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 Eye Opener (1950)
We have to think our way out of the quagmire we drank ourselves into. No one led us there and no one can lead us out. The older members can give you a few clues or hints but, in the final analysis, you have to figure it out for yourself in order to get permanent results.
You will find as you travel up that long road alone, however, that you have a host of real friends on the sidelines to cheer you on your way.
“The devastating problem of craving can be summed up as follows:
By living from a fictitious self, we are trapped by its fictitious
appetites. Trying to feed such cravings is like trying to satisfy
the hunger of an imaginary horse. The entire attempt is ridiculous.
But as we destroy the false self, its howling appetite vanishes,
just as the terror of a nightmare disappears when we awaken.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 4, p. 
Twenty Four Hours A Day May 24, 2016
Thought for the Day
In twelfth-step work, the third thing is conviction.
Prospects must be convinced that they honestly want to stop drinking.
They must see and admit that their life is unmanageable.
They must face the fact that they must do something about their drinking.
They must be absolutely honest with themselves and face themselves as they really are.
They must be convinced that they must give up drinking and they must see that their whole life depends on this conviction.
Do I care enough about other alcoholics to help them reach this conviction? 
Meditation for the Day
There is no limit to what you can accomplish in helping others.
Keep that thought always.
Never relinquish any work or give up the thought of any accomplishment
because it seems beyond your power. God will help you in all good work.
Only give it up if you feel that it’s not God’s will for you.
In helping others, think of the tiny seed under the dark, hard ground.
There is no certainty that, when it has forced its way up to the surface,
sunlight and warmth will greet it. Often a task seems beyond your power,
but there is no limit to what you can accomplish with God’s help. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may never become discouraged in helping others.
I pray that I may always rely on the power of God to help me.
 The law of the Mind obeys the orders that are 
given It whether we are conscious or unconscious
that such orders are being given.
 The science of mind to page 397 
Our New Employer
We had a new Employer. 
Being all powerful, He provided what we needed,
 if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.
Established on such a footing, we became less and less interested
 in ourselves, our little plans and designs. 
More and more we became interested 
in seeing what we could contribute to life.
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind,
 as we discovered we could face life successfully, 
as we became conscious of His presence,
 we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow, or the hereafter. 
We were reborn.
Happy days won’t find you.
It’s you who must find them.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 142 Insights
Review : “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“I thank my Father for His gifts to me. Let me remember I am one with God.”
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand with acceptance.
If someone offers me something I don’t appreciate, I won’t accept it.
I might put on a show of acceptance so as to not hurt the giver’s feelings, but if there is no appreciation, the gift goes on the back shelf or in the closet, where it is forgotten about. This world is the effect of not appreciating God’s gifts to me.
He gave me my Self — pure Love.
But by not appreciating the gift, I have forgotten my Self.
Instead this world was made in an attempt to find something I would like better, something more special.
Because I have not appreciated God’s gifts to me,
I do not know my Self, nor do I value my Self.
It is no wonder the world is filled with people who feel unworthy.
This is why it is important for me to thank my Father for His gifts to me.
God doesn’t need my thanks, but I need gratitude for His gifts in order to know my Self.
That is how I will know my worth.
That is how I will find full appreciation for my Self and all my brothers.
Help me Holy Spirit to recognize the value of God’s gifts
and the valuelessness of the ego’s offerings, for I would know my Self.
This is my true desire.
Love is my Source. From Love came all that is real. I cannot leave my Source and become something different. I cannot change my Self. I remain Love as I was created. Love holds only Love. Love extends only Love. I am one with Love as I was created.
If I try to deny my Identity as Love, I will try to think I have changed myself into something else, separate from Love. I will try to make up a world that is different from the oneness of Love. I will try to make individuality and differences real in my mind. I will try to think I am separate and alone. I will try to think I am independent of my Source.
I am learning now that this is the unhappy dream. In this unhappy dream I have denied my Identity as part of God and have not appreciated God’s gifts to me. I have denied that my mind holds only what I think with God. It is now time to lay down this denial.
I want to return to happiness. I want to return to God’s peace and joy and Love. I want to return to my oneness with my Source. I want to remember that I am still one in the Mind of God. I want to accept my Self as I was created. I want to let go of all the false ideas about individuality and being separate from my Source.
Now is the time of return. Now is the time for me to remember that my mind holds only what I think with God in truth. All the other thoughts I have added are nothing and nowhere. They are meaningless ideas and I am willing to practice laying them down. I am thankful that these meaningless ideas were never true and that I am still changeless Love as I was created.
I return to God’s gifts as I open up to them, accept them and appreciate them. My gratitude for the truth of my Identity as one with God opens my mind so that I can see that I never left. In truth my mind has held only what I think with God. I have always remained one with God and so has everyone. A false world of separation was never real. Only in dreams could I have imagined this. Today I practice opening to the truth by being willing to lay this false dream down. I practice opening to the truth that my mind holds only what I think with God.
Find the ever sought for solace in the silence of the soul…. Problems that have seemed insoluble will unravel their mysteries in nook of solitary thoughtfulness.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
Happy days won’t find you.
It’s you who must find them.

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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