Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.

There is something better to be found, but one has to give up to find it Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, phychiatrist and friend of AA, said, “. . .The two essential ingredients to maintaining sobriety are . . . the preservation of a reduced ego and the continued presence of humility. ” In the followingContinue reading “Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.”

Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1

“It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” 1.Continue reading “Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1”

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.”

An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H

If there’s something deep inside that’s smarter and kinder, then why not listen to it? What if there is no God? This question has haunted me periodically throughout my sobriety. If my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, what happens if there is no God? Some say IContinue reading “An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H”

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”

Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120

12th Step Theme – “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 experi – ence the kind of giving that asks no rewards . HereContinue reading “Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.”

The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W

THE GREATEST GIFT that can come to anybody is a spiritual awakening. Without doubt this would be the certain verdict of every well-recovered alcoholic in AA’s entire fellowship. So, then, what is this “spiritual awakening” this “transforming experience”? How can we receive it and what does it do? To begin with, a spiritual awakening isContinue reading “The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W”

AA 12 Principles

Here are one version of the principles that underlie each of AA steps. This is not definitive but one presentation that is generally accepted about what principles may be useful in the practice of these in “all of our affairs”. Step 1. Honesty Step 2. Hope Step 3. Faith Step 4. Courage Step 5. IntegrityContinue reading “AA 12 Principles”

Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85

When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state ofContinue reading “Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85”