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Eye Opener (1950)
We come into AA and are told that we should endeavor to establish a conscious contact with our God as we understand Him; that we should, through prayer and meditation, get on speaking terms with Him. We brushed up on our rusty salutations of “Almighty” and practiced on our Thee’s and Thou’s only to learn that there was a simpler and more direct approach.
We found that we could “tune God in” to our hearts and consciences and that no other method was needed to send and receive messages. We learned that what we said was of no great consequence anyway, as our prayers were for His will, not ours, and we also learned that we had to make no direct request for those things that were for our good, as He knew our needs before we ever realized them ourselves.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 “To be conscious of something means to know it, to understand
it with your entire system. To be conscious of something doesn’t
mean to fleetingly think about it, to let it pass through your mind
real fast and it doesn’t mean to be in a state of suffering over an
object or a person. To be conscious means to understand thoroughly and
understand thoroughly because there is no entity, no individual, no
personality there to misunderstand.
Can’t you see for yourself, the way you’re presently living, the
wretched way you are presently living, the defeated way you are
presently living, can’t you see that there is a so-called person, a self,
a personality there who does not understand anything? There is you and
there is misunderstanding, and you say, you groan and you sigh and
you say, ‘I don’t know what life is all about, I can’t figure it out,
I don’t know why I can’t have my way. I have all these marvelous de-
sires and everyone on earth seems to be determined to block me.’ This
is what you are saying whether you are conscious of it or not.”
The Real Reward
Twenty Four Hours A Day JUNE 30, 2016
Thought for the Day 
Alcoholics are unable or unwilling, during their addiction 
to alcohol, to live in the present. The result is that they 
live in a constant state of remorse and fear because of 
their unholy past and its morbid attraction, or the uncertain 
future and its vague foreboding. So the only real hope for 
the alcoholic is to face the present. Now is the time. Now is 
ours. The past is beyond recall. The future is as uncertain 
as life itself. Only the now belongs to us. Am I living in 
the now? 
Meditation for the Day 
I must forget the past as much as possible. The past is over 
and gone forever. Nothing can be done about the past, except 
to make what restitution I can. I must not carry the burden of 
my past failures. I must go on in faith. The clouds will clear 
and the way will lighten. The path will become less stony with 
every forward step I take. God has no reproach for anything 
that He has healed. I can be made whole and free, even though 
I have wrecked my life in the past. Remember the saying: 
“Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.” 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may not carry the burden of the past. I pray that 
I may cast it off and press on in faith.
Never limit your view of Life by any past experience. 
The science of Mind page 187

More realism and therefore more honesty about ourselves are the great gains
We make under the influence of Step Five. As we took inventory, we began to
suspect how much trouble self-delusion had been causing us. This had brought
a disturbing reflection. If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how
could we now be so sure that we weren’t still self-deceived?  
— Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, pages 58 & 59
BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  



Lovers in their brief delight gamble both worlds away,
 a century’s worth of work for one chance to surrender. 
Many slow growth stages build two quick bursts of blossom.
 A Thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 180 Insights
 “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
“By grace I live. By grace I am released.
There is no cruelty in God and none in me.”
Let today be a day of grace. Let yourself remember that you live in God’s grace. Let God’s grace lead you to awaken to the fact that you are only Love. Let today be awesome. Let today be happy. Let yourself follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. Listen. Let the Holy Spirit show you that you are the Light of God. Let the Holy Spirit show you the Light of God everywhere. Let yourself remember the truth.
Let the body be the instrument of awakening to the truth. God is Love and everyone is Love. Let all your efforts today be directed toward extending this truth universally. Let today be a celebration to truth. Rest in God and be glad, today and every day. Let yourself be released from ideas of limitation by God’s grace.
When we project onto God the characteristics of anger, judgment, guilt and punishment we believe are in us, we make Him unwelcome. After all, the purpose of projection is to get rid of and disown what we don’t like in ourselves. The belief that God is cruel pervades the attitudes of the world. How often have you heard someone say, “God gave me this pain or illness or unhappy circumstance so I would learn what I need to learn, or perhaps for a reason I don’t even recognize.”
We blame God for the effects of our own decisions about what we are. God does not know of pain, for there is no cruelty in God. God does not know of sorrow because in God, loss is impossible. It is true painful or upsetting experiences can bring us to a state of willingness to be open to receive the Holy Spirit’s lesson in forgiveness. But when we remember there is no cruelty in God, we will not blame God as the cause of the painful experience. We instead accept responsibility for the decisions we have made, consciously or unconsciously, that brought about the experience.
When we remember there is no cruelty in God, we welcome His guidance and the lessons He offers us through the Holy Spirit. They are always lessons in Love. They are always gentle lessons when they are welcomed. The pain we experience is just the effect of our resistance to these gentle lessons. If our resistance is high, we keep making our experiences more and more painful until we reach the limit of our tolerance for pain. We say, “Enough, there must be a better way.” In these moments we open our minds to be taught the better way.
It is not necessary that we experience painful circumstances to awaken. As we grow more and more willing to be taught and become less and less attached to our interpretation of our perceptions, our lessons are more gentle. We begin to truly see there is no cruelty in God. This is His grace because, since there is no cruelty in God, there is in truth no cruelty in us. Awareness of Love grows stronger as we welcome it.
Today I welcome Holy Spirit’s loving and gentle lessons which show me the truth in me and my brothers. I am willing to question all I think is real and open my heart and mind to my true Self. In this I am released.
When you are calm, you feel the whole
 universe of happiness rocking gently
 beneath your consciousness. 
That happiness is God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 “When your soul and mine
have left our bodies and we are
buried alongside each other,
a Potter may one day mold
the dust of both of us
into the same clay.” 
― Omar Khayyám, 
Ron Richey
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