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Sept. 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“I have found that the process of discovering who I
really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
All forms of self-defeating behavior
are unseen and unconscious,
which is why their existence is denied.
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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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When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
Ernest Holmes

I was told that I just have to trust the process,
even if I couldn’t see what was in front of me.
Anonymous

In the social jungle of human existence,
there is no feeling of being alive without
a sense of identity.
Erik Erikson
Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell,
for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul,
my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 219 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I am not a body. I am free.
The statement “I am not a body. I am free” implies that if I were a body, I would not be free. The body is limited to a few cubic feet of space in this world. It is disconnected from everything else. This is an extreme limitation compared to the universal unity that is the reality of what God created. What God created is forever joined with Him and all creation. God loves what He created because He created it out of Love. That Love is eternal, unchanging and unchangeable.
 
The Self He created is Love and that is What He loves as His Son. It is What I am in truth. Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am. I am not a body. Believing I am a body is just a mistake to be undone. Because I am not a body, my innocence remains untainted. If I believe I am guilty for anything, it is because I have accepted a false image of myself as what I think I am.
 
The commandment that says, “You shall have no other God’s before Me” is a path to freedom. It is the mistaken images I have made of myself that are false idols which keep me bound to an experience of limitation and lack of Love. As I let them go, I open my heart and mind to the Love of God that has never ceased. Remembering “I am not a body. I am free. I am God’s Son” is an affirmation of my innocence and my wholeness. It reminds me I am still as God created me.
 
God is formless, changeless, eternal Love. God, or Love, is universal. This means Love is everywhere. There is nothing but Love. Love shares all of Itself with all. Love extends. Love is giving. Love’s extension is God’s Son. The one Son that we are is eternally united and eternally Love.
 
Dreaming of bodies with separate minds is just a mistake to be undone. No matter what we dream, we all still remain Love as we were created. We are still an extension of Love, which is continuous and united.
 
It is only as I am willing to quiet my mind of all the false ideas of separation that I can remember this truth. I have been confused about what I am and what my brother is, but I can lay this confusion down. I can remember what my Father loves forever as His Son. I can remember that nothing has really changed. Love remains Love as one forever. I need not be bound by dreams of false ideas.
 
Today my practice is to remember I am not a body. All still remains Love as God’s extension. I have reinforced false ideas and now it is my opportunity to reinforce the truth.
 
I woke up this morning thinking about my errors and berating myself for not being perfect. I sat down to do my lesson and started doing the “wrong” one. I read, “Only my condemnation injures me.” I felt a sense of relief, as if God were answering the question my mind was asking, “Am I condemned because of my mistakes?” For that is really what I fear when I do something that doesn’t feel right or have thoughts that don’t feel right.
 
I realized this was yesterday’s lesson and laughed out loud at how perfectly the Universe works to support my growth and my happiness. Then I read the comments from Staff and thought you must be speaking directly to me this morning. Especially the line that says, “Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am.” Thanks for the help!

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There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness, 
thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others,
they will live for you.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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