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 Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, there was no humor in
 the world except that doubtful brand we
 heard around the bars. 
It is certainly true that we took our insignificant
affairs and our ridiculous selves mostly seriously.
In AA, when we became mentally sober, 
we not only acquired a sense of humor,
but we were even able to laugh at ourselves. 
We can now accept the criticism of others 
with a greater degree of patient good humor, 
we have learned that the best way to confound
our critic is to laugh off his attack with good-humored tolerance.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
Let a group discussion or personal meditation revolve around these
meaningful subjects:
Do not remain apart from yourself.
Look until you see.
Learn the secret of active inaction.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 25
Twenty Four Hours A Day SEPT 23,2016
Thought for the Day 
Step Twelve is, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of 
these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to 
practice these principles in all our affairs.” Note that the basis 
of our effectiveness in carrying the message to others is the reality 
of our own spiritual awakening. If we have not changed, we cannot be 
used to change others. To keep this program, we must pass it on to 
others. We cannot hoard it for ourselves. We may lose it unless we 
give it away. It cannot flow into us and stop; it must continue to 
flow into us as it flows out to others. Am I always ready to give 
away what I have learned in A.A.? 
Meditation for the Day 
“Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.” When you are 
faced with a problem beyond your strength, you must turn to God by 
an act of faith. It is that turning to God in each trying situation 
that you must cultivate. The turning may be one of glad thankfulness 
for God’s grace in your life. Or your appeal to God may be a prayerful 
claiming of His strength to face a situation and finding that you have 
it when the time comes. Not only the power to face trials, but also 
the comfort and joy of God’s nearness and companionship are yours for 
the asking. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may try to draw near to God each day in prayer. I pray 
that I may feel His nearness and His strength in my life.

Dimension scale to measure out the bliss of 
cosmic consciousness. 
Ernest Holmes the voice Celestial your page 138 

We urge you to try our program, 
for nothing will be so helpful to 
your husband as the radically 
changed attitude toward him 
which God will show you how to have.
BB To Wives, p.117 

I realize that the dawn when we meet again will never break, so I give it up, little by little, this love. But something in me laughs as I say this, someone shaking his head and chuckling softly, Hardly hardly.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 264 Insights
“I am surrounded by the Love of God.”
Salvation’s prayer is being willing to remember the truth. Salvation’s prayer is being willing to remember that everything is still as Love created it. We are still like God, no matter what dreams we dream. We are still in Heaven and have never left. We are surrounded by the Love of God.
When fearful dreams come, we can learn to step back and not place our belief in them. We can learn to return to the truth that we are indeed surrounded by the Love of God. We cannot be harmed. We are safe, because we are still as God created us.
Dreams of separation are pretend. They are foolish children’s games. Salvation’s prayer reminds us to let them go. When we let go of childish dreams, the truth that we still are in Heaven will return to our mind.
In truth we never left God. We never left Love. We only dreamed we did and dreams are not real. We can relax now. We are safe in Love’s peaceful Arms. We now allow ourselves to be carried as we relinquish making decisions on our own. We quit taking the dream so seriously. We lighten up and allow Love to replace our fears. We allow peace to restore the awareness of Love’s presence Which is everywhere because Love is all there is. Today I will allow myself to remember the truth that only Love is real.
Today’s lesson is very comforting to me. I can never be without Love. I can deny Its presence and thus experience lack of Love, but Love still surrounds me and is in me. My denial does not change It. Denial only makes me unaware of It. If I experience fear, all that is happening is that I am denying the presence of Love.
I find it helpful to remind myself whenever I do not feel at peace that I am surrounded by the Love of God. Sometimes I have to repeat this over and over, but when I do, I eventually feel a shift. Peace returns. Once again I welcome the Holy Spirit’s vision. What appeared to be a threat is now overlooked. I recognize that the Love I am cannot be threatened.
Sometimes I look around me at all the images that seem to fill my world — trees and buildings, cars and people walking about — and remind myself, “I am surrounded by the Love of God.” I feel Its safety washing over me. I see the Love beyond the image of a tree or of a coworker. Judgment falls away. I gain a glimpse of the sameness we share, which is the Love of God.
As I walk in this remembrance that I am surrounded by the Love of God, I walk in gratitude and joy. I am serene and peace is my companion. Ego images may act out fear, but I know my safety cannot be disturbed. This is what comes when I remember I am surrounded by the love and peace of God.
I experienced seeing the love beyond the image today. As this happened to me, I noticed a reciprocal response from the person involved even though he had no idea what was going on with me (at least not on a conscious level).
What I am experiencing over and over is that how I feel is effecting other people. I am seeing that my feelings and my thoughts are stronger and have more effect than what I say.
Friendship is the highest form of love. 
As such, it is meant to evolve into the
 divine manifestation of God’s eternal love.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
“From the house of unbelief
to true religion
is a single breath;
From the world of doubt
to certainty
is a single breath;
Enjoy this precious single breath,
for the harvest
of our whole lives
is that same one breath.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Quatrains – Ballades
Ron Richey
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