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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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DonInLondon - July 17 2007 One More Day ‘Day In the Life’

This Year Last Year

We all compare our outlooks when we recall things from the past. More often people recall matters to do with us and our outlooks, sometimes good and sometimes less good.

Part of my programme of living these days is seeking a path and doing what makes life worthwhile and work as best it can. Writing, photography helping people through all sorts of matters. I have found a niche and way of living which helps me and helps others. I have purpose today.

I realised more this year than any other the struggle for survival has been a pretty hard road and I needed a lot of help and support after a big dip in my fortunes and outlook. I was actually a lost cause in many ways and the truth was hard to face.

Forever learning and learning to live with what we have and how to find happiness takes us places when we have eyes to see and ways to live again. Having lost the plot completely for a number of years, its true I did. Reclamation has been a pretty hard road. There are no short cuts, no fixes, merely living as we can and keeping faith courage and confidence uppermost.

Hope

And of course the human condition is predisposed to hope. As we have clear minds, and make sense of our path, the choices are easier to make, less to do with compromise, more to do with real opportunity we can make work if we work at it.

Tonight I feel calm, with tomorrow and a funeral for my sister’s partner Christopher. I am relieved to be there and be there for others as others are there for me. A level and clear field of vision.

Kensington

I went to Kensington for an AA meeting. Just right, and the right people there, and all about making life work in this ever present, present moment of now.

People who know me, know the story of the last few days as I relate and express my feelings and sadness as they are with me, less suppressed and not about having a brave face. Acceptance and understanding is more clear to me now, and other times I always used alcohol to mediate my feelings and keep a mask as tight as it may be, not to show hurt and loss was a gift in times past, and not so now. Now its ok to be me and just be me.

These tough times are so important, and we learn the range of all emotions as we move along and keep with life experience without convenient filters. We are not often able to take in everything as life deals hard blows, at least with time we can let out enough as we may over and over till we find compassion and acceptance of what is. Then we find our moments to cherish living and life lived. Not easy and the torment of loss hurts as much for anyone. No fixes these days to living for me. Time and expression are key.

So looking back to words written this time last year, I realise over and over the forgiving we need do every day and every moment almost as life is full of good and less good blundering.

Communities

There was some nonsense posted on one of my video entries. I don’t mind challenge actually, and some remain there and others less delicate to my sensibilities get the heave ho. After all it is my space! I forgive myself for censoring some off my space, and they most likely will do the same for me.

My community here in London, well now, its pretty extensive and quite widespread. I have people and places to be and to see. Any day of the week morning noon and night, there is a big world out there, with people from every walk of life I connect with as need and time offer. Surprising I have found out more about life since the old life collapsed into chaos. And actually
Something else is true.

Acceptance does come with this simple understanding, that it is not what needs to be changed in the world, it was what needed to change in me and my attitudes.

So for today I recognise these simple fundamental principles in most of my living and endeavour. Faith courage and confidence are best, and leaving fear and so brave faces and ego to where they belong, more in the past than the present. We are all these conundrums these days, and better equipped as we live to choices as we go and not edicts we cannot ever keep or prisoners we become once again.

Finally

I was pleased to receive a note from a friend from some years back. Knowing they are well and happy is good news indeed and I felt good to know their situation. What a change! And all for the good.

And for tomorrow? Being there, being part of, with a head calm and feelings as they will be. Is just as may be. Just for the day…




July 17th 2006

~ good conscience ~

keep safe to ego's drift as shadows hold their sway

Somewhere inside us we all have a conscience, for every element in our world we have the opposite. When I talk of good conscience so much comes to mind. What comes to mind is how we find our good conscience. What makes us tick to the good of living and behaving, how we access the good in us over our less good our opposites. Words are words. With our good conscience we have:

backbone, fibre, grit, guts, pluck, spunk, determination, purposefulness, resoluteness, resolution; bravery, courage, fearlessness, intrepidity; endurance, stamina, tolerance; heart, mettle, spirit; audacity, boldness, brass, cheek, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), effrontery, hardihood, nerve, temerity

And so much more going on. We convert where we can our good conscience into actions and behaviour, or we let it lie, lie inside us as we lie openly to the world where we have in good conscience forgotten all it means to get with our goodness and being. We have so many opportunities to touch this world in good conscience, and when we do we access most likely our internal intrinsic truths of living.

So many hardy attempts to good conscience in a world which brokers truth and integrity as we broker our parts in our living. We abrogate and procrastinate truth so often we might wonder where we left the path and found our false trails to salvations door. Salvation is merely a second away and good conscience is always talking deep inside, that whisper to goodness we feel deep. And the other side our devilish friend, our ego driven collaborator, connects as we find our fears in the deep of us.

We may wonder to our nature and this good and evil struggle portrayed so well and in full colour every day, as we weave our path and good conscience to truth.

Truth our elusive and effusive buddy ticking away at our insides and holding us good or not as fear makes prejudice swing this way and that. Our good buddies, the devils brew and Godly touch, their gentle and insistent persuasion keeps us safe from harm and self harm. Although we drift to ego and ego’s drift fights all we might become, the path of truth and endurance is beggared by our mis-steps and turns off the track to blind and denied ends and means.

We broker and bargain away our living to truth as we move and keep faith with fear. Best not fear for fear itself will keep ego’s drift alive and well. And the foolish forget as brave hearts attest in their testimony, not made by them, but our history to good of conscience knocking and martyrs team, silent in their acknowledgment to time.

Our good books of conscience burn into our very presence in this world and hold us to our tests. And man manipulates to control the pestilence of their truth taught and squandered on good hearts that die in the name of man made wars. And conscience bleeds as we do, and our gut splayed and sodden with half lies to conscience door, the house of good conscience is littered with our rhetoric and keeps fanned our awful ego’s drift.

Beware all we touch and hinder in our progress, for it is not the wheel we forge and path we tread to fortune that keeps us safe.

It is the silence and the reckoning inside, where we hear our whispered thoughts and let it ride or fear stables our intent, and keeps our traps alive.

Keep faith and hope and all we may encounter as honest and free, and let attempt to pervert our course be mindful that in truth, we cannot see our blind touch and fate has its hand in all we do. As to fate, that brew and mixture is man made, as weary travellers attest. Their testimony and truth is revised as we melt away our ego’s drift, and truth sparkles keenly on the rust of mankind’s words. Spinning we find our reverie and make good with good and good conscience how we may. And we are human and forgiveness screams or we never learn as this life offers, and find the truth of us.

Rest easy and innocent as criminals hold our keys, beware acceptance and fates remedy as powerless thoughts hinder as help the flow to truth and salvations magnetic pull..

Keep truth flattered as we find some more and confidence to move along, let ego’s drift play its part too as good conscience is nothing without its opposite. So nature determines as we drift or stand and make our path to true destinies we make along the way of life. Breached only by us as we find our deceptions help us keep a peace of mind and ready wit to deny all as deniability confuses every mortal whim, to make our good conscience prime.



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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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200 feared dead after plane crashes at Sao Paulo July 18 2007




· State governor told 'no survivors' by rescuers

· Airbus-320 hit warehouse next to fuel station

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At least 200 people were believed dead last night after a passenger plane crashed in the heart of South America's largest city, Sao Paulo.
The accident, apparently the biggest in Brazilian history, happened at 6.45pm local time when an Airbus-320 belonging to the Brazilian company TAM reportedly skidded on the runway while landing at Sao Paulo's domestic airport Congonhas.

The plane, which was carrying 176 people, then slid over one of the city's busiest roads during rush hour before crashing into a warehouse located next door to a petrol station and exploding.

Television images showed flames and thick black smoke bellowing out from the warehouse and emergency services surging towards the scene. Sixteen deaths had been officially confirmed last night.

During a visit to the crash site, however, Sao Paulo's governor Jose Serra told reporters there were unlikely to be any survivors.

"I was told that the temperature inside the plane was 1,000 degrees, so the chances of there being any survivors are practically zero," he said. "The only thing that was left of the plane was the tail."

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Security services ‘foil plot to kill Berezovsky at the London Hilton’ July 18 2007




Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor

Boris Berezovsky fled Britain three weeks ago on the advice of Scotland Yard, amid reports that he was the target of an assassination attempt by a suspected Russian hitman.

The exiled tycoon and fierce critic of President Putin of Russia told The Times last night that he had been warned that it was not safe for him to remain in London, where he had been living since being granted asylum in Britain.

“I was informed by Scotland Yard that my life was in danger and they recommended that I leave the country,” he said. “I left three weeks ago but have now returned.”

Mr Berezovsky, a billionaire businessman who has an office in Mayfair and lives at a heavily guarded mansion in Surrey, never moves without a phalanx of bodyguards. He has been the subject of assassination attempts in Russia but this is the first time that he has been targeted in London.

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Derailed: Government's green promises on transport policy July 18 2007



A green transport policy? New figures show how 30 years of failure has put Britain on the road to gridlock and pollution

By Ben Russell, Nigel Morris and James Macintyre

Dramatic new evidence that car travel has become far cheaper while buses and trains have soared in cost led to renewed attacks on Labour's transport policy last night, as MPs said the Government was undermining its own battle against climate change.

According to newly disclosed statistics, the cost of car travel has fallen by 10 per cent over the past 30 years, while the price of bus and train tickets has risen by more than 50 per cent. The respective trends have continued throughout Labour's period in office.

Campaigners warned that the figures, revealed by the Department of Transport in a parliamentary answer yesterday, laid bare the huge disincentive for Britons to choose environmentally friendly forms of travel.

The statistics show that Labour has failed to reverse the long-term trend. Since 1997 when the party came to power, the cost of running a car has fallen by 10 per cent, but the price of bus travel has increased by 13 per cent and train travel has become 6 per cent more expensive. British trains are already among the most expensive in the world, with further above-inflation rises certain in the future.

Over the same period, greenhouse gas emissions have risen in five out of 10 years despite government promises to tackle global warming. Unsurprisingly, over the past 10 years the inexorable rise in car travel has continued, with motorists clocking up almost 400 billion kilometres (270 billion miles) a year.

The statistics, disclosed by the Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick, provoked uproar among politicians of all parties and from environmental groups.

News of the huge rises in public transport costs came amid growing concern that the cost of rail travel is due to increase still further by the end of the year following a series of deals between the Government and train companies. Stagecoach and Arriva are planning fare rises in the East Midlands and Cross Country franchises of 3.4 per cent a year in real terms. Go-Ahead plans to raise fares by 3 per cent a year on the London to Northampton route.

Susan Kramer, the Liberal Democrat transport spokeswoman, who obtained the figures, said: "When we're all concerned about climate change, government strategy that increases the cost of public transport while motoring costs fall is outrageous."

Colin Challen, Labour chairman of the parliamentary all-party group on climate change, accused the Government of being timid in its efforts to cut the rise in car usage. He said the increasing cost of public transport " sends all the wrong signals" to travellers. "We should be prepared to bite the bullet with putting up the costs of driving," he said. "The Government could have done a great deal more. Since the fuel protests in 2000 we have run rather scared of certain lobbies. We really have to face them down."

Peter Ainsworth, the shadow Environment Secretary, said: "This demonstrates how far off-beam the Government's policies are in delivering a low-carbon economy. They give serious cause for concern."

Theresa Villiers, the shadow Transport Secretary, added: "There's a good environmental case for encouraging people out of their cars and on to public transport. The increasing divergence in the cost between the two is not the way to achieve that."

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Ghandi

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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