Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002

I love to introduce myself at an AA meeting as a “satisfied customer of Alcoholics Anonymous.” It says so much about the joy and gratitude I have for our wonderful society. I am one of those second-generation AA members. My mom got sober in AA when I was eight years old. Nine years later, IContinue reading “Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002”

ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout

SINCE becoming a sideline observer of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, my approach to alcoholism has undergone an almost total reorientation. For the first time I saw what peace of mind means in the achievement of sobriety and I began to consider the emotional factors involved from a very different viewpoint. In AA meetings, the roleContinue reading “ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963

I liked the article “An AA Doctor’s Prescription,” which appeared in the July issue of the Grapevine. It nicely stressed the importance of stopping the symptom of drinking. The picture showing the roots and fruits of alcoholism is graphic and intelligible. The concept “The treatment of a symptom” is, I am sure, a sound one.Continue reading “Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963”

Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking – Grapevine Article George T February 2012

A member gives us a rundown in plain English Dr. Silkworth wrote that the alcoholic becomes restless, irritable, and discontent when all he is doing is not drinking. The Big Book describes us as egocentric, egotistical, self seeking, and self-will run riot even though we don’t like to admit it. These observations were documented aroundContinue reading “Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking – Grapevine Article George T February 2012”

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”

To Grow Up – As Bill Sees It Meditation #330

Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for complete approval, utter security, and perfect romance—urges quite appropriate to age seventeen—prove to be an impossible way of life at forty-seven or fifty-seven. Since A.A. began, I’ve taken huge wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually. ‹‹Continue reading “To Grow Up – As Bill Sees It Meditation #330”

Love + Rationality = Growth – As Bill Sees It Meditation #294

It seems to me that the primary object of any human being is to grow, as God intended, that being the nature of all growing things. Our search must be for what reality we can find, which includes the best definition and feeling of love that we can acquire. If the capability of loving isContinue reading “Love + Rationality = Growth – As Bill Sees It Meditation #294”

Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291

“I believe that when we were active alcoholics we drank mostly to kill pain of one kind or another—physical or emotional or psychic. Of course, everybody has a cracking point, and I suppose you reached yours—hence, the resort once more to the bottle. “If I were you, I wouldn’t heap devastating blame on myself forContinue reading “Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291”

“Perfect” Humility – As Bill Sees It Meditation #106

For myself, I try to seek out the truest definition of humility that I can. This will not be the perfect definition, because I shall always be imperfect. At this writing, I would choose one like this: “Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims thatContinue reading ““Perfect” Humility – As Bill Sees It Meditation #106″

A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV

Watch the new life and feel its awakening EACH spring, as I watch the green shoots in the earth struggle towards the light, I am reminded of another spring and another struggle. As I watch the buds on the trees begin to open, as if they were awakening from a long sleep, I am remindedContinue reading “A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV”