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Sept. 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
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VERNON HOWARD
A certain number of people seek power over other
people in a desperate attempt to find themselves.
They fail, for self-discovery is spiritual in nature,
not social or political. Authoritatively telling other
people what to do is their distraction from an inner
emptiness they can never fill.
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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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Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
Ernest Holmes
This program doesn’t teach me perfection
Anonymous
You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint,
for in play a child says things without uttering a word.
You can see how he solves his problems.
You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially,
have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises
to the surface in free play.
Erik Erikson
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that
you have built against it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 Insights
“This is my holy instant of release.”
Every moment is my holy instant of release. I don’t have to wait to be released from the tyranny of the ego. In every moment I have a choice. I choose either illusion or reality. Though choosing illusions blinds me to reality, reality remains ever present, unchanged by my choice to believe illusions are real.
 
If I experience a world of separation, it is because I have chosen it. It doesn’t seem like I have anything to do with its seeming existence. Yet in every moment that I am perceiving separation, it is because I am choosing to see it.
 
Hidden deep below conscious awareness is the desire for specialness that chooses separation over unity and wholeness. From that desire and choice I get everything that comes with the belief that separation is real: Conflict, loss, lack, loneliness, fear and guilt. These are but a few of the symptoms of having made the choice for illusion rather than truth. Gratefully the choice for illusion can never be permanent, for my mind remains eternally united with God. The memory of my Source remains with me forever, even though it may seem to be forgotten beneath layer upon layer of illusions. I may believe I have left God and experience it as so, but God has never left me. His Love still embraces me and supports me and calls me to return to the Home where I belong. I feel that call in my heart. It is the cause of all my searching.
 
While the ego directs me to search where I cannot find the Love and peace I want, the Holy Spirit is ever present, ready to guide me where I will find the release I seek. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to recognize the false images offered by the ego. I am grateful it teaches me how to bring these images to the Holy Spirit, Who shows me they have no substance and no effect on the truth of What I am. With His help I lay them down, recognizing that what has no effect must not exist.
 
Every instant is my moment of opportunity. Today I am dedicated to practicing recognizing false images and taking them to the Holy Spirit, where He helps me release them in gentle laughter and joy. And thus I am released.
 
I quiet my mind and ask the Holy Spirit to bring me my holy instant of release. The Holy Spirit responds by bringing the Light of peace and a sense of well being into my mind. I feel washed in peace. I relax in its gentle presence. I rest from the busyness of the world.
 
I am reminded that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. And bringing me the holy instant is easy as my willingness grows to accept the truth. The truth is always in my mind, waiting for my acceptance. I open to it now. Behind every illusion, there God is. Behind every form there is wholeness. Behind every false idea lies the truth. Only God exists.
 
Today I would accept my holy instant of release. Today I would let illusions be released. Today I would be free of the limiting ideas of the ego. I would learn to laugh at them, for they could never be true. I would learn to accept God’s peace and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, which always brings me my holy instant of release when I am ready to accept it.
 
And the more I practice this, the easier and more natural it becomes. That release, even in the temporary and incomplete way I allow it in my mind, is such an incredible blessing. I am left feeling as if God Himself has just given me a gentle kiss on the cheek and a warm hug. Wow! What will my life be like when I completely surrender to God’s Love and His Will?

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No one can be a yogi, maintaining a state of mental equilibrium,
free from inner involvement in planned desireful activities,
unless he has renounced identification with his ego and its
unsatisfiable lust for the fruits of actions.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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