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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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October 5 2007

DonInLondon - ‘Day In the Life’ Big Life Is Best

Big Life

We do get a bigger life in recovery from any addiction. From the small world we found, isolated and unable to step out the front door, to simply walking freely on this earth. In many parts of the world, the big life offers great opportunity, with experience and hope, and having got the strength back to be a part of life, life is just ok today.

As happens when we put our views and thoughts out into the world, we find some will appreciate us and some will not. This is the nature of the world, we are all free to make choices, develop our outlooks and move along in the world as we may.

Tread Soft

Indeed we do need to tread soft, as others will feel our weight on their toes and they may retaliate when provoked.

Opinion

Opinion spoken as truth is not useful or truthful. To have an opinion on our own living is pretty good I feel, to have opinion and impose it on others feels dead wrong for me. And that is merely my opinion.

Fear

To utilise another’s fear of life, to hold them and push them down under the weight of opinion, well we can try it and hopefully we learn it does not work, as those who may fear find ways to abrogate that futile push to control and power.

Big Life

Big life for me these days is just being the equal of anyone and everyone, no bigger or smaller. We have our part to play, and we are best served being open, honest and willing.

When a person tries impose rules which do not exist, except in the mind of those who would control, it useless to try persuade them to another point of view. And actually its not my job either.

As to me and recovery..

Recovery is about freedom, of choice, of outlook and how to behave with due care for myself and others I encounter.

In the last few hours very unpleasant threats have been made towards me. I pass them on to those who may deal with them, it is after all society who say what we may and may not do, not individuals with a particular outlook.

Alcoholics Anonymous

It is a fellowship, it has no hierarchy, it does not tell people what to do. It offers sanctuary to discover truth about our physical, emotional and spiritual condition. And a way to live life in an open honest and willing manner.

As time goes by the truth of life comes along and is plain can be. We need no direction or imposition to make us a certain way or genuflect to another’s point of view. We get our senses back in recovery and find a gentle path, or we end up in wars of no consequence. We can see this in the big world today.

For those who would reject my outlook I am happy for you to have your own outlook. I respect yours and have no reason to interfere with just and honest endeavour. Leave me and my recovery to my own sensibilities and that of those who live a quiet big life, happy to help, happy to support anyone wanting recovery their own way. It need not be our outlook it is absolutely about choice and well being. A caveat is always there and that is to respect diversity, not to undermine others in their senses and choices.

Diversity

AA is diverse, it has no barriers to being in its fellowship, it has no rules to make a fellow do anything. It has suggestions as written in the authorised and public papers available to anyone. As to private missives, they hold no sway or authority in AA, or they break a trust the founders made with God Almighty.

God Made Man and Man Made God

There are billions of people on this planet and they all have a point of view, have choices to faith and spiritual connection. I am not here to judge anyone. We find our path as life, experience and hope teaches.




October 5th 2006 [ all about last year ]

It Takes a While to Pull Ourselves Together

Yes the old phrase, "why can’t you just pull yourself together". And "all you need is a kick up the bum". All that useful twaddle others throw our way in early days of recovering from any significant malady.

Rehabilitation of a lifetime! This is our day at a time programme of living. No doubt the more obvious ailments get better treated? I doubt it. The world turns and minds move on as we move along at the right pace to suit us in our endeavours.

Indeed KT you are successful for each day at a time, as I am too. And we know as most in recovery do too, the days which go by with happiness and the days which go by with torment so deep, those days are the longest days. So we move along with a bit of verve sometimes and other days with grit and determination, not wilful, just as we do, at our pace and speedily when we can. That’s human and normal.

Our action centred programme requires deliberate responsive action, and less of a reaction with a mind set to right our world, just a mind and a world to live in and inhabit. To experience it, real as it is and without any filters we might have used to deny our part in it.

Overall a great Day?

Well I am writing this morning now. Reading the words above, it sounds a bit bleak. Last night was a good meeting for me. After a day helping my friend and close confidante with stuff, issues and how to do some practical work, well I was quite worn out. A visit down to see my furry friend in the heart of Chelsea and feed her, the Tiger cat. And then on to a meeting.

Seems my pace had slowed to a crawl yesterday. The exertions of the last few days and trying to ride the bike have caught up. Smiles my whole system seems to have seized up, and my head is like cotton wool! And I slept for four hours again…

All the attempts to do the next right thing it seems need to be tempered and paced. It is a good thing to try and be normal and be fully engaged in living. But the consequences, goodness me I am completely shattered by normal.

Lessons learned, to pace myself, to be aware yet again, that being up to the challenge and what can be done as anyone else’s normal puts me at a disadvantage overall. Indeedy I am not the man I used to be.

Improved in some elements of emotional and mental acuity to rise to the challenge and then today, feelings and thoughts are as sluggish can be. Physically the limits are made for me now, as every part of me complains. Another learning, one which must be heeded or there is no balance between the days. Pain medication goes only so far.

My meeting

Well yesterday evening I was fine and my head seemed a little tired. Numb might be best to describe it. And sensitivity was impaired.

We had newcomers and old timers and a great share I enjoyed all about experience, strength and hope. And there is much in this world which offers us despair as some work with great issues of our time to do with aid and help across the world. And others involved in caring for their families and their nearest who need support and nursing.

Seems we do get back to normal life with a passion and great compassion for our fellows everywhere, at home and abroad. And we care deeply. To the point where we recognise our powerlessness in many respects and the grief we endure as we care for anyone and everyone, and get worn out by endeavours.

Working hard to recover and put back all we may to as great an extent as we can muster causes us much grief as well as joy when we make a difference. When we cannot make a difference we are challenged in our acceptance of our limits and people we care for cannot be made whole again. It is a hard road, acceptance of reality and our equal part in living, no bigger or smaller than anyone else. And our ego’s or confidence can be knocked to bits when our ability to help yields little success, Being human can be a real bummer!

Anyways

All the lessons learned I must reflect, and accept with some inner peace I did much to help, and in one case maybe could have done more, had my mind been sharper and more able. This thing of being human, and seeing our limits makes us more able to accept, but it does not take the sting out of grief, when our capacities to make another’s world work for them are not good enough to make a difference. Rightsizing is not always what we may wish as we might wish our power greater than it really is, merely human size..

Acceptance can be our reluctant key to living.

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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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