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Eye Opener (1950)
Life is too short even if we live the whole of it to its fullest, 
but we alcoholics have wasted so many years of our lives
 that we must now double our efforts if we hope to do any living at all. 
Truly, for us, it is later than we think.
There is one consolation, however, and that is that it is possible 
to use a single moment to produce an eternity of benefits for humanity.
 Much time has been frittered away, but there is still ample time to do good.
Life is not measured by its length but by its width and its depth.
“Listen to the secret message of your experiences. 
Let them help you build self-serving habits.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 92
Twenty Four Hours A Day June 7, 2016
Thought for the Day 
Alcoholism is a progressive illness. We go through the three stages of social drinking, trouble drinking, and merry-go-round drinking. We land in hospitals and jails. We eventually lose our homes, our families, and our self-respect. Yes, alcoholism is a progressive illness and there are only three ends to it-the insane asylum, the morgue, or total abstinence. Will I choose not to take the first drink?
Meditation for the Day 
You not only can live a new life but you also can grow in grace and power and beauty. Reach ever forward and upward after the things of the spirit. In the animal world, the very form of an animal changes to enable it to reach that upon which it delights to feed. Your whole character changes as you reach upward for the things of the spirit-for beauty, for love, for honesty, for purity, and for unselfishness. Reaching after these things of the spirit, your whole nature becomes changed so that you can best receive and delight in the wonders of the abundant life.
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may reach forward and upward. I pray that my character may be changed by this reaching upward for the things of the spirit.

We should have no obligation to any form of healing;
anything that helps overcome suffering is good 
whether be a pill or a prayer.
The Science of Mind page 191

Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.   We must, or 
it kills us!  God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely 
getting rid of self without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical 
convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would 
have liked to.  Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by 
wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 62
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet 
been done. 
— C.S. Lewis
 May all I say and all I think be in harmony with Thee, God within me, God 
beyond me, Maker of the Trees.
– North American Chinook Indian Prayer

Please, universal soul, practice some song, 
or something, through me! 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 158 Insights June 7, 2016

“Today I learn to give as I receive.”
When I look at everything that seems to cause me to lose my peace in any way, they all have one thing in common: They are all based on the perception of form. I think something did something or didn’t do something I think it should have, be it a body, a machine, the weather or myriad other things. If I did not see the form or perceive it in any way, there would be nothing that could be the basis for the perception of harm, no cause for loss of peace.
   The Course tells me I have taught myself to see form. Form can only be seen in dreams, because form is not real. Today’s lesson is teaching me how to undo the false lesson I have taught myself. By teaching me about Christ’s vision, it is teaching me to learn to look past the form to the Light. Form does not matter. What is unreal cannot matter. The Light that is the extension of God is all that is real. It is this I am told to practice seeing.
   As I learn to recognize no form can have any real effect, forgiveness is automatic. If somebody did something that I don’t know about, I don’t have to forgive them, because in my thinking, there is nothing to forgive. That is what it will be like when I truly learn that nothing in form is real and therefore it has no effect. If there was no effect, there is nothing to forgive. This is what Christ’s vision shows me. There is nothing to forgive. There is only innocence to be seen. As I learn to see the innocence in my brother, I recognize it in myself.
    Holy Spirit, I put myself in Your Hands today. With Your strength I can see past the form to the Light. With Your help I will not mistake bodies for the Son of God. With Your help, I will see the Light beyond all form. And I will be truly blessed, for I will know I am forgiven. I am innocent along with all my brothers. I give thanks.
    Today is a day of practice. My practice is to be open to receive Christ’s vision and give Christ’s vision. Christ’s vision has one law and that is to see past bodies to the Light that is eternally there. Today I practice opening to the Light, recognizing the Light that my brother truly is. Today I practice focusing on the truth in my brother and letting illusions go.
   Receiving Christ’s vision comes with the decision to accept Christ’s vision, which is always there waiting for my acceptance. Either I accept the truth or I accept illusions. This is my choice today. Today I practice accepting the truth, accepting Christ’s vision, accepting the one Light that is behind all bodies, all form of every kind.
   Today I practice remembering that all is still Mind and only Mind, safe in the Mind of God. Nothing has changed from God’s creation of eternal Love. Eternal Love is universal. Today is a day of practice. I am determined to practice seeing with Christ’s vision today. Today I would give as I receive.
The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness,
the happiness of others.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
“Come, fill the Cup, in the fire of Spring
Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter–and the Bird is on the Wing” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam
Ron Richey
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