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Eye Opener (1950)
The aim of AA is not Sobriety but Happy Sobriety.
The most effective and, incidentally, the soberest group,
is the happiest group. It is possible that you can’t speak at meetings,
maybe you are not in a position to “carry the message,”
but you can and should show your happy sobriety in the radiance of your smile.
It is our only advertisement and it should outshine in brilliance the gaudiest of neon sign.
The poor guy still in the gutter isn’t interested in your sobriety; he’s interested in the price of another drink. He is, however, very much interested in happiness. It’s what he has been looking for all his life
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Egotism is pain, and the only way to end it is to cease to 
believe that the world revolves around one’s petty life.” 
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 236 
Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.8,2016
Thought for the Day 
There is such a thing as being too loyal to any one group. Do I feel put out when another group starts and some members of my group leave it and branch out into new territory Or do I send them out with my blessing? Do I visit that new offshoot group and help it alone? Or do I sulk in my own tent? A.A. grows by the starting of new groups all the time. I must realize that ifs a good thing for a large group to split up into smaller ones, even if it means that the large group-my own group- becomes smaller. Am I always ready to help new groups? 
Meditation for the Day 
Pray and keep praying until it brings peace and serenity and a feeling of communion with One who is near and ready to help. The thought of God is balm for our hates and fears. In praying to God, we find healing for hurt feelings and resentments. In thinking of God, doubts and fears leave us. Instead of those doubts and fears, there will flow into our hearts such faith and love as is beyond the power of material things to give, and such peace as the world can neither give nor take away. And with God, we can have the tolerance to live and let live. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may have true tolerance and understanding. I pray that I may keep striving for these difficult things.
We arrive at a consciousness of Unity only in
such a degree as we see that what we are looking 
FOR ,we are looking WITH and looking AT. 
The Science of Mind to page 124 
We think a lot of people get into trouble with Step Two because they 
confuse belief and faith. They want or expect to have faith before they 
can start.  But you can’t get faith before you start.  You can only start 
with belief. Faith has to come later. First you believe; then you make 
decisions and take actions; then if your decisions and actions work, 
you can begin to develop faith – then and only then.  Belief is the cause 
of your actions; faith is their result.
 — A Program for You, page 68
 Belief is a truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.
— Joseph Fort Newton 
 Give thou thine heart to the wild magic,
To the Lord and the Lady of Nature,
Beyond any consideration of this world.
— Carmina Gadelica – Ancient Celtic Oral Tradition
There is a fountain inside you. 
Don’t walk around with an empty bucket. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 279 Insights
“Creation’s freedom promises my own.”
Everyone has been given freedom from illusions. The question is when will we accept this freedom? The Holy Spirit is always there in our minds waiting to free our minds from the limited ideas that keep us in bondage. The Holy Spirit is always right there in our minds to show us that our ideas of limitation and lack are not true. Freedom is always there waiting for acceptance.
But in order for us to accept freedom, we must be willing to let go of the world of separation we think we made. This world is just composed of symbols of separation that in reality mean nothing because they are not true. The symbols of separation found in this world cannot bring us happiness. They only bring us guilt and pain and lack.
All this can be undone if we are willing to take every belief we have, every sense of lack, every uncertainty, every belief in death, every belief in sickness, to the Holy Spirit, where we will be brought to the truth. The Holy Spirit shows us the difference between the unreal and the real. Our freedom lies in allowing ourselves to be shown that these forms of individuality are not real in truth.
While we want these illusions, we can experience them, but they will never bring us freedom. They will never bring us eternal happiness. They will never bring us what we truly long for in our heart of hearts. In truth, we love God. We love our Creator and our return is inevitable. We have been wandering in dreams of separation long enough. There is a better way.
Like the prodigal son, we would return Home and accept our Father’s welcome. Our Father always sees our innocence and loves us with an unconditional Love that is eternal. Today we would open our minds to be led Home by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would show us that all these dreams of wandering in lands foreign to our Father are not true. We do not have to do battle in these dreams because they simply are not true. We can let our belief in them be undone by the healing touch of the Holy Spirit.
Today we open our minds to the healing Teacher within. We would be at peace a while and let our false ideas be undone. Herein lies our freedom. Today we would accept our freedom and share it with our brother.
To accept Creation’s freedom as my own, I need to recognize that I really want true freedom. I really want to accept and extend God’s Love. I really want the joy of oneness. The ego teaches that accepting oneness means I must sacrifice. I must give up my individual identity, which the ego perceives as death. And accepting oneness is death or the end of individuality.
But what does individuality really have to offer? To keep individuality, I cannot know my Creator, Who knows only one unified whole. And if I cannot know my Creator, I cannot know the Self that God created me to be. So the ego’s teaching that I must sacrifice to know oneness is a projection of the sacrifice the ego believes it made when it chose individuality, when it chose to reject the equal, eternal Love God gave to His Son in His creation.
God is eternal and limitless. To have the experience of individuality, this eternal limitlessness must be denied and replaced with an image of a limited self, separate from everything, with a little kingdom it can call its own. With this choice comes guilt because to have this kingdom I must deny my Creator and this is believed to cause harm to the Creator. In truth our Creator is unaffected by dreams of denial. But in the dream of denial where separation is believed to be real, guilt is inevitable.
This is why I must learn to listen to a different Teacher, a Teacher Who brings the memory of God, of wholeness and limitless Love, to the dreaming mind that thinks it has lost this Love. The words of this Teacher expressed in the Course help me to recognize that the world I made in identification with the ego offers me nothing I want.
As I begin to recognize that what I have been searching for cannot be found in this world, my mind becomes open to receive a new perception, where separation is recognized as unreal. I am then more receptive to the Holy Spirit in my mind.
I open to His inner teaching by building a consistent practice of taking time to go to peace, where I can receive the understanding of the Holy Spirit. With an open mind, I receive the Holy Spirit’s help to loosen the world from all I thought it was. I open my mind to be taught what is unreal so that I can see past it and recognize the reality of Love everywhere.
I open to this through my willingness to question everything I think I know about the world. I open to this through my willingness to receive a new vision of a forgiven world, in which unreality is recognized as unreal. Thus I let illusions go and Love is then recognized in my mind with Its unity and joy. And once again I remember, “Creation’s freedom promises my own.”
When you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, 
you can do anything! 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, 
they fear hell and seek paradise. 
Those who know the mysteries of God never let that 
seed be planted in their souls.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Quatrains

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

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