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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 18 2007

DonInLondon - ‘Day In the Life’ Gentle Changes

Change Is As Good As A Rest

Fast changes and slow changes, often we have no control over what is changing. I guess the last few days has been awful for some saving with the Northern Rock Bank, and the news is good and bad. Good News, savers have their savings underwritten by the government, bad news for shareholders and bank Officers who are in deep trouble.

This has no impact on me directly? Not yet, but I see the warning signs and dark clouds gathering for those with mortgage and investments tied into city business and long term pension investments.

Yesterday My Day and a Meeting

The highlight was spending time with my Sister over supper. And one or two changes for me. I resigned from my service commitment as Tea Boy in the Bolton’s last night. Long overdue and so I have freedom to roam on Mondays, well nearly as I will help out next week!

Our AA meeting, alcoholics anonymous fellowship. Was pretty ok for me, all about step eight in the change process for us recovering people. Eight is making a list of people we need make amends to for our behaviour in the past. I have some yet to make I must confess, there are times of hurtful behaviour to others. Unintended yet done all the same. Willing and ready as usual, that is me. Not to put myself down, to acknowledge to those, my part in all matters where amends are needed. As time and opportunity allows. And where it will cause no further harm…

The truth will out in all matters as long as we live to a code of simple living. Simple makes complicated look easy as honesty and truth are the foundations to build upon.

So hard still to see everything I have done, the truth and the hurt along the way are as immense as they need be for me, and I guess for others. Often though I have found others wanting to own their part in events. I am not the only one who utilised alcohol to make life feel and sometimes be better.

The truth of drink and humans? Sometimes liberates our good nature as much as any darker intents. And of course our morality. We can really learn from living, and theory is not always helpful.

Living sober

It feels better these days and as time moves along even the depressions, as bad as before, well they are not made worse by drink.

Fortitude

A good word, makes me see I can have faith courage and confidence to step along gradually, towards what? It matters not right now, stepping along and being in the journey of life will do fine just now…




September 18th 2006 [ all about last year]

Humility

Is not a dirty word. We don’t really get humility till we understand what humble is too. And some things I do these days help me understand my right size in this world. Right size human being, smiles here, for indeed being right sized is the greatest gift we have.

Right sized is being the equal of everyone and everyone equal to me. What could be better? What might be worse?

It would be worse if I felt less than others. Where fear and circumstances make me feel less than a human being. And it would be worse if I felt in some way superior to other human beings. Being right size helps me free from worry, free from thinking and intellectualising. Being right sized makes me feel worthy of life and whatever my living and my circumstances, I need not feel inferior or superior.

When I feel disquiet, I will find my answer in rightsizing myself. When I am feeling out of sorts, there is really some fear in me I have not identified and resolved. When fear overwhelms me, I need company and fellowship to help guide me on my path, and this will help make my world turn to a beat I can understand.

Humans need contact with humans and their good conscience. We find our salvation in our spiritual experience, where we experience life as it is. Sometimes so intense we can hardly absorb our experience, sometimes joyful beyond our wildest dreams and equally sometimes so sad our grief consumes every fibre we have. This is life as it is and balance finds itself where experience enables. That’s Life..

A good Sunday for me, not as expected or as I might have planned. And in being flexible and sensitive to changes beyond anyone’s control, I adjusted my outlook and let life happen as it will.

We are where we are, to get whatever life offers us, as we are able to feel it or not feel a thing. With luck and wisdom, happenstance enables our journey to continued understanding. Our destination takes us where it will, without hindrance of my will, my experience is far greater than any I may envisage.

Wisdom and acceptance are surely great keys to living. Hard learned lessons from experiences beyond our control and driven as our world turns. We are its equal as we keep our right sized human qualities and let go with humility connect with the moment in mind body and breath.

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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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