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Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, most of us entertained frequent ideas about suicide, 
but we did nothing about it because we either lacked the nerve,
lost our ability to make and carry through any decision or
we still had some hope that sometime, somehow, 
something could be done. 
We were still in love with life, rotten as our living was.
The real joy of living came only when our living had some purpose, 
and it will stay sweet as long as we actively engage in constructive, purposeful living.

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 JUNE 19, 2016
Thought for the Day 
We have this choice every day of our lives. We can take the 
path that leads to insanity and death. And remember, our 
next drunk could be our last one. Or we can take the path 
that leads to a reasonably happy and useful life. The choice 
is ours each day of our lives. God grant that we take the
right path. Have I made my choice today? 
Meditation for the Day 
Your real work in life is to grow spiritually. To do this you 
must follow the path of diligently seeking good. The hidden 
spiritual wonders are revealed to those who diligently seek 
this treasure. From one point to the next, you have to follow 
the way of obedience to God’s will until finally you reach 
greater and greater spiritual heights. Work on the material 
plane should be secondary to your real life’s work. The 
material things that you need most are those that help you 
to attain the spiritual. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may keep growing spiritually. I pray that I 
may make this my real life’s work.
We should train of thought to recognize
the Spirit and everything we do, say and think. 
The Science of mind page 276

When, therefore, 
we speak to you of God, 
we mean your own conception of God.
We Agnostics, p.47  
Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. 
You set out to find God,
 but then you keep stopping for long periods
 at mean-spirited roadhouses. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 169 Insights
“By grace I live. By grace I am released.”
This lesson reminds me to open my mind to the truth. It reminds me that I have more ‘letting go’ or forgiveness to do. My mind needs to be purified by the Holy Spirit of all false ideas, all belief in separation. As my mind gets cleansed of the false ideas of limitation and lack, fear and guilt, a clean and open space is made in my mind. In this clean and open space, the Holy Spirit brings my mind to the truth.
With the Holy Spirit’s healing Light, my mind is transformed. The goals I had before are seen as meaningless. The feeling of God’s peace and gentleness motivates my willingness to let go of the dream of separation more and more each day. The world of form and bodies is believed a little less.
I ask for God’s grace, knowing that what I ask for I will receive. I continue doing the work of forgiveness day by day. I continue handing over my perceptions to the Holy Spirit to receive a new perception. I continue taking every concern, every apprehension, to the Holy Spirit’s healing Light. Opening to the peace of God becomes my one goal.
I am willing to play the part the Holy Spirit gives me in the undoing of the dream of separation. The Son of God is one. Every part of the Sonship must awaken for the Sonship to awaken fully. The way has been made. I focus on the present moment, and do the mind healing work that presents itself in this moment. Through this daily work, I prepare an open mind to receive the holy instant.
What stands out to me in this lesson is how important my part is in the plan for the salvation of the world. If there is one aspect of the Sonship that does not recognize it shares God’s Will completely, then there is still work to be done. I may think of that aspect as being in my own mind or perceive it as a brother in pain or fear. It does not matter because we are all part of the one Sonship.
The more I awaken to Love, the more I realize I could no more leave a brother perceiving himself as lost and alone than I could leave my arm behind when I go off to work. And so as Love grows stronger in my heart, the desire to share Love with everyone grows stronger, because that is what Love does.
To be truly helpful my job is to forgive, to let go of all attachment to any form in this world. My job is to let go of any belief that separation is real. This letting go comes with willingness. As I am willing to look at each limiting belief and bring it to the Holy Spirit, I receive His clear vision. His vision shows me what is real and what is not. As I recognize the unreal, I freely lay it down. Thus I prepare an open place in my mind to receive the gift of grace, the gift of unity and freedom from all limitation.
With this release, I walk with a lighter step and a quiet smile on my face and the Love in my heart draws me to share my joy and gratitude with all my brothers. The Light I receive I am compelled to share, not by obligation, but by heart’s desire. Today I would again practice forgiveness that I might feel the release and live more fully in Light.
When I read this lesson the first time I did not feel I really understood all it had to say. So I took it an idea at a time.
I think I understand that, through forgiveness, I prepare my mind for grace. Grace is a gift from God that allows me to see a world without fear, even as I live in a world of fear. Grace allows me to recognize I am not separate, even as I seem to live a life based on separateness. Grace restores the memory of God.
The problem is, I can’t imagine this. I can’t think, “Oh, this is how it will feel!” I cannot imagine how it will feel to be without fear of any kind or to never worry about having enough money or whatever form fear takes at any particular moment.
I can imagine thinking I need money for something and being afraid I will not be able to get it and then realizing I want to forgive this thought of lack and fear. I can imagine giving this to Holy Spirit and allowing him to show me another way to see it. I can imagine doing this all day long, becoming aware of the need to forgive (myself and others) and giving it over. I can imagine as time goes on I don’t need to do this as often because I am slowly learning to live a forgiven life. I can even imagine someday I will not need to forgive anything that day. I don’t see it happening today, but…
I am grateful for this process. Taking this one step at a time is something I can see myself succeeding at. I truly believe that, as I continue to allow Holy Spirit to heal my mind, I go ever forward until, someday, I will reach a state that today I can’t even imagine.
When the mind is calm it becomes a 
divine altar for the presence of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

Poor soul, you will never know anything
of real importance. You will not uncover
even one of life’s secrets. Although all religions
promise paradise, take care to create your own
paradise here and now on earth.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam

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