Week 96 Big Book Step Study Workshop
Big Book pages 59-60 The 12 Steps
RESTORE (from step 2)
DECISION (from step 3)
AWAKENING (from step 12)
Q1) In your experience with the 12 Steps, where have you stopped short before?
( If you are new & haven’t practiced the 12 Steps before, it’s a good opportunity to write about where do you NOT want to fall short.)
Q2) How do you hope your life will be as a result of working these 12 Steps?
Q3) How’s your Quiet Time-
a) Are you doing QT daily?
b) How long?
c) And- is it enough (for you)?
While Stephanie is on pilgrimage in Jerusalem this week and next week, the workshops will be led live by Pamela from California, with questions from Stephanie. These live workshops will not be recorded so there will be no play back.
Pamela’s cell number is 909–809-8239 PST (call 24/7, she’ll call you back if not immediately available):
Big Book page 59 paragraph 1
“Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.”
Look up: believe, abandon
Q1. What does it mean to YOU to take FULL measures?
Q2. Are you STANDING in your Life? Or, do you need to get up again in ANY area?
Q3. Write about “His protection and care” for all areas of your life and what this means
Big Book page 59
For next two weeks we will be on pages 59 and 60. We ended last week with: “Remember that we deal with alcohol – cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power – that One is God. May you find Him now!”
If any of you would like Stephanie to take a special prayer request to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will print it out and put it in the wall.
Look up: availed, protection, care, complete, abandon and complete abandon. What do each of the last 5 words/ word phrases look like – separately & then ‘ complete abandon’ together?
Q1. Have you found your Higher Power now?
Q2. Have you given that Higher Power all power?
Q3a) Or have you given your Higher Power only the power not do your addiction?
3b) And if so, write about your experience and your resistance and what made you willing to turn your addiction over to your Higher Power?
Q4. Having gone through the experience of being desperate enough to give your Higher Power power over your addiction, write out an action plan to allow your Higher Power the same power in the other areas of your life.
Q5. Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.
What is a half measure? Stephanie wants us to really dig deep and explore our definitions. Is it not doing Quiet Time? Is a half measure relying on things human like your sponsor, a 12-step group? Half measures can be ‘I do a 4th and 5th step but that’s as far as I get, and I see my defects and God will take care of them.’ ‘I did a thorough 4th step and I know who I need to make amends to but I am not making amends to them.’
What is your definition of a half measure in your recovery?
Q6. Notice the word ‘us’. Half measures availed ‘us’ as a group? as an individual?
What does the ‘us’ mean?
Q7. Revisit the spiritual ‘we’ at the start of the Big Book. DRAW A TRIANGLE OVER THE ‘us’ in “Half measures availed US nothing.” PUT the Spiritual ‘WE’ at the Top & ‘US’ Under the triangle. At the RIGHT, put accountability partner/encourager, step 1 fellowship, etc. At the LEFT, put YOU.
a) Are you in a spiritual ‘we’?
b) Is that how you are living your life?
Q8. We, us: all of us together. If not every day encouraging somebody in recovery then Stephanie does not consider herself or her sponsees in the spiritual ‘we’.
If you are not living in a spiritual ‘we’ please come up with an action plan where you can start living in a spiritual ‘we’.
Q9. Pushing, pulling, shaming, guilty, cajoling, has no place in a spiritual ‘we’.
a) Are you guilty of that?
Encouraging is the opposite of this.
b) Where are you in working a spiritual ‘we’?
Q10. Are you standing or are you still in that powerless state?
Q11. Stephanie’s definition of a turning point is that you turn from what you were doing to what you know your Higher Power wants you to be doing.
What is your definition of a turning point and are you at that turning point?
We asked His protection and care … above ‘His’ write ‘God’ or ‘HP’ or your name for your HP.
Week 93 October 10, 2013
Step 2 12 x 12 page 25 second paragraph:
‘Let’s look first at the case of the one who says he won’t believe – the belligerent one.’ until ‘…he is faced with something really impossible.’
Look up: savage, belligerent, gloried, smarting.
Question 1: Take the following scenario. A person tells you that they have a glass of wine every night with dinner and it’s not a problem except that every few months they get drunk. They are belligerent when asked “Do you think that glass of wine every day may have something to do with you getting drunk?”. How would you respond? Are you going to say point blank, “You have a belligerent attitude?” Or will you paraphrase back to the person what you are hearing to help them unload and share? How are you going to handle a belligerent person?
Question 2: Draw a triangle on a piece of paper like the example given. Go to meditation and ask God, what am I still belligerent about? Take from your own life something you are belligerent about and apply the triangle to it working from top to bottom. Examine the fears behind the belligerence.
Question 3: Write about what you are doing for yourself when you find something you are unwilling to do. How are treating yourself?
Question 4: What is your philosophy today? a) Do you believe man can do all things on his own? b) that man can do all things but needs the help of a higher power? or c) are you just coming out of belligerence with the attitude that “I hear that I need a Higher Power but I am just not there yet.”
Question 5: Rewrite in your own words the 2nd paragraph of step 2. How would you put this paragraph to someone just coming out from belligerence who says they have a little bit of willingness to be willing?
Question 6: a) Create an action plan for yourself. b) What type of gentle action plan would you give to a sponsee?
(Week 92) 3 October 2013
Big Book Page 59 How It Works: “Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.”
AA 12 x 12 Step Two: page 25 first paragraph: ‘The moment they read step two…’ until ‘…but where do we go from here?’
‘Acceptance of myself right where I am is the answer to all my problems.’
look up: confronted, dilemma, absolute, helplessness.
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.
Question 1: Write out this paragraph and put in all the things that you need help with. This could be alcohol, food, fear, life, a health issue, etc.
Question 2: Write about the many serious dilemmas that you have been confronted with in your recovery up to today October 3rd. (Before recovery everything was a dilemma).
Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“The moment they read Step Two, most AA newcomers are confronted with a dilemma, sometimes a serious one.”
Question 3: Is Step Two a dilemma for you? Have you come to believe and have you come to believe in a power greater than yourself, greater than the human race? Do you still have a human power?
Question 4: Do you believe that you do not have to work your own way out of your dilemma?
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