Domination And Demand – As Bill Sees It #176

The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being. Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating people we know, or we depend upon them far too much. If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or laterContinue reading “Domination And Demand – As Bill Sees It #176”

Prayer & Mediation – Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)

Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuableContinue reading “Prayer & Mediation – Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)”

The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.

Continuing work on the Steps will keep us connected with I HAD COME to the AA program and had found a new way to live. Life was good. I experienced a level of freedom and happiness I had never before known. Then, after almost five years of peaceful, contented sobriety, the honeymoon was over. InContinue reading “The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.”

Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.

This AA says we need to feel free to look into “every dark cranny of the past” in order to understand ourselves I recently heard at a meeting, “If you really work the Third Step fully, like I did, you won’t need any outside help.” The next person added that his sponsor had told himContinue reading “Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.”

Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.

Chains of bitterness toward his mother are shattered through forgiveness Returning from school, halfway down the hall leading to my apartment, I smelled the familiar mixed odors of smoke and booze. With dread in my heart, I knew what I was about to face: my drunken mother in her messy housecoat, sitting on a chairContinue reading “Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.”

Living With Unresolved Problems – Just For Today Meditation November 2nd

It makes a difference to have friends who care when we hurt For most of our problems, the solution is simple. We call our sponsor, pray, work the steps, or go to a meeting. But what about those situations where the burden is ongoing and there’s no end in sight? Most of us know whatContinue reading “Living With Unresolved Problems – Just For Today Meditation November 2nd”

Surveying The Past – As Bill Sees It #111

We should make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people. In many instances we shall find that, though the harm done to others has not been great, we have nevertheless done ourselves considerable injury. Then, too, damaging emotional conflicts persist below the level of consciousness, veryContinue reading “Surveying The Past – As Bill Sees It #111”

Running The Whole Show – As Bill Sees It #320

Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show and is forever trying to arrange the lights, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished,Continue reading “Running The Whole Show – As Bill Sees It #320”

In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous

About a year ago I read an article written by Bill W. titled “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.” He wrote this article late in his AA recovery and it deals with that wonderfully terrifying realm–beyond not drinking. To me, it was the most powerful thing he ever wrote, along with the Big Book. It openedContinue reading “In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous”

Uncover , Discover and Discard – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book & Sandy B Talk

Sandy B. Step 10/11 Talks Sandy B., one of the most effective AA speakers over the last 30 years, delivered an outstanding talk about Step 10/11 that is both very entertaining and incredibly insightful. If you enjoy this talk , you might want to check out other talks from Sandy which are all accessible from the Recordings Menu of theContinue reading “Uncover , Discover and Discard – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book & Sandy B Talk”