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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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Hope July 6 - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

I was struck by many events today. An email from far away, on matters of life and living. A visit or two to the hospital and being there. And this matter of hope. There is hope tonight and I am mightily gratified.

Specific to me and my Day

I feel its important to work out the impact of matters which directly affect me and at the same time I need not drag every fact or situation into sharp focus. Live events and dignity, matters of anonymity mean often it's the impact of events on me in relation to the story of recovery unfolding.

I am not writing to expose anyone to others eyes maybe but myself. And this is not an ego trip it's a story of recovery and daily living, an aide-memoir if you like for me to express and let go my thoughts and feelings.

Feelings and Thoughts

Seems to me we are better able to deal with all we encounter if we understand what happens in our heads. We perceive, we have perceptions, from our senses. And feelings seem to come first and then our heads start trying to make sense of feelings with our thinking.

In my opinion it feels like we feel things and then the thinking process takes over. What we like we tend to feel good about, what we don't like, we tend to shy away from. And when we are very happy, reality and thoughts are fairly good and optimistic.

When we feel low and feelings are sad, then we tend to think our way through the hard times. We can indeed say to ourselves, "I can't believe it!"
And this is where we start our denials as sad things can be put off and avoided.

We can also find ourselves in denial of good things if we are very low in confidence and we can deny our happiness as much as anything.

Reality

I wonder sometimes just how much time we are in reality as denial can run along a long time, over days, weeks, years, and sometimes decades

Hope

And tonight there is hope. And its not denial its real. The hope for a better outcome and prospect of healing. Its just this, the human condition is such that hope can move mountains in our minds as well as make us work to the positive and good we can find in prospects.

Its like this tonight.

And I am glad to be sober, to be there, and glad to be sober to hear that hope is real too.

I don’t have much energy tonight and so this post will come in more than one bite. Its ok to relax I am telling myself.

From an ancient:

Kalidasa:

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendour of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

And for this mere Earthling, I guess I can live with the hyperbole evoked, just for today I must intone. Or I may be lost to reality. More anon.




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Trial & Error - July 5 DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Always a learner and sometimes I feel a bit slow. After last night and a lot of reflection I realise how unhelpful gossip is and it can be life threatening. Gossip can contain just enough grains of possibility to really undermine the truth and blacken character. This is something we in fellowship know all too well.

Trials

Often as anyone can attest Kangaroo courts are not about justice, they are more often about those who fear something and utilise every lever to take the focus away from them. Witch hunts often yield nothing but failure as those with power or influence jockey in some way to be top. Top of what? I have no clue sometimes as the rewards for malfeasance are often what those who try discover, alienation, exclusion and fear.

Errors

Yes, error in fact, then developed into themes which can keep people in the wrong place for long periods of time. And for me when I started to examine the sources of some awful half truths they generate from elsewhere and not me. And somehow they became something or other I then utilised much to my chagrin as if I had absolute de facto truth. Now I know the truth by coincidence today, I am heartily relieved where things are now.

Bitterness and other peoples stuff is of no use to me, and evidence of living and experience inform me far better than gossip and conjecture. Indeed conjecture and gossip have hurt innocent bystanders and made life difficult.

I am of course not relating the particulars because it serves no one and certainly not me.

Learning

Always a learner because everyday informs us what is going on, and we need pay attention. And life is too short for gossip and frankly useless debate about things imagined and not things apparent and evidence from life experience.

Strands and Scant knowledge

So easy to be persuaded by one thing or another. And in truth if we were all held to account every day cumulatively on errors and mistakes, we would go backwards and not forwards.

Yet Countries and Humans

Hold grudges for ages and ages, and because they are kept safe and sound inside prejudice, the truth is really hard to define. And I have no energy for old stories about others and the truth will one day set everyone free. And actually the big global point is if we continue to have feuds with other world powers we are destined for trouble.

Humans are particularly bad at owning up to their part in events. The times this has happened to me is really quite small in number and maybe can count them on one hand. And they burned me, and it really was imprudent and no matter what at the time it was mortifying. So over fifty years there have rare events for my part in these acts of skulduggery and really, they made shudder. Most were work related and involved not harmful disclosure but actually confidential matters which were good news events. And I never thought I would be part of gossip. It hurt others and I owned up to my part in those times. I certainly did not win any friends for it. But the truth was there, the apology and amend made. And still makes my ears burn to recollect those events.

We Learn

Or we go inward to a world of imagined truth if we don’t get back to mainstream thinking and sorting out our feelings..

Feelings Tonight

I feel relieved to see some good in the last day or two, and contemplating what happened and why. Well its really sad. And I don’t want to be that type of person, and never was.

Indeed the more I realise why my drinking went from bad to worse was simply a failure on my part to be like others and also not really supported by anyone, because I learned to be isolated and work everything out by my own endeavour. And of course I am truly not perfect, and the mistakes made were those anyone could make through life.

Learning is forever.

Fellowship Tonight

We had a funny meeting and good sharing all round, and being there is simply enough sometimes to belong and be just one of many making life work today.

A great chair from an old timer. And I had opportunity to listen to someone who gave me good advice in my early encounters with the fellowship. He is still sober and so am I and many more who came in around the time I did. And there so many more who did not stay and carried on with drink and are lost.

Fellowship is one way to tackle not only sobriety, but to start to learn all over again how to live and make life work.

Mistakes!

I make them all the time and do as I can. And with open and honest understanding. It is how we live today and not distorted history which defines me and others.

Trial and Retribution

Not preferred by me, and not helpful to most who make human errors and mistakes in judgment which are about social and personal conduct. Law Breaking is another debate and not for today.

Overall I feel calmer and more energised, although exhausted by getting about and being involved with life. As it may be and I hope for more.

Hope - all that was left in Pandora’s box…

When we look back and take inventory on a day like today, it’s a plus for me tonight. Yesterday somehow was left in the mire, not by me or by design, but another’s hand and unpleasant demeanour makes me shrink back from their company rather than want to endure it. Why? Because I have choice and preference and who on earth wants company which undermines rather than builds? Not me..

Just for Today is a good way to be, and live as Kipling suggests in If. And of course Desiderata means more to me now than ever. We learn as we may by the day…



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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.

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150 acts, two billion viewers - and an awful lot of greenhouse gas July 7 2007




24-hour, seven continent show could raise awareness but at what cost to climate?

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The climate scientists have spoken. Now it's James Blunt's turn. But if scepticism, even cynicism, is a natural response whenever pop stars promise to change the world, there's no denying the sheer scale and intensity of Live Earth, their latest attempt.

The 24-hour, seven-continent sequence of concerts, will already have begun in Sydney by the time you read this - and the organisers, spearheaded by Al Gore, hope it will reach 2 billion people via 120 television networks, internet and radio, making it the biggest media event in history. At Wembley later today, 80,000 people are expected to watch Madonna, Genesis, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, the Beastie Boys, Duran Duran, and Blunt, although last night rumours of an appearance by Paul McCartney remained just rumours.

All this is hardly without its moral complexities. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be flying in by private jet from Paris, the band's management confirmed, then leaving by private jet tonight for a gig in Denmark. The Beastie Boys must be in Montreux by tomorrow. Genesis are playing in Manchester tonight, as part of their Turn It On Again reunion tour

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200,000 ‘friends’ inform on tax cheats July 7 2007




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Nearly 200,000 people have informed on friends, colleagues and family to the taxman in the year since a confidential hotline was set up, The Times has learnt.

In just over a year, Revenue & Customs has received more than 155,000 telephone calls to its tax evasion hotline, 12,083 items of post (including faxes) and 17,952 e-mails. In addition, 3,819 referrals came from the Customs confidential hotline, set up in October 2005.

Last night the Revenue declined to reveal how many prosecutions had resulted from calls taken by the hotline or how much money had been recovered. The Treasury said that it would publish a costs and benefits report on the hotline in due course. No one calling the hotline receives a reward.

A Revenue spokesman said: “The details of the call are processed and if the risk and intelligence team decides that we should proceed with intervention they will gather information from various places, such as company accounts, employer records, self-assessment forms and tax credit information to support the allegation.

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So, Al Gore, what's the one thing we can all do to tackle climate change? July 7 2007



The Live Earth organiser answers your questions

What is the one thing, the most urgent thing, that everyone can do to tackle global warming? Philip Mercer, London SW19

Well, first of all, learn about it. Learn about the ways in which you can become part of the solution to the problem in the contexts of your own life. Learning about it is important in your role as a citizen, and in helping to achieve the policy changes that in the long term will be required to solve this crisis.

Where individual actions are concerned, cut down on energy use. Become conscious as a consumer of picking the most environmentally friendly alternatives - and they are always there. You can make symbolic actions like changing lightbulbs to bulbs that use a tiny fraction of the energy, but remember that less visible changes that can accomplish the same thing are available for every product.

What do you think staging the Live Earth concerts will achieve? Don't you think there's a danger people will just enjoy the music and then forget about the issues? Ben Patterson, Liverpool

I'm relatively certain they'll enjoy the music, because the best acts in the world are playing. And I'm hopeful that Live Earth will serve as a unique opportunity to ask the entire world to hear the SOS for climate in crisis. Once we have their attention, we intend to launch a three-year campaign to put the solutions before every person in the world. I'm very optimistic that we'll have a chance to have a measurable difference.

What is your response to Bob Geldof's criticism of Live Earth that this is just another giant pop concert, and that the premise behind it is ludicrous? Keith Farrell, Chester,

I'm a big fan of Bob Geldof and respect him immensely, but he's simply wrong when he says that everyone is already completely aware of all the facts concerning the climate crisis. Indeed, just yesterday, the MORI poll in the UK showed that 56 per cent, more than half of the British people, think that there's no scientific consensus at all that human beings are causing global warming. And that more people feel that dog mess and litter are problems than the destruction of the habitability of the only planet human beings have.

It does sometimes seem, to those of us who have studied on it and worked on it, as [Bob Geldof] has, that everyone knows. The truth, sadly, is that we still have a lot of work to do to get the word out, and to raise awareness to the point where our civilisation will make the dramatic changes necessary.

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Man facing court over 'car bombs' July 7 2007

A man is due in court in connection with the suspected car bomb attempts in London and at Glasgow airport.

Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah, 27, will appear before Westminster magistrates in London, charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.

He is the first person charged over the suspected attack attempts. The charge carries a maximum life sentence.

Police are holding six other people in the UK and one in Australia as part of the inquiry into the incidents.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Dr Abdullah was being charged under the 1883 Explosive Substances Act.

The charge, which covers a period from 1 January to 1 July this year, alleges that he "unlawfully and maliciously conspired with others to cause explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom".

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July 7 2005: Bomb attacks on London

A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others.

Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two died in a blast on a double decker bus.

The first three bombs went off at 0850 on underground trains just outside Liverpool Street and Edgware Road stations, and on another travelling between King's Cross and Russell Square.

The final explosion was around an hour later on a number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, not far from King's Cross

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings had "the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda-related attack".

Prime Minister Tony Blair promised the "most intense police and security service action to make sure we bring those responsible to justice".

Mr Blair, who flew back to London from the G8 summit in Gleneagles, condemned the terrorists and paid tribute to the stoicism and resilience of the people of London.

"They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us, to frighten us out of doing the things that we want to do," he said in a televised statement from Downing Street

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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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