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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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What Stuff?

Things to do with family and fellowship mostly. And in no particular order, so as per usual we all need be nimble in our understanding how life works. Life works and goes along without our control of it, only we do get our choices back to the what, when and where we may be.

The last couple of days has been a reflection on concerns for my Brother, he seems to have onset of diabetes. And in the very near recent past, with the death of my sister’s partner, the change in health of any family member makes us sit up and be concerned.

My brother will get more information next week, I guess about what kind of diabetes he has. The are two types of diabetes, Type 1, and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is where I reside presently. Type 1 is the worst case scenario, Type 2 on the way to type one, although diet helps both, the diet can do just so much and medical intervention seems a wise course or we perish sooner rather than later.

If we don’t make insulin tho’ the good news is we need get it and through injection presently as many times a day as needed. Type two where there is still insulin production can be managed greatly by diet and use of Metformin to stimulate production of insulin. Without insulin we cannot process our food, so we lose weight rapidly and feel thirsty and feel run down.

All this is experienced daily by many who have this chronic condition. And other things too which I need not elaborate just now. Knowing it can be treated is good news, we live as we do, and make the best of what can be done. People can live well with diabetes as long as its diagnosed and managed to instructions from professionals.

Diet

Diet is important and can slow the progression of the disease, from borderline to type 2, then type 1 which is where I started after a small operation which shocked my system enough to stop insulin production. So we live and we can keep on doing so with help and support.

Its still a shock to get something which we cannot get rid of, merely add it on to the list of daily routines to keep as well as we may.

AA - Alcoholics Anonymous [ My experience of AA, I don‘t speak for AA]

Four meetings over the last couple of days. Two Step meetings and two ordinary meetings. What is the difference. I guess ordinary meetings of AA are really about experience strength and hope. We share what is working for us and what is still unmanageable and usually about things we cannot change. The good news is not to beat ourselves up when we cannot change something to do with people places and things. And then step meetings are about how to change our living and utilise a process of understanding life around 12 steps of change.

Step Change

Another topic for guru’s in industry, I wonder if the realise this management consultancy speak come from the AA 12 steps, or does it? I don’t really mind personally but some may be upset to see that Step Change is what we alcoholics call our 12 step programme.

The two step meetings are or were about step 7 seems my local step meetings are somehow synchronised so a double dose and well worth it for me.

Step 7

For me its about getting simply, Courage, Faith and Confidence back to be the me I am. And get over my natural old fears, fear of life, and putting on a brave face, and feeling a need to use ego rather than esteem.

Step seven is so important that we get real and right sized, the equal of others and others equal to us. This means we stop wondering if we have a voice worth listening to, we realise that everyone’s voice needs to be heard.

So a booster for me about step seven helps immensely in the context of finding the truth of me.

Step six which precedes step seven is a look at my defects as we in AA learn.

I do not speak for AA

I emphasise again what I say on videos and what I write is my outlook, and not an "AA" outlook. This difference is essential as everyone has their own AA experience, some good and some abysmal, usually because we hold on to what ails us, namely addictions and self will run riot.

Why?

Well everyone finds their path in recovery, we find what works for ourselves in this 12 step programme of living. Any other way of sharing experience, strength and hope means we tend to judge others and what they do, rather than minding our own business and getting along with help and support from people with wisdom.

So I don’t speak or write for AA, I merely learn in AA what my path can be, with changing my attitudes and behaviour. And also having a higher power than me!

Higher Powers

AA comes from the land of the free, the USA, an excellent export in my opinion. And AA was developed by good people who had strong beliefs about everything. This includes God.

Some have God as their higher power. And when I read Ghandi said: "God Is Truth" the AA programme stopped being a puzzle and became a really helpful way to make my life right sized and manageable with my personal choices very much more informed and me more able to achieve them.

Fear of God

I guess the reliance on a God from biblical or theological stand points has always made me fear loss of choice and success in living somehow. To rely on a God? Well in my early life my Father was my God, and I knew no different until he failed to be the God I could understand. His life was ruined by alcohol as well as a very poor childhood.

Fear of Truth ? [ Ghandi‘s definition that God is Truth]

I don’t fear truth these days, I relish it as my higher power.

So often we think we have the truth and yet each day my truth alters, my truth is informed more by living and gaining wisdom. So a higher power which is Truth, helps me make better choices and better decisions as I get wisdom from family and fellowship with each passing day. I am also capable of many mistakes which helps me learn a more helpful path to living.

Truth About What

Me of course and the world. AA sets out to help people live sober, just for a day. A day sober is my/our starting point. Always just for today.

Physical, Emotional and Spiritual

The elements AA deals with, and a whole lot more with all the fellowship open to change by the day. AA has no spokespeople as such, it remains a fellowship without outside affiliations. Yet every fellow of AA has and can live as they may, better for being sober and more able to deal with life on life’s terms.

Promises in the Steps of AA

That sober living simply affords the opportunity to have a life best lived without the chains and ruin of obsession and addiction to alcohol. Marvellous AA, a place to find experience, strength and hope. To work out where we are with our physical, emotional and spiritual being.

Life on life’s Terms’

Whatever life puts our way, we live the happiness and the sorrows best with a clear head, and not one ruined by self harm and an addiction which kills so many and so many deny they have, alcoholism.

Addiction

Not a self inflicted wound I must shout loudly. A condition humans are powerless over on their own and ruined by isolation. AA brings fellowship, guidance and a way to live to oour full measure, equal to others and others our equal.

So whilst I do not speak for AA, I can speak for me and my experience, long may it be so. I gain a life restored, and lose a life lived in insanity. What a gift, just for today.

So these last couple of days, a better informed me what I may do, my interest is always people and photography has helped me along the way most recently. I am learning every day is really the message conveyed just now. I feel alright Just For today.




3rd November 2006 [All About Last Year]

Long Days and Friendships [All About Last Year]

Seems like a long day, with much friendship and time spent in company. I wonder how much is good and when is too much. I am more aware of my needs and wants these days.

So a full day of living in company. With consultations on health this morning and some good news and some news to keep to a better regime, it all seems quite positive. At the same time I am over reaching myself I realise. And need be careful with all connections.

I am stretched a little thin for me, and best be careful to keep a balance. Where to find the balance? And be constructive and be aware.

Odd really, never quite so sure of challenges to my living when its advice which includes should do, could do, and might do. Others can project their desires and aims in my direction. Some advice is definitely as some see it through their eyes as if I am them. And I am me. My path and choices developing through time and application, at a pace which works in the day.
I need not wear others clothes and aspirations.

I am calm in choice and aware to sensitivities. This is life and living, just simply best in the day.

Being told my spiritual core, and other capacities. It feels awkward as seen through another pair of eyes. Simply how we journey is best made with clarity and care. To open ourselves to the world of possible and real, real being the key. Another’s vision is clear for them and clearly not my path. Not yet anyway.

With great care and less judgment of others journey’s its time to find sleep and keep faith with openness honesty and willingness to make good another day…

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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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