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”

Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107

The joy of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our dailyContinue reading “Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107”

5th Step Forgiveness – 12&12 page 57,58

This vital step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had done or thought. Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisors that we first felt truly able to forgive others , no matter howContinue reading “5th Step Forgiveness – 12&12 page 57,58”

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”

Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2

The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.     Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personalityContinue reading “Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2”

Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B

Below is an extract from this article that captures some of the key messages from this compelling article about humility. ” I have heard humility defined as a state of being teachable. In that sense, most of us who are able to stay sober have acquired at least a smattering of it, or we neverContinue reading “Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B”

Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552

AN EVER-GROWING FREEDOM ‘ We saw that we did not need to be bludgeoned or beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, notContinue reading “Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552”

Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961

There can be no absolute humility for us humans . At best , we can only glimpse the meaning and splendor of such a perfect ideal . As the book Alcoholics Anonymous says : “ We are not saints . . . we claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection . ” Only God himselfContinue reading “Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961”