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Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, we were ready to take a poke at anyone who suggested we couldn’t handle our “likker.” It was a very sore spot with us, as we all kidded ourselves into believing that our over-indulgence was a well-guarded secret when, actually, we knew it was not.
Upon our entrance in AA, we soon made a public confession of our alcoholism and, to our surprise, we lost some of the sense of stigma and we could learn to laugh at our affliction and at ourselves. Our sense of guilt was lessened by our acknowledgment of its existence.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Some people in a town looked around at the telephone poles and
saw some interesting new signs on the poles all over town. And
the signs said, Free Fireworks! Come to the great fireworks show
out on the edge of town tonight.
Thousands of people saw the signs, and thousands of people got
excited – free fireworks, dazzling displays up in the sky and
free. So that night, several thousand people went to the edge
of town and sure enough there was a big open space there with
two or three men with a big box of fireworks, and when it got
dark, off went the great dazzling displays of color, fire and
flame way up in the sky. One after another, for a couple of
And they oooed and they ahhhed and they applauded at the new
variations of coloring form that exploded up in the sky. And
they enjoyed themselves immensely, especially because of that
reminder that all was free, doesn’t cost them a thing. All
they have to do is come and enjoy the free fireworks. So after
a couple hours of enjoying it, all of a sudden the fireworks
stopped, no more rockets and so they looked around and they
didn’t see the men there anymore who had been putting on the
fireworks display. And they also didn’t find their wallets
and their purses.
It had all been a game, a con game to get them out there to
rob them while they were fascinated by their looking up and
not paying attention to their own lives but by being dazzled
by the fireworks.
Now, I want to add something else to this lesson that you have
already learned about the fireworks masquerade. When it was
all over, the next morning, they had to come out there and
they had to clean up the mess, all the burned out fireworks.
All the countryside had been scattered all over with broken
boxes. Those charlatans, those schemers had taken their money
and left all the problem for them to clean up. Have I just
described the story of your life?”
 A Sparkling View of Truth
Twenty Four Hours A Day SEPT.6,2016
Thought for the Day 
Another of the mottoes of A.A. is “Live and Let Live.” This, of 
course, means tolerance of people who think differently than we do, 
whether they are in A.A. or outside of A.A. We cannot afford the 
luxury of being intolerant or critical of other people. We do not 
try to impose our wills on those who differ from us. We are not 
“holier than thou.” We do not have all the answers. We are not better 
than other good people. We live the best way we can and we allow 
others to do likewise. Am I willing to live and let live? 
Meditation for the Day 
“And this is life eternal, that we may know Thee, the only true 
God.” Learning to know God as best you can draws the eternal life 
nearer to you. Freed from some of the limitations of humanity, you 
can grow in the things that are eternal. You can strive for what 
is real and of eternal value. The more you try to live in the 
consciousness of the unseen world, the gentler will be your passing 
into it when the time comes for you to go. This life on earth should 
be largely a preparation for the eternal life to come.
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may live each day as though it were my last. I pray 
that I may live my life as though it were everlasting.

The past is swallowed up in the victory of a perfect present, 
which is filled with love and protection. 
The science of Mind page 246 
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.
12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  

Work in the invisible world at least 
as hard as you do in the visible. 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 248 Insights
“Whatever suffers is not part of me.”
Only the Light of God is truth. When I make anything else real, I am disowning the truth. When I make differences real, when I make bodies real, when I make the world real, I am disowning the truth. I cannot make illusions real and remember the truth at the same time. They are complete opposites. It is helpful to ask myself, “Right now, what am I making real, illusions or the truth?”
This lesson is asking me to be faithful in disowning falsity. I can only do this when I do not believe in what my eyes and ears are showing me. This takes vigilance on my part. It takes a willingness to see through the eyes of Christ. The Holy Spirit reminds me that everyone is still Love, no matter what the false mask they may be showing me. Illusion is still just illusion and does not matter.
The Holy Spirit helps me dis-identify with the world and all its forms, if I let Him. The Holy Spirit helps me dis-identify with suffering and pain, if I let Him. The Holy Spirit helps me dis-identify with every ego thought, if I let Him. Today I will practice letting the Holy Spirit transform my mind and see the world as the Holy Spirit sees it.
In general I would describe my life as peaceful and happy. Yet when I pay close attention to my thoughts, it’s amazing how many of my thoughts still seem to focus on things that are less than peaceful and happy. A disapproving thought about someone’s behavior, a sore muscle, an itch, a headache, a thought of impatience, feeling hurried, concerns about money. These are just a few of the little distractions that all too often succeed in limiting my experience of peace and happiness.
It’s as though I have a threshold in my mind of how much I will allow happiness and peace in my life. If I go too far above that threshold, some judgmental thought will pass through my mind or some body twinge will capture my attention to bring me back to that acceptable threshold.
Today’s lesson reminds me that nothing that suffers or lacks peace in any way is part of me. I simply need to disown these thoughts instead of claiming them and ruminating on them.
In this world these thoughts are all around me. It is not my job to be without them. My job is not to claim them and make them real in my mind. A key to this is practicing vigilance, watching my thoughts. As any discomforting thought crosses my mind, the moment I recognize it, I can remind myself, “Whatever suffers is not part of me.” It is a way to step back and disown those thoughts so that I can make room for the Thought of Love, which is What I am, to return to my awareness. It’s like the section in the Text “above the battleground.”
Each time I can step back from conflicting thoughts, I make it easier to welcome the Holy Spirit’s perception in place of my own. The habit of thinking in terms of separate identities is well established. And so I need to rededicate my faithfulness to disowning those thoughts. Each time I revert to buying into the old thought system is just another opportunity for re-dedication. It is not justification for self-condemnation. It is simply a reminder to choose again and remember, “Whatever suffers is not a part of me.”
I’ve had a real opportunity to practice this lesson. I seldom get sick. Even when stuff is going around the office and everyone else is getting it, I don’t. But a couple of days ago, I got a bug or something right out of nowhere. I’m on the road, visiting customers and started throwing up and got a fever. I finally made it to a motel and spent the night being sick.
I didn’t know exactly how to disown this. It was pretty compelling evidence of misery. I started noticing how strongly I was resisting the physical manifestations and decided to stop. I surrendered the whole thing to Holy Spirit. I decided that if I needed to throw up then, so what? I’d just do it. I also realized that when I asked for healing, I was asking for healing not only of the physical discomfort, but also of the sick thoughts that brought me to this illness.
My principle prayer was that Holy Spirit heal my thinking. When I woke up in the night feeling bad and unable to go back to sleep, I just took out the Pathways A Course in Miracles study course I was working on and did a few questions until I was sleepy enough to fall asleep again. Several times over the last two days I’ve reminded myself that it is my choice to surrender my situation.
I’m not sure if this was the best way to handle the situation, but it was the best I could do under the circumstances. It did help me a lot, and it was the least uncomfortable I have ever been when sick. When I quit resisting the discomfort, it eased up and I felt better.
I wonder how other people disown thoughts of illness when in the midst of discomfort and pain?
Regarding your comments about your difficulty with disowning thoughts of illness, which result in sickness, Jesus is not asking us to deny the fact that in the dream we experience sickness. In this lesson he is asking us to realize that all pain is disowning the truth of our total perfection and safety in God. We are not our bodies. In truth we are part of God and God cannot be sick. What gets sick comes from the sick ego mind and is illusion.
This is an important difference. Sickness is not of God. We are part of God. That is why Jesus says in the title of the lesson, “Whatever suffers is not part of me.” When we remember this, we don’t take physical manifestations so seriously. We may still experience the manifestations, but we recognize that this is not what we are. The experience comes from not recognizing ourselves as the Love that God created us to be. In this lesson Jesus tells us, “Whatever suffers is not part of me. What grieves is not myself.
What is in pain is but illusion in my mind.” (1:3-5)
It can be helpful to remind ourselves of the truth, such as, “I accept myself as God created me. I am worthy of His Love and peace. I remain innocent. My Identity has not changed from the loving universal Self God created.”
Now I am disowning self-concepts and deceits and lies about the holy Son of God. Now I am ready to accept my Identity back as God created me and as I am. In short, sickness shows me I am denying my Identity as God’s Son. The antidote is in accepting my Identity as the holy Son of God.
This morning I experienced an itchiness in my eyes. My ego mind tells me it is a reaction to the pollen in the air. I do not want to deny the fact that my eyes are experiencing itchiness and are watering. I do want to deny that this is what I am. I do want to deny that I am a body. The itchiness is experienced by the body, which is the ego’s mechanism to experience the lie of separation. I am not the body. This goes back to the title of the lesson, “What suffers is not part of me.”
Thanks. That is a very clear explanation of this lesson as it applies to illness. I see the difference you are pointing out. If I understand you correctly, I don’t deny I am sick; I deny I am the manifestation of the illness.
I think it is a matter of separating myself from my script, or the dreamer from the dream. I wrote myself a part as a suffering individual. That doesn’t mean I am that sad, sick, person all alone with her misery. I am still as God created me; perfect and whole and never apart from the Sonship, and that is the thought I hold as my prayer.
Our real self, the soul, is immortal. 
We exist, and that existence is eternal. 
The wave comes to the shore, 
and it goes back to the sea,
it is not lost. It becomes one with the ocean, 
or returns again in the form of another wave. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“I can’t reveal the mystery to either saint or sinner;
 I can’t state at length what I’ve said curtly; 
I achieve an altered state that I can’t explain; 
I have a secret that I cannot share.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Quatrains – Ballades

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