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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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DonInLondon - ‘Day In The Life’ Truth Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Beautiful World

Truth, that elixir of righteousness, a hard commodity to pin down in our own heads let alone anyone else. How do we define the truth, and is there something in this which is about being right or wrong? So often we have truth in our heads which we know, yet others are unaware of our truth. We choose not to share, never to divulge and never admit to our deep thoughts and feelings. Its our loss when we don’t do this, we put the world on notice, we are in control and we choose to share our truth just enough so you can fit with what we want and what we need.

Powerless Hopelessness

A story written over and over as we refine our gift, our gift of truth to each other. Our darker and deep thoughts, driven by our feelings we cannot reveal, or maybe the loss of power, control and maybe loss of fealty. We don’t wish to let others know what we do, what we aspire to, what we want.

Collectors of Hearts and Minds

If we share enough we beguile and hold others in our sway, our influence on a false premise that we are right to keep safe our truth and not share completely we are undone, as we manipulate. We play the old games we have learned to keep up a brave face, a belief we can be as we are, often duplicitous with no one but ourselves. And the truth is lost as we vouchsafe our affection and love with no one, not even ourselves. We cannot admit to our truth as we are lost in the game and have no recollection why things are the way they are today.

Last Night

A regular at fellowship meetings, I had no clue what to expect at the old curiosity shop, better known to fellowship people like me as the ‘Response Book Shop.’ It always draws me in and I cannot understand why it seems always to turn up odd feelings in me.

Chair

In my fellowship meetings, we have one who comes to share their experience, strength and hope. We listen, we hear a story of life turned upside down and inside out by addiction. We hear the words over and over from each other. We heed what we hear and we know in a day we can forget everything, find ourselves in the mire and in the gutter all over again. That is the power of addiction.

Old Ways

We don’t get converted to Saints in our fellowship, we realise the doors to old times and old behaviour are never firmly shut and locked down. We are like lemmings, ready to head back for more shame and humiliating defeats as we taste the taste of old ways.

And over recent times, I have realised the old ways of life, not unconnected with our worst days of addiction, they don’t go away, they are ready to emerge as if never left behind.

Darker Minds than Me?

There is nothing I don’t know in the dark shadows. The shadows which haunt and keep us locked in denial. The judgment we so readily make on others, we see in them our worst behaviour over the years, either thought or acted out.

Judgment

We need know what we judge, and if we judge what we do not understand our foolish minds deny our discord and our ignorance. And sometimes our ignorance is simply because those we love and may hold close offer half the truth and then hide their shame in angry reposts. How dare I know their deep and their shame, how dare I explain without hindrance the exact nature of their doings. I have undone many a yarn and been left with stark truth, its horror and its beauty.

The Horrible Truth

No wonder we humans, so culpable to lies. So easy to chase the brave face we need to combat others knowing our real truth deep, deep down, only we can admit to in our dreams. And yet we dig into the deep and let it out where we may, and then the world judges what we share.

Denial

A far, far easier route for the deep we cannot reveal. We keep safe duplicity, we portray one way, live another inside where secrets reside and keep our hope alive, that one day we may be free to reveal this awful truth of humanity.

Secrets

I want to tell you a secret.. I have lost my secrets somewhere? I am too kind to reveal yours for you may not like hearing what is revealed behind the mask of fealty. I don’t dig into your deep, as my truth keeps me far away, I see the lies and secrets, and half truths and nothing much beneath beyond that lonely road to hell. Alone in the dark, the heart beats and the mind wonders what if, and maybe I.. ’can I dare tell the truth?’

Right and Wrong

There is no right, there is no wrong in this world? In many ways this is true, as we complicated beings see truth inside and not outside, where the world is wrong most of the time, and it is unfair to our fair minds. And we know we are more than all of this, yet we are enslaved and imprisoned in our perceptions and our desires.

Just to be

So often as we run at life in case we miss some element, the darker and more troubling obsessions kick inside and want their head. And some like me are better in oblivion as life offers little to make good the injustice in this world. Or so I thought.
Right And Wrong

Of course there is right and wrong, yet, what is right for you is wrong for me. I need not trouble your mind with my judgment and worse make you my unhappy friend in deeds kept secret from the outer world.

Be Free

We need find a path of uncertain steps, revealing more with optimistic gaze and sober heads. Secrets keep us sick and unattractive to our fellows, and we forgive them all or we learn nothing but to hate this life, this very short life.

As I sat and listened and listened more, I accept my learners craft of ignorance and simplicity. Keep no secrets from those we love, and maybe we love humanity.. And still denials follow as hard words of truth may rasp and cut so deep we need never hear them ever again.

Love

And love is prime, in our gift to all we encounter, best shared in truth and not in the deep of secret trysts within. Or we may find our love decay and never see the light as our fear hides our truth.

There is no right to wrong, and no wrong can be made good as secrets hold us to account and our silence screams inside, and no voice to speak.




September 23rd 2006

Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac

Yes Autumn is here and people have been coughing and snuffling around me, and yes thanks I have a cold too. And it really does impact without anything to combat it like a nice big toddy! It might have no impact on the germs, but it knocks out a persons head so we don’t mind so much. Oh Well

"I cant help about the shape Im in
I cant sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
But dont ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Oh well"

Seems to me some things are beyond our power to control or influence. Just like old King Canute, trying to prove to the world that a title and status has as much influence over nature as a speck of dust. Nature rolls on where it will. And we roll along with it and have our lot.

Not bad or good, we just roll with hard knocks and softer moments as nature affords us. I was idle last night after coming back from my daily fellowship meeting, as the sore throat and cold are percolating nicely inside me. A really good evening in some ways hearing a new share, seeing an old mate who’s been working in Italy for a couple of years…

I hope I get my act together this morning and make it to the early meeting, I need to keep moving, as everything has seized up. It is dreadful and all my blood sugars are potty as well. Still had a load of vitamin C in two pills to help and an ibuprofen for the pain, plus some insulin to keep the sugar level down. Its 10.4! Not so good.

Old times and New Times

In olden days this was a recipe for plenty of drink and a day in bed. Today its different. I know I need to keep fluids up with water, keep ventilated and do good things rather bad things. Its just what ordinary people do, and I am becoming ordinary!

When "they" said that I was on the road, following a programme back to life, the fellowship being a "bridge to modern living". I had no idea I had to be build the blasted bridge as well. Smiles here I have come back from a turgid existence to get this far, and that certainly has a miraculous feel to it.

Paxman and God

Paxman was on Newsnight late, with a bloke called Professor Dawkins last night talking about God and whether he is real or not. It was interesting to me as my fellowship is quite integrated with spiritual enlightenment. And it was good to hear a spiritual person sharing in their disbelief in God, a professor no less, the Dawkins chap.

Anyways

For me, the professor sort of summed up my feelings, that being the Einstein theory of purpose behind the Universe. There is a purpose and a sort of spiritual connection we have with nature which is not about there being a God at all. But we need not disprove or prove it. We will find out soon enough.

And the good news about this? Is we need not debate whether there is one or not, as mankind has conscience. That is a conscience to determine the good in life and nature and what we may do as a consequence of "good conscience".

Seems pretty ok to me

So we can believe if we find it helps us find context and meaning to our lives, and we can be disbelieving and still have our spiritual experience as determined by the ancient texts and teachings of all major religions. And we cannot act in bad faith with our good conscience and feel we can get away with it. And wrong doing is not then judged by something we believe in, it is judged by our peers, right here and right now. And that’s all to the good, because all those who would cause mayhem and war, they cannot be made whole or forgiven by something we cannot see, they answer to us and history. A jolly good thing. And this applies to me too.

This helps me and my confidence in the rightness of my spiritual path, the connection to this life and today. It helps me gain confidence in all my activities, keeps me working on my esteem and redemption to an extent. Its all about now. This day and this moment, and making good choices.

So I choose to work with known abilities and capacity, and be confident in doing the right thing!

"Now, when I talked to God I knew he’d understand
He said, stick by my side and Ill be your guiding hand
But don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Oh well"

As Paxman, Fleetwood Mac and the honourable Professor might surmise or not. Its what we do, and how we do it, it is a faith thing in good conscience, our spirit of right which moves us along. And as for the "God of our understanding", should there be that personal connection? It needs no debate to make this world work, it needs good conscience and being held to account for the consequences of what we do. And the judgment determined in good conscience of mankind, in the here and now which holds us to account. Any life beyond this one is ethereal and metaphysic, a constant wondering in a fearful soul, and most likely one with something to hide.

So esteem and confidence come from our account to the good, and working with what we have, as in my case somewhat diminished and full of cold this chilly Saturday morning…

As for me, I’ll get up, and travel a well worn path to a meeting and see I keep connected to the here and now, as is our only need. Sometimes as hard to do as breathing, and that can be as difficult as anything we encounter in life.

Acceptance is the key…

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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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