Vocatus Atque non Vocatus Deus Aderit | Deo Duce, Ferro Comitante | Vox Populi, Vox Dei

The World Needs Less Junior Therapists and More Spiritual Mentors
Life is not Relative – There Are Absolute Rights, and Absolute Wrongs

Monday, May 8, 2017

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The master Leads by emptying people's minds, and filling their cores;
by weakening their ambition,
and toughening their resolve.

He helps people lose everything they know, everything they desire, and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.

--Tao te Ching 3:2 (Mitchell 1989)
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Sell your cleverness /
and buy bewilderment!

--Rumi
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We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.

----Alcoholics Anonymous 55:4
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Location:Lack of Dilemma is my Power

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Honor thy Father and Mother | あなたの父と母を敬う| Honora Patrem tuum et Matrem


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     .....'Some of the snags you will encounter are irritation, hurt feelings and resentments. Your (parent) will sometimes be unreasonable and you will want to criticize. Starting from a speck on the domestic horizon, great thunderclouds of dispute may gather. These family dissensions are very dangerous, especially to (you). Often you must carry the burden of avoiding them or keeping them under control. Never forget that resentment is a deadly hazard to an alcoholic. We do not mean that you have to agree with your (parent) whenever there is an honest difference of opinion. Just be careful not to disagree in a resentful or critical spirit.

--Alcoholics Anonymous 117:1
************************************************************ ***************          'If you think 'If you think you are enlightened, go spend a week with your parents'.

 --Elkhart Tole
************************************************************ ***************     'It's Hard to be Kind to the Poor'.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In hoc Signo Vinces | あなたのためのビジョン | A Vision for You

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     The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.

--Abraham Lincoln,1861 Message to Congress

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     Can we now, with the help of God as we understand Him, handle (our difficulties as ) bravely as our nonalcoholic friends often do? Can we transform these calamities into assets, sources of growth and comfort to ourselves and those about us? 

--Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (127)
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      (Yes! There) is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. 

Alcoholics Anonymous  (152:2)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Habeo Deos Dusciplinum | 私は宗教を持ってい ます | Tengo la Religion | I've Got Religion

     Religion is what keeps the poor -
from murdering the rich.

--Napolean Bonaparte 
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     Religion was invented -
When the first con man met the first fool.

--Mark Twain
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     Tuesday , 22-Sep-2015 | Happy Wednesday

     I've been silent lately while I go through one of many spiritual recalibration in my journey through the 'realm of the spirit'.  I must tell you the most difficult decision I face on a daily basis is whether to write - or not / when I've nothing to say.  There is part of me that wishes to post daily, so as to be consistent in my writing practice.  That part of me has a name:  ego.  And as my friends in East LA would say:  mi ego no es mi amigo'.

     That said, much is in the news lately regarding the upcoming visit from The Bishop of Rome;  mostly by those who exalt His Emminence with an almost rock-star-like status.  The atmosphere, the media, the talk of the town is so rife with convenient Catholicsm and hypocrisy I shall leave the obvious to the pundits.

     Except for this: Yes! most 'who claim Him do not follow Him';  Yes!  most 'claim Him when His teachings are easy and not too difficult to follow'! Yes / most people say one thing and do another.

     In other words we are all human.  Bill said it best:  'there is a little bad in the best of us, and a little good in the worst of us,  'Be quick to see where religious people are right' is the final word on religion our Book leaves us with.  And thankfully so, for I needed all of it - every little piece of hope I got from every religion I groped as I found my way to a rock solid 'path that really goes somewhere'.

     My final thoughts on the Pontiffs visit is this:  his fanfare, real or imagined, is at least generating thought and emotion and talk of God and charity and goodbyes in a society that has long since closed the door on God.  

     At least Her kids are talking about her in the warm light of day again, and to this I say hallelujah!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maxim Circo Super Terram | El Mayor Espectáculo del Mundo | 地上最大の シ ョー | The Greatest Show on Earth


     A thousand people cannot convince one by words to the extent that one person!
can convince a thousand, by deeds.

--Zoroastrian Proverb

     What you are -
Speaks so loudly!
that I cannot hear what you are saying.

--Anonymous

     We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.

--Alcoholics Anonymous 19:1

     Thursday 10-Sep-2015 | NY, NY

     Today has me thinking about the examples we set in life.  

     In AA, as in parenting, we are most of us most of the time oblivious to the fact that our young learn 99% of their attitudes, outlooks and ideas by watching what we do, not by listening to what we say.

     This I realized the hard way when at about ten years sober my sponsees loathed and detested the same people and meetings I did (let us please forget how sick it is that hate was a part of my life at all at the time for the present moment).

     Out of this I proceeded to revisit many heretofore unconsidered 'old ideas'.  How I felt about immigrants, the economy, politics, you name it.  To my horror I realized that most of my views were not my own.  I had been taught - oh so carefully taught - to hate, by unwitting teachers who unconsciously follow a curriculum they were unwitting indoctrinated into - by those who actually loved them, also.

      Completing step 9 and a vigorous application of 10, 11 & 12 is for most of us the first step in breaking the unconscious teaching of our less salable attributes and the beginning of a new life - awake to how our thoughts, works and oh yes deeds - affect my students and my fellow pilgrims at large.

     They are watching us, these young future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous.  This I must keep in mind in all I do.

     What a wonderful life we have in AA!  I am so overpaid.  Thank you for my life - and your example.

--COG, 1st. Class