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Eye Opener (1950)
The churches in their quarrels over purely sectarian
 issues have done much to divert attention from 
the primary purpose of religion, which is spirituality.
Some pastors take a more critical attitude toward
 the neglect of church duties than they do toward
 moral transgressions.
AA should be kept free of all controversial questions.
We have but one purpose, and that is to help
the suffering alcoholic. 
Ours is a way of life; not a way of worship.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
‘Please suggest a way to use these principles for practical help
in daily affairs.’
‘When a difficulty arises, instantly remember one of the guides
learned in class. When feeling depressed, remember that 
depression is simply a mental movie which can be broken 
off with consciousness. When fearful of losing something, 
remember that your real nature cannot suffer any kind of loss.
There is a Way Out, p. 158  
Twenty Four Hours A Day AUGUST 7,2016
Thought for the Day 
We in A.A. are offering an intangible thing, a 
psychological and spiritual program. Its a wonderful 
program. When we learn to turn to a Higher Power, with 
faith that that Power can give us the strength we need, 
we find peace of mind. When we reeducate our minds by 
learning to think differently, we find new interests that 
make life worthwhile. We who have achieved sobriety 
through faith in God and mental reeducation are modem 
miracles. it is the function of our A.A. program to 
produce modem miracles. Do I consider the change in my 
life a modern miracle? 
Meditation for the Day 
You should never doubt that God’s spirit is always with 
you, wherever you are, to keep you on the right path. 
God’s keeping power is never at fault, only your 
realization of it. You must try to believe in God’s 
nearness and availability of His grace. It is not a 
question of whether God can provide a shelter from the 
storm, but of whether or not you seek the security of 
that shelter. Every fear, worry, or doubt is disloyalty 
to God. You must endeavor to trust God wholly. Practice 
saying: “All is going to be well.” Say it to yourself 
until you feel it deeply. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may feel deeply that all is well. I pray 
that nothing will be able to move me from that deep conviction.
We may pass through good fortune and bad,
 but if we can come to the point where we are 
not disturbed by “things”
 we have found the secret. 
The science of Mind page 187
It is when we try to make our will conform
with God’s that we begin to use it rightly.
12&12 Step Three, p.40 

The chemistry of mind is different from the chemistry of love. 
The mind is careful, suspicious, he advances little by little. 
“Let yourself, go!” The mind is strong, never falls down,
 while love hurts itself, falls into ruins. 
But isn’t it in ruins that we mostly find the treasures?
 A broken heart hides so many treasures.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 218 Insights
“I am not a body. I am free.
I am still as God created me.”
“Only my condemnation injures me.”
In order to believe that I can condemn,
I must believe that I am separate from what I would judge.
Thus judgment becomes a way to reinforce
the seeming reality of separation.
This is self-injury because it cuts me off from
my unity with Love, my Source.
It is impossible to know Love and perceive myself as separate. Love does not condemn, for Love is one and cannot conceive of an “other.” That is why condemnation puts me in the dark. It is impossible to perceive the Light of Love while I believe I am separate from it.
The good news in this lesson is that I can change my mind about this today, now. I can open my mind to vision and see the glory of Love that is my one true Self, in me and all my brothers. The body’s eyes cannot see this glory because they were made as instruments for image making. These images stand as barriers against the vision that shows the light and glory that is the truth in everyone.
As long as I seem to be in a body in this world, the body’s eyes will show me these made up images that are not real. But that does not mean the vision of glory is out of reach. It simply means I need to learn that nothing my body’s eyes show me has any meaning of its own. I must learn to give priority to the vision of Christ in my mind instead of the images the body’s eyes show me. It means I need to give value to the perception offered by the Holy Spirit rather than the perceptions offered me by the ego through the body’s image making.
The Holy Spirit will always show me what is pure and true. He will always show me Love and nothing else. As I learn to give this priority, He will show me how to use the images of this world as a means of returning to Love instead of using them as barriers against Love. I cannot make this shift in perception on my own because believing I am on my own is the error that must be corrected. It is in the joining with Holy Spirit that the shift in perception occurs.
Today I will continue my practice of putting Holy Spirit in charge of my thoughts to guide my seeing, to guide my words and hands and feet. He will lead me to the glory that is already mine and everyone’s. And I give thanks.
This world is not my home. I do not need to give it credence. I do not need to judge it or condemn it. To judge it would be to make it real. I awaken only as I cease to make it real. Judging anything in the world only serves to bind me tighter to the false ideas of the ego. The Holy Spirit is gradually teaching me that there is nothing in this world I want because the world is truly nothing. This means there is nothing in this world I need to judge.
If I see something other than the reality that there is nothing but Love, I am seeing hallucinations. And these hallucinations only come when I join with the false ideas of the ego. This joining with the ego only brings me pain and unhappiness.
The best use of my time now is to become aware of when I am joining with the ego and allow the Holy Spirit to open my eyes from this blindness. I really do not want to reinforce separation. My practice today is to step back and be open to Holy Spirit’s perception, again and again. I would let my mind be healed today.
Establish yourself in the temple of beauty and peace ; 
there you will find God, on the altar of your soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda

“We shall perish
along the path of Love.
Fate will trample us. Yeah, tempting
young woman, get up and give me your lips
before I return to dust.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Ron Richey
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