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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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September 15 2007

DonInLondon - ‘Day In the Life’ Life Is As It May Be

Or as the song goes - Let It Be

Yes it does feel like this today, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And being me I do feel better informed and therefore free. Another song from my past is Silence is Golden, yet silence says so much, we can conjure up imagined scenarios, far off the mark.

This is how some things play out. We get something completely off the mark and then find that all is well and we need not be worried about people places and things.

Truth is a strange commodity, when shared it informs and relaxes our sensibilities, and as always truth does set us free.

I was ambling along last night and doing a video for you tube, all about how the AA programme works, which accompanies this piece of my day.

Seems good to be informed and now a misunderstanding feels less vague, less unclear. And as my outlook has not really deviated too much from the path of living as best one can, then all is well this morning.

Deluded

I can be deluded and easily fall into the trap of imaginings. And yet my imaginings have not been far out. And so it feels ok today to be better equipped with truth. Silence on some matters will always leave us in the dark and trying to work out what is really going on. This always made me uneasy. And in the past it was something which dragged me down and led to drink. Not so today as truth whatever it may be is far better digested as time modifies our outlook and connections.

I am relieved actually about a situation which was puzzling me. Not so now, and glad to know all is well. This helps me be free and helps make for a calmer outlook.

Enough said for now, more as time allows.




September 15th 2006 [ all about last year]

Balance and Steps to Recovery

In recovery from addiction there is much emphasis on self examination. When we look at the recovery programme I follow most in fellowship, sometimes I feel bogged down and weighed heavy by the past. I don’t know why this is completely, but I am beginning to understand more fully where our fellowship fails to help and sometimes hinders our progress and return to normality.

There is much self examination of our behaviour and conduct day to day. And a lot of the time we can be caught in negativity. We certainly need to examine our route to addiction and make good use of all we discover. And in the process see our errors and put them right as we move on. Sometimes though we are caught in a trap of negative emotions and dwelling deeply on our faults and defects.

We forget there is balance in all our living, and while we may have made big mistakes in our lives, we learn from them and how to move on. We can make good our journey in living. We need not be held to account day after day and year after year.

Steps to recovery is a day by day gradual process. It is not a big leap, a big revelation, just a gradual return to being a human being. Being able to make decisions to the good and equally being able to make mistakes. We learn to be more flexible in our living and we learn to moderate our behaviour to a code of practice we can understand and is to our own good, and the good of our community.

Good working practice, is about action, and responses to our day to day living. A good way to live to our good conscience. It requires self examination, it most often needs context and sharing with another human being, maybe a sponsor of mentor, or partner. And it can be sharing our life in our meetings, where things go to the good, or go off the rails. Its about progress and not perfection.

As we learn to become better in our living and more open, honest and willing, we get free of old fears and old habits. We get more esteem, from learning how to live life. We make mistakes, we fall down, we make our peace with ourselves and those around us. We stand up and get on, we share, we learn, we let go and make space for new opportunities. We know we make our journey more enriching as we go, when we know our code of practice, our way of living, and honour ourselves as we honour our relationships.

We most likely come to realise we are the same as everyone else, as important, and neither bigger or smaller in significance than anyone else. We realise our values to the good are usually shared, and we know others are merely learning too. So we are all imperfect perfect. We are all perfectly able to make our lives work to the good, learning as we go from life. We make mistakes and learn, we gain wisdom and we learn. And we make our way a day at a time.

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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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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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