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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 - ĎDay in the Lifeí Faith seems to be a Key

Faith Matters

I went to a fellowship meeting last night down at Worlds End Chelsea, the address is on another website. And it was excellent!

All about faith, the way it was interpreted by the chairperson meant it was more to do with human nature than any link to religion.

And faith really is a human quality, not conditional on religious belief. I had to smile as the speaker made no comment on God, or religion in their chair. They were just talking generally about faith.

And this suits me, as faith for me is something we get as we learn, as we change and move along in our living. And sometimes I am sure for many that faith encompasses their religious connection to the God of their choosing.

I will always be a learner when it comes to faith.

As you may recollect I have shared about the twelve steps of AA, the fellowship steps to change our way of living, and get out of addiction. And faith for me comes in the middle of understanding the twelve steps.

Steps of Change

The aim of the fellowship is for people to find themselves all over again as addiction generally robs us of our true identity and then finding our identity in the context of sobriety, is often a slow process. It took me years, and there seem to be no quick fixes, we just learn as we go. Some things happen quickly in the steps. We learn to stop drinking alcohol, which is the primary purpose of the fellowship. Then there is more.

Faith

Seems that faith was always around me, I just did not trust some of the time, regarding my judgment. As it was almost always right for me, the problem with drink was a long time unravelling. I could not believe I was an addict!

So apart from alcohol, I was pretty adept at life. Faith though fits in with some parts of the 12 steps. The sixth and seventh steps for me.

In step six I learned about some traits which were defective when overused, that being: Fear of Life, then putting on a brave face, Bravery to cover up my fear, then Ego, utilising my ego when I had little confidence to speak of..

In the seventh step, I realised that my underutilised Courage, that is courage to see truth, Faith, a belief that I am often in the right place emotionally and Confidence often was undermined by my over use of fear, brave facing and ego. Or sometimes when I challenged authority and others, their outrage made me recoil and in the end it made me sick and then drank more alcohol to deal with pain inside.

It is a bit of a switch around to realise that faith, courage and confidence comes and goes from time to time depending on our outlook and experience.

So in the middle steps of the programme of change in AA, that is our personal recovery journey, when can over use fear, bravery and ego and under use courage faith and confidence as we live.

How odd really to have to spell it out for myself, let alone share my experiences with others.. Just the way it may be today.

A comment made by someone I know, who really does not know me. Suggesting I might be isolating. A real question? Not really as I do have a very full day as a rule. It may be not seeing me makes it seem that way. Or it may seem I am not so communicative these days. The answers are here I guess and the comment often reflects anotherís concern for their own outlook as much as mine. It matters not as conjecture is not really useful much of the time for me. I can imagine why these days without defensive feelings. Glad it is so, just for today.




September 21st 2006

Hit the Road Jack

Or in this case, yes its me, DonInchelsea, I got my bike back, smiles here. Well it was a bit of a do. Having got fired up in my head, I started to backslide quickly. Typical me, a good idea and then I realise I might be pushing myself a bit too far. But heck after a wash and brush up, I got myself down to the bike shop and got a bike pump. And some tools with some 50th birthday money my brother gave me yesterday. Smiles, putting the cash to good use was very appropriate. And my old "dogs are barking today" (my feet hurt like heck!)" itís a neuropathy thing and if I could get my weight off them with the bike then OK, I can get about easier than bus or tube even for where I go.

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like. Mainly to get it back to my place, And so on to my dear old Mumís house, where itĎs stashed. She is pleased to see me, and itís a great to see her. I get the bike out of the old coal hole, a bit rustier and cobwebby, but intact with flat tyres. A bit like me.

So I give it a dust and quick wash, and pump up the tyres. And find my locks and bags and then load it up. Blimey its heavy, I realise as I try to get it up the basement steps, so unload it and then take two trips up. I realise I am weaker than when I got it put away nearly three years back. And I realise I am not a day too soon getting back to exercise. itís a bit humiliating to be weaker than before. So anyways, I set offÖ

I love it straight away, and Iím happy. And off I go straight into the main one way system back up to Earlís Court and where I live. Its great, as traffic backs up, I slip along in between, as I have always done. I ride legal, which is good, I know how I might have been before, but not now. My legs cope and my breath is easy and Iím pedalling like a good un on a mission. Iím home in no time, its great, all the back ways and quick routes for cyclists are there, and itís a piece of cake. And Iím home, and my legs are a bit wobbly. It takes a couple of trips to stow the bike and bags safe in my abode. Blimey, what a brilliant ride.

Sweating a bit I check my blood sugar, Iím a little and shaky which I expected. Oops, blood sugars 4.1, no wonder Iím a bit weird in the head! So I went from sugar levels of 10 to 4.1 in short order. And so luckily I have some lucozade, and then some porridge. And I shut my eyes and wake up a couple of hours later. And check the blood sugar again, and its 6.7 which is near perfect.

I did it! I ache from head to foot, and feel a bit like Iím still trying to ride the bike as I walk across the room, very odd but at least I have the machine. Now what have I learned? That I can, that I need be very, very careful on blood sugars which dropped like a stone! And also my sight is not so good as it was. But what the heck, Iím in one piece and I can, so I can get used to it. I hopeÖ

Now its time to get to a meeting, on the bus as my back is wrecked. Smiles what we do to keep going, huh?

An excellent trip to Fulham

Apart from standing all the way. Anyway we have a great speaker, I donít know they will be, but I connect with their life story and what they share of their experience, strength and hope. And Iím inspired to share my feelings. Not about the bike yet.

What I am learning

That my old fears of life are less than they were. That a drink wonít help me deal with living any better, now more than a couple of years into recovery life is better looking outwards than looking inwards and controlling nothing at all. That this world turns with me in it or not. That I learn more every day about the good of living and the blinking awful of living, and the balance is in there somewhere. That I am powerless over people, places and things. If I go with the flow, and keep myself right sized it all goes along better than if I try control or manipulate a thing.

That We Humans are forgetful of Dangers

I suppose the best is I shared, we are the forgetful people. We forget dangerous things every day and we need be reminded every day what is good for us.

Why does a Buddist spend decades meditating? Why does an athlete practice every day? Why does a philosopher study mankind every day, why does a Bus driver drive their bus more easily every day. Because they all forget as quickly as they learn, and practice makes them remember how to do what they do. There comes a time when they get as good as they can get, on just a particular day.

And itís the same for me in recovery, I get as good at recovery just a day at a time, as my head remembers and my body tells me and my spirit moves me.
And forgetting anything is merely a moment away.

There are no real gifts beyond the ordinary, merely some who practice their arts to best effect, to their capacity in their field of endeavour. Good exemplars yes, Guruís? Well if it helps you to think they are, all well and good.

We are all equal to learning and forgetting on a daily basis, we use it or lose it, smiles, a day at a time. And I have just exemplars, not guruís for me who do their best to remember what works just for today, the only one we have!

We are the equal of the life we have, as the cards are dealt us and as we play them with support and confidence, and for me with fellowship, I make my way to that bridge back to life.

Anyone know a good masseuse? Blimey, my poor old Ďbodí is complaining like mad!

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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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