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 Eye Opener (1950)
A split second separates the past, the present and the future. The course of history has been altered in a moment of decision on the part of one man. Inventions that have revolutionized our mode of living may have taken years to perfect, but the idea behind them was born in a flash of thought between the ticks of a clock.
In that great day when you determined that you had had enough, that you were whipped, the resolve took but a fraction of a second. But in that instant, you closed your past and opened your future.
A moment of thoughtlessness can put you back in the past again.

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
    “To be conscious of something means to know it, to understand
it with your entire system. To be conscious of something doesn’t
mean to fleetingly think about it, to let it pass through your mind
real fast and it doesn’t mean to be in a state of suffering over an
object or a person. To be conscious means to understand thoroughly and
understand thoroughly because there is no entity, no individual, no
personality there to misunderstand.
Can’t you see for yourself, the way you’re presently living, the
wretched way you are presently living, the defeated way you are
presently living, can’t you see that there is a so-called person, a self,
a personality there who does not understand anything? There is you and
there is misunderstanding, and you say, you groan and you sigh and
you say, ‘I don’t know what life is all about, I can’t figure it out,
I don’t know why I can’t have my way. I have all these marvelous de-
sires and everyone on earth seems to be determined to block me.’ This
is what you are saying whether you are conscious of it or not.”
The Real Reward
Twenty Four Hours A Day JUNE 14, 2916
Thought for the Day 
In A.A. we have to learn that drink is our greatest enemy. 
Although we used to think that liquor was our friend, the time 
came when it turned against us and became our enemy. We don’t know just when this happened, but we know that it did because we began to get into trouble – jails and hospitals. We realize now that liquor is our enemy. Is it still my main business to keep sober? 
Meditation for the Day 
It is not your circumstances that need altering so much as 
yourself. After you have changed, conditions will naturally 
change. Spare no effort to become all that God would have you 
become. Follow every good leading of your conscience. Take each day with no backward look. Face the day’s problems with God, and seek God’s help and guidance as to what you should do in every situation that may arise. Never look back. Never leave until tomorrow the thing that you are guided to do today. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that God will help me to become all that He would have me 
be. I pray that I may face today’s problem as with good grace.
Accepting the lessons and experience of the past,
 and taking the best from everything,
 we should press boldly forward, looking ever for the truth,
 and ever ascending higher and higher into the heavens of reality.
 The science of Mind page 439 
We have no monopoly on God; we merely have an approach that worked with us.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 95
 True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. 
 — Louis Nizer 
 Open my eyes to the beauty that shines within all who walk the earth.  Keep me 
from imagined hurts, from seeing foes where only friends are to be found.
As essence turns to ocean,
 the particles glisten. 
Watch how in this candle-flame instant
 blaze all the moments you have lived.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 164 Insights
“Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
After being shown in yesterday’s lesson how the thought of death shows up in this world, today’s lesson reminds us of what Christ’s vision will show us. Do we want to experience the place of peace within us that is untouched by the turmoil of the world? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to remember the holiness in us that is untouched by any thought of sin? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to feel God’s joy in all its fullness? This also is what Christ’s vision offers us.
How do we receive Christ’s vision? By letting go of all the things we think we want in this world. The Course shows us again and again that the forms of this world offer us nothing. But if we value these forms, we will not be able to see what Christ’s vision offers us. We see death and destruction instead of eternal life. We see sin and guilt instead of holiness and innocence, which is our reality. We are not asked to sacrifice anything of value. We are simply being asked to recognize the valueless for what it is. When we recognize that it is valueless, we automatically let it go.
We are being asked today to lay down all the valueless and leave our minds open to the loving, joyous vision of Christ and bring that vision to the world. If we expect people to behave in certain ways or say certain things for us to feel happy, safe, accepted or appreciated, we cannot receive the vision of Christ. But as we set aside our likes and dislikes and the many demands we make upon the world for us to be happy, we make room for Christ’s holy vision to show us Light where we thought there was only shadows. Christ’s vision shows us Love where we thought there was fear. It shows us joy in place of sorrow, peace in place of conflict.
As we learn to see with His vision, we offer His vision to the world. We become a Light amongst the dark shadows of the world. We become God’s messengers of Love with a message that offers healing and peace.
Today I will practice setting aside my petty preferences and clear my mind to receive Christ’s vision.
The restless sea, whirlpools of solar systems,
 eddies of cosmic forces, 
and icebergs of floating planets are dancing on 
the breast of eternal motion.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
— Kahlil Gibran 

Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96815

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