Step 10 Highlights Week 1, 2, 3, and 4

Step 10 Acid Test (page 88) – Can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions. Benefits of Self-Searching & Examination (page 88) – More experienced people, in all times and places, have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism.  For the wise among us have always known that noContinue reading “Step 10 Highlights Week 1, 2, 3, and 4”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It

Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong. Either we were shy, and dared not draw near others, or we were noisy good fellows constantly craving attention and companionship, butContinue reading “To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It”

True Independence of the Spirit – As Bill Sees It (Meditation #26)

The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are. Therefore, dependence as A.A. practices it is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit. At the level of everyday living, it is startling to discover how dependent we really are, and how unconscious of thatContinue reading “True Independence of the Spirit – As Bill Sees It (Meditation #26)”

Satisfactions of Right Living As Bill Sees It # 254

How wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy . Not many of us can be leaders of prominence , nor do we wish to be . Service gladly rendered , obligations squarely met , troubles well accepted orContinue reading “Satisfactions of Right Living As Bill Sees It # 254”

The Choice – Grapevine Article June 1991 Isabella H.

Step Six – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character All of them? As Bill W. points out in the chapter on Step Six in the “Twelve and Twelve,” “Some people, of course, may conclude that they are indeed ready to have all these defects taken from them. But evenContinue reading “The Choice – Grapevine Article June 1991 Isabella H.”

Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It

Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate with only those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and the ultimate utility of pain (Letter 1950) Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we AA’s can agree with him, forContinue reading “Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It”

Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107

The joy of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our dailyContinue reading “Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107”

Take Step Eleven – Bill W Grapevine 1958

When it comes to the practice of AA’s Step Eleven — “ 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 ” — I’m sure I am still very much inContinue reading “Take Step Eleven – Bill W Grapevine 1958”

5th Step – Clarity pg 59

Because we were still bothered by fear , self-pity, and hurt feelings , it was probable that we couldn’t appraise ourselves fairly at all. Too much guilt and remorse might cause us to dramatize and exaggerate our shortcomings. Or anger or pride might be the smoke screen under which we were hiding some of ourContinue reading “5th Step – Clarity pg 59”