The Choice – Grapevine Article June 1991 Isabella H.

Step Six – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character All of them? As Bill W. points out in the chapter on Step Six in the “Twelve and Twelve,” “Some people, of course, may conclude that they are indeed ready to have all these defects taken from them. But evenContinue reading “The Choice – Grapevine Article June 1991 Isabella H.”

Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It

Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate with only those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and the ultimate utility of pain (Letter 1950) Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we AA’s can agree with him, forContinue reading “Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It”

Individual In Relation To AA as a Group – Grapevine July 1946 and essay in Language of the Heart by Bill W

It may be that Alcoholics Anonymous is a new form of human society . The first of our Twelve Points of AA Tradition states : “ Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole . AA must continue to live or most of us will surely die . HenceContinue reading “Individual In Relation To AA as a Group – Grapevine July 1946 and essay in Language of the Heart by Bill W”

Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63

The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to runContinue reading “Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63”

An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas

BECAUSE OF my “creativity” and my “inquisitive” mind–I thought–I was willing to throw any idea out the window if I didn’t think the speaker was talking to me. In my early days in the Fellowship, I lived with anxiety and resentments. I tried to offset my ongoing problem with work around AA as group secretary,Continue reading “An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas”

9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed beforewe are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. NoContinue reading “9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84”

Letter of Carl Jung to Bill W

Dear Mr. W.:           Your letter has been very welcome indeed.           I had no news from Roland H. any more and often wondered what has been his fate. Our conversation which he has adequately reported to you had an aspect of which he did not know. The reason that I could not tell himContinue reading “Letter of Carl Jung to Bill W”

Living Sober – Dealing With Anger

Anger in all its aspects is a universal human problem . But it poses a special threat to alcoholics : Our own anger can kill us . Recovered alcoholics almost unanimously agree that hostility , grudges , or resentments often make us want to drink , so we need to be vigilant against such feelingsContinue reading “Living Sober – Dealing With Anger”

GUGOGS Grapevine Subscription

GUGOGS now has a Grapevine Subscription which includes access to seven decades of Grapevine archives. There is a decent search engine (as well as topic index) for these Grapevine articles. You can save articles that you find interesting as discussion topics for the group. You can also email these articles to yourself and I’d beContinue reading “GUGOGS Grapevine Subscription”

Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963

BILL W.’S LETTER TO CARL JUNG January 23, 1961 Professor Dr. C. G. Jung Küsnacht-Zürich Seestrasse 228 Switzerland My dear Dr. Jung:           This letter of great appreciation has been very long overdue.           May I first introduce myself as Bill W., a co-founder of the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous. Though you have surely heardContinue reading “Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963”