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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 Endarkenment

When The Lights Go Out

As I mention in my you tube video today, I was up late into the early hours. I visited a website I put together some years back to do with Myers Briggs. The website had old information about me. And when I began to read what I said about me, it felt uncomfortable, so now its saying less about me, the ego driven me, and more about the ordinary me, the more esteemed and more confident me. What is the difference? Ego made me shout, confidence makes me speak with a voice the same size as anyone else.

Equal

Equal to life? Well the one I have presently seems about the right size.

All About "AA" Fellowship

What a gift for me these days to know I belong. I am in recovery from a fatal illness most cannot fathom, addiction. Any human can become dependent and addicted to anything. Often we are driven to obsession because something in us wants or needs something. Usually its to do with love. Being able to love oneself, so old hat, its actually what makes anything and everything possible.

Ego, brave facing, fear of life are some of the things which hamper us, and yet we need these qualities sometimes when we are hard against a rock and a hard place. Some suggest these are defects of character. Yet without them and certainly without their opposite we may perish emotionally far too early, physically deteriorate and end up dead before our time.

The opposite? Maybe for a lot of people is second nature to them, having courage, faith and confidence. In my experience it seems we have all six attributes.

Courage - Faith - Confidence v Fear - Brave Facing - Ego
Our own personal battle ground before we even face others on a daily basis. How we develop our attributes of character really depends on how we experience life and what life throws at us each and every day.

Enlightenment

Obviously links with courage faith and confidence?

Endarkenment

Obviously links with fear brave facing and Ego?

Life Happens

Hard to work out. It seems pretty obvious, yet we find in life we can switch from light to dark in the blink of an eye. Danger, safety and all manner of events can push us one way or another, depending on our situation and life experiences.

If we grow up in dark times, a lifetime of dark, its hard to see the light. And similarly if we live to the lighter side of life, how do we deal with the dark of us? Its simply what we learn and what we come to believe.

Life Story

Our life story gives us clues. Our head on straight offers an understanding. And as we get guidance one way or another, we make some sense of living, however it may be.

We are all prone to reflect how we were brought up, how we share our world with those close. We fit in if we are lucky, we cover our needs and then we have wants on top.

Backdrop

We all face risks in life, best we understand the context for our decisions long before we encounter living? If only life were so simple!




11th October 2006 [all about last year]

Masters of the universe - Light and Dark

[excerpt]

Smiles here, I am glad you are getting plenty of rest, the winter colds are due and you got yours early so hopefully this may be it for the rest of the season. We can but hope. Vitamin C is always good and you know this of course.

Indeed it has been an agreeable day all round. I had some harsh moments, I watched a programme I recorded over the weekend about a real dire subject and found myself in tears. It may have been the subject matter or just a reaction to good times for a few days. Even with pain, smiles here, or was that a grimace, life is worth living this past few days. And we are always cautious when we get good days as our guard can be lowered and we let dark creep back in. Anyway me too on serenity as you described to me.

Serenity is good when we get it, and like you, I feel its only just been a more regular event in sobriety. I recall with a particular partner, I had serenity beyond measure for just a while, after the romance was underway and somewhere before she said she needed to find herself. And promptly, well nearly, well anyway she went and made a new life without me. And that was very, very dark. And had babies with other men than me. And that truly undid me for a while.. We learn do we not? I donít know what I felt other than complete desolation at the time. I am relieved though as time has sent us on different routes to learning and living, and we would have been compromised beyond belief. She remains a lovely lady, and I thank her for leaving me when she did, even if it did take years to get to that point of view. Love lost is utterly devastating and we take years to grieve, especially when they are still alive I find. I donít mean to wish her dead, by no means, but the trouble is living in that pain with a heart yearning their return is grievous beyond measure.

Still tonightís meeting was fabulous simply because of the honesty and the sharing. Sharing was absolutely blunt about the worst of times and best of times. And no one was particularly in the same place of feelings. Feelings up like me, and feelings suicidal as I have experienced over the years when nothing worked at all except my ability for oblivion.

Recalling these times now, I realise is quite cathartic, because I can recall them and accept them as part of my journey to now. And I donít always have to share openly how awful the experiences have been,

Much talk tonight of the bridge to modern living and what it means for us. For me though its good to be in relative stability. And not feel like ending it or finding some way to oblivion.

Mind you world news events donít help. And our world is quite dangerous. And me, so right sized these days find my part is just what it is these days. Where it may be for now.

I am getting a sense of proportion back, and see much of the things I do help me make sense of some really hard knocks in my experiences. And even though they have been as bad as they could get, I am still here just about.

Being 50 and a chap on his own, I do wonder where life would have taken me with a partner. And see it does not matter anymore, to wonder at those conforming patterns with wife and kids. I know it would have been good, but there was some real damage along the way which prevented those things happening back then. And with the right partner, well time has shown she is still out there somewhere, or gone and happily married elsewhere. So many opportunities when I look back and some fearful part prevented yours truly ever making that path in life. Smiles I am better prepared now than ever I was, and time has taught me that life is what it is. And this one is shaping up just fine.

Patience and time, mends and repairs us with what we have to make life work. And the AA programme has made me able to make sense of a world as confusing as ever it was. Simple and straight these days, without as big a baggage of life as I may have thought. Simplified and yet complicated as life will ever be.

And you know what makes it work is being present in this ever present, present moment. That connection to here and now as Providence and Nature affords. Aware and with capacity for every virtue and sin known to mankind, a path chosen to good conscience and the presence to accept what is and what can be as life and happenstance offer to choices we may make.

A good moment tonight. And my connection to living better restored just for today. And with acceptance of hard rocks and future events which come to pass, there will be times to test me merely daily and not set as a lifetimes pattern.

And doing the next best thing tonight, after seeing friends and new people, I can keep my contact with living as I go, and find joy where it manifests and sadness where it occurs. And be happy to be sober another day at time.

I felt the compassion and kindness of strangers, now friends and allies in living a life. This one life and me present for a change. Merely a few days and quite close to that edge where reason can escape me. I know these moments quite well. Life is a brittle moment where wisdom makes good as we go. Some longer and some shorter, and often we donít know what will keep us together. Being in a fellowship and with good conscience we all have our goal, just simply a day, and we can start all over again! Always look on the bright side of life? As best I can a day at a time. Tears spilled with compassion and sadness from where and for what today? For being alive to know the difference I guess, and on a path with serenity as a companion, when life affords such opportunity. Enlightenment and Endarkenment, constant companions as we touch our universe of now.

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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.

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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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