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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 - ‘Day In the Life’ All About Recovery

Seems a theme for me today. All about living and doing and being a part of life. We make our way as time enables. Today has felt good. At last a date for my belongings to be delivered. That is my furniture and bits and pieces which have been in store. Lost and found at last, and I am very pleased. Its been a wait but I realised I might just wait and see. Trying to speed up the process would have yielded nothing and so I have been happy to be patient.

Being patient and knowing what is, and what is not possible feels very right these days. I am not passive about life, as life is about being active and out in it and not necessarily watching it!

Photo’s, a passion of mine over the years and never able to manage to find a way to develop my interest till now. And I have fun just trying and having something I really enjoy. A far cry from the last decade trying to understand my maladies..

We get there in the end or die in the process, so the last few years has been all about finding out about me and my outlook. As you know if you are a regular here, life has been a struggle from nothing to having a life back.

There are constraints a plenty, and that’s ok. I am not unscathed as life has dealt some fairly hard knocks along the way, and maybe I now see my part in all matters and those of others. A forgiving process. And a worthwhile one.

Tonight has been good, I went out as usual to a meeting of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous. it’s a bit like the old Mars slogan, ‘a meeting a day, helps you work rest and play.’ and whilst the Mars slogan has bitten the dust as it cannot be proven, I cannot say that AA will help you work rest and play either.

I may speak for me.

AA ‘A Cult’

Its not unusual to hear this or read it especially on my you tube site. I like AA and some people don’t. a sad fact and worthy of scrutiny. As some people in AA can be very single minded in their outlook, so too in any fellowship, then the label of cult comes along.

As I don’t get the cult bit yet, and have not been converted into anything but a sober person, I am happy with Alcoholics Anonymous.

AA has no leaders, has no right to make you anything, offers fellowship and a way out of a bind no rational person would ever want, that is to be an addict.

AA simply is what you make of it and living your life. As to it being a cult, if it keeps you sober to say so, then go ahead. As for me and the fellowship, I live sobriety and find meetings keep me on track. What better reason than that to be in it?

As for anyone else, it’s a matter of personal choice. If AA does not suit, there is plenty of help elsewhere. A disease which kills once its got a grip, I am a fervent fan of recovery, and AA helps me find sanity just for today, and that is good enough for me.

As to statistics and AA.. As a fellowship it does not monitor anything or really know who is in it or out of it, there are no records, no secret bits to AA so far as I have found.

The point is we are only as good as we are on any particular day. So the fellowship is just humans doing their best, we learn as we go, and have no way to fix a person, we just learn our own path. More another day…




September 19th 2006 [ all about last year]

Looking After Number One

A friend of mine shared about their sad news last night. I am relieved they have, its not good to sit on that type of information too long, even though its never a good time to share it. I know it was burning a hole in my well being and not being able to do anything more until they were ready to share it. Now they are able to let others help as they may. And its a learning lesson for me too...

You know, all my life I have been at fault in this very basic element of living. For some reason which is stuck in my dim dark past, is something which has always made me put others first. It may not seem like it in recent years, but overall the truth is for most my life this has been me.

And of course wanting to be a helpful person, I do stretch myself in all directions. And now I feel the price paid. And this instance my physical well being is being compromised, A simple task involving helping others. And its consequences on me. I have to learn to deal with some realities. If I push myself too hard, I break down. In this case its not too drastic, but the penalties for doing too much are with me today.

Simply, going to a meeting and helping by putting out chairs and after a meeting helping put them away. Now this morning my body is complaining at me. And my back and feet are letting me know I went too far. Diabetic neuropathy medication, only goes so far, it does not work if I do too much:

"Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, have damage to nerves throughout the body. Neuropathies lead to numbness and sometimes pain and weakness in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Problems may also occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but the longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk.

An estimated 50 percent of those with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy also appears to be more common in people who have had problems controlling their blood glucose levels, in those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure, in overweight people, and in people over the age of 40. The most common type is peripheral neuropathy, also called distal symmetric neuropathy, which affects the arms and legs."

So, it is a simple learning for me. Don’t push myself too far or the consequences are more than my enthusiasm to be helpful. When will I learn? By getting others to help me and make sure I let them know what I can do and what I cannot do. It is a real pain, not only in my body, but in my mind. I like to be involved and helpful, I need to learn to pace what I do and not be afraid to say no to some things and yes to others!

I am to make tea at a fellowship meeting, I guess I can do this, maybe I just need to pace myself as best I can. At the same time I need be careful with the amount of physical labour I may do, and consequences are always there from here on in. Consequences I need not elaborate further right now, there will be time enough for that.

A hard learning for me, my new yes is to say no, with good reason and with a gentle voice. I may look right, and seem alright, I am not unfortunately and that is just how it is…

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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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