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Sept. 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
People appreciate and follow the person
who can persuade them properly.
Make that person you.
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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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I do not believe that God has imposed suffering
upon anyone to punish them or to teach them a lesson.
Ernest Holmes

It took awhile for me to accept the love that kept coming to me,
in waves, I was pushing instead of accepting.Love lifted me.
Anonymous

Men have always shown a dim knowledge of their
better potentialities by paying homage to those
purest leaders who taught the simplest and most
inclusive rules for an undivided mankind.
Erik Erikson
You left and I cried tears of blood.
My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left.
But when You left my eyes went with You.
Now, how will I cry?
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 230 Insights
“Now will I seek and find the peace of God.”
This lesson promises that if I call on God, I will find the peace He gave. The implication is that if I am not experiencing peace, I must be calling on the ego. The ego judges everything because that is how it maintains the appearance of separation. As it says in “What is Forgiveness?” an unforgiving thought must judge and to hold unforgiveness in place, the judgment must not be raised to question. But if I would experience forgiveness, I must be willing to accept truth as it is rather than judge against it and reject it.
 
This world was made as a place where truth is rejected. So it is not surprising that judgment is part of our habit of thinking. It is a habit to be undone if we would experience peace. With every judgment we call upon the ego. Each time we release judgment, each time we recognize there is nothing to judge, we call upon God and open our awareness to the peace that has always been ours.
 
Finding the peace of God is not complicated. It need not be a long drawn out process. It is only our lack of willingness to give up our identification with the ego thought system that delays the experience of God’s peace.
 
Some part of our mind believes that judgment has some value greater than the Love of God. Who in their right mind would value anything more than the Love of God? No one. This world is a world of insanity, of belief in what could never be real or true. The good news is insanity is not permanent because illusions could never be permanent.
 
There remains within our mind the Link that forever reminds us of our Source, our Creator. It is to this Link that we must turn to receive the correction that shows us what is real and what is unreal. We have had a mistaken perception of reality, but it is correctable. Each time we turn to the Means for correction, we move a step closer to experiencing the peace given us in our creation.
 
Today I dedicate again to practicing bringing all my thoughts of fear and guilt, whatever their form, to the Holy Spirit in my mind for His gentle correction.
 
 
Because our minds are powerful, what we seek for we find. The thoughts we hold in our minds are then reflected in the world. As we believe, so we see. The Course tells us that the way to find peace is to truly desire peace. As we truly seek for peace, we will find it. Peace is right there in our minds, waiting for our acceptance. So it is our willingness to accept the peace of God that we are working with.
 
The Course tells us we need just a little willingness. The Holy Spirit will take that willingness gladly and lead us to the peace of God. Peace is ours eternally. We cannot lose what is part of our Identity. As we are willing to quiet our minds of all the ego’s raucous thoughts, we will be led to peace.
 
Holy Spirit, I am willing to quiet my mind today and be led to the experience of God’s peace. Peace is all I want.
 
 
I was asking for peace this morning but I was having a hard time accepting. As I allowed my thoughts to flow through, I saw some of the things that I was choosing instead of peace. I gave those to Holy Spirit and asked for another way to see them.
 
Then I went back and reread the lesson. I could see clearly that peace had been in me all along. But like a weed-choked garden with a perfect (but hidden) flower at it’s center, I couldn’t see my bloom of perfect peace for all the “weeds.” As soon as I started pulling the weeds from my mind and giving them to Holy Spirit, I was able to recognize and enjoy the peace God placed in my heart when He created me. I can cover up what God created and refuse to acknowledge it, but thankfully, I can’t change it or destroy it.

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Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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Ron Richey
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