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Eye Opener (1950)
The spoke that is on top of the wheel will be, 
in half a revolution, on the bottom and in the mud.
 Another half turn and it will be on the top again.
The same applies to us alcoholics. 
We, too, have our cycles but, in the AA Program,
 we have acquired a faith in ourselves, 
a reliance on our fellowship and a belief in a 
Power Greater than ourselves that enable us
to take our bad along with the good in full knowledge that, 
if we “stay right,” everything will turn out right eventually.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“How many of you will admit that you don’t know what is truly good
for you? All right, take the energy and endurance hidden in the power
of being interested in something right, something that is healthy for
you and you’ll change from the lower level to a higher level.
Let’s take a man who’s an amateur scientist. He likes to work around
on days off in his garage workshop and he has the shelves all lined
with bottles with strange looking liquids in them and he has motors,
electricity and he likes to build things, invent things, play around
with scientific matters. And one day while he’s playing around some-
thing happens unexpected. Something exploded.
Fortunately for him the explosion was a minor one, mild one so it
didn’t hurt him too badly, but he realized something – what we’re
working on — he realized that he had not been interested in finding
out the nature of what he was playing around with. He just wanted to
have fun. He wanted to think that he was going to invent something
that would bring him fame and fortune, and so he neglected being
interested and being motivated by that interest.
He neglected studying what all these elements were about, 
so that he could use them safely.
How many of you ever put two wrong things together, like you and
another person, and there was an explosion. (laughter) Right? Of
 Awareness is Everything
Twenty Four Hours A Day AUGUST 22,2016
Thought for the Day 
“Those who do not recover are people who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault. They seem to be born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living that demands rigorous honesty. Their changes are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover, if they have the capacity to be honest.” Am I completely honest with myself and with other people? 
Meditation for the Day 
You can make use of your mistakes, failures, losses, and sufferings. It is not what happens to you so much as what use you make of it. Take your sufferings, difficulties, and hardships and make use of them to help some unfortunate soul who is faced with the same troubles. Then something good will come out of your suffering and the world will be a better place because of it. The good you do each day will live on, after the trouble and distress have gone, after the difficulty and the pain have passed away. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may make good use of my mistakes and failures. I pray that some good may result from my painful experiences.
 The Divine urge within us is God’s Way
 of letting us know that we should push
 forward and take that which is awaiting our demand. 
The Science of Mind page 157

We ask simply that throughout the day
God place in us the best understanding
of His will that we can have for that day,
and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.
  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  

Real value comes with madness, 
matzub below, scientists above.
 Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief 
disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 233 Insights
“I give my life to God to guide today.”
As I read the lesson this time, the line in the prayer that reminds me not to question “Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend” got my attention. I thought of what tenderness means. To me it means a desire to keep safe and not harm.
We think of the tenderness of a mother with a newborn child, who holds the baby tenderly to comfort and protect. The thought of harm could not occur. And yet this tenderness is but a hint of the tenderness of God’s Love for us. His Love is wholly harmless. His Will is that we be safe and comforted beyond anything we could experience in this world. His care for us that we share His joy and know His sure protection is beyond words to describe.
To experience His care and comfort, we need only give our life to Him to guide. He will always guide us in perfect safety on pathways cushioned with soft moss and lit with the warm Light of His Love. In His sure protection, nothing can disturb our peace. This is His promise.
Today I would remember my will is God’s Will. I want His Will to guide me because I want to remember I am God’s Love. I give my life to God to guide today.
The way I give my Life to God is to give Him all my thoughts. Having my own thoughts is a defense against the oneness of God. Thinking I am an individual, alone and separate from God and the Sonship is very fearful. Handing these thoughts over to God brings relief. Reconnecting with God brings an awareness of safety and well being. It brings peace.
Today I will practice giving all my thoughts to God and having none of my own. To do this I must be mindful of my thoughts and remember to hand them over consistently all through the day. God would replace them with His. This is my joy and safety. This is my happiness. Today I give my life to God to guide.
I, too, am going to make a special effort to be mindful of my thoughts and to give to Holy Spirit any that are not thoughts of God. I know from doing this how effective it is in retraining my mind to think with God instead of with ego. It also brings peace to my day. Thinking about dedicating my mind to God today feels like I am doing something very holy and very important. I look forward to today and the joy and healing it will bring.
There’s a certain kind of freedom in knowing that I don’t know or comprehend love and tenderness. The Course has taught me that and it is a lesson I’m willing to learn. It’s a tremendous relief to realize I was wrong about the world. Of course, having thoughts of my own puts me in a position where I don’t recognize tenderness when it’s in my face. But as long as I am willing to step back and let Him lead me, turn over all my thoughts to Him and open myself to His thoughts, the fog begins to clear. My world is still there, but I begin to see it in a different light, a tender light.
Today, I surrender my life to You, Holy Spirit, to guide me to that place where my Heavenly Father waits for me, with tenderness and welcoming arms, to receive His gifts. Amen.
This lesson I will print out and place where I see it daily as a reminder of my first priority upon arising. Daily, hourly, minute by minute, I will give my life to God to guide today. How peaceful and easy this feeling is and how quickly my ego will attempt to get me turned around!
The wise … Are not tossed with the ups and downs 
of the waves of happiness and misery. 
They dive deep into the Spirit-Ocean of bliss, 
avoiding the storms of delusion,
 the waves of change that rage on the
 surface of Human consciousness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“People talk about the Creator –
But surely he didn’t create man only
to destroy him later! Because we are bad? And
who’s to blame for that? Or because we are beautiful?
I can’t make any sense of it.” 
― Omar Khayyám,
New Quatrains Of Omar Khayyám Renderings
 Based On The Arberry Version Of The Teheran Manuscript
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