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Eye Opener (1950)
So many times we have seen the practicing alcoholic helped over a period of months and even years and, each time someone labored over him, they were rewarded by failure after failure. Surely the Twelve Stepper has done his very best. It was apparent that this guy just didn’t want it or he was so far down the ladder he couldn’t be helped.
Intelligence or common sense would say drop him flat. Yet there is hardly a group today that does not number among its regulars one or more people of this type. These men owe their present sobriety to the fact their sponsors had more heart than brains.

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“You see, if you are ever going to be different, if you ever have
the urge to be different, you’re going to have to do something
different, which is to make up your mind that you yourself are
going to understand you yourself. You are not going to hire anyone.
Oh, you’ve tried. You’ve read all those books by people and you’ve
gone to all those talks by people and you’ve heard all those sermons
by people. When are you going to understand that you are trying to
let other people understand your life for you, which is the reason
it is such a chaos.
Look, it is right in front of you and you don’t see. You want
someone else to think for you, to repair your life for you.
Well, let me give you another thought to follow that up. Let’s
do something about this horrible condition that you are in.
Listen to this.
You with a right intention, with a right wish even, the right
start even, listen to this, you can be more intelligent than
your confusion. You can be. Listen, listen to what I said. You
can have superior intelligence to your defeat.”
Start Life All Over
Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 15,2016
Thought for the Day 
After we had sobered up through the A.A. program, we gradually began to get a peace of mind and serenity which we never thought were possible. This peace of mind is based on a feeling that fundamentally all is well. That does not mean that all is well on the surface of things. Little things can keep going wrong and big things can keep on upsetting us. But deep down in our hearts we know that everything is eventually going to be all right, now that we are living sober lives. Have I achieved a deep down, inner calm? 
Meditation for the Day 
You are climbing up the ladder of life, which reaches into eternity. Would God plant your feet upon an in- secure ladder? Its supports may be out of sight, hid- den in secret places, but if God has asked you to step on and up firmly, then surely He has secured your ladder. Faith gives you the strength to climb steadily this ladder of life. You should leave your security to God and trust Him not to let you fall. He is there to give you all the power you need to keep on climbing. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may climb the ladder of life without fear. I pray that I may 
progress steadily through the rest of my life with faith and confidence.
I love my past and my future and understand 
that they are but continuations of the one unbroken chain of Life. 
The science of Mind page 245 
In a few seconds he was overwhelmed by a
conviction of the Presence of God.
 BB We Agnostics, p.56
 You’ve so distracted me,
 your absence fans my love.
 Don’t ask me how. 
Then you come here.
 “Do not…..,” I say, 
and “Do not…, “you answer. 
Don’t ask why this delights me.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 195 Insights
“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.”
A key idea brought up several times in this lesson is that Love makes no comparisons. Comparison is a way of setting things apart. So comparison is a reflection of unforgiveness. If I have forgiven my brother, I have let go of the idea that he is separate from me. It is impossible to compare what is one. There must be an ‘other’ for a comparison to be made.
Each time I recognize my brother shares the same need to Love I have, my forgiveness or letting go of illusion is strengthened. Everyone in the world needs to Love, because Love is what we all are. Yet the world was made to be a place without Love, where Love/God is excluded. And so we wander the world searching for Love because we hear the call from our heart to return to Love. Forgiveness is the means in this world to remove the barriers to Love’s Presence. That is why when forgiveness is complete, gratitude is complete, because Love is complete.
As I learn to look past the behavior I disapprove of, the words that seem to hurt, and see the Love I share with all things, gratitude fills my heart. I no longer need to defend. I no longer need to compare myself with anything or anyone. The full recognition of the Love I am dawns upon my mind. The search is over. I have found what I am and what I am encompasses all of Life, for what I am is one with Love, my Source. Love fills me and is my strength. Love is my safety and my peace.
Today let me look upon my brother and see him as he is, with no thought of the past and no empty images that could ever contain his magnificent Light. Thus will I recognize my Self and I will walk in gratitude.
Inherent within the Love of our Source is oneness. Oneness is the truth. Because all is One Love, there are no differences, no exceptions. When I open my mind to accept this truth, the truth of God’s Love as being all there is, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude comes inherently with accepting the truth that God’s Love is all there is.
Today my practice is to be grateful for the truth of our oneness in God. I am grateful that the truth of oneness is real and nothing else is real. This opening to the truth brings me deep peace. God is One. No dreams can change that. Of this I am grateful.
I am thankful dreams of separation could never be true. I am thankful everyone is safe in God and their true Identity could never be changed from how God created them. I am thankful all that is real still resides in Heaven and has never left Heaven. I am thankful we cannot leave God, even though we may dream of separation. I am thankful Love is the only reality and dreams of separation could never be real. Remembering the Reality and Oneness of Love is the way I walk in gratitude. That is the essence of today’s lesson for me.
The wondrous light of truth that leads from the dark world of matter into the celestial powers of Divinity is neither casually bestowed nor effortlessly embraced; and no endeavor should be considered too arduous to find that light and to follow it. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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