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Sept. 3,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 3,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.BB  Pg. 55 
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VERNON HOWARD
 
Tell a man that he is putting on a stage performance
in order to get what he wants, and he will irritably reject your observation.
Why? Because most people go through life as cunning actors with a
permanent horror of getting found out.
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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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Definitely I know that every negative condition
of the past is cleared away from my consciousness.
I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it.
Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience.
Yesterday is not, tomorrow is not, but today,
bright with hope and filled with promise, is mine.
Today I live.

Ernest Holmes
In the end I found I found that no one had hurt me but myself.
I had been living a self-destructive life.
Anonymous

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
P. J. O’Rourke
Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit;
don’t give your heart to anything,
but the love of those whose hearts are glad.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 216 Insights
ACIM Workbook Lesson 216 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“It can be but myself I crucify.”
If I see other people as bodies, I am crucifying myself. If I make what their bodies do real, I am crucifying myself. What I make real in others is what I am making real in myself. Making anyone’s ego real is denying their true Identity and my true Identity and I will suffer for it. When I do not remember I am connected with God, at some level I feel lost and alone.
 
As I do these lessons, I realize this need not be. I can let my mind be changed. I can learn to consistently see the Spark of God in my brother. This helps me recognize the same Spark of God is in me. We all have one real life and that is the life we live in God. If I deny this, I am attacking myself and attacking my brother. Letting go of the denial of the truth is forgiveness. It is my one purpose. As I practice forgiveness daily, I am learning how to be truly happy, how to be truly free. “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.”
 
 
There is great empowerment in the statement, “All that I do I do unto myself.” It puts me fully in charge of my life experience. If I experience suffering, it is because I have attacked. If I experience freedom from judgment, it is because I have forgiven. It is all going on in my own mind and my thoughts are entirely in my control.
 
At times it doesn’t seem that I have control over my thoughts. This is only because I have put the ego thought system in charge and then forgotten I put it in charge. The entire ego thought system is a system of illusions. It has no power of its own. Illusions can be frightening, but only if I believe they are real. When I remove the belief in its reality, the illusion is simply disregarded.
 
In my mind it is always my decision what I will believe is real. No one can make that decision for me nor can anyone change my decision for me. But I always have the power to change my mind. My salvation comes with withdrawing belief in illusion. The moment I do that, reality returns to my awareness.
 
As I practice remembering the body is not me and I am still Love as I was created, I open the door to the experience of Heaven — the peace and joy of the Love of God. So today, with hope and eager anticipation, I practice: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” With every repetition I move a step closer to accepting the truth of these statements. I move a step closer to freedom.

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All honest work is good work;
it is capable of leading to self-development,
provided the doer seeks to discover the inherent
lessons and makes the most of the potentialities for such growth.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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