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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 - Rarely Have We Seen a Person Fail

Rarely Have We?

As life meanders along at its own pace, slow sometimes. And yet never enough time as time speeds as quickly as it might. Maybe its just my brain slows, or and the world speeds up.

Failure of Some - Alcoholics Anonymous

AA ,full of contradictions, full of people! No wonder there are so many understandings of AA. Each person as we all do in the known universe, pick up and make of our living what we will. And we see it similar and we see it different, or it would be an odd world. We relish similarity and we prize authenticity.

Alcoholics Anonymous of itself might be a feat of grandiosity. AA suggests we rarely see a person fail if they thoroughly follow the path to AA sobriety. Yet in humility as I write i understand AA needed to be bold and suggest a thorough path or road to redemption might be possible. If of course we thoroughly follow the path.

Deviations - Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship which serves most in its timeless suggestions, principles and traditions. A fellowship made up from 'last gaspers' and entrants to the last 'chance saloon' and beyond it, a certain premature death. Where everyone has mostly failed to curb their enthusiasm for alcohol and other maladies of obsession, namely ourselves and our small worlds. Our small worlds made big again by a few suggestions, principles and traditions?

Rarely Fail?

What on earth made the founders write so profoundly about their recovering state? As anyone knows addiction kills and recovering always is a miracle?

Slip Sliding Along

Most everyone I know who has come to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous have turned reckless living into a dying art form. We who keep on drinking to near deaths door are alerted to our endings as our system packs up, our will to survive has long turned sour and the idea of living in peace and comfort is a mere tormented dream.

Failure?

We need to fail to get into a fellowship which rights our failure to overcome addicton, or why would there be AA at all! We who have failed and are addicted. And then we find recovery, a day at a time.

Clarion Calls

To faith courage and confidence! We do exhort a lot in AA. We know we are beaten and we need refuge to rest a head so full of noise and chatter about living and dying we can hardly make sense of a moment let alone a day.

One Day Only

Emblazoned on a Banner for all to see, "Sober Today" and thatís just fine.

I had failed miserably many a year to give up drink, control it and then find to my annoyance there is no respite from addiction until we find a path of sobriety.

Truth - May you Find It Now

As absolute truth eluded for a while, actually its evaded me in its purity all my life. Truth seeking 50 years on, and I can report some progress and not perfection.

Truth - Absolute Truth

Is as elusive when we are full of our opinions and feelings which mask us often from the truth we are. Alcoholic and addicted and now to recovery.

AA Alcoholics Anonymous - Absolute Truth

Like any other solution to a problem, if we follow the path as best we can, somehow somewhere we find our brand of Truth. AA is merely progress and not perfection.

AA - Day At A Time

We work at recovery, we work always to keep to suggestions, principles and traditions which are so agreeable, we find sobriety and our absolute truth improve.

We donít drink anymore, we feel better not drinking, and yet we know if we falter and stop our programme of recovery, the old ways come back and then we become dry drunk, become more sullen and defensive. the steps of AA, a toolkit to help us back to normal living.

AA - Action Always to the Good of Good Conscience

AA - Always Alive and Kicking and Vigilant to our Emotional Being

AA - All About Making Life Work A Day At A Time

Rarely do we see a person fail? IF!!!

The if in this is we humans are actually just that, human and imperfect and we learn a day a time how to be better at living. Or we go backwards and get stuck somewhere.

Human beings getting to any fellowship are pretty beaten by the time they open the door, and the marvel is we get well and make a life work again.

AA - Accepting Adaptable Works if we work at living the Truth

When people give up on living sober, the consequences are obvious. And seldom we get the message as quickly we might wish. We humans are so used to quick fixes from the outside we donít know how to fix ourselves from the inside.

Recovery is an inside job, and fixing ourselves an outside job. If we can recover our wits, our sensibilities and feelings. We come to understand our truth and our outlook for the good and our good conscience.

I have utilised the 'we' in AA a lot this morning, I need remind you and me I speak for myself and not AA as AA has no spokespeople I am led to believe. I am not AA, AA is a fellowship. Its anonymous. Sort of...

Fail -- I Failed many times to see the Truth of me. And actually now I see more truth each day as each day offers opportunity, danger, risks and every manner of torture. It also offers me fellowship, love, understanding and a path which is not perfect, merely a progression to experience now and not get too worried by tomorrow. Another day to start again.

AA - Imperfect as we humans are, a few timeless steps, a few traditions and a few suggestions, helps me live and find contentment in just one day, this day, the ever present, present moment of nowÖ

AA - Alternatives A Plenty may you find them now, just in case AA is not your cup of tea..




7th November 2006

Small Things Displease Big Minds

Sounds like a bit of a conundrum, why is it the small things can so overload a strategic and centred mind? Simply because itís the small stuff which always trips us up.

So easy to forget the big picture, to run with everything in the right direction in the strategic world of a day at a time. We forget daily what we are about, making the best of each day as we live in the ever present, present moment. The spiritual connection to now..

Gratitude

I have several elements of gratitude today. One is I woke up. I am living in the day, I can make choices as I go along. I can feel good about progress and not perfection. I can drag myself down because of one thing.

One Thing Last Night makes me Concerned

Itís a big thing and a small thing. For months all can go along hunky dory and then one little moment can bring the whole mood down in one exchange of words. Made and rendered powerless by another, not at one with themselves, they, overloaded and bedevilled by grit and determination, and a strong sense of right and purpose. And a mistake by me, not made any better by an incomplete conversation.

Things like this can drag on, just a small thing for me, but a big thing for them as it lands as another blow to their esteem and rightness. itís a bit hard, to know my part in this. At the same time apologies and a few hours later I am still concerned and worried, I have not made good a small moment. And I feel powerless to change a thing. And powerless to offer advice which is not sought or welcome.

How to Share

How to share the truth that someone is heading full tilt into overload, and actually has probably gone past it. I donít know what to do, other than offer my part in the last evening. No other exchange is possible and I need mind my own business as outcomes are quite telling. I fear this one and am uncertain if there is anything I can do. Time may offer an opportunity to help if asked, and no help is most likely as the request is unlikely. I am stuck till then on this one element. And must leave it till time allows. Not good for me or next steps for this particular situation. I must wait.

November 7th 2005

Rough Trade

When working with our fellows we often get into scrapes and misunderstandings. These misunderstandings are the product of our feelings about how he we are being treated. Sometimes we donít know what is going on until it feels like itís impossible to resolve some kind of difference. We know our gut feelings are telling us one thing, and our reason is trying to mitigate and make do with things being quite intolerable. Eventually the dam
breaks and we do something. And we feel awful and unreasonable. Why? Because we want to be reasonable and fair, and we believe most folks are the same.

Then when we start trading roughly with our fellows who upset us, we get caught in the grip of any old feelings plus the new ones which are getting more and more pronounced. We start trading roughly with those who offend our senses. Rough trade is awful, it makes us feel sick and deeply unhappy. We know its no good and we want reasonableness back, almost at all costs. We feel we must find some middle ground, and itís hard to work out what to do. But we do our best, and the best of us fail miserably when there is intransigence. Its hard and difficult, it hurts our well being and we donít want to hurt any other because it goes against our principles.

In the end the pain is bad enough to move on, even when there is no resolution. We donít want hurt, and we donít want to hurt others. A stalemate with ourselves. A horrid and desperate time. When we cannot resolve something on our own, we need the support and guidance of others.

This often feels like a personal failure, and generally it is a failure to reason with what we perceive as unreasonable circumstances. There is nothing more potent than accepting powerlessness in some situations, which have gone bad and our part is complicit in the outcome. At the very least our judgment got us into the pickle in the first place. Mea culpa, I played my part in the events.

We need arbiters when we cannot resolve our issues. And we must hand over to less involved and more balanced viewers of situations. There is more harm in silence and foreboding, there is less harm in handing it over.

Whatever happens it takes time for our balance to be restored and it takes time for bridges to be made good, where wilful behaviour has harmed them.

All parties are wilful when the chips are down, and most likely all parties are indignant in their opinion to outcomes. The learning is to be clear on our own ground rules, principles and values. That we accept the ground rules we know when we enter into events and activities. To know our boundaries and our limits of tolerance. To know when itís better not to endeavour, or know when to quit.

We all learn often how easy it is to get involved with enthusiasm and verve, most often because we care and would support our fellows. We should always care for each other and avoid rough trades.

Another learning and another day. I guess Iíll make my mistakes all over again and again, just less often, with less rough trading as I learn the good in all of us and beware my goodwillÖ

November 7th 2004

Old friends - Small Universe

I have many friends from times oft remembered, as my juggernaut of thoughts and feelings rumble. Memories of yesteryear and this year prick my feelings and unleash happy sad glimpses of times etched into my life compartments. My mind wanders to the nuance, the feeling, less the event, more the excitement felt with every new touch of anotherís thoughts. Climbing amongst the strewn rather than neat wreckage of my minds eye, I have scintillating flashes of happiness. Tinged with filters, some happy reckless thoughts merge and profound sadness oozes for losses over the years. Overlapped with new starts and startled changes, my horizons move afresh to vistas never dreamed.

When I meet old friends, are they, were they ever so, my friends? I suspect they are and were at the time, bands of people thrown together to make something happen. And marvellous happenings, new beginnings and stretching across the breadth of human doings, so many moments to evoke and treasure. The treasure chest, not like Pandora's Box, the treasures of experience, do bring strength and hope, cluttered among sad remnants, where awkward thoughts occur. The night hours where torture captures my insecure moments.

The wonderment not lost to experience, where practice makes not perfect outcomes, for I remain, ever surrounded by the learning of others, I am shaped again, thrown into the thick of life. To explore that which works for me and to move on from that which I cannot fathom... how time changes my innermost thoughts.

I value my friends from the past and I value the similarities which brought us to share extraordinary times, made ordinary by time itself. And so time marches to its own tune, not mine or theirs, to the beat and rhythm of the universe, simple sounding but as complex as the touch of cosmic dust wafting the face of humanity. And humanity basks awestruck to the thrum of nature.

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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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