I am able to be truly helpful in every circumstance because I am open to Holy Spirit’s lead. His lead always takes me away from fear and guilt an toward peace and the Love of God. Today let me accept my brother as he Is and my Self as I was created and still am.
With this lesson I received the following message:
 
Let your mind be free of all worry or concern. Be in the state of allowing. Love holds onto no thing. Love only extends Itself. Hold onto no thing, no perception, no feeling, no thought, no vision, no voice, no state of mind. Let go of all.
 
There is only Love, Love extending. Holding onto any thing blocks the awareness of Love’s presence. Let go of thinking there are divisions, separations — something to hold onto. Holding on is a thought of separation, no matter where its found. There is no separation except in the ego mind. Holding thoughts of separation, grievances, hide of Light of Love in you. Your salvation comes from letting go of thoughts of separation in your mind. This comes from letting go of blocks of Love’s presence, letting go of holding on. Your practice today is to hold onto no thing, to let go of any thing.
 
I practice letting go with the help of Holy Spirit. I let go of the idea that it must all be done today. Being only an extension of Love is eternal, constant, unchanging. It is Who I Am. I come to this one step at a time, gently, gradually, and purposefully. I let go of demands and judgments about how I think it should be. I look to Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. I look to the loving arms of Christ to envelop me with His tenderness and compassion. I am Allowing.
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Wrath and hatred accomplish nothing. Love rewards. You may cow down someone, but once that person has risen again, he will try to destroy you. Then how have you conquered him? You have not. The only way to conquer is by love. And where you cannot conquer, just be silent or get away, and pray for him. That is the way you must love. If you practice this in your life, you will have peace beyond understanding.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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