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 Eye Opener (1950)
The door of living that opened upon our advent into AA is also able
 to close upon those years of daily dying that are behind us.
 That door opened into a long hall that stretched out to a vanishing point;
 our eye could not perceive its end. 
We should not be content to just pass through this portal and close the door upon the past,
 but we should move on, for our happiness is up that hall, 
and we must constantly advance to attain our happy goal.

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
“I want to say a very scary word to you. No, let’s make it
stronger than that, a word that’s not just scary but can
freeze the human system, can terrify anyone and when I tell
you this word, you’ll agree. The word that so shakes everyone
is the word ‘criticism.’
Everyone walks around in tense anticipation of the next rude
remark, the next accusation, the next look, glance of disapproval. 
Remember what I just said so that you can be an observer
of that condition I just described. Wherever you are with other
people or just walking down the street alone, you’re so concerned
that something is going to assault you, which happens. Even the ad
that makes you feel guilty because you don’t drive the kind of car
they’re selling, you feel criticized. You tell yourself there must
be something terribly wrong with me because I’m criticized so often
and it hurts so badly. That’s one side of it, being on the receiving
end of sarcasm, slander.
Now here’s your next test early in the talk. The amount of criticism
to which you are a victim will be equaled by the amount of criticism
that you like to give to others and make them victims of your remarks.
Now, who do you know who wants to see himself as a chronic critic of
others? Not very many people, but you’re going to be different.
You’re going to add the word ‘compulsive’ to it, compulsive, chronic,
critic, which you think is a protection, is a defense. And so the
hurtful comment, look, gesture, is expressed by you to the degree
that you feel under attack, always being criticized.”
 from a talk given 1/7/1989
Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 21,2016
Thought for the Day
One of the finest things about A.A. is the sharing. Sharing is 
a wonderful thing because the more you share the more you have. 
in our old drinking days, we didn’t do much sharing. We used to 
keep things to ourselves, partly because we were ashamed, but 
mostly because we were selfish. And we were very lonely because 
we didn’t share. When we came into A.A., the first thing we found 
was sharing. We heard other alcoholics frankly sharing their 
experiences with hospitals, jails, and all the usual mess that 
goes with drinking. Am I sharing.? 
Meditation for the Day
Character is developed by the daily discipline of duties done. 
Be obedient to the heavenly vision and take the straight way. Do 
not fall into the error of calling “Lord, Lord,” and doing not 
the things that should be done. You need a life of prayer and 
meditation, but you must still do your work in the busy ways of 
life. The busy person is wise to rest and wait patiently for 
God’s guidance. If you are obedient to the heavenly vision, you 
can be at peace. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be obedient to the heavenly vision. I pray if 
I fall, I will pick myself up and go on.
 Healing is not creating a perfect idea or a perfect body; 
it is revealing an idea which is already perfect. 
The science of mind page 212
 “The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.” 
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 24~
The Earth turns to go to, 
in the hands of the wise. 
Listen to Lesson 139 Insights
ACIM Workbook Lesson 139 Insights
“I will accept Atonement for myself.”
This lesson is telling us that this world was made as a place for self-doubters to come in the mad idea that we could change ourselves from what God created us to be. It is the result of rejecting ourselves as we were created. It’s no wonder the world is filled with people who doubt their worth, have low self-esteem and spend their lives trying to make up for what they believe is lacking. All of us do this in some way. Countless workshops have been offered to help people improve their self esteem and realize their worth.
What I appreciate about this lesson is that it goes to the core of the problem. It does not tell us that we were wounded as a child by critical parents or that if we just affirm often enough that we are worthy of whatever it is that we think we are missing, we will feel okay. This lesson simply reminds us that we remain as God created us and that our denial of Reality has not changed reality. Our denial of our Self has not changed What we are.
God created us worthy because He created us like Himself and of Himself. By accepting Atonement for ourselves, we accept ourselves as we were created. With that acceptance, whatever occurs in form does not matter, for we remember we remain perfect as God created us.
I need simply to change my mind about who I think I am. I am not a split off image, separate and alone. I am not a body. I am the holy creation of God Himself. That is my reality and the reality of everyone, unchangeable, absolutely certain. Every time I feel uncertainty, it is an indication that I have forgotten What I am. It is an indication that it’s time to remind myself that I remain as God created me and accept Atonement for myself.
Thirty years ago a spiritual teacher told me that I was playing dumb. I now know that “playing dumb” means not accepting myself as I was created by God. Playing dumb means thinking I am weak and vulnerable, isolated and alone. Playing dumb is a denial of the truth. Atonement means letting go of playing dumb and accepting my true Self instead of the weak and vulnerable image I have made.
In Reality, there is only one Mind, the Mind of God. If I identify with anything else as what I am, I am playing dumb, I am denying my Self. It has become a habit to think in limited, false ways. Atonement is letting these false ideas, these cobwebs be cleared, so that the Light of my true Identity can shine through. It has always been there. It never left. I just tried to cover It up. Now is the time to let the cover up be over. It is not a fun game. Limitation and lack, weakness and uncertainty need not be. It really never was, just in dreams.
I will accept Atonement for myself. I will let go of playing dumb for I remain as God created me. Nothing else is true. All minds are one in Love. This is certainty.
“Playing dumb”… That is such a useful way of seeing what seems to be happening when it seems that things aren’t working out. We started out “playing dumb” and “forgot to laugh.” In fact we forgot that we were playing at all and feel powerless against the circumstances which seem to overwhelm us and are totally out of our control. When, in reality, all we must do is remember that we are only playing and there is nothing beyond the control of the child of God.
Right behind space is Intelligence.
 And right behind you is God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
The Earth turns to go to, 
in the hands of the wise. 

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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