Seeking Fool’s Gold – As Bill Sees It Reflection #12

Pride is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress. Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and a place in society becomes the primary objectContinue reading “Seeking Fool’s Gold – As Bill Sees It Reflection #12”

Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1

“It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” 1.Continue reading “Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1”

A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finallyContinue reading “A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37”

Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327

The immediate object of our quest is sobriety—freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to deal with those character defects which have landed us in that helpless condition. In thisContinue reading “Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327”

Out of the Dark – As Bill Sees It Page 10

Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. With it comes the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to goContinue reading “Out of the Dark – As Bill Sees It Page 10”

Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office

A.A.’s program of recovery is spiritual, but the hands-on action of two drunks – one sober, the other new or returning from a slip-helping each other is what glues it together, as our co-founders quickly found out. Looking back on their relationship some years later, Bill W. observed, “Dr. Bob did not need me forContinue reading “Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office”

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”

3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’

210 Out of Bondage At Step Three, many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: “God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that myContinue reading “3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’”