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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’ An Odd Day

A particularly odd day

Having spent hours working on new pages and updating my You Tube to be less prone to spamming I was pretty much in need of a time out. I got two. One was a step meeting to go make tea, and be a part of. And see my sister afterwards for a chat. With my sister its good and always so, we cheer each other up to an extent. We have time to learn and enjoy each others outlook.

The Meeting!

Tradition two meeting with a twist and turn. All about doing the right thing, having a group with a conscience. A group kept safe on principles before personalities.

Newcomers

As it happened some returning researchers to our fellowship and a some newcomers. We might wonder what to do at a tradition two meeting, it’s a bit of a stretch to make sense of anything in AA when we are new.

Newcomers come first?

In our fellowship the newcomer is by far the most important person in the room regardless of tradition in my opinion and tonight it was a bit sad. Our chair did exactly what I might have tried to do if I had been the person speaking first - indeed I had been asked although unaware until I checked my phone later in the day.

Anyway Elder Statesmen and Bleeding Deacons

Elder Statesmen are the old timers who know the Fellowship and have years of wisdom and experience. Such esteemed people do exist in AA. At the same time it seems we had some Bleeding Beacons present too.

Tradition Two talks of Elder Statesmen and Bleeding Deacons. The Elder are seen often as first amongst equals because of their wisdom, Bleeding Deacons are a bit of a different kettle of fish. Bleeding deacons know the programme, the fellowship and their own outlook, the Deacons are those often seen sharing their knowledge and not necessarily wisdom.

Wisdom

Is knowing what the fellowship is all about and having experience enough to understand that a meeting is above all a fellowship meeting is to help alcoholics get to a place of sobriety and be able to keep sober for the day at a time we have.

Wisdom

Is not sitting and pontificating on finer points of fellowship when newcomers are there. Knowledge of the greater good for the group we might feel is to be somewhat flexible.

Saying newcomers have no business in a tradition meeting, it is a bit like wondering where the horse is and why it bolted. I feel sad to share this has happened.

The utter sadness is when people have their agenda so tight they need quote chapter and verse and sit in judgment on others in open forum, offer their knowledge as wisdom, well you can guess what my feelings are. and I also know writing this puts me a step nearer to Bleeding Deaconism for myself.

Wisdom and Group Conscience

Indeed we need wisdom of the years in sobriety. Years of sobriety and no need to quote or brag about what a person has done when the group forms a view one way and theirs. As we endeavour we understand why Elder statesmen often tip over to be Bleeding Deacons. As anger and ego are always a part of the make up of any character we may encounter then we need ask ourselves about the primary purpose and step twelve.

Flexibility

We need flexibility to ensure those who come into AA, even when it’s a serious moment and maybe a point to be shared, we need ask ourselves what is important right here and now?

The simple answer need be for 'the greater good' and the absolute imperative of helping a newcomer be welcome and not be a hindrance. Our pontificating is pointless to the newcomers, and newcomers need safety, and not debate.

Traditions & Steps

So important, the traditions, the glue that makes for our well being, the steps about personal sobriety.

When a newcomer asks after a meeting what impression they might have had from our tradition meeting tonight? I can say I have encountered many meetings which are just as this one today. Beyond comprehension.

A chair who tailored their share to the newcomer and covered the tradition so well, and some who shared their experience generally and inclusively for the newcomer. Some who just need voice their happiness or their pain. And some who take no account of the newcomer at all.

Sharp

My observations tonight were sharp, my outlook somewhat sad. My feeling overall, that some did try to help newcomers. No mollycoddling just an attempt to rebalance a newcomers view that maybe we might all be mad, but some of us do care. And hopefully they will come back.

Acetic Hyperbole

Where Bleeding Deacons are full of knowledge, Elder Statesmen full of wisdom. One in the same as we are both, we need make sure we know the differences of these approaches to life we can adopt. A matter for twelve steps and living the programme and not just knowing it. So many know it, and don’t live it, they merely complain about it. Bleeding Deacons we can be, we may prefer the Epithet of ’old timer’ or elder statesman. We need earn our wisdom in living, not evaluating or judging. We can be either as our personality, our experience and our behaviour manifests.
Some of us need look in the mirror more often and ask that simple question:

Who am I?

"My name is Don, alcoholic, as sober as experience has enabled and just for a day"

We need wisdom not trite knowledge delivered without any regard for who and where we are. Truly, we can all do better…




19th November 2006

Peace and Quiet

Yes for me today is about peace of mind and a quiet head. I got to bed late and woken up early by a call. Its ok, and yet my head feels like it needs more time to relax. We are so often moving fast we have not time to lie still and let nature help sort our feelings and thoughts

Feelings

We can deny them, and yet they are always in us. And we can suppress them, and be in denial about them. Feelings are what they are. And having feelings can be the very devil, when feelings appear inappropriate to what we think is right or wrong.

Thinking

How we ever get to our thinking, its what we learn to do, how we are conditioned and how we are able to make sense everything. When people loose their reason, it’s a hard world to live in. Reason helps us make sense of every feeling which flits across our inside.

Conscience

Our conscience determines what we do. And if we are imbued with good conscience, we align our thoughts, we appreciate the feelings we have and then can live as we are able to choose.

Choices

Made with a clear and good conscience, consistent with feelings we have and then backed up by reason and we are happy.

When we consider how complicated we all are, moving along in our own way and at a pace we determine, or not always as sometimes the world is slow or more speedy, the opportunity to be in this place of balance is quite difficult and scary.

Living on auto pilot and on our wits

We do both. Much of life is understood and routine, where we fail is most often in out of the ordinary and where feelings are there we cannot agree of feel right about. Thinking gets thrown out, and choices made are often contrary to our judgment and conscience.

No Wonder!

No wonder finding peace and balance is difficult, we might just be aware it’s the same for everyone. That everyone has their learning and unique place in the journey of life. And where we find harmony and balance we may keep with our outlook as we find our way to spiritual connection in the here and now. For indeed it is just now, this ever present moment of now, where our deeds occur, our history is formed and we make our path to the future.

Now

The true gift of now, is towards being complete, when we are able to bring mind, body and breath into the moment of now, the ever present, present moment where we have choices and opportunity, best we keep safe with our inner voice and feelings as we navigate the here and now of living, or we may find denial and thinking make good nothing. And nothing is where our devil inside makes us imagine and forget all our senses as we try fix the impossible, history and the future as we may will it and forget no amount of willpower will ever make life different from this one day and present moment, with ourselves or others. As we move on in good conscience, we have the gift of reality forever with us, and our connection assured as can be, now how hard is that? Simple to our feelings and conscience… made more complicated by our thinking and wishes. Best wish for a real moment and have clarity rather than illusions and mystery which serve no one but the deluded.

November 19th 2005

Intellect vs. Feeling

just as the highest tower needs a deep foundation, so too our higher thinking is based on going deep within.

Actually any old tower needs foundations or it will end up like Pisa. A thoughtful fellow made that one and it stands today. What is forgotten as we cruise around our intellect is the other side of our being. That is our feeling and nature. Almost lost in our reverie. Our high tower construct with deep foundation, the trick of nurture and thinking, is balanced hopefully by nature and feeling. Or we get no kick from life and its meaning.

As happy as... is made of feeling and emotions we are gifted at birth. Let us hope our intellect and nurture does not get the better of a great grand design, our human spirit all things metaphysic.

November 18th 2004

Maturity

Your ability to recognize the specialities of others makes you a natural leader.

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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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