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Sept. 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“It is very difficult for me to come to terms with my spiritual illness because of my great pride, disguised by my material successes and my intellectual power. Intelligence is not incompatible with humility, provided I place humility first. To seek prestige and wealth is the ultimate goal for many in the modern world. To be fashionable and to seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness. To recognize and to admit my weaknesses is the beginning of good spiritual health. It is a sign of spiritual health to be able to ask God every day to enlighten me, to recognize His will, and to have the strength to execute it. My spiritual health is excellent when I realize that the better I get, the more I discover how much help I need from others.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Daily Reflections:
A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
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VERNON HOWARD
The great solution to all human problems
is individual inner transformation.
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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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The universe must exist for the self-expression
of God and the delight of God.
Ernest Holmes

I always knew my bottle count,
even my cigarettes
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 225 Insights
“God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.”
There is no greater joy than that which comes with extending Love. When I am in the awareness of Love, my heart is filled with gratitude and overflows. As I extend Love to another, I experience It growing in me and I want to give more. That is the nature of Love. It cannot be contained. It must continuously extend to be Itself.
 
This is why I must Love my Source in order to know the Love He has given me. The more I am able to extend Love, the more my heart is filled with gratitude and joy and the more I want to extend Love. It is an eternal crescendo that can only grow, because that is Love’s nature.
 
If I am not experiencing this, it is because I have a false idea that in some way I am separate from Love. It is not true, but if I believe there is separation, I will experience it as true. That experience is one of loss, loneliness, limitation and lack of Love. It is the opposite of Love because Love cannot be separate or divided. When I am aware of Love, I experience Its unity. When I am believing in separation, Love is blocked from my awareness, though it remains ever present. All that is needed to remove the block is to forgive or let go of the thought of separation.
 
The thought of separation takes myriad forms in this world because it is the world that belief in separation made. These many diverse forms were made to disguise the one thought that underlies them all. There is in truth only one problem — belief in separation. While we believe that separation takes many forms, we need to let go of those many forms until we recognize they are all the same.
 
The Holy Spirit was given us to teach us to recognize these false images for what they are so we can let them go. Our only job is to take each false image that blocks us from the awareness of Love to the Holy Spirit. He will shine His loving Light on it and as we share the clarity of His vision, it disappears. We return to the awareness of Love where, once again, we join in the crescendo of ever expanding giving and receiving of Love.
Today I let myself be carried. The Spirit of Love is my Identity and I would open to It now. Now I let my mind be washed of all the false ideas that stem from the idea of being separated from God. God is my Source and I would not be separate from Love.
 
Today I would follow, I would not lead. I will let myself be carried by the powerful Source of Love that is my true Identity. Who do I think I am? I let that question be answered by the only One Who has the real Answer. There is only one Love and that Love is all inclusive. I am not alone. I am not separate. Nothing exists but God. I am willing to practice seeing this and feeling this and being this today.

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The man who has perceived God looks upon
all types of men as dream motion-picture images,
made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic
Consciousness and the shadows of delusion. 

Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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