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Eye Opener (1950)
The harvest is great and the laborers are too few. 
Too often we get a new man, we work diligently on him, 
get him to a meeting or two and then another new
 man appears and we drop the first one and frequently 
never see him again.
This is not to imply that we are to carry him on our backs indefinitely, 
but we can utilize an occasional spare 10 minutes to call him on the phone. 
We can keep our eyes open for him at the meetings and, 
if he misses several in succession, we can look him up.
Remember you were the midwife at his rebirth in this new life, 
and you should not neglect him in his AA infancy.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE


“Practice non-recognition of pain as a power starting right now.
You will no longer give authority to sly stabs of anguish,

uneasiness, small or large. You will no longer be so deeply immersed
in your own petty little life, that pain can get away with its usual
hit and run tactics.
I just said, you will no longer casually and sleepily accept hurt of
any kind as an authority over you. From the viewpoint of the heavenly
world it has none, never did have any, will never have any ability
to distress you, to do what it wants to do with you. Make it clear
to yourself how little you have to do with your own life,
your movements, decisions, reactions.
Make it so clear that something has been dominating
you that you don’t want it to dominate you any more.
You have proved to yourself thousands of times on the surface of your
life that there is no real authority over you, only that which you
carelessly give it.”
from a talk given 10/5/1988
Twenty Four Hours A Day JUNE 24, 2016
Thought for the Day 
Alcohol is our weakness. We suffer from mental conflicts 
from which we look for escape by drowning our problems in 
drink. We try through drink to push away from the realities 
of life. But alcohol does not feed, alcohol does not build, 
it only borrows from the future and it ultimately destroys. 
We try to drown our feelings in order to escape life’s 
realities, little realizing or caring that in continued 
drinking we are only multiplying our problems. Have I got 
control over my unstable emotions? 
Meditation for the Day 
When I let personal piques and resentments interfere with 
what I know to be my proper conduct, I am on the wrong track 
and I am undoing all I have built up by doing the right 
thing. I must never let personal piques interfere with 
living the way I know God wants me to live. When I have no 
clear guidance from God, I must go forward quietly along the 
path of duty. The attitude of quiet faith will receive its 
reward as surely as acting upon God’s direct guidance. I must 
not weaken my spiritual power by letting personal piques 
upset me. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may not let myself become too upset. I pray that 
I may go quietly along the path I have chosen.
Our individualized universe is forever complete,
 yet forever completing itself,
 in order that every experience May teach us
 to transcend some previous one, 
in ever ascending Cycles Upward Bound. 
The science of Mind page 336

Now do I think there is a supreme being, a God?  Sure I do.  Of  course. But do I have any religious beliefs?  No.  Religion demands that you do certain things and my life in AA isn’t like that.  AA is a very loose-jointed organization.  People say there is only one way to work the program.  That’s crazy.  We talk about the “suggested” Steps, which are guides to recovery, not absolutes.  Chapter five of the Big Book says “no one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles.”  If we had all the members of AA standing here, everyone would have a different idea what AA is all about.  
Bill’s idea was different from Dr. Bob’s; yours will be different from mine.  And yet they’re all based on one thing and that is: don’t drink, and use the Twelve Steps in your own way.
 — from an October 1995 Grapevine interview with Dr. Earle M., author of PHYSICIAN, HEAL 
THYSELF!, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 345.
  Earle M. had his last day of drinking and using drugs on June 15, 1953 and passed away with over 49 years clean and sober on January 13, 2003. 
I always believe that it is much better to have a variety of religions, a variety of 
philosophies, rather than one single religion or philosophy.  This is necessary because of the different mental dispositions of each human being. Each religion has certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning about them can only enrich one’s own faith.
  — Dalai Lama

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 174 Insights
 “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
“Into His Presence would I enter now.
Today I learn to give as I receive.”
“Into His Presence would I enter now” is another way of saying I would accept His Presence now. We are completely surrounded by and in God’s Love. It’s only our denial of His Love that makes It seem like we need to enter into It.
Here we are, completely immersed in Love, yet we wander the world seeking for love. It is because, in our desire for specialness, we try to keep some love for ourselves alone. This is the insane wish to have more than everything. Because Love by its nature must be extended, to know we are in Love’s Presence, we must give or share God’s Love. Trying to keep God’s Love for ourselves blocks our awareness of having and being It. That is why we need to learn to give as we receive.I enter into Love’s Presence by giving Love. Giving Love shows me that I have Love and am Love. Love is never depleted by giving It away. It is only expanded. To experience God’s Love flowing through me, I must remove the barriers to that flow. The barriers are judgment and guilt. Thus forgiveness is the means by which I enter into His Presence. In this world forgiveness is received by giving it. So forgiveness is Love’s reflection in this world. It opens my mind to become aware of God’s Presence.
Today I ask Holy Spirit’s help to recognize the barriers I put up against Love and to let them go so I may enter into His Presence and give as I receive.
Opening my mind to Love’s Presence is what the Course is all about. Opening my mind to the truth is opening my mind to God’s Love and my true Identity. I cannot open my mind and still have a closed mind. I cannot do both at the same time. It is either one or the other. Separation is the opposite of oneness. When I open my mind to seeing separation, my mind is closed to seeing Love’s oneness. When I open my mind to Love’s oneness, separation disappears. What I open my mind to is what I give.Today my practice is to open my mind to the truth, to Love’s oneness, Love’s peace, Love’s kind and gentle ways. How willing am I to open to Love’s oneness today? It is my decision moment by moment. What do I think I am? It is my decision moment by moment. Today my practice is to open to Love’s Presence again and again until it becomes a consistent habit.
The world of separation seems so familiar that I find myself slipping back into separation’s old and tired ways far too often. Thank goodness I have Holy Spirit right there in my mind to help me return to being aware of Love’s Presence, Love’s peace and Love’s joy.
Today I would practice opening to the truth. Love’s Presence is always there waiting for my willingness to return to the truth. Today I would give as I receive. I am determined to receive God’s gifts and in the process of receiving, give them away.
Today I rejoice because I just realized I’m finally beginning to accept the fact that I don’t need to go wandering endlessly looking for something I not only have, but I am, which is Love — and that is everything.
We do have an insane wish to have more than everything, but our definition of everything is money, looks, material things, and an endless list of nothingness of which there is no guarantee.
Today I rejoice because I know in my heart my Heavenly Father’s Love is guaranteed by my Heavenly Father Himself and that’s all I want and need. Today I open myself to receive my Father’s gift of Love and to give that Love to my brothers and sisters in abundance, the way it is given to me.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding me. Thank you, Jesus, for standing by me. Thank you, Father, for loving me, especially when I couldn’t love myself. Amen

Oh Infinite Alchemist! Transform our dark ignorance into golden wisdomTransmute all base ores of worldly disqualifications into liquid streams of spiritual gold, steadily rushing for Thy shore. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“Scholars really have nothing to teach you.
But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of
a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam
Ron Richey
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