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Sept. 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade,
we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing.
God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?
BB Pg. 53 
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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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Today I do affirm that I am Divinely guided.
There is that within which knows what to do
and how to do it, and it compels me to act on what it knows.

Ernest Holmes

I am letting others love me and in turn I have feelings for others.
Anonymous

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.
If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs,
we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
P. J. O’Rourke
However much I might try to expound or explain Love,
when I come to Love itself, I am ashamed of my explanations…
Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 215 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.”
Whenever I identify with the body as what I am, I am insane. But I have a Guide in my mind That will help me when I get lost. For this I am eternally grateful.
 
This world is a dream I have made up to make separation appear to be real. I need the Holy Spirit to lead me Home. I need a helping Hand when I get lost in thinking the world is real. I am so grateful the Holy Spirit is always there whenever I open to Its healing Love. To the Holy Spirit there is only one real purpose in this world, and that is to contribute to the awakening of the one Sonship from the dream of separation.
 
I give thanks to the Holy Spirit for Its patience, wisdom, humor and constant Love. When I give my insane thoughts to Him, He always shines them away. My constant Companion always remembers the truth. He shines a light on all my insane perceptions, if I let Him.
 
 
The Holy Spirit is the reminder of God’s Love in my mind. While I think I am in this dream world of separation and believe it is real, I need a reminder of the truth. I am grateful the Holy Spirit is ever present with His message of Love, brought directly from God to me.
 
God’s Love has never ceased and never will. If I feel unloved or unloving, I need the Holy Spirit’s gentle reminder that I am still Love, as God created me. To receive His reminder, I must be willing to bring all my unloving, fearful and guilty thoughts to Him. He will guide me to true perception to see they are based on illusion, so I can let them go easily, with a quiet sigh of relief, and walk on with Him in Love and gratitude.
 
Today I will practice once again being mindful of my thoughts and taking each one that does not bring peace to the Holy Spirit. The world I have made has not brought me happiness. I am willing to receive a new perception that guides me out of this mistaken world and into the universe of Light. Only here can lasting happiness be found. Only here is where I truly want to be.

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Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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