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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’ How it works

"Is Anonymity a Spiritual Imperative?

No - Truth is a Spiritual Imperative"

Anonymity provides and safe environment to find truth and then develop our spiritual connection to life today, and just for today. The truth will out eventually or be lost as so many remain without. Anonymity has its rightful place in recovery."

How Life Works?

It has been a bit of a trial over recent days. Good conscience need be a good guide to how we live and behave. Trust in our inner compass is always going to challenge behaviour and our overall intent in how we behave and make life work.

Human Condition

The human condition is to learn and learn more, to make life work as it may. As we find our path in living, we need make mistakes, make new beginnings and new ways to make a life work.

And in my case my human condition had a pretty difficult start. A prime reason for understanding how I am where I am today, has been through understanding history, understanding human nature and human nurture. And of course trying to make sense of the way I turned out, so I may make best use of me and my outlook.

Nature and Nurture

We seem to come into this world with capacity to live and do what we may. In species terms, humans are moving at a great pace as our lives and living speeds up, the balance of nature and nurture make modern life as challenging for any species on our planet. We humans are always up against new knowledge, new understandings and new approaches to modern life.

Living beyond our natural boundaries, we get opportunity to live and develop further and understand more. And this does not mean we are always right or live to our principles and values. Principles, the things we have in our conscience, the wisdom of the world we take on board all impact on how we live.

The Gift of Life

Seems like we have a gift, that affords good and less good to downright awful experiences. The balance of this gift is questionable depending on time place and survival. In my case the tinge of nature towards a chemical imbalance in my brain, gave me a less than optimistic outlook, or was that nurture? I don’t know for sure. All I know is we adapt to our environment or we fall out with it and perish or move to new living somehow somewhere.

Gift of sober Living

A part of the gift of sober living is to understand the nature of how anyone can become an addict and fall into the clutches of a life threatening condition. For me it was alcohol and work in the main, a strive to perfectionism from early days to obsession in later life, obsession and fuelled with addictions I burned out somewhere along the way and became a fearful and very broken individual. Sobriety and fellowship put me back together? Or I pout myself back together with the help of fellowship and sobriety? A two way call I feel these days. We need support to make life work. I suspect the gift of powerlessness helped me, and then I got choice back all over again.

Times Present

In present times the gift of sobriety, that emotional and spiritual condition
We are so often trying our very best to make good is always hampered by us humans who often live in ignorance of what we have and what we may do to find wellbeing on a daily basis.

Times Past - Alcoholism

A disease of the feeble minded? Or a disease anyone can end up having as we humans have the free will to try anything or everything. We are often caught out by our iron will, useless in the big picture of development of humans as self will is a prison which welcomes those who achieve greatness and those who have lost their ability to achieve anything. We are all cast from nearly the same mould, not surprising addicts come from every walk of life and creed and background. We are merely human after all.

Are alcoholics better for sobriety or better off dead from ignorance? I have wondered about that for a long time. And the truth of anyone caught in alcoholic ignorance is in danger of dying sooner rather than later.

Choices

Humans make choices, some good some bad. Some choices are dangerous and yet we try our luck, our hand, hoping the benefits of some risks offer better life experiences. As drugs and alcohol offer a panacea for the tormented mind, they eventually torment us much more than living an ordinary, extraordinary life.

Fear and Ignorance

Fear and ignorance keeps us secretive and most often sick.

AA slogan - "We are as sick as our secrets!"

Indeed we are. Yet…

Anonymous

Pragmatic in our fellowship we know that anonymity helps anyone suffering from alcoholism a safe place to discover a way back to ordinary living. We need a place to keep ourselves safe and share our experience strength and hope.

Anonymity on any level can help most people find a place to discover a way through the maze of addiction. Addiction keeps us silent far too long until we are often overwhelmed and die because we don’t seek help until its often too late.

Anonymity

Is sanctuary for most people to find a place to discover how to be sober and make a way back to living as best can be achieved with what we have and our capacities to make life work.

Stigma and Prejudice

So anonymity has a place in the recovery process as we are still living with stigma and prejudice in most societies. And the stigma and prejudice we alcoholics have about ourselves can make us very wary about anyone who talks recovery outside the fellowship of AA.

Quite right!

These days many will have prejudice towards those with addiction issues, and live ruined by addiction.

Choices

Anyone in an anonymous fellowship needs safety to make a sober start back to living. As we get well and what we do to maintain our recovery, often anonymity can make certain a life is restored without any damage to reputation or suffering from others prejudice.

Some of us choose to talk about recovery

Recovery

For me, recovery has transformed my living and made me able to see where my life became bedevilled by alcohol and in sharing my understanding of how recovery works on a daily basis has been something I have shared openly about for many years.

Spiritual Foundations to Living

Secrets keep us sick is often mentioned, and it is true. Yet we in anonymous have a lot of safety because of the anonymity all anonymous fellowships try maintain.

Truth is Spiritual - Pure and Simple

Pure and simple truth, the elixir of spiritual development. The truth we find in living, the meaning of now. The mind, the body and single breath of now, experienced without filters, without denials and without the burden of denial is the absolute spiritual connection we have to this earth, this word.

Truth

As anyone with an open outlook, not guarded, and open to the truth of life can attest, simple truth liberates as much as it can make a person feel the very opposite of spiritual. Truth hurts, until we understand that truth is our most precious commodity almost lost as we squander our time and effort on futile makes to bury truth which makes us feel less than we might wish.

Confident truth

If we are confident people we understand truth and its attraction. If we are less than confident our ego may divert us into less truth as we see our reality today. The ego makes for unhappy recollections as we become more comfortable with our simple truth of living.

Anonymity

I do believe anonymity has its place just now and most likely for many generations to come as people keep learning about truth and ‘human being’

Is Anonymity a Spiritual Imperative?

No - Truth is a Spiritual Imperative

Anonymity provides and safe environment to find truth and then develop this spiritual connection to life today, and just for today. The truth will out eventually or be lost as so many remain without, and still I believe anonymity has its rightful place in recovery.

October 9th 2006 [all about last year]

Feelings and Thinking - At war with Myself

Well I must be a glutton for punishment, I have been to three meetings today! And this is really over the top. I have been enjoying them though so why not? The first this morning in the heart of Chelsea, then to the Old Curiosity Shop, not far from where I am living. And then back to where I was this morning, and all were different with different people I know and am getting to know better. Worst of it is they get to know me too, so its better for me, and worse, for then there is no hiding place. Smiles here, what a change in me! The last couple of days have really been up and down with mood but that’s life I am determining a day at a time.

With so many things going round in my noodle, it is easy to become sullen and want to shut out the world for a while. The news in the Independent about Alistair Campbell was interesting and illuminating to me. About time high profile people made their views known about dual diagnosis and mental health. Glad he had the balls to make it public. It helps people understand, but prejudice runs deep for many, including us when we feel better in recovery. Denial is all part of our mental health issue and a desire to be normal, as far as anyone is normal these days, well we know as alcoholics, it ain’t so. We just understand ourselves enough to deal with our health issue. And me? I understand depression more and type 1 diabetes more, merely a day at a time. There are no books around which dole out experience and experience is all that counts in these realms of endeavour. And a real nuisance as reality can afford us another bout of what ails us so easily if we are not taking notice of how we are daily.

OH Well, anyway tonight after three trips out on the bike and good talking and listening, there was plenty to learn and as usual plenty which applies to others and their paths and not to my path. We hear suggestions and like all advice that is free, some of it does not apply to all of us.

One persons path may take them along, and their way works for them. As we learn our path in recovery we learn tolerance for those new, and those still suffering major delusions, me included from time to time about what may be right and what may be completely unhelpful in recovery. We just learn what works for us. This diverse and anarchic fellowship really does suit me the more I am involved. Long may it be so, a day at a time!

My blood sugar is all over the shop as exercise is taking its toll. My neuropathy is playing up, my knees are knick knacked and my back is complaining. My head is light and my ears are ringing with Tinnitus. Apart from that? Progress and not perfection. Today lots learned and limits reached. I am going to pay a price for this trial I can tell. Worth it though, trying is a need or would any endeavour ever be tried? It was worth it!

Feelings come First!

Feelings, we are all about them, we have them first and then we apply our thinking to them. We think it’s the other way round! Feelings first, thinking makes sense of them, or we deny them and make our way to hell. Better we get to know all our feelings and then think about them. Just takes everyone a lifetime to sort out this one, and then we expire. Now what use is that?

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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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