A Realm Beyond Craving – Grapevine Article March 1950 by N.H.

The statement is often made in AA that our problem is primarily one of “right thinking”–a problem of the intellect–and that the more thoroughly we can rid ourselves of our emotions, the better. But we also know we can no more stop feeling than we can stop breathing. Any situation in which we find ourselvesContinue reading “A Realm Beyond Craving – Grapevine Article March 1950 by N.H.”

Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.

WE AAs are everywhere developing a keener sense of our history and the meaning of its turning points. Moreover, I believe that we are getting a right sense of our history; something of the utmost importance indeed. The world’s past reveals that many societies and nations have fallen victims to fear and pride, or to their aggressiveContinue reading “Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.”

To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to doContinue reading “To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188”

Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196

When our failings generate fear, we then have soul-sickness. This sickness, in turn, generates still more character defects. Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when theContinue reading “Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196”

The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.

Eighteen years ago I made a beginning in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. For nine years I’d hidden literature about AA in my bureau drawer before I finally began to learn what the words in these pamphlets really meant. When I first came into the rooms of AA, I was a bit grandiose. I’d sitContinue reading “The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.”

The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.

It may be heard in the rising and falling of a child’s breath at night In May 1993, I entered the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the midst of a very painful divorce resulting from years of alcohol abuse on my part. My two children, aged two and three at the time, were caught inContinue reading “The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.”

Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.

News arrived yesterday of Billy’s death. He was just a boy when I met him, probably around ten. Raised with two other siblings in a loving middle-class suburban home, he would grow up to be what most people would consider a successful young man, marrying and starting a lucrative career in a major city’s financialContinue reading “Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.”

Prayer & Meditation- 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 & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)”

Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948

It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement. For me, there is double gratification in the realization that, more than thirteen years ago, an all-wise Providence,Continue reading “Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948”

Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W

Note – The section of this article in bold below may be a useful way of supplement to the section of the AA Big Book Chapter ’A Vision For You’ which recounts the humbling origins of A.A. and the essential beginning of one alcoholic helping another that is still its foundation. You can see thisContinue reading “Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W”