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MAY 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
 
WEEDING THE GARDEN 
The essence of all growth is a willingness to make a change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115 
 By the time I had reached Step Three I had been freed of my dependence on alcohol, but bitter experience has shown me that continuous sobriety requires continuous effort. 
 Every now and then I pause to take a good look at my progress. More and more of my garden is weeded each time I look, but each time I also find new weeds sprouting where I thought I had made my final pass with the blade. As I head back to get the newly sprouted weed (it’s easier when they are young), I take a moment to admire how lush the growing vegetables and flowers are, and my labors are rewarded. My sobriety grows and bears fruit.
Copyright 1990 
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VERNON HOWARD
Have the daring to stop doing the things you really don’t want to do. Can you see them? Look closely. Can you observe the many things you do because you reluctantly feel you should or must? Watch closely. Examine every action and reaction. Do you act naturally or do you act because you feel compelled? If you feel compelled, stop. Compulsion is slavery. Example: Refuse to go along with the crowd.
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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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“Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.” 
Ernest Holmes
 
 
 
God and life has given me the ability and to walk clean
and sober in the world.A new freedom through forgiveness.
Anonymous
Mistakes are always forgivable,
if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee
 
The name of Mawlânâ Rûmî gradually became more and more familiar among people in these non-Islamic sufi groups as one of the greatest sufi masters who ever lived. The great scholar of Mawlânâ’s works during the last century in the West was a British scholar named R. A. Nicholson. In 1898 he published translations of 48 ghazal poems, all of which he believed were from Mawlânâ’s “Dîvân-e Kabîr.”2 Of these, 7 ghazals are now rejected by scholars as authentic poems by Mawlânâ because these are not found in the earliest manuscripts of his “Dîvân.”
   One of these seven ghazals not composed by Mawlânâ eventually became one of the most famous “Rûmî poems” in the West, and also in Turkey. It begins: “What is to be done, O Moslems? for I do not recognise myself. I am neither Christian nor Jew, nor Gabr, nor Moslem.”3 Nicholson admitted that the Persian text for this ghazal did not occur in any of the editions or manuscripts that he used.4 Perhaps he was misled by the final fake line (“O Shams-e Tabriz, I am so drunken…”) that was composed by the anonymous poet to make it seem like an authentic Rumi poem.
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 123 Insights
“I thank my Father for His gifts to me.”
   One of the sentences that stood out to me in this lesson is “give thanks as well that you are changeless.” This means that the only part of me that is real is changeless Love. This also means that the only part of everyone in this world that is real is the changeless Love, as God created them. This makes everything very simple. All the complications of this world disappear. There is only one reality. Everyone in this whole world is still as God created them.
 
There are no differences or distance between people of any kind. We are still one Self, joined in the Mind of God. We are still the same Light of Love, joy and peace as we were created. Nothing has changed that reality. Anything else is meaningless illusion. This certainly simplifies my “life.” My only real life is the life I live in God, and that has never changed. For this I am grateful. God’s gifts to me and everyone, the whole Sonship, are eternal. God’s gift of extending eternal Love never ends.
 
As I open to receive God’s gifts, I give them because giving and receiving are the same. God is changeless. God’s gifts are changeless and I am thankful today that this is so.
 
Today’s idea is the antidote to the desire for specialness that is the foundation of this world. When I express gratitude for my Father’s gifts to me, I am accepting His gifts. The desire for specialness is the rejection of God’s gifts. It’s saying to God, “What you gave me isn’t good enough. I want more than everything.” This whole world was made to make it look like I could have other gifts than those my Father gave.
 
As I practice expressing my gratitude for God’s gifts, I’m really practicing accepting my Self. This Self is what God gave me. And it contains all of God. All Love. There is nothing else to give and nothing else to receive. The attempt to give and receive something else blinds me to God’s gifts and leaves me feeling empty and alone. As I affirm my gratitude for God’s gifts, I am recognizing where real value lies. I am shifting my attention from meaningless, empty forms to the only meaning there is. I am moving away from rejecting my Self as I was created toward accepting the magnificent, changeless gift of Love, given me by God. It shifts my attitude from depression to joy, from conflict to peace, from fear to Love.
 
I am deeply grateful for this Course, which offers me the means to recognize where real value lies and to recognize the meaningless for what it is. Today I will accept God’s gifts with gratitude. With gratitude comes joy and with joy comes the desire to share. And so I experience once again that receiving and giving are the same. They cannot be separated, just as joy and gratitude cannot be separated. Thank you Father for your gifts to me.
 
I have something specific to be grateful for. I was doing a meditation the other day and was looking for people I need to forgive. There is a man I work with who really gets on my nerves. I’ve tried to forgive him before, thought I had, and then he would do something to annoy me and I’d realize I had not forgiven.
 
I had a hard time with the process and resisted it awhile. My mind would wander, I’d find myself unable to focus on him. Every time I tried to see him differently, I would see his face with this expression that has always rubbed me the wrong way. There he would be with his eyebrows raised, his eyes widened and this self-satisfied smirk on his face like he knows something no one else knows. He looked like some kind of demented elf. How was I supposed to forgive this ridiculous image?!
 
I stuck with it, though, and finally I started thinking of him as an actor playing a role. I thought about how an actor is not his character. When the play is over, the actor walks away from that character and goes back to being himself.
 
Suddenly, my mind quit fighting the process. I realized that this person I didn’t like was just a character in the script that he wrote for his life. It was like he was wearing a mask and if he took it off, I would see his holy self completely unchanged. When I tried to take that step and see him without his personality self, I was unable to do so. In my frustration, I finally said, “Holy Son of God, show yourself to me!” and he did! It was like a mask falling away and there was his splendid beautiful light self, minus all the annoying habits and many faults I had always seen in him.
 
Then suddenly I saw the raised eyebrows, the widened eyes, the smirk and it was like he was winking at our shared secret. I almost laughed out loud. I came out of that meditation feeling differently about him and hoping the feeling would last.
 
Yesterday, he was listening to one of my presentations and corrected something I did wrong in front of my customers. I was amazed that I didn’t feel angry with him because I used to use any excuse to dislike him. Later when I had the chance, I thanked him sincerely for pointing out the mistake and told him that it gave me the chance to rewrite that part so that it was better now. The pleased look on his face was my reward. The real reward, though, is harder to put into words. I feel like someone who has had a chronic illness and is suddenly healed. It is a real blessing.
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   Through the law of causation, our original parents—the finite creations known as Adam and Eve, who themselves were special creations of the Infinite—helped to create all humanity. Because we are created by our parents—and our parents by our grandparents, and all mankind has come from Adam and Eve—we ask who created God. We apply to the Infinite the law of causation that created us. This is erroneous reasoning.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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