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MAY 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
SURRENDERING SELF-WILL 
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34 
No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can one turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is? In my search for the answer to this question, I became aware of the wisdom with which it was written: that this is a two-part Step. 
   I could see many times where I should have died, or at least been injured, during my previous style of living, and it never happened. Someone, or something, was looking after me. I choose to believe my life has always been in God’s care. He alone controls the number of days I will be granted until physical death.
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VERNON HOWARD
“The Pleasures of Self-Forgetting
Man’s meaningless motions and agonizing appetites are nothing more than
attempts to forget himself. Alcohol, social climbing, material acquisition
 — all are attempts to escape an unwanted self.
   What is this unwanted self? We come back, as always, to man’s false sense
of identity. Man yearns to escape from _his own pretensions of who he is_.
Inwardly, he knows that he is not the pseudo-self going around with surface
smiles, drawing excitement from applause, swelling with pride over some
achievement. His intuitive mind tells him that is all an act — and how
weary he is of the routine role.
   So he tries to forget. But he never succeeds. He always does the wrong
thing. His churning and chasing merely cover up the anxiety, leaving it
to do its dark destruction.
  But there is a genuine way of self-forgetting. The false self and its
built-in pains, can be demolished. Like a ball of string held at one end
and rolled along the floor, the false self can become smaller and smaller
and finally disappear altogether. Then you forget it. Who thinks about
something that doesn’t exist?”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 10, p. 173
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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
 
 
 
“You say be quiet and just listen.
God is always there, maybe you aren’t”
Anonymous
Finding where exactly the outside
world ends and I begin—is not so easy.
NORA BATESON
 
“Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.” 
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 125 Insights
“In quiet I receive God’s Word today.”
   Healing comes to the quiet mind. Attitudes are changed. Circumstances are seen in a new way. It is like the black and white picture where if you look at it one way, you see two faces looking at each other. If you look at it in a new way, you see one vase.
 
Through the quiet mind, the world is seen anew. The quiet mind sees through the thin veneer of separate bodies. The mind that is quiet is brought to God’s peace. The conflict brought about by ego’s thinking is laid aside and dissolves into the the nothingness it is. The quiet mind sees clearly.
 
Here there is rest. Here there is God’s peace. What was once perceived as complicated and difficult now is seen as simple as the fear is dissolved and the Love that was always there shines forth. All false ideas fall away and the truth comes forth as Love’s simplicity is seen. Here there is rest. Here is the eternal truth. Here is the soul’s deepest nourishment, what we all long for in our heart of hearts.
 
And all this comes when we are willing to quiet our minds and rest a while in Love’s healing presence. The deep inner longing and the search for God ends because here it is. It has always been right here, in the quiet mind, waiting for our return.
 
This inner door is opened by being willing to still our tortured minds and rest a while in Love’s healing presence. It just takes a willingness to step back from the world and let the mind be quiet a while. In stillness all that is true is known. All that is real is recognized. This opportunity for healing is always present. It just takes a willingness to quiet our minds and listen to receive God’s word. That is all.
One of the ego’s most prevalent defenses is busyness. The more it can keep us preoccupied with activities in the world, the safer it is from intrusions of peace. The ego considers peace as an intrusion because peace interferes with the ego’s primary goal of maintaining guilt. When we quiet our minds and allow ourselves to experience the peace of God, our minds are open to receive His Word. His Word tells us that we remain one with Him, undivided, unharmed and incapable of harm. His Voice tells us we remain innocent, as we were created.
 
This is the last thing the ego wants us to hear, for if we hear it and accept it, it would be the end of the ego. And so the ego is constantly looking for things to do, keeping us busy, doing things in the world that lead nowhere, accomplish nothing in truth, but effectively serve the ego’s goal of keeping our minds busy so that we will not receive God’s Word. Because we have taught ourselves well to follow the ego’s lead, we need to practice diligently, quieting our minds, opening to God’s peace and listening to His Voice. The ego loves to point out our failures, to encourage us to give up. “You will never learn this” the ego says, with a smile of contempt.
 
Yet in truth, being quiet and hearing God’s Voice is our natural state. It takes great effort to keep our minds so busy that we are unaware of our unity with God. It takes so much effort that we have to lay our bodies down to rest for almost a third of every day just to rebuild our ‘energy’ so that we can spend another day keeping busy and defending against our natural state of peace in the heart of God.
 
Now is the time to lay that aside and return to our natural state. Now is the time to accept His peace. Now is the time to return to Love.
There are so many situations that happen in my life, with my boss or my family or the clerks at stores or people on the freeway that I automatically respond to with anger or resentment or even thoughts of retaliation, but thanks to this course and my Divine Guidance I am learning to stop or at least slow down the insanity (sometimes it takes me hours) and quiet my mind long enough to listen and know that the situation is all an illusion.
 
I must admit at this point I don’t necessarily “hear” anything when I’m in quiet, but I feel in my heart that maybe I don’t “need” to hear anything. I just need to trust, to stay focused, to know there is another way, to be aware of that quiet place where my Heavenly Father abides. And sure enough, when I come out of spending some time with God, I come back a better person and in those few moments that I spent with Him, I bring back enough courage and strength with me to carry me through the seeming conflict. Today I might not know what the answer is, but I also know what the answer isn’t.
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The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.

Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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