week 82 Big Book Step Study Workshop
We Agnostics page 53 2nd paragraph first sentence:‘When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing.’
Next to the sentence above write: Key to self-responsibility
Look up: crushed, self-imposed, crisis
When we became alcoholics…
Q1 How did you become an alcoholic ? (Substitute your step one addiction for alcohol).
Q2. What are you doing with a crisis in your life?
Q3a. Are you being crushed by self-imposed crisis, your own feelings, trying to handle it on your own? Write about it.
Q3b. Are you going to the God of your understanding when you know there is a crisis and your feelings are going to be triggered? Write about it.
Q3c. OR – are you trying to handle it on your own , thinking and creating a self-imposed crisis by thinking that you can get yourself to think right/ act right/ do the next Right action without the help of your Higher Power?
(week 81) 18 July 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
We Agnostics page 53 the entire 1st paragraph beginning: ‘Logic is great stuff…’
until ‘We don’t know.’
Beside “power to reason” write: I over E – intellect over emotion.
Look up: evidence
Logic is great stuff. We liked it.
1. What does that mean to you?
2. Do you like your feelings?
3. Do you put intellect (logic) above emotions (feelings)?
Explore where you are at when it comes to logic and feelings.
It is not by chance we were given the power to reason.
4. Do you take your power to reason for granted?
5. Who do you know that has lost their power to reason?
Week 80— July 11, 2013
We Agnostics Page 52 from start of 2nd paragraph: ‘We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn’t apply to our human problems…’ ending second line top of page 53: ‘…we began to feel like those who had insisted the Wrights would never fly.’
Look up: bedevilment, reliance, self-sufficiency
1. Rewrite paragraph 2 on page 52. Own it and Replace each ‘we’ with your name or “I”.
1a. Read it to your buddy.
1b. Write on whatever from this paragraph is still a problem in your life. [examples: problems with relationships, you’re an under-earner, in an abusive job, in a high-stress job which is taking over your life. Do you have a feeling of uselessness? Are you full of fear or can’t seem to be of real help to other people or your family?].
2. Who do you know in your intimate recovery group that solves problems with simple reliance upon God? Have a conversation with this person and ask what they do to solve problems with God’s help. Ask what process they use and how did they do it? (Quiet time, inventory and accountability would be Stephanie’s answer to this question)
3. Ask this person and then yourself: What would simple reliance upon a God of your understanding look like? How would it change your life?
4a. Are you willing at the end of the day or during the day to do a 10th step on how you were relying on your Higher Power?
4b. Are you willing to let go of your ideas of what it looks like to run your life? Are you willing to apply the “God idea” (simple reliance on God) in place of your own ideas?
5. Write about God’s idea of a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe instead of your own idea?
6a. Do you have self-sufficiency?
6b. If so, in what area(s) do you have it and how is self-sufficiency working in that area?
7c. Are you willing to put God-sufficiency into those areas of your life?
8. What accomplishments in your life have you done against the odds that you can attribute to a childlike faith?
Week 79 Big Book 12th Step Study Workshop
We Agnostics Page 51 from start of first paragraph: ‘This world of ours has made more material progress in the last century…’ until page 52 end of first paragraph ‘…which does not work for something new which does?’
Look up: millennium, fettered, superstition, biased, Wright Brothers, Professor Langley
In the realm of the material, men’s minds were fettered by superstition, tradition, and all sorts of fixed ideas.
1. What are you fettered by, is it superstition or is it fixed ideas?
Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?
2. Are you that way?
3. What have you tried once or twice and you are now prejudiced against?
4a. Who are you going to ask for help when your addiction is calling upon you?
4b. How do you handle that?
We asked ourselves this: Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?
5a. Are you biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit/religion as opposed to the modern scientific research and inventions?
5b. Where are you today?
After We Agnostics we will go to 12 x 12 for Step Two and Tradition Two.
6. Are you excited to learn about the traditions? Maybe you are biased and unreasonable about them? Where are you with that?
But in most fields our generation has witnessed complete liberation of our thinking.
7a. Have you in most fields witnessed a complete liberation of your thinking?
7b. Where is there bias and unreasonable prejudice in your step one fellowship?
7c. What about God? Have you witnessed a liberation of your thinking about God since you have been doing this Big Book study process and doing your daily Quiet Time?
7d. Where has your liberation been in other areas of your life e.g. have you witnessed a liberation in your thinking about someone in your neighborhood?
8. Are you willing to allow the Big Book process to help you discard old ideas for new and God’s will for you?
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