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MAY 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
A WORLD OF THE SPIRIT 
We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 84 
  The word “entered” . . . and the phrase “entered into the world of the Spirit” are very significant. They imply action, a beginning, getting into, a prerequisite to maintaining my spiritual growth, the “Spirit” being the immaterial part of me. Barriers to my spiritual growth are self-centeredness and a materialistic focus on worldly things. Spirituality means devotion to spiritual instead of worldly things, it means obedience to God’s will for me. I understand spiritual things to be: unconditional love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and humility. Any time I allow selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear to be a part of me, I block out spiritual things. As I maintain my sobriety, growing spiritually becomes a lifelong process. My goal is spiritual growth, accepting that I’ll never have spiritual perfection.
Copyright 1990 
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VERNON HOWARD
“There is just one real world. But for our study today, we’re going
to divide it, classify it into two different worlds. You’ll understand
what I’m talking about as we go ahead. There is a spiritual world and
there is the mental world.
  The mental world itself is divided into two parts. And you should know
by now what they are. You can think practical thoughts or you can think
useless thoughts. You can think thoughts that serve your everyday needs.
You can be what is called reasonable, logical; in other words, you can
use your mind clearly, properly, efficiently to settle matters of your
physical social life. Just be logical, to add up the figures correctly,
to drive your car carefully.
  But the mental world can be negative too and that is when you don’t use
your mind right at all. You waste it, and the extent of the wastefulness
is unknown to you. It is so overwhelmingly in your mind that you don’t
have the capacity to stand aside and see where ninety-nine and nine-tenths
of that time you’re simply draining your life energy away for no purpose
whatever, no good purpose.”
from a talk given 8/8/1987 
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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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“There should not be any sense of hurry or worry about this,
just a calm, peaceful sense of reality.
Let the Law work though,
and express Itself in, the experience.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
I come to the fellowship and I am healed from my disease one day at a time
I am not alone; but share my experience strength and hope with others.
Anonymous
You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.
PEMA CHÖDRÖN
 

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the
stronger pull of what you really love” 
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 137 Insights
“When I am healed I am not healed alone.”
The lesson title contains within it the essence of what healing is. Healing is the recognition that I cannot be alone. It could be said that this one statement encapsulates the whole message of the Course. A recognition that I am not separate nor is anyone separate from me is the basis of forgiveness. It is the reason why sin is impossible. It is the reason why I remain as God created me. It is the reason why there is no cause for guilt and fear cannot be real. It is the reason why I remain safe within the Love of God.
 
This lesson is helping me look at the fact that I do not fully believe any of this. I experience the isolation that comes with sickness. I experience the sense of vulnerability and weakness that comes with believing that the body needs to be protected, because that is how I protect myself. There are still aspects in my mind that believe that if the body ceases to exist, so do I. This is the insane dream that must be undone.
 
Healing is not necessary in reality, for what is one is not broken. But a dream in which reality is broken into many separate parts must be undone for reality to dawn upon the mind that thought the dream was real. As I practice focusing on the idea that when I am healed I am not healed alone, it reminds me that I am indeed part of All That Is, not separate. This is my goal.
 
Holy Spirit, help me this day to see only the Love I share with all my brothers, to see the one Self that joins us all as one. I am willing to see the real world where all barriers to Love have been let go.
 
In this lesson Jesus reminds me that healing is the decision to return to the oneness of my real Self. The opposite of healing is to think that separation from God and my brothers is real. As I open my mind to the healing thoughts of the Holy Spirit, the illusions I have believed in are gently removed.
 
I am learning that healing is my only function as long as I think I am in a world where separation appears to be real. I am also learning that healing is shared. The sentence that stands out to me is, “For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong.” (8:6)
 
It is wonderful to realize that, in reality, all minds are joined. The little walls that were erected through belief in separation are free to fall away as soon as we are willing. As we do this, we learn we really are connected. We really are one Self, united with our Creator. The only ‘life” that is real is the one Life of our true Self. “His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.” (9:3)
 
As I let myself be healed by the Holy Spirit, I see all those around me are healed along with me. It is wonderful to recognize that I am never healed alone. It is wonderful to offer blessing instead of attack. What a wonderful life to have this purpose instead of continuing to make separation real!
I was thinking about the process of healing being shared. When I allow my mind to experience healing, that healing is shared by the One Mind that I am. It is not that anything has changed reality because the One Mind of God’s Son has always been healed. I see it as a light that goes on in my mind allowing me to see what I really am. At the same time, it blinks on in all other minds.
 
Is everyone aware of the light? Obviously not. It is like the other day when I was looking for my keys. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find them. Because I knew they had to be there, I kept looking. Eventually I found them in a place I had already looked. They were right there in plain sight. How could I have overlooked them for so long? I don’t know, but it is clear that I can overlook the obvious. I can overlook what is right there waiting for me to see it.
 
There are many people who have already accepted healing and the light from their healing is right there in my mind waiting for me to decide that I want to see it. When I do, I will add my light to it. I can imagine at some point so many minds will add their light that the One Mind will be illuminated in a way that makes everyone else long to join with it. And perhaps that is what is happening now. Perhaps that is the draw I feel to join in healing.
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“I am not a mortal being;
I am not the body.
I am a child of God.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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