(week 61) 28 February 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
12 x 12 Step One: From start of the last paragraph on page 22 ‘In AA’s pioneering time…’ until line eight on page 23 ‘…did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness.’
Underline: top line on page 23 ‘realizing how hopeless they actually were.’
Look up: hopeless, fervor
Q1. What does hopeless mean to you?
Q2. Do you get it? Be honest and if you don’t, say so.
Q3 Are you seeking God with all the fervor with which the drowning person will seize a life preserver?
(week 60) 21 February 2013 12-Step Study Big Book Workshop
Foreword of 12 x 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous pages 15-18.
underline start of 3rd paragraph: ‘AA’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature…’
underline on page 17 at bottom of second paragraph: ‘basic text’
Big Book He Sold Himself Short page 263: lists the original six steps of AA.
look up: score, codified, perplexity and welter.
Q1. How can a set of traditional principles, having no legal force at all, hold the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in unity and effectiveness?
Q2. What does it really mean to be abstinent/sober in your fellowship today?
Q3. What do you think is the unique and valuable service of AA recovery and the traditions?
Q4. On page 5, Contents, read the 12 steps and the 12 traditions.
(59) 14 February 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
AA 12 x 12 Step One page 22 beginning of first paragraph:
‘When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted.’ Until
the end of the paragraph: ‘…ever since man had first crushed grapes.’
look up: revolted, self-confidence, subtle, conquest and unaided will.
If God/Higher Power has brought you to it, God/HP will bring you through it.
Q1. Write on your experience of this slogan.
Q2a) Write about when were you ‘first challenged to admit defeat’.
b) Write about your recovery.
c) Most of us revolted. Write about your revolt.
d) What other areas are you revolting over that you have you been challenged to admit defeat?
e) Or perhaps you are not revolting and are instead admitting defeat?
…self-confidence was no good whatsoever; in fact, it was a total liability – own this.
Q3a) What motives and expectations did you have when you came into your step one fellowship? Did you expect to be taught self-confidence?
b) What does self-confidence mean to you today as a recovering person?
Q4. I need you more than you need me. Write on this.
underline: first we were smitten by an insane urge
‘The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of he body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process.
Q5. Draw a sword and put on top the insane urge and your thoughts, your will power, self-discipline – all the ‘selfs.’ Then on the bottom put your allergy.
(week 58) 7 February 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
AA 12 x 12 Step One page 21 from beginning of of third paragraph:
‘But upon entering AA we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation.’ ending on top of page 22 ‘…complete defeat is the main
taproot from which our whole society has sprung and flowered.’
If you do not already have a copy, buy the AA 12 x 12.
Look up: unmanageable, disciplined, devastating, weakness, consequences, precarious, facts and taproot.
1. Think about and jot down what it means to take a public surrender i.e. with the entire workshop group. [One Thursday (off the recording) will be devoted to this with everybody that comes live surrendering. All others will be able to e-mail Stephanie and she can e-mail or call you back].
2 Sit in meditation and ask God to show you where you are (and where you have been) unmanageable and really get real with yourself about areas of unmanageability.
3.Notice that step one starts with ‘We’ admitted.
Take the ‘we’ and put the triangle on it and fill in what Stephanie gave us when we first started. Write on the spiritual ‘we’ a year later.
4. Write on: ‘How my particular disciplines are God honoring today’.
5a. When you were active what was one of the most humiliating situations you had and did that bring utter defeat?
b) Or did you go on and have more and more humiliating situations?
c) Are you willing to share this situation of humiliation from the podium?
6. How did you find recovery? Was it on the computer, did you know somebody, etc.?
[Get your story distinct so it can be tight when asked to speak. i.e. What it was like, how you found recovery and what it is like today. The latter part needs to be the heavy lifting in your story].
7. Did you join any recovery fellowship(s) and not put down your substance? What was your experience?
[If you can relate to Stephanie’s 24 years in food recovery fellowships before she could put down the food, write on that. If not, leave this question].
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the man taproot from which our whole society has sprung and flowered.
8. What does ‘no enduring strength’ mean to you personally?
9. What do you mean when you say to someone, ‘I will walk beside you’?
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