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Eye Opener (1950)
Suspicion, and its first cousin, jealousy, 
are the world’s most bitter poisons. 
They are compounded from surmise,
 rumor and malicious gossip and are 
mixed in the retort of confused and unsure minds.
They serve no useful purpose on earth, 
but they torture all who possess them. 
It is much better for a person to have his 
worst fears justified than to live with unproven suspicions.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Picture it like this: You are flying in an airplane carrying excessive cargo. 
It wobbles, stalls, dips dangerously toward earth.
You looked into the problem. You see that the danger is not in the
natural power of the plane, but in the unwise overloading. So you
drop a few crates. The airplane rises, becomes a bit steadier. You
drop more crates. The craft responds by rising higher and flying
smoother. Finally, you rid it of all unwise cargo. Now, you have a
swift and safe flight. [Mental Picture 9]
That is what we can do for our own natural happiness. We can lighten
ourselves. _We must become aware of our totally unnecessary loads of
negativity_. As we do, we toss them overboard. No man _knowingly_
burdens himself. Then, we soar freely and securely.”
   Psycho-Pictography, p. 44
Twenty Four Hours A Day august 17,2016
Thought for the Day 
“To one who feels he is an atheist or agnostic, a spiritual 
experience seems impossible, but to continue as he is means 
disaster. To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a 
spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face. But 
we have to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of 
life-or else. Lack of power is our dilemma. We have to find a 
power by which we can live, and it has to be a power greater than 
ourselves.” Have I found that power by which I can live? 
Meditation for the Day 
Sunshine is the laughter of nature. Live out in the sunshine. 
The sun and air are good medicine. Nature is a good nurse for 
tired bodies. Let her have her way with you. God’s grace is like 
the sunshine. Let your whole being be enwrapped in the Divine 
spirit. Faith is the soul’s breathing in of the Divine spirit. 
It makes glad the hearts of human beings. The Divine spirit heals 
and cures the mind. Let it have its way and A will be well. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may live in the sunshine of God’s spirit. I pray 
that my mind and soul may be energized by it.

We must continually remind ourselves of the power
 of the word and our ability to use it. 
The science of Mind page 189 
Those who view the prospect of life without abundant drive as unutterably dull and boring should examine the life of members of Alcoholics Anonymous who have truly adopted the A.A. program. They will see people who have been stopped — and who, therefore, do not have to go anywhere — but people who are learning, for the first time in their lives, to live. They are neither dull nor wishy-washy. Quite the contrary, they are alive and interested in the realities about them. They see things in the large, are tolerant, open-minded, not close-minded bulling ahead. They are receptive to the wonders in the world about them, including the presence of a Deity who makes all this possible. They are the ones who are really living. The attainment of such a way of life is no mean accomplishment. 
— Harry M. Tiebout,M.D
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
 — Lao Tzu
 I thank you God for this most amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees 
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, 
which is yes.
— E.E. Cummings

Imagining is like feeling around in the dark lane, 
or washing your eyes with blood. 
You are the truth from foot to brow. 
Now what else would you like to know? 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 228 Insights

“God has condemned me not. No more do I.”
Any time I perceive myself as vulnerable or limited in any way, I am condemning myself. I have judged myself as less than God created me. And since I am the creation of my Creator, I must also be judging my Creator. Either my Creator is limited and vulnerable like me or my Creator takes sadistic satisfaction in creating an offspring subject to pain and limited, unlike Itself.
This could not be the reality of God. But it is the ego’s view of what God is. That is why to the ego, God is the enemy, not to be trusted and to be defended against, at all costs. The ego’s perception of God is simply a projection of what it believes it is. No wonder God is portrayed as angry, judgmental, capable of a wrath that produces punishment that lasts for eternity. Yet this is the ego’s wish, not God’s Will.
God, being perfect Love, does not condemn. His love for us remains unwavering and total. He sees nothing in us to condemn, for He sees only Himself in us. Should we believe the ego’s twisted, distorted, limited and fearful view of us? Or shall we believe God’s Knowledge of us that knows we are exactly like Him, perfect Love and nothing else?
The ego has raised many religions that sing its songs of condemnation and guilt. They glorify the ego, not God. If we would give glory to God, we need only accept His knowledge of us as holy, innocent and sharing all that He is. We need to forgive ourselves for believing in false images of ourselves. In that forgiveness, we welcome the truth of our one Self as our Identity. And in this way we remember our Creator, our Source, our Love. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to open my mind to the recognition of What I am.
In the Text Jesus asks us to deny the denial of the truth. The ego thought system is the denial of the truth. We remain as God created us, as He gave all of Himself to us. We cannot change from how we were created. The ego denies this. The ego professes that we truly did split off from God and made God cease to exist.
The ego thought system carries with it an innate guilt for having attacked God’s Oneness. This guilt and sense of sinfulness pervades all the stories the ego writes. Unworthiness, vulnerability and lack are at the core of its thought system.
In today’s lesson, Jesus reinforces the truth and returns us to the awareness that what the ego professes has happened has never happened in truth. We are still one in God. We have dreamed dreams of separation, but they are not true.
The process of waking up involves learning to deny the ego’s denial of the truth. Jesus encourages us to receive God’s Word for What we are.
All our behavior stems from the answer to the question, “What am I?” As we learn to accept God’s answer to that question, all our actions will reflect that answer and we will share God’s answer with all our brothers and remember we are one. We are eternally one with God. There is nothing else to see or be. And we give thanks that only this is true.
He is the happiest to have the happiness
 of God with in his soul.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 
“Beyond the earth,
beyond the farthest skies
I try to find Heaven and Hell.
Then I hear a solemn voice that says:
“Heaven and hell are inside.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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