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Eye Opener (1950)
With fiery zeal we devote much energy
to going through the motions of living AA.
We speak on every occasion we are invited, 
we rush ourselves dizzy carrying the message 
to all who call on us, 
but in the process we sometimes neglect the 
one man we are most interested in – ourselves. 
Our AA has become muscular.
To reach ourselves requires quiet meditation, 
daily use of prayer and a comprehensive study
of the Program and of ourselves
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“We fear to relax from a question, 
believing it may escape us, 
but the very relaxation attracts the answer.”
Cosmic Command, # 1512
Twenty Four Hours A Day  SEPT 27,2016
Thought for the Day 
Continuing the consideration of the term “spiritual experience”: 
“What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been 
accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions, our 
members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource 
which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power 
greater than themselves. Most of us think this awareness of a Power 
greater than ourselves the essence of spiritual experience. Some of 
us call it God-consciousness. In any case, willingness, honesty, 
and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery,” Have I tapped 
that inner resource that can change my life? 
Meditation for the Day 
God’s power in your life increases as your ability to understand His 
grace increases. The power of God’s grace is only limited by the 
understanding and will of each individual. God’s miracle-working 
power is only limited in each individual soul by the lack of 
spiritual vision of that soul. God respects freewill, the right of 
each person to accept or reject His miracle-working power. Only the 
sincere desire of the soul gives Him the opportunity to bestow it. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may not limit God’s power by my lack of vision. I 
pray that I may keep my mind open today to His influence.

No person whose entire time is spent in the 
contemplation of limitation can demonstrate
freedom from such limitation. 
The Science of Mind 267 

Cried Ed, “I can’t stand this God stuff!
12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
 Not only the thirsty seek the water,

the water as well seeks the thirsty.
~ Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 268 Insights
“Let all things be exactly as they are.”
Probably most of us do not think of ourselves as being God’s critic. Yet if we look at what the world is for, it is clearly a criticism of God’s creation. God, being Love which is one, created only Love, extending Love while still keeping His Creations one with Love. The world is the manifestation of the ego idea of not wanting to share Love equally with all, of wanting specialness. A critic is not satisfied with what it judges.
The ego has judged against God, being unsatisfied with Love being given equally to all. Only Love is real, so the ego seeks to alter reality, replacing Love with specialness. The title of today’s lesson, “Let all things be exactly as they are” is setting the intent to stop seeking to replace Love with substitutes.
In the “What is the body?” section that goes with this lesson, we are told that the body was made to keep us safe from Love. To allow ourselves to experience Love, we must give up our special, unique identity, which the body is used to define. Identifying with the body keeps us separate and holds specialness in place. It could be said that the world was made to show us exactly what everything is not, to show us illusions.
This is why it is so important for us to develop a strong inner communication with the Holy Spirit in our minds so that we learn to trust His vision more than we trust the sight of the body’s eyes. This is the means by which we let go of the ego’s substitutes for the reality of God’s Love, by learning to look past them. We maintain our openness to the Holy Spirit’s vision by staying at peace. Thus will we remember that we were created as Love by Love and learn to see only Love.
Holy Spirit, I dedicate my day to following Your vision, saying what You would have me say, doing what You would have me do. In deep gratitude I would follow only You today.
Am I willing to accept the truth today? Today’s lesson helps me with that practice. As I practice letting all things be exactly as they are, I will remember that all things are safe in Love as Love. Today’s practice helps me remember that I am still Love as God created me. And because Love sees only Love and extends only Love, I will feel safe in Love’s eternal Presence.
What a wonderful opportunity I have today — to accept the truth that only Love is real. Today is a happy day as I practice letting all things be exactly as they are.
Be genuinely amiable when you are with others. 
Never be a “sourpuss”. 
You don’t have to laugh boisterously, like a hyena, 
but don’t wear a long face either. 
Just be smiling, congenial, and kind. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
“Tis all a Chequer-board of nights and days
Where Destiny with men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates,and slays, 
And one by one back in the closet lays.” 
― Omar Khayyám
Ron Richey
3856A Claudia St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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