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MARCH 31, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 31, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Our Companions
Today, the vast majority of us welcome any new light that can be thrown on the alcoholic’s mysterious and baffling malady. We welcome new and valuable knowledge whether it issues from a test tube, from a psychiatrist’s couch, or from revealing social studies. We are glad of any kind of education that accurately informs the public and changes its age-old attitude toward the drunk. 
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More and more we regard all who labor in the total field of alcoholism as our companions on a march from darkness into light. We see that we can accomplish together what we could never accomplish in separation and in rivalry.
GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1958
Copyright®1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“You can’t find something to cling to, but you can find something
to cling to you. Well, that is what you wanted all along, isn’t it?
  You know the first part of that by personal and despairing experience,
trying to find something to hang onto. What was it, by the way? You can
name it for yourself. Consult your memory a little bit. You can remember.
What was it? Oh, that distraction, that nature hike you signed up for and
after ten steps, you wish you hadn’t started off in the first place. You
tried that human relationship and that didn’t work. Something happened
along the way and the thing fell apart.
  Human beings are experts at finding what doesn’t work.”
from a talk given 8/24/1988
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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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All Good is eternally available and ready to flow
into human experience. We activate this flow by means of
prayer. Through affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment,
we increase our consciousness of Good eternally flowing to us. 
Ernest Holmes
 
 
The smallest package in the world is
an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself.
Anonymous
 
“Why do we long for beauty? The Buddhists would reply that the world of beauty is our Home, and that we are born with a love for Home. To long for beauty therefore, is the same as to long for Home.” 
Soetsu Yanag
 
 
“You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising.” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 89 Insights Review:
 “I am entitled to miracles.”
and “Let miracles replace all grievances.”
Being willing to unite my will with the Holy Spirit’s is what gives me a transformed perception, or a miracle. This takes my willingness to let go of grievances. This takes my willingness to let go of the belief in separate identities. It is my holding on to this belief that gives me the experience of separate identities. I am entitled to a healed mind because my real mind is one with the Mind of God.
 
It is helpful for me to recognize that I am ‘out of my mind’ when I perceive separate identities. This gives me the humility to have an open mind and step back and let myself be taught a new perception. This prayer helps me with this: “I open my mind to your healing Light, Holy Spirit. Right now, my mind is sick. It is perceiving separation. This does not bring me happiness. I am willing to see differently. I am willing to let go of my preconceived ideas.”
 
I then imagine the Holy Spirit bringing healing Light into my confused mind. Because ideas do not leave their source, the world I think I am in is immersed in Light. This is the same as saying that my projections are immersed in Light. I remember that the whole world that seems outside me was made up to project the guilt for wanting separation from God’s Oneness. I remember that the whole world of separate bodies is an illusion, coming from the ego split mind. Do I want to continue identifying with this illusion of separation? Do I want to continue playing the ego game of projecting the guilt in my mind on to a perceived world outside me?
 
I now see that when I think that separation is real, no matter what form it takes, I am joining with the ego thought system. I remember that the ego has one vocation — to project guilt and hold grievances. This puts me in hell. This is the barrier that holds the truth that only God’s laws are real from my awareness. This is what I am using to replace God’s all encompassing Love. This recognition helps me loosen my grip on wanting to continue seeing separation.
 
As I let the Holy Spirit replace these thoughts of being different from my brothers, I feel comforted. I recognize the insane thinking for what it is. I let the stories I have been accepting as real be dissolved in Love’s healing Light. The Light has come. I let miracles replace all grievances. I let holiness extend to include everyone. I am entitled to miracles.
 
 
I recently heard a news report about what is happening in Iraq. It said that some villagers were trying to run from the village to go to the coalition forces for safety. Some of their fellow citizens shot at them in an attempt to prevent their running away. The first thought that came to me was that this represented a mindset that “If you won’t be my friend, I’ll kill you.” I asked Holy Spirit for further insight. I saw that this is the same as the mindset that holds expectations for a friend or partner and judges the person for not living up to the expectations. In both situations there must be an underlying belief that separation is real in order for the judgment or “killing” to seem like a possible option.
 
So whenever I judge anyone, I do the same thing as shooting someone in the back. They are both forms of expressing grievances. The only difference is in the appearance of the form of the acting out of the grievance. But since form is an illusion, there is in truth no difference. The problem in both cases is believing separation is real, which is the “mother of all grievances.” For miracles to replace all grievances, I must be willing to accept and extend Love and let go of all belief in separation.
 
Picture an alternate scenario. I see someone appearing to run in fear. I see that person as part of me. Pure light and innocence. Love flows through me and embraces that person and I see that we are one. Fear is unreal. Only Love matters. There is nothing to run from; only Love to be accepted. As the Love flows through me, I feel its blessing and as I offer It to others, I am in deep gratitude. This in essence, is how miracles replace grievances.
 
Were we all to remember this in every moment, peace would reign, for all grievances would be replaced by miracles. I can hold that vision, both for the one in Iraq, who believes he must shoot someone who is running away and for the one who appears to be running away. I can hold this thought for the coalition forces, who believe they must kill in order to save. And I can hold this thought for myself whenever I have any perception of harm or loss or any temptation to judge. Love is always the answer to every grievance, to every perception of separation. I am willing to let miracles replace all grievances.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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“After you have sown in the soil of Cosmic
Consciousness your vibratory prayer-seed,
do not pluck it out frequently to see whether
or not it has germinated. Give the divine forces
a chance to work uninterruptedly.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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