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Sept. 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“Definition of an alcoholic is an egomaniac with an inferiority complex” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Quit thinking that you must halt before
the barrier of inner negativity.
You need not. You can crash through…
whenever we see a negative state,
that is where we can destroy it.
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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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In principle the great religions of the
world do not differ as much as they appear to. 
Ernest Holmes

When I grew up  I had no father and in the fellowship
and then I found my real Father, God.
Anonymous

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding,
which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.
Erik Erikson
The garden of love is green without limit and yields
many fruits other than sorrow or joy.
Love is beyond either condition: without spring,
without autumn, it is always fresh.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 224 Insights
“God is my Father, and He loves His Son.”
Since God is Love and He is my Father, my true Identity must be Love. Love is God’s gift to me. By Its nature, Love must be extended to be Itself. That is why my true Identity (Love) is the gift I give to the world. Only Love is real. So Love is, in truth, all there is to give. Love is the Light of Heaven and the Light of the world. My job is to see that Light of Love in everyone, everywhere, all the time. The Light of Love is all there really is to see. If I think I see something else, I am hallucinating, or projecting something that is not there.
 
The moment I recognize I am seeing anything other than Love, it is time for me to turn to the Holy Spirit and give this false perception to Him. That is the essence of daily practice that leads me Home to Heaven, where I am perfectly safe, at peace and in joy.
 
If I am seeing anyone as threatening to me or disturbing to me in any way, I need to remind myself that I must be seeing wrongly, for Love does not attack by seeing separation. Love only blesses by knowing Oneness. The true Identity of everyone is Love, so the truth of everyone only gives the blessing of Love.
 
In this dream, it appears there are alternatives to Love, but this cannot be in truth. As it says in the introduction to the Course, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Only Love is real. That is my true Identity, along with everyone’s.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to look past the false masks to the true Identity in everyone, that I may recognize my Own.
 
In this lesson, Jesus reminds me of my true Identity, Which I have forgotten. He encourages me to accept my true Identity and let the false identity go. Today is a practice in accepting my true Identity. Today is a practice in remembering I am still Love, as God created me. Today is a day of practice in not making the false identity — a body with a separate mind — real. Today is a day of practice in being willing to watch the thoughts I am believing in and, if it does not reflect my true Identity, to take it to the Holy Spirit to be undone.
 
Today is a day of accepting my Source instead of rejecting It. God is my Source. God is Love and therefore Love is my Source. I am an extension of Love and so I cannot be anything other than Love. Anything else is an hallucination. Holy Spirit, help me rest today in the remembrance that I am only Love. Let me be willing to remember the truth. Let me be willing to remember Love and that only Love is real.
 
This is a good lesson for me today. Yesterday someone offered me some guilt and I accepted it. The guilt made me feel like a bad person. If I feel guilty, obviously it is because I did something wrong. Since there is nothing I can do to fix the situation, I started feeling anxious and frustrated. This is such a typical ego maneuver — putting me in a box where there seems to be no way out.
 
Thank God I know now that I can take this to Holy Spirit and ask Him for a different way to see it. When I allow my mind to get so cluttered with these ego thoughts of guilt, fear and blame that I can’t see past them, I completely lose sight of the fact that there could be another way to see it.
 
If, instead, I can focus on Truth, like today’s lesson, “God is my Father and He loves His Son, ” then I can relax and let Holy Spirit guide me out of the scary place I put myself. I look back at it from the safety of God’s Love and I laugh that I was frightened by something so insubstantial.

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As often as you fail, get up and try again.
God will never let you down,
so long as you don’t let Him down,
and so long as you make the effort.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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