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MAY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Meditation 
“Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. We know that God lovingly watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.”
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105
As Bill Sees It, p. 117 
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VERNON HOWARD
“How the Adventures of Don Quixote Apply to You
Do you remember the fascinating and somewhat pathetic Don Quixote, hero
of the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes? A pleasant and harmless
gentleman, Don Quixote had read too many stories about dashing knights
in armor. He imagined himself to be one of them. Dressing himself in
rusty armor and mounting a creaky horse, he set forth to find adventure
and romance.
   Poor Don Quixote! One time he attacked a windmill, thinking it was a
swinging giant. Another time he charged into a flock of sheep, imagining
it to be an enemy army. He was as sincere as his mental mix-up permitted,
but so utterly wrong. He just couldn’t see things as they really were.
Worst of all, he didn’t know who he really was. [Mental Picture 53]
  Many men and women are in the same unhappy position. Though eager to
venture forth to conquer the world, everything goes wrong. They fail to
see the cause. It is not the world that is wrong; it is our vision of it.
And when our vision is faulty, so are our emotions. We become frightened
of other people because we mistakenly think they have power to hurt us.
They haven’t. We angrily attack a social condition, perhaps loss of em-
ployment, because we feel insecure. What we don’t see is that the
insecurity is based on ego-damage, not in the employment, which we can,
with some energy, always solve. We fear the silence and so chatter end-
lessly, or chase madly around, hoping to drown out the terror of the
silence. We fail to see that fear of silence is solved by facing it,
welcoming it and finally embracing it.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 169
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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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“It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that
we do not have to move the world –
it is going to move anyway. This realization does
not lessen our duty or our social obligation.
It clarifies it. It enables us to do joyously, and free
from morbidity, that which we should do in the social state.”
Ernest Holmes
 
No matter the attitude of the body, 
the soul is on its knees. 
Anonymous
 “The saints are the sinners who keep on going.” 
— Robert Louis Stevenson

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you
have built against it.
” the world is too full to talk about.” 

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 120 Insights
Review: “I rest in God” and “I am as God created me.”
As the lesson reminds me, I need to let God tell me what I am instead of me telling God what I am. This reminder brings to mind the image of the rebellious teenager telling his parents he wants to do it his own way. “Don’t tell me what to do.” And I think of Frank Sinatra’s ode to the ego, “I did it my way.” The ego is the idea of independence from God. The last thing the ego wants is for God to tell me What I am. If I truly listened and accepted God’s definition of What I am, I would instantly drop any allegiance to the ego. Who would align himself to nothing when he is offered everything?
 
The whole Course is teaching me to recognize that everything that I have valued in what the ego offers is really nothing. No form of specialness has any substance. It is an empty substitute for the eternal, limitless Love of God. It takes great effort to try to manufacture illusions that seem to have value, that seem to give me something I want. It’s exhausting because none of it ever really works.
 
It’s like a car spinning its tires in a mud hole. It expends great energy and goes nowhere. That’s all the ego ever has to offer. The only reason I keep spinning my wheels is because I have a mistaken idea that somewhere in the mud I will find something of value. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit gently tells me there is nothing there. There comes a point at which I am willing to say, “There must be a better way. I am willing to receive it.”
 
At first it seems I just sit there in the mud. I have to stop spinning my wheels long enough to get quiet and let the Voice for God give me a new vision of What I am. Having taken the time to rest and be quiet with an open mind, I am told to open the car door. And I step out on to the solid ground of God’s eternal Love. It was there all along, ready to support me in the eternal truth of my unity with God. I have been so enamored with the mud hole of independence that I could not see the solid support, the infinite strength of God that surrounds me. It is always there, ready for me to accept. Today I will practice quieting my mind and letting God teach me What I am.
 
Today’s review lessons talk about the part of me that is real. The part of me that is real rests in God. The part of me that is real is still as God created me. The part of me that is not real is represented by all the sick illusions I have made of myself.
 
Today Jesus asks me to focus on the part of me that is real. Jesus asks me to remember the truth of where I am and What I am. In truth I rest in God. Where I am is in God and nowhere else. I am still Love as God created me.
 
Today I practice letting my Father tell me What I really am. Today I practice not making decisions on my own. Today I practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit give me the meaning of everything I see. Today I practice remembering the truth.
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The more you feel peace in meditation, the closer you are to God. He moves nearer and nearer to you the deeper you enter into meditation. The peace of meditation is the language and embracing comfort of God. Therefore, God is present right on the throne of peace within you….When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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