Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout

My first two or three years of contact with AA were the most exciting in my whole professional life. AA was then in its miracle phase; everything that happened seemed strange, wonderful, out of this world. Hopeless drunks were being lifted out of the gutter. Individuals who had sought every known means of help, without success, wereContinue reading “What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD

“And there was Dr. Harry Tiebout, our first friend of psychiatry, who very early began to use AA concepts in his own practice…” Bill W. in AA Comes of Age THE AA program of help is touched with elements of true inspiration, and in no place is that inspiration more evident than in the selection of itsContinue reading “When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD”

Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291

“I believe that when we were active alcoholics we drank mostly to kill pain of one kind or another—physical or emotional or psychic. Of course, everybody has a cracking point, and I suppose you reached yours—hence, the resort once more to the bottle. “If I were you, I wouldn’t heap devastating blame on myself forContinue reading “Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291”

“Perfect” Humility – As Bill Sees It Meditation #106

For myself, I try to seek out the truest definition of humility that I can. This will not be the perfect definition, because I shall always be imperfect. At this writing, I would choose one like this: “Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims thatContinue reading ““Perfect” Humility – As Bill Sees It Meditation #106″

A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV

Watch the new life and feel its awakening EACH spring, as I watch the green shoots in the earth struggle towards the light, I am reminded of another spring and another struggle. As I watch the buds on the trees begin to open, as if they were awakening from a long sleep, I am remindedContinue reading “A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV”

True Independence of the Spirit – As Bill Sees It (Meditation #26)

The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are. Therefore, dependence as A.A. practices it is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit. At the level of everyday living, it is startling to discover how dependent we really are, and how unconscious of thatContinue reading “True Independence of the Spirit – As Bill Sees It (Meditation #26)”

Suffering Transmuted & Giving Thanks – As Bill Sees It Meditations 35 & 266

“A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.”   1. LETTER, 1959 ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ›› ›› ›› For Dr. Bob, the insatiable craving for alcohol was evidently a physical phenomenon which bedeviled several of his first years in A.A.,Continue reading “Suffering Transmuted & Giving Thanks – As Bill Sees It Meditations 35 & 266”

Daily Acceptance – Meditation #44 As Bill Sees It

“ Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others . This is a most subtle and perverse form of self – satisfaction , which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects . Too often we are heard to say , ‘ If it weren’t forContinue reading “Daily Acceptance – Meditation #44 As Bill Sees It”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article Extract by Bill W Nov 1960 ( Med #327 As Bill Sees It)

In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course the immediate object of our quest is sobriety–freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to dealContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article Extract by Bill W Nov 1960 ( Med #327 As Bill Sees It)”