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Eye Opener (1950)
Charity would be absolute foolishness if this life was the beginning and ending of all things. If there were no closer relationship between men than between animals, then we would be animals.
We know, however, that a mystical bond does unite mankind, and it is best exemplified in the practice of charity. As it lifts man above the level of animals, it also lifts man closer to the angels.
“We remain free of trouble when we learn to receive positive
impressions only.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 11, p. 194
Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.10, 2016
Thought for the Day 
When new members come into my A.A. group, do I make a special 
effort to make them feel at home? Do I put myself out to listen 
to them, even if their ideas of A.A. are vague? Do I make it a 
habit to talk to all new members myself, or do I often leave 
that to someone else? I may not be able to help them, but then 
again it may be something that I might say that would put them 
on the right track. When I see any members sitting alone, do I 
put myself out to be nice to them, or do I stay among my own 
special group of friends and leave them out in the cold? Are 
all new AA.’s my responsibility? 
Meditation for the Day 
You are God’s servant. Serve Him cheerfully and readily. Nobody 
likes a servant who avoids extra work, who complains about being 
called from one task to do one less enjoyable. A master would 
feel ill served by such a servant. But is that not how you so 
often serve God? View your day’s work in this light. Try to do 
your day’s work the way you believe God wants you to do it, never 
shirking any responsibility and often going out of your way to 
be of service. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may be a good servant. I pray that I may be willing 
to go out of my way to be of service.
No matter where you go, there you are. 
The only thing that can help you is yourself. 
Because it is you who reflects the image in the mirror. 
Ernest Holmes This thing called you
From great numbers of such experiences, we could predict that the doubter who still claimed that he hadn’t got the “spiritual angle,” and who still considered his well-loved A.A. group the higher power, would presently love God and call Him by name.
12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
This mud-body is clear epiphany. 
Angels wish they could move as I move. 
Purity? Cherubim babies long for my innocence.
Courage? Armies of demons flee my up lifted hand.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 281 Insights
“I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.”
Thought brings experience. Joining with the thoughts of the ego brings the experience of pain, loss and lack. That is because the ego thoughts stem from separation from the oneness of God, which in reality is All That is. Thoughts of separation from God bring the experience of being alone, loss, and death. These thoughts remain dreams because what God does not will could never be. But joining with the ego’s thoughts brings the illusion of pain and death. This need not be.
Joining with the thoughts of the Holy Spirit can be chosen instead. When it comes down to it, this is the only choice we ever make — the decision between thinking with the Holy Spirit or thinking with the ego. We have thought that the ego would bring a fun adventure. But behind its glossy veneer, it ultimately brings the dream experience of pain and death.
When we are ready to choose once again, the Holy Spirit is always there, waiting to help us return to the Thoughts we think with God. Our willingness grows to choose with the Holy Spirit as we see from experience that choosing with Holy Spirit brings us only happiness and lasting peace.
The Holy Spirit’s gentleness becomes evident as our connection becomes stronger. Communication with the Holy Spirit grows and grows until there is no longer any attraction to the thoughts of the ego. The ego’s thoughts are seen as meaningless and are gently laid aside. Why would we knowingly want to hurt ourselves? Why would we want to choose pain?
The joy of God becomes like a magnet that heals all guilt resulting from the choice to join with the ego. The desire for the “joy ride” that was not really a joy ride is over. Returning Home to God becomes the only thing we want. It is all we ask for and all that we receive. We recognize the truth the we can be hurt by nothing but our thoughts. We give up thoughts that hurt.
Though the lesson says, “I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts,” the Course makes it clear that hurt can only be experienced in illusions. In truth we are one with God, in God. Nothing else exists. And so there is nothing real to harm us. But believing in the ego thought system means that I mistake illusions for reality. And so I will experience hurt as if it were real. The good news is that the illusion of harm will disappear the moment I choose to think with God.
Since God is Love and nothing else, His Thoughts are Love and nothing else. The Thoughts I think with God must also be Love and nothing else. Love can only bless and so when I think with God, I can only experience Love’s blessing. With blessing comes gratitude and gratitude motivates the desire to share. And so the cycle of Love extending Love to Itself continues uninterrupted.
As I choose to join with God’s Thoughts, I open my heart to experience His joy and peace. Thus I will remember I am blessed as the Son of God along with all my brothers, who are that Son. Love excludes no one and in Its inclusiveness I remember my oneness with my Creator and all His creations. I remember Love.
Devine Artisan, burn away all the dross of weakness in me; 
bring out the steel of endurance, 
and harden me into the strength of calmness. 
Shape those sharp weapons of self- control 
and tenacity out of the tempered metal of my balanced mentality. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Dawn filled the sky with roses. In the
crystal-clear air the last song of the nightingale
dies. The smell of the wine weakens. This is the moment
when fools dream of fame! How soft
is your hair, my beloved!” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Consort with the followers of all religions in a 
spirit of friendliness and fellowship.
(Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Bishárát)
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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