Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.

SOMEWHERE along the line, I bought a bill of goods that said I should never have to be uncomfortable. I bought it as a child and used the things of children to make it so. Later, I used alcohol to make it more so. Alcohol failed, and I had to find a substitute. I cameContinue reading “Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.”

Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous

IN Bill’s January Grapevine article, the value of anonymity as group protection and insurance was spelled out in letters big enough for a blind man to see. It drove home the importance of anonymity to AA’s survival and continued effectiveness. Of equal interest to me,[1] however, were the suggestions scattered throughout that anonymity is no ordinary insuranceContinue reading “Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous”

The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P

We all have painful emotions and memories to deal with when we get sober. Long-buried feelings surface, and we begin to see how much pain we caused ourselves and the people who cared about us. Can we live with this pain? I am coming to believe that we can, if we allow pain to flow,Continue reading “The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P”

Big Book Meditation Recording

As we further explore and develop our meditation practices , I wanted to offer up this beautiful meditation which uses exclusively Big Book quotes. These quotes include the Big Book instructions on the 11th step, 3rd step prayer, 9th step promises, key assertions from the last page of the Big Book (page 164), and theContinue reading “Big Book Meditation Recording”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O

Viewing herself through a brand new lens brought her spirituality into sharp focus Recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body requires we apply the principles learned in Alcoholics Anonymous in every area of our lives. The program has the unprecedented ability to quickly relieve our obsession to drink, should we be willing.Continue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O”

11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair,Continue reading “11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve”

Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

AT ONE OF our recent closed meetings here in Toledo, the moderator touched off a lively discussion by introducing “anger” as the evening’s topic. We heard almost as many viewpoints and opinions as there were members present. We also received some valuable information for future program-working. At the outset, there was some confusion about theContinue reading “Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.

I CAME INTO AA reluctantly, with real reservations, especially in emotional areas of my life. When I heard that even righteous indignation was something alcoholics could not afford to indulge in, I felt not only puzzled but put-upon by the very group that I had hoped could help me. After all, what was I supposedContinue reading “It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.”

Accepting Success or Failure – AA Daily Reflection December 26th

Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievementsContinue reading “Accepting Success or Failure – AA Daily Reflection December 26th”

Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.

Aided by the “limitless hope and boundless grace” of AA, she took the Step that changed her life I often hear at meetings that Step One is the only Step that must be practiced perfectly. But is practicing perfectly oxymoronic? As a perfectionist and as an alcoholic, I had a problem with this. Fortunately, myContinue reading “Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.”