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”

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.”

Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63

The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to runContinue reading “Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63”

An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas

BECAUSE OF my “creativity” and my “inquisitive” mind–I thought–I was willing to throw any idea out the window if I didn’t think the speaker was talking to me. In my early days in the Fellowship, I lived with anxiety and resentments. I tried to offset my ongoing problem with work around AA as group secretary,Continue reading “An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas”

9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed beforewe are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. NoContinue reading “9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84”

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”

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”

Unconditional Acceptance – BB pg 98

“It is not the matter of giving that is in question, but when and how to give. That often makes the difference between failure and success. The minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God. He clamors for this or that, claimingContinue reading “Unconditional Acceptance – BB pg 98”