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MAY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Renew Your Effort
“Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort on the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis. Could I also suggest that you look at excessive guilt for what it is? Nothing but a sort of reverse pride. A decent regret for what has happened is fine. But guilt – no. Indeed, the slip could well have been brought about by unreasonable feelings of guilt because of other moral failures, so called. Surely, you ought to look into this possibility. Even here you should not blame yourself for failure; you can be penalized only for refusing to try for better things.”
LETTER, 1958 

Copyright 1967
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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VERNON HOWARD
“HOW TO USE WEARINESS
A newcomer to a study group in New Jersey remarked to the teacher,
‘I am curious about a point made last week. You said we have to be
utterly weary in order to qualify for a new life. What does this mean?’
   Said the teacher to the rest of the class, ‘Please answer the gentleman’s
question. What weariness brought you here?’
   Herbert responded, ‘I was thoroughly exhausted by my nervous pretense that all was well with me.’
   Said Vera, ‘Weariness with popular answers that answered nothing brought me here.’
   Jack replied, ‘I was tired of trying to please people who demanded more
every time you pleased them.’
   Laura said, ‘It was to

 fatiguing to stumble through every day without
knowing what my life was all about.’
   Awareness of personal confusion is the first intelligent act of anyone
who no longer wants to live that way. “
Inspire Yourself, p. 17o
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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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“If the philosophy of Christianity were lived, wars would cease, unhappiness would cease, economic problems would be solved, poverty would be wiped from the face of the earth, and man’s inhumanity to man would be transmuted into a spirit of mutual helpfulness.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind
God it was hard to apologize and as I went along, I meant it.
Anonymous
 “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
 –Claude McDonald
 
 

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 134 Insights
“Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.”
Forgiveness means letting go of illusions. Forgiveness means laying down my defenses against God, against my Identity as part of God. As I forgive, or let go of illusions of separation from God, I remember that I rest in God eternally. I remember that nothing has changed.
 
Just because I choose to let my mind become involved with a false story of conflict, division and death does not make the false story true. Forgiveness means being willing to lay the false story down. Forgiveness means being willing to be open to the truth. All is still in God and of God. Only God is real. Only Love is real. Anything else is trying to make something that is the opposite of God real. Nothing is opposite to God.
 
Forgiveness, or laying the story down, offers me peace. As the story is laid down, the truth returns to my awareness. All is one in God. All is safe. And dreams of death and destruction are seen for the illusions they are. As I see forgiveness as it is, my mind is healed. It is like a healing balm that shows me what is not real. As I lay what is not real down, what is real comes to take its place.
 
We all rest in God. We cannot change that by wild and crazy stories of destruction. Forgiveness is seeing past illusions to the truth. I open my mind today and see that my job is to practice forgiveness as it is, to practice seeing straight through the thousand forms in which they may appear. I practice letting my mind be healed today of all the fanciful dreams that never were in reality. I practice remembering that I rest in God, now and forever. Truth is true and nothing else is true. God is truth. I practice remembering the truth today.
 
Once again I see how central the idea that this world does not exist is to my healing. It is the basis of true forgiveness. Everything my body’s eyes show me cannot be real if the world does not exist. Everything that seems to upset me in any way is always about some form that I object to. If it is form, it is different, and therefore separate from me. But the Course tells me that only Love is real. And Love is one. Love knows no distinctions, only unity, equality. The moment I recognize that what I thought was cause for upset is not real and does not exist, forgiveness is natural and automatic, for it is seen that there is nothing to forgive. No change, no harm occurred.
 
The practice of forgiveness could be called the practice of recognizing illusions for what they are and seeing past them. I cannot rely on my own understanding to accomplish this. My understanding as a separate identity is based on a false foundation that separation is real. On this false foundation, it is impossible to achieve an understanding of truth. By the grace of God, I have a Voice in my mind that can bring me the understanding I need to recognize what is unreal and look past it to the real. I must practice listening to this Voice if I would free myself from the pain of sin and guilt.
 
Each day as I take time to quiet my mind and receive the words of my inner Teacher, the recognition of illusion comes easier and truth is seen more clearly. Sometimes my mind chatter seems very persistent and I need to frequently disengage from it and open to the peace of my inner Teacher. Sometimes the chatter seems to be so attractive that I am not able to fully open to the healing message of Holy Spirit. But in each moment, I am grateful for whatever willingness I have in that instant, however weak it may seem to be. The Holy Spirit uses that little willingness on my behalf and I feel at least some relief.
 
I may need to come back and try again a little later and the Holy Spirit assures me He is always there, never impatient, always gentle and loving, ready to offer me His comfort. And so I practice again and again and again. In times of my own impatience, I can look back and see much progress has been made. It is truly worth the effort. This gives me encouragement to continue the practice, for I truly want the peace and freedom that forgiveness offers.
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Spirituality is measured by what you experience intuitively,
from the communion of your soul with God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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