Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963

BILL W.’S LETTER TO CARL JUNG January 23, 1961 Professor Dr. C. G. Jung Küsnacht-Zürich Seestrasse 228 Switzerland My dear Dr. Jung:           This letter of great appreciation has been very long overdue.           May I first introduce myself as Bill W., a co-founder of the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous. Though you have surely heardContinue reading “Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963”

Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2

The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.     Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personalityContinue reading “Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2”

Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they canContinue reading “Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion”

Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B

Below is an extract from this article that captures some of the key messages from this compelling article about humility. ” I have heard humility defined as a state of being teachable. In that sense, most of us who are able to stay sober have acquired at least a smattering of it, or we neverContinue reading “Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B”

Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552

AN EVER-GROWING FREEDOM ‘ We saw that we did not need to be bludgeoned or beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, notContinue reading “Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552”

Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961

There can be no absolute humility for us humans . At best , we can only glimpse the meaning and splendor of such a perfect ideal . As the book Alcoholics Anonymous says : “ We are not saints . . . we claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection . ” Only God himselfContinue reading “Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961”

12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55

A.A . experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them . If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers , and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember , ifContinue reading “12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55”

Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8

It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained. Understanding myself now, I fared forth in high hope. For three or fourContinue reading “Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8”