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Eye Opener (1950)
We know from past experiences that we actually
invited all our troubles to enter our lives. 

We left the door wide open for them. 
Getting sober does not necessarily
mean we have closed all the doors,
 for some of us have only closed the
front door and left the back door wide open.
The chances are that you are not only vulnerable 
through the door marked Alcohol. 
As you advance to the front,
watch well both flanks and the rear.

“Roger C. was obviously a man with a troubled mind. He started by
saying how difficult it had been for him to come and see me. He
apologized for cancelling a previous appointment, explaining that
he had been so overwhelmed by a sense of futility toward life that
it seemed useless even to try any longer.
‘If this is all there is to life,’ he said, ‘I wonder whether it’s
worth the effort to go on. I used to have what I called willpower,
but even that has gone. When I heard about you, I thought there
might be a last hope.’
I gave Roger a wondrous fact which is given at the beginning of this
book. I told him that esotericism is definitely not for people who
are good or strong or successful. It can only help a failure who
willingly accepts the knowledge of failure.
Roger smiled at that statement, saying, 
‘If failure is a requirement, I’m ready.’
Roger’s work as a salesman brought him into daily contact with dozens
of people. I pointed out the value of using these contacts for self-knowledge.
 He did so, which gave his life new meaning.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 157
Twenty Four Hours A Day JUNE 10, 2016
Thought for the Day 
If we have had some moral, religious, or spiritual training, 
we’re better prospects for A.A. When we reach the bottom, at 
this crucial moment when we’re thoroughly licked, we turn 
instinctively to whatever decency is left in us. We call upon 
whatever reserves of morality and faith are left down deep in 
our heart. Have I had this spiritual experience? 
Meditation for the Day 
The world wonders when it sees a person who can unexpectedly draw large and unsuspected sums from the bank for some emergency. But what the world has not seen are the countless small sums paid into that bank, earned by faithful work over a long time. And so is the bank of the spirit. The world sees the person of faith make a demand on God’s stores of power and the demand is met. The world does not see what that person has been putting in, in thanks and praise, in prayer and communion, in small good deeds done faithfully, steadily over the years. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may keep making deposits in God’s bank. I pray that 
in my hour of need, I may call upon these.
The mind which we discover within us 
is the mind that governs everything. 
This is the thing itself, and we should 
recognize its simplicity . 
The Science of Mind page 34

As the wise ones of old would say, 
the mind is a good servant, 
but a bad master.
(The unexamined mind, that is.)

Not only the thirsty seek the water,
the water as well seeks the thirsty.
~ Rumi

“I brought the cup to my lips with greed

Begging for longevity, my temporal need
Cup brought its to mine, its secret did feed
Time never returns, drink, of this take heed” 
― Omar Khayyám

ACIM Workbook Lesson 161 Insights
“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
In this lesson Jesus provides an important key in the undoing of the dream. First he helps me understand that when I see bodies, it is a projection of fear that is coming from my own mind. But he doesn’t leave it at that. He shows me a way to reverse that seeing. He gives me a practice to see the Christ in my brother instead of focusing on his body. That is why the title is “Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
When I see the Christ in my brother, I receive a blessing. When I see holiness in my brother, it helps me see the holiness in myself. This practice helps me undo my projections of fear. It helps me change my mind. This practice helps me open to the truth to receive Heaven’s blessing.
Jesus reminds me that I see only what I want to see and my body’s ears hear only what I want to hear. In this lesson, Jesus is encouraging me to expand my willingness to see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. As my willingness to see the Christ expands, I will see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. I get what I focus on. Jesus reminds me that one brother is all brothers.
Today my practice is to see the Christ in everyone. It is the only reality. This is the key to the undoing of the dream. This is my key to awakening to the truth about myself and my brother. This is my way out of fear. This is the way I return to Love. Am I willing to accept the truth today? The practice of today’s lesson shows me how.
This world is a world of projection. For projection to work, it must have an object to project upon. A movie projector shows us nothing without a screen to reflect the images it projects. In the same way, if there is no object for us to project our fear and anger upon, there is no basis for the fear and anger. Thus to the ego thought system of separation, the body is the central symbol onto which it projects fear, anger and guilt. The ego’s purpose for the body is to use it as a means to show us justification for our fear and make it seem real. It seems to work, because we believe the body is real.
As we practice seeing with Christ’s vision, we withdraw our belief in the reality of the body. The reflection of projected fear and guilt fades and the face of Christ in our brother comes forward, showing us instead his innocence and our own. The idea of not seeing ourselves or anyone as a body is so central to the Course that in a later review we repeat many times a day for 20 days, “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.” Today’s lesson is a step in moving our awareness in that direction.
Holy Spirit I ask Your help and Your strength to guide me to see the face of Christ in all my brothers today so I may receive their gift which shows me my perfect innocence.
I like the part in the lesson that says,“Mistake not the intensity of rage projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath, and claws the air in frantic hope it can reach to its maker and devour him.” (8:3-4) This explains what it feels like is happening in my mind many times. I can be fine one minute, but as soon as I let my mind wander with the ego, it feels like all hell breaks loose in my mind and next thing I know is I’m back in insanity wondering where my peace went.
This lesson clearly explains how and why we react to each other the way we do. There are no words to tell my Heavenly Father, “Thank You,” for getting these messages of Love to us. We are all on this journey together and the dedication to these lessons are for our own sanity, our own salvation and, I would guess, years of needless suffering. These lessons truly are gifts and I am grateful for my awareness of them.
Soul unfoldment brings out the divine
 qualities of understanding, 
patience, thoughtfulness, love.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
Not only the thirsty seek the water,
the water as well seeks the thirsty.
~ Rumi
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96815

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