The 5 spiritual principles that lead me to freedom that I have sought my who human life are:
1. To thine own self be true
I follow it no matter what. I don’t let fear of consequences, people’s reactions or my thinking mind determine how I live in this day. I push fear aside and follow my heart. I don’t allow my ego or pride to dictate my actions.
2. Loving without conditions
It’s always about loving more, never less. I allow myself to love and be loving. Only when I give love to others, can I feel love and allow myself to be loved. It’s never in the seeking.
Truth is there is no good and bad, right and wrong, should and shouldn’t. That is the lie the ego tells us. It is a trap that keeps us isolated from God and away from the light.
I don’t cause harm to myself or others. Shutting of from God, being unwilling, stuck and not reaching for solution harms me and I, in turn, harm others.
I stay in the now. I let go of the past and stay out of the future. I allow God to work in my life and experience peace. I turn everything over. I remain present so I can see the beauty of what’s been given to me. I allow people in. I remain teachable. I stay open and allow the experience of right now.
I have been given everything I need. It’s whether I choose to recognise the gifts from God or turn away from them.
Do I live in self will and return to insanity?
Or do I let go?
The choice is mine alone.
I have alcoholism.
I heard a speaker the other day say we should be alternately called “Amnesiacs Anonymous” because even though we can be spiritually connected and well one day doesn’t mean that we don’t completely forget everything we know the next.
For some of us, the disease has progressed to the point that we need at least a daily reminder of the nature of our illness and help taking the steps to treat it.
Sometimes we need it multiple times a day.
Life is a gift.
God wants us to be happy.
Sobriety, a day without the chains of being driven by the need to drink or use, is a gift that some never even know is an option.
We never know if we have tomorrow. We never know if others will have tomorrow.
It’s important to live in today, do what we can do today and say what we need to say today.
My sponsor said to me, “Why are you taking everything so seriously? Have fun. You can do what you want, just don’t drink or use or you’re going to miss it all.” She said a lot more than that and I’m probably paraphrasing but the point is to live each day of life while I still can.
There is no right and wrong choice to make, just choices.
Also, a mentor I met with this morning told me that if I’m always looking behind me to what has happened, I’m going to miss the opportunities, people and experiences that are right in front of me.
So as I need to remember, always and everyday, peace, happiness, serenity and God, I only find in the now.