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Be Tolerant

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.





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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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Independence Day Tomorrow - DonInLondon ‘Day In The Life’

The views I share here are my personal reflections on how life is for me. And when I refer to my fellowship of Alcoholics anonymous, I speak as an individual and not for or against AA. Just my experience of life and how fellowship helps me. There are as many opinions on AA as there are people in or out of the fellowship. Each opinion comes from experience and living. I am not a leader, or spokesperson for AA. At the same time I write about my life and fellowship, because I can. I may be a bit of a libertine or rebel when it comes to living a sober path. I have nothing but my own experience to share. And my path is just mine. In AA we are allowed to be ourselves and develop and way of life which works, when we most certainly lost the plot! And what I know of Traditions and the Steps of AA is the equal of my time learning and living. So I am no expert on doctrine, indeed if there is one in AA I guess I would have left it by now. Traditions keep me and my anarchic or may I say "live and let live" views safe. And I feel comfortable in AA as any person may. A diverse fellowship, with only one entry requirement, to stay sober for today. All fellows in AA remain unique, authentic and live as life offers. Just for today…

So Independence Day Tomorrow

Not being American why Independence Day? And why write on its eve? Well I guess what Independence represents to me, is choices we have to make life work as well as may be. Land of the Free? Well maybe one day all lands will be lands of the free. And the inclination in me is to support whole heartedly the concepts and meaning Independence have, as well as for all mankind to enjoy freedoms. In a world stricken by so many bad influences it is difficult sometimes to understand how ever did we all end up like this.

The truth I guess is the road to hell is paved with good intent. We have seen peacemakers a plenty find the road as hard as any. The peacemakers often become brokers in power plays which mean one side or another is seeking some advantage, rather than some way of living in peace and harmony.

Fellowship

Having a fellowship where I can be me and find out who I am, well its got to be the best way for me to find a path. We all belong to communities and society in some form. And even when we don’t know what is the best way to live, we can find some wisdom if we look hard enough. Our fellowship thrives on good conscience and having really one purpose, for all fellows to find sobriety and make life work as best we can.

Hope

We all need hope and its comforting to know that when we are rid of the obsession of drink, we can make life work. Some of us have a life just right sized for what we can do, and we are not necessarily gifted to be leaders or "big cheeses". Indeed we are just looking for a balance in life, and to be ourselves and for everyone to be their true size and be included as life affords.

Experience

Experiences we all share as often as we can helps us gain wisdom we might never have found through other means. For example how so many people can stay sober, just living in the day, when the temptation is always there, and the inclination of any alcoholic is to drink! We seem to get life back on track as best we can we all we have to help us. The resources are no bigger individually than anyone else, yet through the fellowship we seem to acquire a new faith and accept what we can and cannot do.

Strength comes with Acceptance

Once we understand what is possible, that is we accept what we can do, and stop trying to be masters of the universe, that is take control of the world as we know it, we can find a path.

Acceptance is a key and is made possible as we become more confident and have faith in our capacities and our understanding of the possible.

Faith and Courage

We need both faith and courage. I for one have got more faith and courage in me because I have fellowship and mentors who keep me on track and in the right place, and right sized. Confidence to live is something most of us have had to learn again and again.

Tonight -

Not only Tea Maker but the chair to talk about prayer and meditation. Step eleven in our fellowship is:

"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. "

God

I don’t understand God or really feel able to portray an understanding compliant with anyone else’s opinion on God. What I do know with out doubt is that its ok not to Know God, or to understand God. And we may learn if we keep on looking.

Good Conscience - Prayer and Meditation

I have a strong acceptance that prayer and meditation which is all about reflections on the good and the bad we can be and do. That is the "collective good" and good conscience is a power as great as need be, its bigger than just my outlook and my understanding of this world. And still we know some will choose a path of power and badness we cannot accept. We need keep our faith in our ways and good conscience, or we all lost to power which undermines the collective good for all mankind.

Group Conscience & Wisdom

In AA, Alcoholics Anonymous we work to good conscience in my opinion and operate our group activities and meetings in line with the group conscience we have. This means we can all share and participate, and no one is solely in charge. We work together to maintain our sobriety and run our meetings to help us live as well can be and soberly. This may seem altruistic, yet some how it works because we have had the gift of desperation knowing our lives were in the balance when practicing alcoholics and addicts. We know how close death is and always around us. We see good people overcome often and back in the thrall of drink, its as hard can be to understand this life threatening grip alcohol has until its you who has the problem.

Denial hits us over and over in long battles with drink. And we swear off it so often and then find we drinking again we know so well how easy the path to destruction is, any day and every day.

Chair Tonight

I felt I must share my truth tonight about how difficult life is just now. And my family indeed has much sentiment and reflection and willing one of us to get well. And so prayer and meditation are important to me, not just now, and I realise this as life has often made me reflect and meditate about what we can do and what we are powerless over.

Prayer and Meditation

In context the serenity prayer helps me greatly

"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. "

Knowing

Yes, simply knowing and accepting what I can and cannot change, developing an understanding of the two, can do can’t do. Its not giving up on anything, indeed it’s the tenacity and determination to know we are on track and doing what we may to make life work as well as can be.

Today the Context

I am ready and able to help as best I can we asked. And this is about family and friends and about a code of life and living.

We need look at the big picture, to see our part in life and how we be of dervice as well as enjoy what we are doing. We may have work or endeavour, which reflects something that needs doing. Ego and personal gain have no place often in what we do to live to good conscience. And yet we may be leader or follower dependent on circumstance.

Either way for me we are all equal in our living and being. No matter what we do or how we are, its truly the gift we have of being no bigger or smaller than anyone.

For me I am aware of how we live in a society full of differences when we would be best served to see our similarities. And truly we are all unique and authentic.

Diversity

Indeed diversity is another key to our mutuality and respect of all life. Without prejudice is my intent. And yet I like everyone have this struggle and understanding when we encounter life.

So for me tonight much to reflect on, and also to get to simplicity.

Simplicity and acceptance are keys to living well and with harmony and peace. Just for a day…


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British terrorists conspired in bombs plot - security officials July 3 2007




· Six suspects are doctors

· Controlled explosions at hospital

· London car came from Scotland

Vikram Dodd and Richard Norton-Taylor

Counter-terrorism officials said last night they believe British terrorists who are still at large were involved in the conspiracy to launch car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow.

Details emerged as it became clear that five of the suspects under arrest are doctors working and training in the NHS, and one is a doctor working in Australia where he was arrested last night.

Seven of the eight people arrested so far are foreign-born nationals, including an Iraqi doctor trained in Baghdad, a Jordanian neurosurgeon, an Indian medic, and a Lebanese man. One, Mohammed Asha, 26, who lived in Staffordshire, is currently believed by counter-terrorism investigators to have been the ringleader of the cell. A counter-terrorism official said last night that "one of the plotters is a naturalised Briton".

Britain remained on its third day at its maximum "critical" threat level after the discovery of car bombs in London and the attack on Glasgow airport.

Police revealed yesterday that they had arrested two more men, aged 28 and 25, in Paisley, west of Glasgow. They were detained at residences at the town's Royal Alexandra hospital, close to Glasgow airport. The eighth person to be arrested was picked up at Brisbane airport. Australian officials said the 27-year-old was being held in custody on behalf of the Met.

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At least six doctors or medical students were among the eight under arrest last night over plots to bring death and carnage to London and Glasgow.

One of the men, a Jordanian, is a neurosurgeon who had recently been promoted to registrar. Another doctor, 27, also a registrar, was in custody last night in Brisbane, Australia. He worked at a hospital on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, but is not Australian.

Two other men, aged 28 and 25, were arrested at a hospital near Glasgow late on Sunday night.

Bilal Talal Samad Abdulla, an Iraqi doctor, who qualified in Baghdad in 2004 as the anti-American insurgency gathered pace, was named as one of the two suspects in the Jeep attack on Glasgow airport on Saturday. He works at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He is the second doctor to be named as a suspect after Mohammed Asha, 26, was arrested on the M6 with his wife, Marwah, on Saturday evening. Dr Asha is a Jordanian of Palestinian descent who works as a neurologist at the University of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent. Last night police began digging up the back garden of his house in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Terror plot hatched in British hospitals July 3 2007



By Kim Sengupta, Ian Herbert and Cahal Milmo

A suspected secret cell of foreign militants, believed to be linked to al-Qa'ida and using British hospitals as cover, are being questioned over the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow.

Five of the eight people under arrest last night are said to be doctors. Another of those detained is the wife of one of the doctors, who is a medical assistant working for the NHS. The home of a sixth doctor is said to have been searched by police. Late last night an Australian television network reported that a suspect wanted in connection with the attacks had been arrested in Brisbane.

Attention has been focused on a group of nationals from the Middle East, who had not previously attracted the interest of security agencies.

Until now, cases of Islamist terrorism have involved mainly Muslims who were born and brought up in Britain. The alleged arrival of teams from abroad to carry out attacks, their identities unknown to the domestic law agencies, adds another dimension to the terrorist threat being faced in the United Kingdom.

Following the link between the attacks in London and Glasgow, control of the investigation was transferred to Scotland Yard. With the security alert staying at the highest possible level and warnings that another attack may be "imminent", police carried out 19 raids across the country, arresting nationals from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Among those arrested was Mohammed Jamil Abdelqader Asha, a 26-year-old neurologist who was born in Saudi Arabia but is of Palestinian origin and was travelling on a Jordanian passport. He and his 27-year-old wife, a medical assistant, were arrested on the M6 in Cheshire, in connection with the attempted bombings in London.

Also under arrest was Bilal Talal Abdul Samad Abdulla, an Iraqi from Baghdad who arrived in the UK in April 2006. He is said to have been one of the two men in the Cherokee Jeep in the Glasgow airport attack, and is suffering from third-degree burns.

His companion, under arrest, is also from Iraq, while two other men, aged 25 and 28, arrested in Paisley yesterday, were said to be doctors from Saudi Arabia.

Police carried out a controlled explosion on a blue Vauxhall car yesterday at Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, near Glasgow, where Dr Abdulla worked and where he is being treated for his injuries. It was the second such detonation at the hospital, following a white BMW on Sunday. Strathclyde Police said the two vehicles were "connected" with the airport attack.

Dr Asha, 26, has been in Britain since 2005 and had worked at the North Staffordshire Hospital, where his office was being searched yesterday following a raid at his home at Sunningdale Grove in Newcastle-under-Lyme. There were police searches in the same town two miles from Dr Asha's home at Priam Close, Bradwell, which, according to neighbours, was rented by another doctor and his wife.

Further searches were carried out in Liverpool at the home of a man who had been arrested after being disabled with a taser gun after police surrounded his car. According to neighbours, the man was a doctor from India who worked at Halton Hospital in Cheshire. A colleague told the newspaper, Muslim News, that the man may have been detained because he was using the mobile telephone and internet account of another man who has recently left Britain. Last night Dr Asha's father, Jamil Asha, asked King Abdullah of Jordan to intercede on behalf of his son. He vehemently stressed to journalists in Amman that his son was not involved in any terrorist activity

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Australian arrest in terror probe July 3 2007

Police investigating failed car bombings at Glasgow airport and London have seized a man at Brisbane airport.

The Australian arrest brings the number of people held to eight.

Australian PM John Howard said the 27-year-old man was a doctor - like two others arrested - who was trying to fly to India on a one-way ticket.

Meanwhile, three controlled explosions have taken place on a car linked to the Glasgow airport attack, outside a mosque in the south of the city.

Supt Stuart Daniel, of Strathclyde Police, said that while there had been "absolutely no specific information" that the car was a threat, the explosions were carried out as a precaution.

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Mr Howard said Australian police had been acting on information from the UK authorities.

The detained man was an Indian national who was arrested while trying to return to India with a one-way ticket, he added.

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July 3 1971: Doors' singer Jim Morrison found dead

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27.

He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.

A doctor's report stated the cause of death was heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.

The rest of the band - keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - are currently in the United States.

Morrison, also known as the Lizard King, was born in Florida in 1943, his father Stephen was in the US Navy and rose to the rank of admiral.

He formed The Doors with Ray Manzarek in 1965 in Los Angeles.

Morrison had come up with the name after reading Aldous Huxley's account of drug experiences, The Doors Of Perception.

The group became the first popular "new wave" band. Their first album, The Doors, released by Elektra Records in 1967, was a number one hit in the US, though only just scraped into the British charts.

Their following albums, Strange Days and Waiting For The Sun, provided further American hits and, in Hello I love You, a British number 15.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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