The Spiritual Awakening – 12 & 12 summary of the first 11 steps pages 107-109

Step One showed us an amazing paradox : We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it . In Step Two we saw that since we could not restore ourselves to sanity , some Higher Power must necessarily do soContinue reading “The Spiritual Awakening – 12 & 12 summary of the first 11 steps pages 107-109”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.”

Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85

When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state ofContinue reading “Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85”

Toward Honesty – As Bill See It #17

The perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. **************** The deception of othersContinue reading “Toward Honesty – As Bill See It #17”

Seeking Through Meditation – Grapevine Article April 1969 by AA Doctor

A member who has applied himself to improving his conscious contact with his Higher Power spells out the basic steps in the practice of meditation “SOMETIMES, when friends tell us how well we are doing, we know better inside. We know we aren’t doing well enough. We still can’t handle life, as life is. ThereContinue reading “Seeking Through Meditation – Grapevine Article April 1969 by AA Doctor”

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”