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MAY 26,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 26,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
 Whose From “How Do You Pray?”:
“One of the men stopped me and said, ‘How do you pray?’ I said that I asked God not to take her, but to take me. He then said, ‘Why don’t you ask that God give you the strength and courage to accept His will?’ Say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.”‘
   “Yes, that was the first time in my life that I prayed for His will be done. 
As I look back, I see that I had always asked God to do things my way.”
1973 AAWS, Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 23
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VERNON HOWARD
“One pleasure of the path is to know from yourself. The opinions,

disagreements, comments from others have no more meaning to you at

all. You know that you know from yourself. It is settled forever
that what you know is true, is compassionate and it is yours. It’s
like a man traveling in a foreign country who hears an assortment
of ideas and comments about his own home country, while he knows
his home country from himself, so instantly, he can separate the
true remarks from the false remarks.
  He knows immediately. He doesn’t have to think. It’s a pure part
of his memory mind, which tells whether that comment he heard in
a foreign country is right or is wrong.
  That plan, that virtue of knowing from yourself and from yourself
only can be done if you’ll want it more than you want to lean on
someone else, because when we’re leaning on what is incorrect, what
is misleading, we always have to ask the opinions of others hoping
that the other person will back us up, feeling glad if they do and
sad if they don’t.
   Don’t you understand what’s going on in that case? What’s going on
is you, being the slave of all that you have, you’re the slave
of all that you see out there — you need a backup.
  Now think of some things you know about your own home. You know for
sure, you don’t have to ask anyone. The studies you are making will
put you in this position. You don’t have to ask anyone, because you’ve
found within yourself the absolute certainty of the heavenly kingdom.”
 from a talk given 5/16/1992
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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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Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
 
I was told that there was another world and
if I could get sober I would be able to pass that thought on to others.
Anonymous
Guard well your spare moments. 
They are like uncut diamonds. 
Discard them and their value will never be known.
 Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
 
 
Tomorrow you’ll see what you’ve broken and torn tonight,
thrashing in the dark. Inside you
there’s an artist you don’t know about.
He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
from ‘an open light
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 145 Insights
Review:My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“Beyond this world there is a world I want. It is impossible to see two worlds.”
   Remembering all through the day that my mind holds only what I think with God helps me see the mindless thoughts of the ego for what they are. It helps me place less importance on the images found in this world. It reminds me to look beyond the images of separation to the world I really want. It reminds me that I need to let go of the world’s images and be open to the thoughts of universal oneness, of God.
 
I need this reminding all through the day. Otherwise I make big deals and think that what I am experiencing as this world is real. When this happens, I have returned to wandering in the wilderness and this does not create happiness.
 
I need the hourly reminders that my mind holds only what I think with God. This helps to clear the slate of my mind. This helps me loosen my grip on all the false ideas found in this world. This lesson reminds me that it is impossible to see two worlds. I cannot continue to make this world of separation real and still be aware of the thoughts I think with God. I forget that I am in Heaven now when I get caught up in all the turmoil and conflict found in this world.
 
This lesson is like the lifeline reminding me of the truth as I go through my day. I am so thankful for these lessons. They are truly helping me awaken to the truth.
Before I started working with the Course, I thought this world was real. I also felt that there was something beyond this world, though it was not something I could describe or define. There was always part of me that was looking for something more satisfying, more fulfilling. This lesson puts into words that feeling: Beyond this world there is a world I want. As I worked with the Course, I realized that though I was searching for something more, there was another part of my mind that thought the things of this world were more important.
 
I am grateful for the Course that is helping me to recognize what is truly valuable and what is valueless, what is real and what is unreal. The seeming conflict between seeking for a world beyond this one that I truly want, while at the same time thinking I want things of this world is diminishing. I find greater peace. My happiness is sustained more consistently. The value I place on anything in this world interferes with seeing the world I really want because it is impossible to see two worlds. Gradually, as I work with the lessons and read the Text and Manual for Teachers, I am letting go of the value I have placed on this world.
 
At first it seemed the Course was asking me to sacrifice, to give up something valuable. But now, more and more, I am recognizing that I am giving up nothing to gain everything. The conflicting goals I have tried to hold in my mind are steadily falling away. And in their place rises the peace and Love of God, my true treasure, my lasting happiness. I am deeply grateful for this Course, for I am blessed indeed.

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Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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