Satisfactions of Right Living As Bill Sees It # 254

How wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy . Not many of us can be leaders of prominence , nor do we wish to be . Service gladly rendered , obligations squarely met , troubles well accepted orContinue reading “Satisfactions of Right Living As Bill Sees It # 254”

Isolation – Are You Kidding? Ruth H. Grapevine July 2020

Who said change is easy? Staying sober and sane through a health crisis requires all the Steps she’s got Without the support of my Twelve Step programs, I don’t know that I could navigate the kind of change that’s happening now. As it became obvious that COVID-19 was going to impact our world and myContinue reading “Isolation – Are You Kidding? Ruth H. Grapevine July 2020”

‘AA Tradition How It Developed’ – Bill W 1955

How shall we A.A.’s best preserve our unity? That is the subject of this booklet. When an alcoholic applies the Twelve Steps of our recovery program to his personal life, his disintegration stops and his unification begins. The Power which now holds him together in one piece overcomes those forces which had rent him apart.Continue reading “‘AA Tradition How It Developed’ – Bill W 1955”

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”

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”