4th Step Fear Inventory – Practice These Principles by Ray A.

Healthy and Unhealthy Fear Overcoming our fear is not always a good thing. We ought to have feared drinking, suggests the Big Book, for we knew how much suffering and humiliation it had wrought. But we did not. We lacked “the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove”Continue reading “4th Step Fear Inventory – Practice These Principles by Ray A.”

Character Building – Daily Reflection April 2nd

Character Building Demand made upon other people for too much attention, protection , and love can only invite domination or revulsion…TWELVE STEPS&TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 44 When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect. I wanted to think of it more as anContinue reading “Character Building – Daily Reflection April 2nd”

Self-centered fear, character defects and using our 4th step inventory to ”commence to outgrow fear”

Let’s use a combination of AA literature to better understand this important topic as we examine some key questions What is the root of our problems ? (Big Book pg 62) Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity? Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is theContinue reading “Self-centered fear, character defects and using our 4th step inventory to ”commence to outgrow fear””

Emotional Sobriety – As Bill Sees It # 288

If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependency and its consequent unhealthy demand. Let us, with God’s help, continually surrender these hobbling liabilities. Then we can be set free to live and love; we may then be able to twelfth-step ourselves, asContinue reading “Emotional Sobriety – As Bill Sees It # 288”

When Our Instincts Tyrannize Us – Twelve & Twelve / Step 4 pg 42

Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. Without them we wouldn’t be complete human beings. If men and women didn’t exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival. If they didn’t reproduce, the earth wouldn’t be populated. If there were noContinue reading “When Our Instincts Tyrannize Us – Twelve & Twelve / Step 4 pg 42”

Facing Criticism – As Bill Sees It #56

Sometimes, we register surprise, shock, and anger when people find fault with A.A. We are apt to be disturbed to such an extent that wecannot benefit by constructive criticism. This sort of resentment makes no friends and achieves no constructive purpose. Certainly, this is an area in which we can improve. << << << >>Continue reading “Facing Criticism – As Bill Sees It #56”

Seeing & Accepting Our Reality – 12 & 12 pages 122 -125

This extract from Step 12 can be thought of as a high level roadmap for helping us understand our ongoing journey toward emotional sobriety as we grow in maturity and balance. This journey has no ceiling ; we can always be in a mode of expansion. Bill W more deeply explored these themes in hisContinue reading “Seeing & Accepting Our Reality – 12 & 12 pages 122 -125”

From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S

She couldn’t believe that she was actually an alcoholic until the night after her first meeting Although I didn’t start drinking until I was in college, my alcoholic mind was developing from the moment I was born. That I had an alcoholic mind in my teenage years was evident from the poetry I was writingContinue reading “From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S”

Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger

*Extracted from various chapters of 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety. These extracts were based upon the book quotations and supporting materials when searching on ’surrender’ What Is The Relationship Between Surrender & Emotional Sobriety Bill W struggled with depression for most of his life. He took on his depression in recovery. For the firstContinue reading “Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger”

Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H

My sponsor got a chuckle out of my first reaction to the over-stuffed garbage can. I was once again reminded that if I learn to laugh at myself, I can have a lifetime of entertainment. I walked out to the curb to bring our empty trash can back to the house. As I grabbed theContinue reading “Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H”