12 Steps to sanity.

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol —that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than our-selves could restore us to sanity.
3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

(AA Basic Text 1937)
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These Spiritual principles of the Spiritual Kindergarten are timeless and remedy the devilry that is manifested by envy and resentment.

Many people these days are looking for a New Age asset stripped version of the blood and thunder religions of past centuries. In recovery dynamics this is called looking for the easier softer way.

Unless a person can lay down the foundation protection that these divinely simple Steps provide, any attempt at a 21st century exploration of inner space is as doomed to failure as would the prospect of going into outer space without a space-ship.

In fact the global religious trigger points that fill the news channels 24/7 offer ample evidence of an encroaching insanity of which #Brexit is but a local symptom, that stubbornly refuses to respond to the partisan systems purportedly of the same Holy Spirit.

If the religions did a 12 Step audit of their actual state and made amends, then their individual adherents might have some chance of enjoying a Step 11 that was actually connected to Consciousness.

The challenge to face the destructive force of envy and resentment is not just a personal matter, whole systems now face collapse unless the systemic leaders can see the illness that threatens our whole global system.

Whatever side of the #Brexit argument a person find themselves on, when alcohol is replaced by whatever is the person, place or thing that is clearly causal, then Step 1 chillingly describes the actual state of the UK political Executive function over the last three years. The recent change of UK leadership when placed into an illness paradigm is almost certain to be a deepening of the calamity.

The Dunning-Kruger syndrome may well be a problem affecting some personality types presently bulldozing their way through the global logjams that fill the news channels.

A well known search engine gives the etymology of the word expert as follows:

Middle English (as an adjective): from French, from Latin expertus, past participle of experiri ‘try’. The noun use dates from the early 19th century Compare with experience and experiment.

So the word expert is an adjective that can be used as a noun, but in its root it is all about experience.

Then the difficulty around the hostility toward the self-proclaimed expert becomes clearer in the difference between theory and practice.

This is no more clear than when a man becomes a politician who is rich and who has been rich all of his life saying that they are experts in knowing what poor people need.

(Postscript added 30/11/19 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218768279451646&id=1039915465)

In my professional work, the expertise that I bring to Diction Resolution Therapy is based primarily on the fact that I haven’t had a drink of alcohol since May 1995 and that my professional work roots from that personal experience.

In my spiritual work, I speak from my experience not from a theory.

This experience is clarified in the Sufi Way here.

Without prejudice, the reference to Jared Diamond’s book is a signpost that the illness paradigm is at least being talked about at the Davos level of global cultures as Bill Gates has recommended that all leaders read this book asap.

Position of Protection

The Naqshbandi “taweez” is written and worn by those initiated into this ancient order. A little research can reveal the purpose of the wearing of this taweez as it is a reminder for those who wear it of the protection that Allah promises to those He sends to serve Him, as they work as contemporary connectors to His creation in order to help Mankind during their lives on Earth.

The Sufi always brings the best meanings from the revealed scriptures across all the global religions, as well as trusting in the surah Al Khaf from The Qur’an within which is the guarantee of the living connection with Allah as exposed in the rendition of the meeting between Musa and Khidr.

Even though I was informed in 1981 by the Sufi Bülent Rauf via a message from a friend that I am protected by Allah, not because I’m better than anyone else but simply for this time to have for it secured a trustworthy witness that truly “there is no God, but God and Muhammad is His messenger”, yet still I wear the Hizb Al Wikayah from the presence of the 13th century Sufi Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, which can be found from the link, as well as taking delivery of the Naqshbandi taweez today.

I also wear a silver AUM, this to connect the East and the West externally as indicative of the state of my inner hemispheres’ marriage.

The principle of this external wearing of article is in the same action of my reverting formally to Islam in 1984, the principle being one of harmonising my outside with my inside, my visible with my invisible, for the Sufi the exemplar is The Christ.

The Sufi is brought through to the Universal Religion of Love not to be cast as a superior, but rather as a catalytic servant to believers and non-believers alike in the name of Love, for do not all relate somehow to love?

The hot spots on Earth today are trigger points of religious territorial hostility. Some of this hostility is honest ignorance in the attempt by religious leaders to protect doctrinal differences as it seems that history impels. A lot of the global religious volatility however is deliberately cooked up by personality power plays as well as by international political forces of destabilisation as geopolitical power games have been played by leading nations for the control of energy resources over centuries.

The Sufi is God’s merciful mediator. As I have said on a recent video, God’s servants are usually hidden, even from themselves. Those Sufis that have been recorded throughout history, found by those that seek out such records, are those that have been ordered to break cover by Allah (by their Enlightenment in Buddhism) in order to help communities at various times.

Where I write Allah, it can be read as any naming of God from any known tradition in Mankind’s history.

The work left by these Sufis, though for a particular culture, can have relevance for later cultures as part of the ever revivifying relationship between Allah and His presence in His mystery of appearing as a material multiplicity in Nature, known as a possibility by the experiential self-awareness of Mankind.

The hitherto unheard of openness of the Sufi Way now and of the Sufis living today and the accessibility of The Way is a phenomenon made possible not only by the internet, but made possible also by Allah as His Mercy because of the stress that Mankind faces existentially at this time.

The Sufi today faces just as much vitriol from 21st century believers and non-believers as has ever been faced, not least, again as history can show, from those who are sure that they are the only Sufis who need to protect The Way from anyone who doesn’t fit in with their lineage.

So what! It’s time for The Human, being you, to know The Human, being me, to come together to see what is to transpire.

©Warner Bros 1999.

Clearly, it’s an inside job 😉🙏

I offer you the most powerful prayer of protection in the Universe:

O God I seek refuge in You, from You.

the HU man healing

A video on Certainty from a Facebook page

Presenting “the HU man healing”

(Postscript added 23/03/20 – Facebook seem to have deleted the video from this link 🤔)

This venture moves my writing and counselling into a more clear integration as the turbulence around the local, national and international events impacts more intensely upon the news reports.

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The inner habitations of the more sensitive people in the world are having to withstand the bombardments of language dropped by politicians who seem to be either deranged or working from a populist script that many thought would never erupt again into the G20 Nations on Earth.

A retired Intelligence Chief, who must have checked with presently operational Intelligence Chiefs before going on the record, has voiced concerns about the calibre of the serving cohort of UK politicians to the point of doubting their ability to meet the scale of the Governmental challenges that face us all.

Diplomats in the know describe the leading democracy on Earth as being unfit for purpose.

China and Russia are reported playing parts in the global dramas of brinkmanship and asymmetric warfare that seem impossible for the regular experts to make any sense of, so how are the public to protect their inner mental habitations under the onslaught of what is now ten years of newscasts causing huge levels of cultural dissonance post the global financial crash.

An illness paradigm offers a way forward. Jared Diamond in his book “Upheaval” that has been recommended by Bill Gates has opened this conversation up on the highest echelons of power on our planet.

My work continues to provide help for those leaders of good-will (postscript added 23/03/20 – again Facebook seem to have deleted this link) who are necessarily becoming more aware of the depth of the challenge facing Mankind, who are necessarily therefore also becoming aware of the need to embrace some simple principles of Universal Spirituality without which their Executive functions have no hope of becoming repaired to the function of leadership that is presently only a lip-service.

The letters H and U, when seen through the valency of the spiritual reason that English is the global language of this time on Earth, when brought together as HU and placed in front of the word “man”, manifest the power of Singularity that describes once again the ancient portal for this age.

For truly it is the letters in words that lets things happen.