Started on page 14 of Bill’s Story beginning of paragraph 2: ‘These were revolutionary and drastic proposals…’ until end of the paragraph: ‘God comes to most men gradually, but His impact on me was sudden and profound.’
1 a) How have you made recovery a way of life? What are your priorities?
1 b) Or how have you not made it a way of life and just put it on a shelf with the Big Book and take it down on Thursday morning?
1 c) Are you in the 12-step program just to stop doing something? Or are you willing to take the whole of this and bring it not just into the area of your addiction, but into every aspect of your life?
1 d) Write on your relationship with your HP, with your spouse, children, work, neighbors, spiritual community, extended family, your town, etc.
1e) What do you believe in and how do you do to nurture the ideal and make it alive in your life?
2) How is your willingness for this way of Life? Are you willing to go to any lengths, to tell the truth even when the truth won’t be comfortable.
2 a) How honest are you?
2b) Are you willing to be humble today?
3) Do you want to be right with God or do you still want to be popular?
4) Write out the difference between selfishness and self-caring.
5) On a daily, weekly, monthly basis what are you doing in a self-caring way (or you may get an awareness that you do not do anything self-caring)
6) What are you still doing in a selfish manner?
Thursday Morning Group, May 24, 2012
Questions: Bills Story page 13 paragraph 4, through page 14 paragraph 1
1) How do I test my God consciousness? Expand on it.
2) When in doubt over anything what are you going to do? Write out an action plan and prayer.
3) “Thy will not mine be done”. Explore what that means to you.
4) What’s the difference between selfishness and self care?
4 b.) Give one example where you’ve been selfish over self caring.
4 c.) Give one example where you’ve been self caring over selfish.
5) Describe the new way of living a self caring, unselfish life?
( week 20 ) Big Book Step Study Workshop 17 May 2012
From the start of the 2nd paragraph page 13 of Bill’s story: ‘There I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me as He would.’
Until end of the next paragraph: ‘I was to right all such matters to the utmost of my ability.’
How not to rest on your Laurels Workshop (Was done by Stephanie in the fall of 2011 and you can listen online
Instructions on how to do a Quiet Time and what the Big Book says about prayer and mediation.
For a two part summary of steps 1-3 (1.5 hours each) 641-715-3900
Part one (from Doctor’s Opinion to Page 20) pin number: 235934#
Part two (from page 20 onwards) pin number: 578290#
Stephanie welcomes questions:
In 1960 Bill Wilson gave a talk: The 12 reasons why people slip.
1. Rebellion against God. Against the principles and the traditions and suggestions of the program.
2. Illusion of being cured.
3. Carelessness: not caring enough to do morning prayer, meditation and guidance; not doing the evening review regularly; not taking others through all 12 steps.
4. Complacency: not doing the above.
5. Guilt over wrongs that we refused to stop doing.
6. Too little self-forgiveness.
7. Too little prayer.
8. Don’t find spiritual resources. Not doing what is stated above (nos. 3 & 4). Not really seeking resources in spiritual mentor, community, books, etc.
9. Physical illness.
11. Anxious and fearful (have not learned to love).
12. Depression (which indicates suppressed anger, which indicates unfinished inventory and amends).
To learn more about Dr Bob and Bill Wilson read: ‘Dr Bob and the Good Old-timers’, ‘Pass It On’ and Dick B’s writing on AA history:
Find the description of humility in the seventh step in 12 x 12.
Look up: laurels (as in ‘resting on your laurels’), humble, unreservedly, care, direction.
1.Write in your own words, including ‘to do with me as you would’, how you would humbly offer yourself to the God of your understanding. And then speak it aloud. (If uncomfortable sharing it with your buddy group, say you wrote it out and humbly offered yourself to the care of the God of your understanding).
2a. What does God’s care look like?
b. How does your higher power give you directions?
c. How does care differ from direction?
d. Are you willing to put yourself unreservedly under God’s care?
e. Are you willing to put yourself under His direction?
Soul Work: Chapter 1 Bills Story; pages 12 and 13.
Words: convinced, humble willingness, delirium tremens, abandon, trudge
1 a) What is your definition of complete willingness?
1 b) How does that (definition of complete willingness) show up in your life?
1 c) What do you do when you admit to yourself you are not completely willing?
1 d) What did Bill see in his friend, upon which he might build a foundation of complete willingness?
2) Are you convinced that a Higher Power is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough?
3 a) How do we get a foundation in the God of our understanding?
4 a) When did you see?
4 b) When did you feel?
4 c) When did you believe?
5 a) Write about your scales of pride.
5 b) Write about your scales of prejudice today?
5 c) When did it (scales of pride and prejudice) fall from your eyes?
5 d) Are you seeing a new world of hope, love and tolerance as your code?
6) Next time you speak at your Step One Fellowship, speak on God is everything or God is nothing
(Week 18) Big Book Step Study Workshop 3rd May 2012
Started on last line of page 11 ‘…I see that my friend was much more than inwardly reorganized.’ until end of 3rd paragraph page 12 ‘…Would I have it? Of course I would!’
prejudice: strong feelings of antipathy and hostility, opposition.
contempt prior to investigation: prejudice.
Page 570: “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” Herbert Spencer
look up: vestiges, antipathy, Czar, novel, foundation.
1a) Are you inwardly reorganized?
1b) Are you on a different footing?
1c) Are your roots grasping a new soil?
1d) Where do you want God to take you?
2. If you have any vestiges of prejudice concerning God write about what your fear is.
3a) Write on being willing to be willing to believe.
3b) How does that help you in your recovery?
3c) How would you explain being willing to be willing to a newcomer?
4a) Write about what Bill says is required to make a beginning.
4b) Are there any requirements in 12-step fellowship meetings?
4c) If you don’t know what the requirements are in your step one fellowship, look it up in your meeting list. Are there closed meetings?
5. Why is growing in a willingness to believe in a power greater than myself, the most important part of my recovery foundation?
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You can listen to our recorded meetings at (641) 715-3900, pin 95666# for our Thursday Big Book Step Study workshop. You can also hear our Tuesday Big Book Study recordings at (641) 715-3900, pin 298913#. These meetings can be accessed at any time.