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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’ Similarities and not the Differences

Get a Word in Edgeways

It felt distinctly competitive for a while yesterday. I went to two meetings at Flood St, the 9:30 and the evening 7:30 . There were about 80 or so people at the meeting in the morning, an unusually large meeting, it usually attracts about 40 regulars.

And last night too, the meeting was bigger than usual. It may be the season where we alcoholics recognise the surge towards Christmas and excess. We alcoholics can enjoy a sober Christmas as we learn in the years of sobriety.

Speaking Up

Sometimes we feel a bit ignored in the big meetings where the speaker chooses people who raise their hands to share back. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can be a bear market when there does not appear to be enough time to get our words out.

Big Meetings

Sometimes I feel the nerves twitch and still I feel compelled to share back as a speaker reminds me of my experience strength and hope. How not to drink one day at a time.

Anyway I got my chances and spoke.

It’s a revelation as we share, so similar we alcoholics are, often in the past riven with fear, torn apart by old feelings as we get our fears out and polish them, in order we may let them go, just as a day allows.

As time was of the essence in both meetings I sped up my words and maybe gabbled a while, and somehow people still understand what I am about.

Its odd and quite exhilarating to share with just enough confidence to know whatever we say, it may mean something to someone else and nothing to many more.

Similarities and Not Differences

As we encourage, that is everyone is encouraged to listen for the similarities and not the differences at meetings. So often forgotten around contentious subjects like, not drinking ever again, what God might be, and why oh why am I still often drawn to the problems and not the solutions!

Good Fortune

Fortunately the emphasis is always to make sobriety just one day long or we run the risk of projecting ourselves to worst case scenarios so quickly, the pub, the bar, the off licence, the wine, beer and spirits counters in the market make us feel so thirsty. We might seek oblivion for a moment as fear tightens the belly and old drops of acid inside make the world a darker place.

Solutions

We live in the solution most of the time, that is the solution to all our problems today. Good contact with fellowship, keeping close with family who understand us and keeping close to good people who just know us enough to prompt us to solutions rather than problems.

That is how it works in fellowship. No rules for us to break, just our choices right here and now.

We alcoholics, so similar know that a one day programme for survival can be made good by the day, that’s why we keep coming back to fellowship and our meetings.

Friends

A couple of friends of mine have had harsh times. And are moving into solutions rather than the havoc of putting on Brave faces all over again. We push so hard to be normal, we think the normal others expect of us, and not our own normal as we come to understand what we can do and what we cannot do by the day. And there is acceptance when we understand what we can and cannot do each day. And then we make the most of what we have, and always find most likely that we exceed our expectations.

Alcoholics in Recovery

Usually work hard at living, and being once we get to the solutions possible. Realistic and truthful, wishful often, yet stoic and accepting of how life is today. Better for living through both the hard and difficult, better for just being here to experience what may occur. And ever careful of those inner demons which spike most of us now and again.

Demons From the Past

Some, similar to me have faced the challenges over the years, to get our truth out of us. Those suppressed and awful "did that really happen to me" moments. And some of us still have deep, deep and hard feelings about what we experienced in our early and middle years. Things inside which do burn like acid and make us flinch to recollect.

Old Stuff - Hindsight

Hindsight, where we look back with the wisdom of the years. We find our old eyes look with horror sometimes at events in our lives.

The good news is we most likely will not repeat the horrid times as we don’t need go back to old living. The bad news we need find expression somewhere.

Meetings of the fellowship, sponsors where we talk one to one and friends might not be the best process where deeply troubling matters impact still. We may seek outside help and rightly so. This is not a weakness, this is a strength as we find ways to make our outlook and living more secure in the present day, and stop the demons of the past. At least when we do feel the memories return, we can understand how we were ‘back in the day’ when these dark matters happened and see the difference in us today.

Forgiveness and acceptance are keys to these moments or even months and years of fear and discovery.

We need keep safe and find our path today.




5th November 2006 [all about last year]

Making Life Work

Seems an odd subject, tonight though its close to my heart. It seems even after what was once a good age to get to, I am still learning basics, day in and day out. As the world turns life is more complex and complicated. We can find ourselves marooned if we fail to be in touch where it will go.

Marooned

And life can be equally good at keeping us in touch or making us left out. And some hard knocks we get along the way, they can keep us out of our game forever as isolation and closing our eyes to the world makes it easier to cope. Coping is merely a means to find room to get ready for the next day in my humble opinion. When we are coping too long we are not living the days as we may, outwards and onwards.

Time to Get with it

And in my case some time was needed and still is from time to time, as my inner workings do what they will. A period in recent weeks where life has become rather normal and workable, just for a day at a time. And as I know with experience as my chemistry determines there will be times when the depressions occur. And how I deal now is quite different to before, with inclusion and connection, the hard times work best. And not in isolation where darker moods can develop, its easy to say this in a time when my head is just even. And as hard as breaking rocks when the dark inevitably descends.

I am lucky for a period of calm and peaceful living. Some things to work on and a programme to live by instead of mind numbing and aching hardships endured over the decades. As each day is lived with care and attention to now, the past does not haunt me, and the future is there. And what works best is connection to this one day, alive and in good company. All matters in inclusion make all of the difference…

A world of communication

In our world we have every advantage ever known to mankind, to be in, and keep in constant communication with anyone we know. And as we get more adept at learning how we can, we make friends across the world as we know through modern means. As we share ourselves differently across the media and space, we reveal more honestly what we are, and find we have an acceptable face. We forget also what we don’t reveal when we are sharing our truth, little bits we forget, or are conveniently overlooked as we go. For often we have forgotten them. Some would accuse of denial, and it is surely there, yet its not always so.

Friends all over and friends in the Now

And as we have friendship and reveal more than we dare, we need remind ourselves just what we do and how living and friendships work. We know most about those who we meet in our community, or so we may think, it depends really on what’s going on inside and it really takes a lifetime to know. And as we are all able to portray ourselves our way, we are choosy always, and even face to face, there is much we don’t ever give away. Unless we are dealing with life as we go, a day at a time and its easier to know.

We need Know Ourselves

How often are we surprised by what we don’t know, especially about ourselves and revealing much more, a look in the mirror and trying to get honest, reveals complete deniability of much that we are. I am not criticising myself, nor anyone else for it is inside everyone, that we pick our best way, to portray and conduct ourselves with greatest aplomb, and hide from ourselves what we may in case we don’t like what we have. Or worse we might be judged as we are, in the eyes of those we meet...

Our Capacity to Know one Another

In essence as we get good at learning ourselves, we learn most of all about each other and our humanity shows through. Two tools are apparent and very necessary no matter who we are unlock our true natures, that is forgiveness and acceptance of the me and you, and who we really are.

Expert Consultant

I saw an expert consultant on Friday about my overall health. And he went through everything until we came upon one matter he was sensitive to reveal. Its my alcoholism, and now my recovery he felt awkward about. I said with some joy that recovery is my route, and well into year three, it feels right for me. And as it reveals unpleasant and true, actually acceptance on my part has freed me from my prejudice. As to others and their sensitivities, I accept them as well, and in my honesty anyone can help me or choose not to at will.

As to Others and how they may view me

Some will carry their views and exclude me from them, others are just pleased I live the way I do. And some will be worried I reveal too much to them, of what they may be if a drink goes too far. As to Anonymous, I belong to this fellowship where anonymous means many different things. Most of all it reveals our true nature, if we can stand to look. And get with a programme to live life right now, instead of being haunted by past deeds and sad times. We can remember the joys and the worthy parts of life and living as we get well, and keep to a path which opens all the world and what it may offer as we get on with life. From plain ordinary, to spectacular, to horrid and sad, lived soberly in the moment we carry less baggage. We keep our memories as memory enables, and forget our worries as quickly as they happened and then become past.

As to the Future

We learn in the present, from all that we encounter, and develop our fellowship and humanity as we are able. And we make friends in person and all across this world. What works well, is if we work living and life as we can.

And serenity even in those darkest moments when despair comes to visit, we can live on as we may and our being allows: Serenity:

A meditation to good conscience using: God or Good Conscience as you may

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference..

The serenity in learning all of our nature and fellowship, through the darkest times and the best of times enables life as it is, real, hard, warm, cold, desolate, abundant and forever in this moment, the ever present, present of now. This is the gift of life.

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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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