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Eye Opener (1950)
When we emerge from under our tons of troubles, get back on our feet and begin to live like other folks again, we somehow feel that the world has become a better place and that when our troubles vanished, all troubles vanished and there were few, if any, left in the world.
The store of world troubles is as great now as ever – only different people are having them. If you have no troubles of your own, go out and find somebody else’s. They are not half so hard to carry, and your heart and soul need the exercise.

“Anguish is not necessary because its cause — unconscious egotism
 — is not necessary.”
Cosmic Command, # 2026
Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 28, 2016
Thought for the Day 
In A.A. we learn that since we are alcoholics we can be
uniquely useful people. That is, we can help other alcoholics 
when perhaps somebody who has not had our experience with 
drinking could not help them. That makes us uniquely useful. 
The A.A.s are a unique group of people because they have taken 
their own greatest defeat and failure and sickness and used it 
as a means of helping others. We who have been through the 
same thing are the ones who can best help other alcoholics. Do 
I believe that I can be uniquely useful? 
Meditation for the Day 
I should try to practice the presence of God. I can feel that
He is with me and near me, protecting and strengthening me 
always. In spite of every difficulty, every trial, every 
failure, the presence of God suffices. just to believe that 
He is near me brings strength and peace. I should try to live 
as though God were beside me. I cannot see Him because I was 
not made with the ability to see Him else there were no room 
for faith. But I can feel His spirit with me. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may try to practice the presence of God. I
pray that by doing so I may never feel alone or helpless 
And God will supply all our needs. 
This is a beautiful thought: 
That we are fed from the table of the Universe, 
Whose’s board as ever spread with blessedness and peace; 
Whose loving-kindness and has never been fathomed; 
Whose grace and truth are the cornerstones of reality.
 The science of mind page 496 
We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspects. But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of  the nations, nor do we carry the world’s troubles on our shoulders.
~ c. 1976, 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132~
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you.
~ Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 146 Insights
Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth. I loose the world from all I thought it was.”
    Today’s lesson is an interesting triad of thoughts that reinforce each other. In my experience it doesn’t seem that I have reached the truth, though I think I seek it every day. But the reason I don’t seem to reach the truth, is that I have conflicting goals. And the goals that are not the truth have priority. That is because I still carry beliefs that there is something in the world that I want more than God’s Love and peace. I still have a mistaken idea of what the world is and has to offer. Thus I still need to loose the world from all I think it is. As I let go of values I have given the images of this world, I clear the way to the recognition that my mind holds only what I think with God. And that is the truth.
     As I go through my day, it helps me to remember that I do not know what anything is for. I give things meaning and believe in them, which gives me a false sense of knowing what is true. Yet underneath this is an awareness that this “truth” is unstable and vulnerable. Anything that occurs which seems to threaten the meaning I have given, to raise it to question or uncertainty, is to be defended against. I want to be right because my identity of what I think I am is tied with what I believe. Anything that brings what I believe into question is perceived as a threat to my identity. As long as I hang on to these beliefs, I cannot be at peace.
     That is why I must constantly remind myself that I do not know what anything means to help me loose the world from what I think it is. But this is not enough.
     I must also open my mind to my inner Teacher to show me the real meaning, to show me the truth. The first step is to question everything I think I know. The second step is to be willing to receive the Holy Spirit’s teaching. With that I will find the truth and I will experience the thoughts I share with Love, with God. Today I will practice opening myself to the Holy Spirit’s vision so that I will find the truth.
     Today’s lesson tells me the truth and how to reach the truth in my experience. The truth is my mind holds only what I think with God. And because I experience what I want to experience in my heart of hearts, the second sentence encourages me to seek the truth and reminds me that if I seek the truth, I will find it. What happens when I seek the truth is I let go of the all the meaning I have given to the world. I let go of all the false ideas of separation that I thought were real. I loose the world from all I thought it was.
     All the mindless ideas gently fall away as I am willing to seek only for the truth. As I seek only for the truth, I am shown that image making is composed of mindless ideas of nothing. Images that are separate from each other are not true. Only God’s oneness is real. Only our all-inclusive communion in God is real. The Mind of God is eternal. What changes in a world of time and space is not real.
     Thank goodness my mind holds only what I think with God. I am grateful that this is so. All is eternally safe in the mind of God. In Heaven there is no loss, there is no division or differences of any kind. Everything remains as God created It — an extension of God in God’s oneness.
     Today I am willing to open to the truth. I am willing to loose the world from all I thought it was. I am willing to practice remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God.
     I have been working very hard on these review lessons and Holy Spirit has been showing me those places where I am holding onto false ideas. I am grateful for this but it is discouraging at times. I am astounded at how hard I do hold on. I felt a sense of relief flood me this morning as I was reminded that no one fails who seeks to reach the truth.
      I appreciate the staff comments on this lesson. It helped me to clarify what has been going on in my mind the last couple of days. I knew I needed to see something differently, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was. It was like having a persistent headache, but not knowing what caused it. After reading the staff comments I understand that I have given priority to a goal that is not true. I also understand that I have been asking for relief from the discomfort this causes me instead of asking to be shown the truth. It is like I have a headache because I am banging my head against a brick wall and I have asked that I be relieved of the headache so that I can continue to bang my head without all that pain.
     When I think about it, I wouldn’t want that to happen even if it were possible. It is the pain that motivates the change. If it didn’t hurt to bang my head against a brick wall, I wouldn’t quit. I am so attached to my image of myself, bad as well as good that I would be unwilling to let it go if I couldn’t see that it is hurting me. So today I loose myself of the image of what I think I am and I open my mind to Holy Spirit so I can learn the truth.
 God is the life that is surging within us;
 The life by which we see and love one another.
 Paramahansa Yogananda

In your light I learn how to love. 
In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you.
~ Rumi

Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96815

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