Daily Reflections – June 3rd On A Wing And A Prayer by Nan From New Jersey

. . . we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76 Steps Four and Five were difficult, but worthwhile. Now I was stuck on Step Six and, in despair, I picked up the Big Book and read this passage. I was outside, praying for willingness, when IContinue reading “Daily Reflections – June 3rd On A Wing And A Prayer by Nan From New Jersey”

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”

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”

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”

Take Step Eleven – Bill W Grapevine 1958

When it comes to the practice of AA’s Step Eleven — “ Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him , praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out ” — I’m sure I am still very much inContinue reading “Take Step Eleven – Bill W Grapevine 1958”

Spiritus Contra Spiritum – High Spirit Against Low Spirit

Addiction has been understood in terms of a spiritual craving for wholeness, freedom, and transformation. It is not by coincidence that the Latin root of “addict” connotes the idea of a willing slave, or one who has become enslaved by so many acts of willing devotion. Once the pursuit of the special release from self,Continue reading “Spiritus Contra Spiritum – High Spirit Against Low Spirit”

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”

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”

Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they canContinue reading “Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion”