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MARCH 3, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 3, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
3rd Step Prayer:
“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!”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 63
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Sincere action is any movement motivated 
by a wish to see what youdo not presently see.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 252
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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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Expectancy speeds progress. Therefore, live in a continual state of expectancy. No matter how much good you are experiencing today, expect greater good tomorrow. Expect to meet new friends. Expect to meet new and wonderful experiences. Try this magic of expectancy and you will soon discover a dramatic side to your work which gives full vent to constructive feeling.
Ernest Holmes

I just wanted to keep that feeling
that five beers gave,
but I always overshot the mark.
Anonymous 
 
 
 
If the only prayer you ever say in your 
entire life is “Thank You,” it will be enough.
MEISTER ECKHART
 
 
Religious scholars may pursue knowledge for self-aggrandisement and delude themselves into thinking that with vast knowledge comes true understanding and rectitude. But, says Rumi, the fundamental roots of your interior faith and spirituality are of much greater moment than the various branches of jurisprudence and theology.
 
He knows countless chapters of the sciences
But that wrongdoer does not know his soul
He knows the properties of every essence
But can he tell his own essence from an ass?
‘I know what is licit, what’s illicit’
But what about your self? You cannot say
If you’re licit or illiterate
You know religion’s grounds and rules, and yet
Look to your own roots, are they sound or not?
Masnavi 3: 2648-56
RUMI
 
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 61 Insights
“I am the light of the world.”
The Light of the world is God’s one Son. The truth in everyone is the Light of the world. We are all the same Light. The separate identities are nothing. They are only there as barriers to remembering our one true Identity. There is only one Son, and it includes everyone. God’s extension of Love has not changed by dreaming dreams of separation. My job now is to remember the truth about everyone and myself. There is only one Son and that Son is the Light of the world.
 
By focusing my mind on that one Son, I loosen the bonds of false ideas that blind me and my brother to the truth of our oneness. My only true function is to remember the truth. That is why I am here. There is nothing more important than this. There is no individual “I.” This Light is all inclusive. In remembering our unity, in remembering that everyone is still as God created them, in remembering the truth, I accept my real function on earth.
To me Light and Love are synonymous. If I am to be the Light of the world that God created me to be, then I must be an expression of Love. My function is to extend Love. That is why I am here. That is why all of us are here. The form and context in which we express Love may be unique. One may look like a carpet layer who uses his opportunity to go into people’s homes and extend Love and compassion, to remind people that they are innocent, perhaps only in his thoughts. Another may be a business executive who remembers that everyone he meets is still Love, as God created him. No matter what the form, the content is Love. That is how we are the Light of the world.
 
To do this, to be expressions of Love, we have to let go of barriers to Love. Because Love is what we are in truth, anything that is not Love is a false image. It is an attempt to be not as we were created. These are the images we must let go of. This is another way of saying that to fulfill our function as the Light of the world, we must let go of the false functions we have made up, the goals to be something other than we were created to be.
The strength of God remains in us and it is through His strength that we fulfill our true function. It is through His strength that we are able to let go of our belief in any other functions. Today let me be open to every opportunity to offer Love and nothing else, to see innocence and nothing else, to see my brother as one with me, sharing the Light of the world.
 
Sometimes when I read some of these lessons I feel overwhelmed by the task. How do I go from being a person who is often frightened, guilty, and self-centered, to being the light of the world? I feel like giving up before I get started. How do I do this?
 
I appreciate the message that said, “I loosen the bonds of false ideas that blind me and my brother to the truth of our oneness.” My first thought as I read that was,“Oh yeah, I don’t have to invent this new me. This is who I really am. I just have to shed some false ideas that are covering up my identity.” That doesn’t seem so impossible. It will take some consistent effort, but that’s doable.
It helps me to remember that Light and Love are the same. I can substitute “I am the Love of the world” meaning my job, my mission, my purpose, as a matter of fact, my only function here is to be an expression of Love. Since Love is who I truly am, how can I help not expressing and extending Love? I have momentary glimpses of what this is like: When I am fulfilling my function — being who I really am and then naturally expressing and extending Love — and I am not excluding anyone or anything in the now moment. That’s when I have some awareness of being inexplicably happy. And thus, I know I must have been fulfilling my function as being the light of the world.
 
It seems so simple and it is, yet when my ego gets caught up in the form and not the content (all the things that go on at my “job” for example), I notice that in these moments I seem to be unhappy, and can become disillusioned so easily with feelings of discontent. Thus, my feelings are a major clue for me to know which thought system I am choosing to align with. I am making progress when it takes me less time to become of aware of my upsets.
 
This lesson helps me to remember my true function — that I am the Love of the world. It helps me remember not to get caught up in form because form does not matter. It helps me remember that to fulfill my true function doesn’t have to be hard as my ego would have me think — resistance to the truth is what is hard. It also helps me remember that fulfilling my true and only function is what will bring me happiness and God’s will for me is perfect happiness.
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The more your mind resists a bad habit instead of embracing it gleefully, the more you will build up the inner strength eventually to overcome it.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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