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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 21 2007 ‘Day In the Life’

Reflections and Outlooks - Good For A Day!

The words of a song, "don’t go changing to try and please me." They just popped into my mind. I realise for many years I was forever changing to please someone and most often it was not me. So why today? Today has been a day of sitting with feelings and memories and knowing the changes of the last few months have been quite beyond anyone’s power to keep us from hurt and grief. When we lose a person suddenly and still want them here and a part of life, its hard to come to terms with life as life is, without them.

Fellowship

My fellowship, AA, alcoholics Anonymous has helped me prepare for most of life on a day to day basis, and keep me from harms way, that is self harm with drink, self harm with depression I cannot shift and self pity, which comes hand in hand with grief. Self Pity for the right reasons and for long enough to let go the burden of sadness is truly necessary and we need not suppress it or we live with its pain inside us for years on end. There is always a caveat with emotional shifts we can have. We are merely chemistry after all, and some impacts of life and living mean some of us have clinical conditions of depression. These are stubborn and persistent states of being, and need medical help to improve brain function to a place determined as a normal state of being.

I do mention with great care clinical conditions because most people with them including me often fall into the denial of stopping medical support and stopping medication because its deemed a failure by others who don’t have clinical conditions. So even in this world of fellowship some are foolhardy throw away best medical practice and suffer badly as a result of wanting and pretending to be ok.

Denial

So helpful our denial, we need to know what we are denying. Medical help is a pre requisite of mental well being when our chemistry is lacking essential and absolutely necessary medications to get to a place where others experience normality.

The quest to be ordinary

Some of us have tried the "no intervention" route with clinical conditions only to find we are back in the mire of dark and black moods we have no way to shift without this simple help. And why? Because of prejudice we have about ourselves about our mental health, and others, usually zealots and throwbacks to times past suggest the only way is their purist way to hell.

Listening to some who throw away medical support and help, we can hear them becoming more and more obsessed as time drives them into the dark pit of depressive behaviour and worse, thinking patterns which harm and then self harm is inevitable. Where we hear loss of self esteem and sometimes oppressive views about themselves and their validation is to argue and argue for their own sanity, they are indeed in need of help.

I am one of them, and have done self harm to deaths door too often to realise the futility of tokenism and blather which comes with these territories of mental perfectionism. Medical expertise can give us the key to normality. And it merely feels awkward because its just plain ordinary and not the helter-skelter of manic conditions untreated as we get high and low on our own chemical catastrophe, without any help from booze of pills. I have done this for decades in the past and it was not good.

I take best medical advice these days and don’t give a thought to ascetic types steadfast in their glory of recovery knowledge as useful to well being as any crackpot notion supplied by the medicine men with the alchemy of belief ringing in their egoistic heads. Mind you faith and belief are key in any scenarios, which is why we get hoodwinked so often by those with recovery and serenity espoused and not often experienced. I have heard them called fuckwits by some…

Back to Today

And today has been all about recovery from life events and grief we need work through what we can. Memories and good times, moments and recollections can be so very difficult. We work as we may. I know all family close are as may be and living as can be and that friends and fellows are as they will be. Some up some down, most following good emotional paths as they can, and most I know like me taking their necessary medications, which keep them and me near normal as normal can be.

I also know there is a regime change I am to start, which make for difficult times and emotional upheaval. As if I have not had enough already these last few weeks, I am best to take advice on these next steps. And better able to assess what is good for me with consultation and not ‘brave facing’ as some still do. You may detect some quite difficult feelings of imploring others to do what is suggested not only from those with wisdom in fellowship, but those with wisdom from medical sources as well. Or indeed the game of life is terror rather than normality. I speak as one converted to pragmatic views and being whole rather than incomplete and unable to face life as life is, has been near ended too many times by my bravery and fear. Courage and faith replace fear and bravery with help and support. Simple stupid, I was stupid and the answers were simple.

So I have dug out some words from last year at this time. They feel angry words and reflect my feelings about life and how I was treated badly because I was so ill and unable to fend for myself. And still I detect bothersome warning signs that my outlook is robust and still quite thin as it goes just now.

In all I am ok with where my ‘normal’ is today, and understand most of life again. It’s a road so sorry and sad, when alone we try so hard to be what we can and what others prefer us to be. We all need help along the way. And there are no standard answers as life is never quite the same from day to day.

Ok for today, just for this day. Fra Giovanni from half a millennia ago, his words and my friendships suit me today, for those loved and lost as friends and lovers over the years. For those loved and still very much alive although estranged. And for everyone I meet and can share time be myself as you are yourself, I salute you with love…

"Letter to a Friend"

I salute you…

I am your friend and my love for you goes deep.

There is nothing I can give you which you have not got.

But there is much, very much, that while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.
Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instance.

Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.

Take joy!

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty . . . that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Courage then to claim it, that is all! . . .

And so I greet you, with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

"Letter to a Friend" by Fra Giovanni, 1513




July 21 2006

Good Intentions - Hell on Earth

"Merely intending to do good, without actually doing it, is of no value"

We all get confused with life, with ourselves, our needs and desires. We get confused by our family and friends, and we may be full of good intentions. Sometimes though, with everyone’s best interest we move towards our own hell on earth, merely by being ourselves. We may heed our good conscience and good intent, and we may create havoc along the way. Sometimes we need find another road and make good intent, our actions and reality. For indeed we do not go out to harm or put ourselves or others in harms way.

We learn these lessons and mistakes over and over, and we get better at spotting our errors of thinking, and make good feeling when we honour commitments we have and natural endings in matters which require ends. Equality and opportunity need be our principle and we are best involved when we are equal to our opportunities. And ensure inequality as it emerges is undone.

Situations and life change and we make good our living when we keep an even course and open and honest living. How else can we live? Well can always stay on our road of good intentions and arrive where we most fear its end. Best change track and road and get back to our principles and values, and keep safe with ourselves and others along the way.

Live Now

The past is history, so let it go. The future is a mystery, so let it come. The present is this moment now - a gift. To be truly in the present today, it is useful to release all your fears (based on the past) and your worries (imagined futures) - this is the work of someone who truly wants to awaken, and break free from the anchors and burdens of dead yesterdays and speculative tomorrows. It begins simply - with awareness. See your fears, see your worries, look at them in the face, watch them come and go. Treat them like your children on their way out to play. Let them go. Be here now they say, easier said than done, I hear you say. But no one can stop us,

except for ourselves. There is only now - even if you are in planning mode, stay in the present as you plan tomorrow, it's when we drift into tomorrow with our imagination that we succumb to a lazy avoidance of this moment.

Betrayal Truth Forgiveness

That touch as ego drifts to living hell

As if by magic made, I am reminded in my fellowship why Tuesday's touch was as profound, and betrayal is not my way. Even when I am alone, its my betrayal of me. Early morning hours become my favourite times for listening to my world, when the quiet of the night stirs me to conscious contact with
my good conscience. Good conscience, that part of us which connects to a power greater than me, where the drift to ego is lost to truth and open hearts wash their souls, and find forgiveness.

My early morning hours as fellowship brings the gifts others face and the key to living well. A time to reflect on good conscience and conduct I would live. And recall stories where others failed to heed and then find nightmares wake them from awkward tiresome slumbers bedecked with misery. Betrayal must be the key to breaking hearts.

Hearing hearts break, its never going to make us feel so bad again, for that first break mended, scars our innocence and keeps us prisoner from love. And the misery and grief as sharp breath, gasps, predicates a telling moment where all is lost and broken and we know. A moment has turned love sweet to bitter in our mind, pain surges through every part of our being and we see our lovers trail to hell, and ours. Betrayal stalks with hunters eye and kills love stone dead and denial makes that drift to ego’s deep.

Ego’s drift, our gift to keep us mad and madder than we might at first surmise as guilt of others permeates and fills our hearts and minds. Ego’s drift to guilt, defiance leads our steady progress to insanity. And all the time the guilty walk free as we in prison hold our guilt and shame as wreckage, we can hold inside and do the same as we have felt. We learn so well. We might wonder at our passion spent and growing in another way, to find revenge and make escape to happier moments, yet that prison guards us well.

And in my fellowship we learn how to let our feelings go. And make redemptions road. But others might find the key to ego’s drift again, as they pull us back from where we came and make the journey back to hell. Betrayal knocks again. And it was like this again in fellowship, we hear so many stories of others journeying and making good their lives. And then we hear with
clearer minds how others are sucked back into that mire.

As we learn to make life work again, we confess all we can recall and offer our sincere and heartfelt sorrow for how we were and how we may conduct ourselves. Making good from insanity. We know this road is our way out and its got to be our best of routes to find redemption in the day. In contrition and good conscience how we might make good our conduct, behaving well for you and me. And it is more than this in our new way, to make good on old wounds of time. We feel the pain forever more unless we move to our good conscience and far away from ego’s drift. Betrayal is found along the way.

And as we journey, it seems we all discover our conduct is not as bad as we might seem to think or feel. Our madness was inspired and led by our insanity and fuelled by anything we found to fix the gap inside our souls where love was lost.

If we understand our plight we see how forgiving we can be. Simply if we are able as our new world offers to see the harm done in our own history, we find forgiveness in our hearts for others who may do us wrong. The wrong we feel as others betray is as harsh and harsher now we understand our own. And our views can harden in two ways, we lose our understanding of the human heart, or we understand the path we tread is simply ordinary life.

Its really easy as we get to understand and deal with our demons, the hurt the pain and suffering felt. And if we understand our own and find a new way to live, we can be over sensitive to how others treat us. We can become full of deep and unyielding judgment when others hurt and betray us. Or we can forgive our own conduct and keep ourselves safe as others learn their path.

Betrayal still hurts us deep. And we need be mindful when we are hurt so bad our broken feelings don’t lurch to passions and hate and revenge. We need to be open to forgiving our part in all we touch, and touch the hearts still learning how to be all they can in their own good conscience.

Our journey is our own, and others who journey along are learning too how they may hurt themselves and us too. We don’t realise just how deep betrayal cuts us. What a nightmare betrayal is, when trust is abused and lost. Manipulation complete as betrayal shows us the truth of you and me.

I listened and heard and understood the betrayal shared in fellowship, and realised the deep of hurts felt as trust and love is lost. For indeed forgiveness does not turn back the clock and we are human and need protect our vulnerable inner selves. As trust is broken as hearts are torn, then we learn to move along, hoping for repair in our journey and living.

Our choices when betrayal happens is really what we might decide in that horrid moment when all is lost, and we discard the betrayer in their guilt. Or we may wait and see what might happen if we have a mind so strong to understand what happened and why betrayal came our way. And we need to work our feelings out, and we need to make our decisions on what we know of how things are, and not what we imagined they might be. Our hearts and minds are stung with grief, not the time for deep, for we need to protect and find a place to mend ourselves. And we are best supported when catastrophe strikes.

And we see reality screams the truth we knew. And our forgiving of ourselves led to forgiveness and acceptance of something we knew we could not tolerate unless our guilt and shame were strong enough to mediate our pain. We put ourselves in jeopardy as we might when shame is still inside, and let our devil sit with us, and then betray our trust. Our judgment shatters as we look at every element we recall and see our folly is loss of truth along the way. And merely joined in what we knew to be false as denial made possible in our journey to redemption, made our open hearts vulnerable to all and every shysters medicine. That which seemed to be that elixir of life itself, love was merely in the mind of ego and drifting in shallow seeds of time where nothing roots to last. And in my fellowship where so tortured we can see the will of us, and others who will masquerade their love, and hold us ransom to loves truth, we can be betrayed as surely as we did ourselves.

And then we see as we unfold this mystery of living that they did not mean to leave our broken hearts beyond repair, or did they? We need remind ourselves as we are redeeming our good living that others are not so well endowed in their good conscience, that they are still in ego’s drift and deserve our absence more than our presence to endure their torture of us for evermore. We need remind ourselves as wisdom grows we need not join the madness all over again and leave ourselves dashed to rocks where we shackle our love and drown as tides of torment cover our fate. For fatefully we may choose to leave that torment far behind.

We need our good conscience to be our guide and surmise what we may do to live well again. Indeed we will experience betrayal as it is part of living and learning how we behave. And we may decide how we behave and know we cannot change another in any way to our view and good conscience. It is our own good conscience we might keep and not be held to ransom of another’s drift into ego's deep. We can keep ourselves safe and know our hurt and let it out. We need not be a prisoner of old times or new lovers conduct we will not accept for ourselves.

Indeed it seems our path does narrow our options to the good when we learn what our good conscience offers. And then our living grows beyond our wildest dreams. If we slip to ego’s drift and let ourselves be washed in others grim truth, the reaper calls and sits in shadows waiting for our madness to grow and return us to insanity. And then, in revenge we plunge our grim judgment as a dagger into the miscreant who is only just close to conscience good, or not as others might discover when they are let go. As we surely must accept our part and culpability in our life. We need not extend our travels in confluence like rivers in turbulent speed set on course for living hell and hellish times where promises and love are false to us. We return our falseness in our fear of loss so driven to insanity, the reaper is there and collects our bounty in our living so, if we are so fearful and lost to love.

Our braver route to let them go, the betrayers of our hearts content, and maybe they will learn the path to their good conscience, I may never know. Except this. They learned how to run from me, and let me find my truth and live honestly in other company more like minded and on a route to peaceful harmony. And remind myself I am as guilty charged and have the wounds of time in me. I do judge you definitely. Yet I know the truth is changing as we speak, for in small ways we learn, that we are all able to betray a love so deep, when we are mad as hell and insanity our master.

I guess the way forward in all we learn, that we may keep others close to us as patterns change and conduct more becoming to their good conscience keeps them safe as well. And learning is our human way and redemption is open to everyone, everyone deserves their chance, maybe, but not with us this day.

And redemption is for others company and not mine, always we find this telling moment where we let them go or stay. And same for me along the way as others judged me rightly, and cast me off to find my good conscience along this lifetimes path. We need not be every element of life or we find ourselves unequal in our living, we are sinners too. And as we sin, yes we do, we need remind ourselves others to need find their own forgiveness in their future conduct, but in between, just go with dark and darken someone else’s door, not mine. You might notice I slip from senses and person third to first. My intent is quite determined and clear to me. Its simply that this applies to me and everyone. For we are human, as human beings can be..

And although the betrayal I listened to was there, it made realise as evermore to share these shallow ways to hell's deep. We all are culpable, and outcomes differ as we understand the completeness of living love and loving others is never easy or straightforward. And if we came to this world perfect as we might wish, then there is no point to living at all. And in living we connect our spiritual and emotional selves to life and good conscience. And we are allowed to disconnect from those who are too far away from our path. We need let them go on their own road of discovery. We are gifted with equality as well as judgment for ourselves and how we conduct our lives. We don’t need to conduct our lives in betrayals of principles or values we learn to live and others don’t. We don’t need that shit, and we need decide where we are with that as we go. Compromise is key to understanding our humanity, and acceptance of reality helps deal with our world. Sometimes the truth takes time to percolate through our igneous rocks of denial, and hurts are inevitable.

Outcomes are best considered, and then, with good conscience as our guide, with the sure knowledge that but the for the grace of our good conscience we walk that path too.

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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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Blair aide's wife attacks police for 'Gestapo' tactics July 22 2007




· Anger at cash-for-honours tactics

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The wife of Downing Street's former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, has lifted the lid on the private fury felt by Tony Blair's inner circle over the cash-for-peerages inquiry, accusing the police of 'Gestapo tactics'.

In a remarkable intervention, which contrasts with the measured language of the former Prime Minister, Sarah Helm singled out a dawn raid on the former Number 10 aide Ruth Turner as a sign of police heavy-handedness.

Helm, a journalist and author, writes in today's Observer: 'I know one shouldn't make these comparisons, but I was writing about Nazi Germany right then and I couldn't help think: Gestapo tactics! Pick on the vulnerable, preferably a single woman, living alone. No matter that you may have nothing on her that will ultimately stand up in court - give her a scare.'

It was widely known in Whitehall that the raid on Turner deeply upset Blair and Powell. Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper, Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer. Then there was a tip-off to the press.'

Yates, who led the inquiry, has strongly denied any police leaks and insisted that his officers were merely doing their duty. Despite the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to press charges, he has received public backing for how he ran the investigation from the CPS and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Sir Ian said on Friday that he had 'always been satisfied' with the way the inquiry was being handled.

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POLICE investigating the cash for honours scandal seized evidence that Downing Street had plotted to hand peerages to eight of the 12 businessmen who had bankrolled Labour’s 2005 election campaign.

A draft honours list, drawn up in September 2005, showed that the plan to offer peerages to businessmen who had loaned Labour millions of pounds had involved twice as many lenders as previously disclosed.

Scotland Yard discovered that every Labour lender who was eligible for a seat in the House of Lords was initially nominated in lists compiled for Tony Blair by his top aides.

Sir Christopher Evans, the biotechnology entrepreneur, Rod Aldridge, former executive chairman of Capita, Derek Tul-lett, the broker, and Andrew Rosenfeld, chairman of Minerva, were all on an internal Downing Street peerages list. Until now the names of only four lenders – Sir David Garrard, Barry Towns-ley, Chai Patel and Sir Gulam Noon – were known to have been put forward.

The Sunday Times has also discovered that there was a second key piece of evidence – a diary kept by Evans that allegedly details a series of meetings at the House of Lords in 2004 with Lord Levy, Blair’s chief fundraiser, to discuss a peerage.

One well-placed Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) source said the diary was “dynamite” and provided “spectacular” evidence of an alleged “agreement” for Evans to be ennobled in return for a £1m loan.

Evans’s name was removed from the honours list after Downing Street discovered that his company was the subject of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

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Fat: a middle-class issue July 22 2007



Unprecedented study by Great Ormond Street Hospital says mothers who work risk their children becoming overweight

By Roger Dobson and Susie Mesure

Middle-class mothers who work long hours increase the risk of their offspring being overweight or obese, according to an astonishing new study.

Research revealed by The Independent on Sunday for the first time will turn perceived wisdom on its head with the revelation that the nation's higher-paid working mothers bear much of the responsibility for the country's ticking obesity time bomb, and not the poorer working-class families who are usually blamed.

More shockingly, the risk of childhood obesity soars in direct correlation with family income. Children in families where household income is greater than £33,000 are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese than youngsters from families with the lowest incomes, the new study shows. And in higher income households, the longer a mother worked each week, the greater the risk of the child being overweight.

"Long hours of maternal employment, rather than lack of money, may impede young children's access to healthy foods and physical activity," say the researchers from the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh), writing in the International Journal of Obesity this week.

Children from families with incomes of £22,000 to £33,000 were 10 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese than children from families in the lowest income group, the study found. "For every 10 hours a mother worked, children from households with an annual income of £22,000 or higher were more likely to be overweight than children from the lowest income group," researchers wrote.

Where the annual income was £33,000 or more, children from those households were 15 per cent more likely to be overweight than children from the lowest income group.

Compounding the misery for working mothers, the study found that children's weight problems got worse if mothers relied on a nanny to hold the fort while they pursued their careers. Children in childcare are 24 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese than children cared for by their mother or her partner.

The UCL/Gosh research links the explosion in childhood obesity with the rise in women going out to work, particularly those with young children. In 1984, 27 per cent of women with children under five in the UK were employed, while in 2004, 59 per cent of married or cohabiting women and 34 per cent of lone parents were employed. No link was found between the hours worked by the father or partner and weight problems.

The findings have dismayed health experts. Dr Susan Jebb, head of nutrition and health at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research, said: "Obesity is something that affects middle-class families as well, and that's important because many people take it to be an issue which only affects low-income groups and it is absolutely not the case. This is a wake-up call for middle-class families and it will hopefully get them to engage with the problem."

Dr Colin Waine, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: "I do not wish to condemn these women but I do think the priority has to be the health of the child and its continued health into adulthood. We are in danger of raising a generation of young people with a much shorter life expectancy than previous generations."

He warned: "If women are going back to work early after having children they are unlikely to be breast-feeding up to the recommended six months and the babies will go on to formula milk. If women are working there will be less time for food preparation and more resorting to convenience food. The types of food children are snacking on are going to be energy-dense and there will be more sedentary hours than activity hours."

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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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