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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 14 2007

DonInLondon - ’Day In The Life’ Serenity Now is An Option

Serenity

Even after the rugby last night, England won over France I guess there has been a lot of serenity about. Although insomnia and the related fatigue has been busy with me this week. I don’t always know what is bothering me. The death of my Sister’s partner, mu powerlessness to take the pain away is part of it. And last night for the first time in months on a Saturday I did not go see her. A choice she made. I am happy to be part of Saturday and yet she feels its time to make some changes in her routine, which is really all to the good. Patience always and gentleness is needed I feel.

Serenity Prayer

As you may well know the serenity prayer:

God grant me the Serenity
To Accept the things I cannot Change
Courage to Change the things I can
And Wisdom to know the difference

I had to get used to the idea of what represented to me. And for me Ghandi summed it up when he said

"God is Truth"

And the rest now feels like history. Once the understanding that God is Truth, the spiritual connection to living made sense. Whatever we may come to understand about our own God, the God of my understanding, then the rest of my Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship life seems pretty attractive. As the programme utilises power greater than myself, and for me this is good conscience, then with Truth being God my programme of recovery holds together really well.

Spiritual Connection

The spiritual connection we have to this day is to experience it as best we can without filters or denials. I have always found I can bend truth and bend my outlook to suit me a little bit better maybe? And when the truth is as it is, then we can see very clearly where we deviate of the path of honesty.

As with spiritual, the emotional and physical well being we can get is dependent on our honesty and integrity.

Progress and not Perfection

We can be driven mad by trying to be the best, to be perfect and actually all we do is obsess often over how things could be rather than as they are today.

If we believe we are doing the next right thing, have checked it out, have shared it when its necessary and is something of significance, we are mostly on track.

Conduct

Conduct becoming? Becoming better oriented to truth and living as we may with everything. Now that is something to be happy about and understanding we are forever learners at living .

As we learn we adapt, as we learn we change. It would be very sad to become stuck again where I ended up, in the gutter it seemed at the time.

Life Changes

If we can accept what we cannot change, and change what we can, then life really does stand a chance of moving along. So often we doubt, we have fear, put on a brave face and our ego pushes us along anyway. Better to be open have confidence and realise courage to change is better in all aspects of life. So I am learning always to be a learner again and not be tempted back to old ways. And this is my experience, strength and hope today. And just for today…




14th October 2006 [all about last year]

[email to me] Hi Don,

Thanks, and yes tonight I am going to have a bit of fun (I hope!) Also noticed that Gordon Ramsay is hosting Have I got News for You. So I shall tape that and watch it when I get home. He really endeared himself to me on one of his programmes. Very understanding to alcohol and its problems so a big hug from me.

I hope the hip sorts itself out. I know this may sound silly, but Pilates is meant to be good. Unless it is wear and tear....but I guess you are getting the best advice already.

Take care and have a good evening xxx

[my post] A Quiet Night Out - Happy and Sad

Thanks XXX. As Friday’s go its been good in between doing some basic chores. Being a Friday 13th and all, so far so it goes.

In fact not much to relate for a change. With many mysteries unfolding to the inner workings of my head, I seem to have found this elusive serenity we all keep wondering about.

And indeed being in a programme of recovery, from whatever has been our malady, a peaceful day can be as troubling in itself. Have I missed something? I think not. At the same time the turbulence of life is all around and quite honestly, a bit of inner peace has been cathartic. It is not all blood and guts in recovery. So my programme worked today.

And being the 13th and a Friday, smiles here well I haven’t won the lottery. And I have news that all relatives are ok. And there is nothing I have forgotten.

I spoke with friends, not all of them as the friends I have go way beyond wherever they were before recovery. And seeing many I know daily helps keep the focus on the day. Out of sight does not mean out of mind as soberly I can recall many things these days and how life has turned out.

I posted a few replies here and there in the Times and guardian and Independent to political articles and got published a couple of times. Even on Nick Robinson’s political blog. I have to share my opinions and the blogs do afford the right to express opinion. A great safety valve in this colossus of a world, where a single voice can have as much power these days as leaders may strive for in a lifetime.

Indeedy! Some leaders probably are feeling the heat inside their shirt collars today as news worldwide does not paint the picture we might wish of our free and democratic governments behaviour. And this is good, as challenge to authority generally means politicians will sit up and do something when complacency would otherwise be their choice.

For Tonight and my Meeting

For me its been straightforward, a night of listening. And because of anonymity I cannot relate location or content other than how I feel today. And it is simply being able to feel things right sized. Be upset as others relate their torments, being able to feel some joy at happiness expressed and over the self obsessions that drove most like me quite potty as addiction made life impossible.

And seeing and chatting and hearing some news, quite important and demanding in the listening department. And being supportive too, not dishonest or smoothing over issues, just trying one’s best to offer whatever feels appropriate in the spirit of friendship.

We had other issues too, buts that’s just internal AA things and quite covered as anonymously sorted. And so to tonight and what’s left.

I feel like I would like to write and let old acquaintances know about me, and am satisfied the urge will pass, as their lives are full in other directions. I am glad to be forgotten, and will look forwards not backwards.

Having an agile memory and the gift has remained for most of my life, although some years are thoroughly hampered by black out. Black outs mostly to hurt and torrid times. What survives is compassion and good recollections. And the knowledge of where I was in most deeds done. And where harm was done to me, well, I know better now and what may happen next. A benefit indeed of standing up and facing each day as it comes.

This quiet in my mind. A phenomena quite new.

It was odd tonight seeing and listening and being present in the moment. Where I have got to today, and where we are journeying, this moment to the next stilled to the heartbeat of time.

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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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