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Eye Opener (1950)
No man with certainty can see beyond this instant.
Yesterday we had a friend, hale, hearty and bubbling
over with energy and ambition.
Today we write a letter of condolence to his widow.
No one knows the day or the hour, but this we do know –
we are alive right now, people are suffering right now,
we can help them right now.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
‘You frequently say that we can live in this rough world without
getting roughed up. I really don’t see how this can be so.’
‘An illustration will help. If you ride an airplane along rough
ground, you get bumped. If you fly above the bumps, they are still
there for other people, but they cannot jolt you. You are carried
aloft by a new sense of self.'”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 8, p. 133
Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 12,2016
Thought For The Day 
Today is ours. Let us live today as we believe God wants us to live. 
Each day will have a new pattern which we cannot foresee.   But we 
can  open each day with a quiet period in which we say a little prayer, 
asking God to help us through the day.  Personal contact with God, as 
we understand Him, will from day to day bring us nearer to an
understanding of His will for us.   At the close of the day, we offer Him
thanks for another day of sobriety.   A full, constructive day has been
lived and we are grateful.  Am I asking God each day for strength and
thanking Him each night? 
Meditation For The Day 
If you believe that God’s grace has saved you, then you must believe that He is meaning to save you yet more and keep you in the way that you should go. Even human rescuers would not save you from drowning  
only to place you in other deep and dangerous waters. 
Rather, they would place you on dry land, there to restore you.
God, who is your rescuer, would certainly do this and even more. 
God will complete the task He sets out to do.   He will not 
throw you overboard, if you are depending on Him. 
Prayer For The Day 
I pray that I may trust God to keep me in the way.   
I pray that I may rely on Him not to let me go
There is an urge to express and all people, 
and this urge, operating through the channels of creative mind, 
looses energy into action.
 Back of all this is the impulse of Spirit to express.
 The science of Mind page 222
What seemed at first a flimsy reed,
has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God.
BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
In your light I learn how to love in your beauty,
 how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest,
 where no one sees you,
 but sometimes I do,
 and from that site comes this art. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 192 Insights
“I have a function God would have me fill.”
Forgiveness is letting go of illusions. Letting illusions be undone is my function here. To do this, I must be willing to step back from ego thoughts and create an open space where the Holy Spirit can shine a light on the illusions and show me they are false ideas. This helps me remove my belief from these false perceptions.
As my belief in the perceptions of the world are removed, I am able to see the eternal truth that lies beyond them. I am able to see nothing has changed. The Light of God is still there as God created It — pure, whole and complete. The Love and peace of God is still radiating, uninterrupted by the false stories of separation.
It is only when I am willing to let illusions disappear that the Holy Spirit can bring the Light of truth into my mind. That is why forgiveness is so important to me now and why it is my one function. I desire to return to the truth. I desire to let illusions go. And this desire, this openness to the Holy Spirit to let the Light of truth shine illusions away, is what brings me freedom from the bondage of the ego.
Because I have joined with the ego, the illusions have appeared very real and at times have been very fearful. Now I am open to a complete thought reversal. Time now is for the purpose of letting illusions go that I may be an instrument of freedom instead of bondage. Now is the time. I need not wait. Why prolong suffering? Why delay freedom? The time is now to open to the Holy Spirit to let illusions be undone. Forgiveness is my function here.
As the importance I place on things in this world diminishes, I experience greater and greater happiness and peace. Before I started working with the Course I thought happiness and peace came from having things like a secure job, a nice house and a loving relationship. Yet the secure job was never as secure as I wanted it to be which meant that the nice house might not always be available to me. The relationship had its ups and downs. Sometimes I was carrying a chip on my shoulder, which put the relationship on edge.
Now as I have softened the importance I place on these things, I feel more secure than I have ever felt. I live in a nice home, but I also know my home would be nice, no matter what its form. My loving relationships are more consistent, open and full. Occasionally I still put the chip back on my shoulder, but its smaller and easy to dust off. Without that defensiveness I can receive the love that is offered and appreciate it with gratitude and joy.
All this comes with letting illusions go, with forgiveness. And while my heart is filled with gratitude for the gifts I have received, I know there is much more that has been given me which I have not yet accepted. Forgiveness, letting illusions disappear, opens my mind to receive the treasures God has stored for me, awaiting my acceptance.
Thank You God, for Your grace and Your Love, which never ends and forever offers me Light to see my innocence and the innocence of everyone. Thank You for putting Your Light in my mind to help me dispel the darkness and find my way Home.
This is one of those lessons that has really stuck with me over the years, even from the first time I read it. What stands out to me is, “Using reason to justify our rage and attack.” (7:2) I can so identify with that. “A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner.” (8:3) The first time I read that, it placed a clear picture in my mind I have never lost.
What has changed over the years is my understanding of what attack and rage are. I’ve learned that a slight irritation is just my attempt to mask the rage I feel, and as for attack… . There are so many ways to attack and so many ways to attack that I mask as love.
I never really understood what forgiveness meant and even now am refining my understanding of that action every day. I feel such gratitude for the Course, for Pathways of Light, and for the dear people I have met through it. My life has so changed and what I want most is the chance to give this to others through forgiveness and love. I thank God for every opportunity to teach forgiveness and I am so grateful He is patient with my errors and my lapses.
Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of self-realization. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“How sweet is mortal Sovereignty!”—think some:
Others—“How blest the Paradise to come!”
Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the Rest;
Oh, the brave Music of a distant Drum!


Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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