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Eye Opener (1950)
In spite of evidence to the contrary, 
we still persist in wondering what would happen, 
after our several months of sobriety, if we again took a drink.
We definitely know that we don’t want “a” drink. 
We never did in our drinkingest days. 
We know that we have graduated from the ranks of happy drinkers. 
We know of no one in all our experience who has made the
 experiment to his or anyone else’s satisfaction – 
yet we might be the exception.
It is this type of curiosity that has killed many a cat. Don’t try it. 
Even if you are right – you’re wrong.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Oh, great news.  A certain definite, clear, attainable miracle
exists. This is a real miracle and a special kind and best of all,
it’s one that you can personally live and experience every day. Most
humans don’t want it, they don’t want to be told about it. They
want their present dull, unmiraculous wrong way of life.
You’re here now and you’re going to hear about it, and you’re going
to take this explanation with you from this room and ponder it and
experiment with it, all based on the knowledge that one day, you
can know what you once heard.”
from a talk given 8/10/1986
Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.22, 2016
Thought for the Day
Second, I am content to face the rest of my life without alcohol. I have made the great decision once and for all. I have surrendered as gracefully as possible to the inevitable. I hope I have no more reservations. I hope that nothing can happen to me now that would justify my taking a drink. No death of a dear one. No great calamity in any area of my life should justify me in drinking. Even if I were on some desert isle, far from the rest of the world, but not far from God, should I ever feel it right to drink. For me, alcohol is out-period. I will always be safe unless I take that first drink. Am I fully resigned to this fact? 
Meditation for the Day
Day by day we should slowly build up an unshakable faith in a Higher Power and in that Power’s ability to give us all the help we need. By having these quiet times each morning, we start each day with a renewing of our faith, until it becomes almost a part of us and is a strong habit. We should keep furnishing the quiet places of our souls with all the furniture of faith. We should try to fill our thoughts each day with all that is harmonious and good, beautiful and enduring. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may build a house in my soul for the spirit of God to dwell in. I pray that I may come at last to an unshakable faith.
‘Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; 
remember that what you now have was once among the 
things you only hoped for.
 Behind each one stands the Eternal mind. 
The science of Mind page 339 
It’s as simple as this: First you have a belief; then you make a decision, take action,  and get results based on that belief. Then, if you’ve gottenthe desired results, you just don’t believe anymore – you know. You have faith.
 — A Program for You, page 69
 A thick and shapeless tree-trunk would never believe that it could 
become a statue, admired as a miracle of sculpture, and would never 
submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor, who sees by her genius what she can make of it.  
— St Ignatius 
The older I get the more I know that to put my best foot forward each 
day means to ask God, “What do YOU want to do today?”, then proceed in His authority and His strength to do just that! Tasks are not only done, but they are done RIGHT.”
— Jackie Hale
I claimed my eyes.
” I’ll join them to the river in rainy season.” 
“My loving.” ” Blood -red.” 
“But at least my body is mine!”
Before just a few days go by,
people will point at it and sneer and drive you out of town.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 294 Insights
“My body is a wholly neutral thing.”
This lesson restates core principles that are presented in other forms in the Course. “My body, Father, cannot be Your Son.” (2:1) is another way of saying, “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.” The idea that the body is a wholly neutral thing parallels the idea that I give everything all the meaning it has for me. The body is a form representative of all forms in this world. Forms are wholly neutral. It is the meaning we give them that makes them seem good or bad, sinful or sinless. Since my body cannot be God’s Son, the body is clearly not me. Yet the ego teaches us that the body is what we are. So we are being taught to step back from our identification with the body as our identity.
When we cease to believe that the body is what we are, all sense of vulnerability disappears. We no longer have anything to defend. Limitation falls away. We are no longer confined to a little space made up of a few cubic feet of flesh and bones. We no longer need to spend all of our time caring for this thing we think we are, trying to make it look pretty and appealing and sheltering it with status symbols in an attempt to give value to the body. Recognizing the body as wholly neutral means we are free to let the Holy Spirit use it for His purpose, which is to bring forgiveness to the dream. Used for His purpose, there is no fear nor guilt. It is used solely to offer the gift of forgiveness everywhere.
Today I offer all my thoughts about the body to the Holy Spirit in recognition that on my own, I have no idea what the body is for. In offering my thoughts to the Holy Spirit, I open my mind to learn of His purpose. Thus will I walk with Him in peace.
Jesus tells us to ask of everything, “What is this for? What is its purpose?” The Course tells us that the body is a communication device. It is a tool to be used and then laid aside when its use is over. In this world we have identified with the body and mistaken the body as what we are. We have made the body our identity, which is weak, vulnerable and dies. Believing this is not a sin. It is just a mistaken idea to be undone. There is no need for guilt.
It was guilt that caused the body to appear to be real in the first place. Within the ego thought system, the body is used as a separating device in order to to project guilt. The ego uses the body’s eyes to see guilt in something outside of “us” in an effort to relieve the pangs of guilt that are in the ego mind we are identifying with.
As we consistently turn to the Holy Spirit to be our Guide, the body serves a new purpose. The body then serves the Holy Spirit’s plan of awakening from the dreams we made. The Holy Spirit uses every device the ego thought system made for separation and turns it into a useful tool to undo the dream.
What is the body for? The ego and the Holy Spirit have totally different responses. As we grow in our desire to serve only Holy Spirit’s purposes, the body becomes a wholly neutral thing. It becomes a communication device to be used to help in remembering the truth that we are all still the same extension of Love that resides in the Mind of God. This I would practice remembering today and every day.
Isn’t this wonderful news? Thank you God, Jesus, Holy Spirit for the Course. It is the only thing that has made sense in this lifetime. Thank you to all who read this. There is a way out, there is only Joy, there is only Peace. This is Truth.
 When you enter the valley of divine love, 
you feel it filled with a loving presence of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
“And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to it for help — for It
Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

“Be fair to yourselves and to others, 
that the evidences of justice may be 
revealed, through your deeds.”
Ron Richey
3658A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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