AA 12&12 Step Two page 27 second paragraph
“This is only one man’s opinion based on his own experience, of course. I must quickly assure you that A.A.’s tread innumerable paths in their quest for faith.”
Look up: innumerable, quest, trudging
How are you doing with your gratitude for your sobriety? Sobriety being a general term for all addictions.
Is there any area in your life that you are taking for granted? Go into quiet time and ask God if there is any area that you are taking for granted.
“…. AA’s tread innumerable paths in their quest for faith.” (AA 12&12 p.27 para 2, sentence’The world needs your path’ from the perspective of ___________
and write on: ‘We need our husband/ job/ singlehood/ denomination/ particular 12 Step program(s), etc.’ from the perspective of _____________.
Write: ” I must quickly assure you that A.A.’s tread innumerable paths in their quest for faith.” And write what it means to you so that you can own it.
Does trudging (BB p. 164 para 3) go along with what Stephanie has been talking about regarding treading “innumerable paths in their quest for faith”? ( in place of faith, you can substitute recovery, sobriety.)
Who are the powers who helped you in your early days, who brought you to the realization of Your path and who helped you in the realization of your path? (Stephanie asks that we promise to not put her down, that she is not a power…)
(week 99) 21 November 2013 12-step study Big Book Workshop
AA 12 x 12 top of page 27, ‘The sponsor continues, ‘Take, for example, my own case,…’
until end of 2nd paragraph: ‘’To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of AA’s program as enthusiastically as I could.’
Look up: prodigious
Q1. Are you ready and willing to do the work that the Big Book asks us to do? (With no judgement, just be honest with yourself).
Q2 Thy will not mine be done. Are you willing to let God’s will be done? If not, what are you trying to hold onto? (Put the finger on your spiritual pulse).
Q3 Are you searching for an answer? Or, have you found an answer or a couple of answers and researching the answers that people have shared with you. Where are you?
Q4 What does an open mind mean?
Q5 Right there Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life.
I can’t say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting
Practice the steps and traditions and what you already know works for you.
a. Are you willing to do that?
b. Ask others what they do. Do not blindly follow what they say, but take it to Quiet Time and ask the God of your understanding: ‘Is this what you want me to do’?
Q6 In the second paragraph on page 27 beginning ‘Then I woke up…”.
take each sentence and turn it into a question – even if initially it does not really make sense, make it make sense to you. Read these questions to your buddy group so they see your way of thinking. (It will be different from their way of thinking which is a beautiful thing).
Wk 98- Nov. 14,’13- SoulWork
AA 12&12 p. 26 (Stephanie read again from top – para. 1 & 2)….then NEW TODAY: para 3
Q1a) What did you learn from paragraphs 1 & 2?
(b) And, whatever circumstances you’re in
(i.e. sober/ back to school/ got married/ had a baby/ grandparent now/ need hearing aid now) – how DO you take it easy, from the RECOVERED point of view (not materially)?
Q2) How would you explain to a newcomer( who keeps calling you incessantly & with tons of questions) Gently, Kindly, & With Compassion to TAKE IT EASY?
Q3) How would you explain that this is a Spiritual program that does Not DEMAND
(Stephanie only strongly Suggests to do QT).
4) Email Stephanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER listening
to her Trust & Rely Workshop
641/ 715-3900 pin 97200#regarding What works for you in that QT & what does Not. Or, give Stephanie feedback pro & con regarding how she can better serve us in How QT is structured. ( Stephanie loves getting emails from us).
Q5) Write your experience on: To GET sober & STAY sober you Don’t have to Swallow step 2 !!!
Q6) How can you use (step 2) ” l came, I came to, I came to believe” –
(a) what does that mean to you today?
(b) how would you help a newcomer come/ come to/ come to believe?
Q7a) what is “an open mind” for a
(b) did You have an open mind?
Q8) Can you put yourself into a newcomer’s frame of mind and describe
(a) what would an open mind look like for them?
(b) And- what does it look like for them Today?
Look up: RESIGN, DEBATING
Q9) Write on this:
If you say something once- it’s a G-d given suggestion!
If you say something More than once- you’re trying to control!
Q10) When you find yourself debating something, you’re looking for a reason to NOT accept something you know you Need to accept.
Write today’s date & then, on a scale of 1-10,
write where you’re at regarding some statement another person has made to you (that does not dovetail with your lifestyle or values).
How OPEN are you?
Q11) Are you doing your QT?
(a) if the answer is Yes- can it be improved to mean more to you?
(b) how’s the QUALITY of your QT?
(c) And if your NOT doing it- are you willing to go to a Trust & Rely Workshop 1-2xs/ wk?
(d) And are you willing to go to QT withOUT an agenda, to be directed by G-d
Instead of by You?
Q12) How are you doing in the World outside
(outside – of- recovery)?
Q13) How are you CHANGING?
How are YOU changing?
Remember: Recovery means being able to handle change without going back into your addiction(s).
Week 97 – reading: AA 12 & 12 pg 26 paragraphs 1 & 2“At this juncture…… But just how, in these circumstances, does a fellow ‘take it easy’?
That’s what I want to know.”
Question 1 (a) What does the “beginning of the end” in your recovery mean to you? (b) Why is Step 2 “the beginning of the end”?
Question 2 Are you willing to have Step 2 be “the beginning of the end” in Your recovery?
Question 3 What does the slogan “Take it easy” mean to You? Alanon says: “Take it easy but Do It”
Question 4 “Take it easy but do it!”- how does that play out for you personally?
Question 5 “Take it easy but do it”- what does that mean for your recovery?
Question 6 Have you taken the structure of the hoop (your addictions) and admitted you were powerless?
Question 7 Have you had the willingness to move another baby step through that hoop and admit that you need a HP?
Question 8 What’s your Action Plan to move another baby step or to take another giant step toward accepting in your core that you need a HP? Write it out and be specific. (An Action Plan needs to be specific).
Have an accountability partner ( i.e. buddy, buddy group, or someone separate) to whom you report daily around an action plan you have developed.
Question 9 Where are you? (a) do you understand your need for an accountability partner? (b) do you see your accountability partner as a part of Step 2 – God with skin on, someone to talk to so we don’t lie to ourselves?
Question 10 Write out the concept of: ” The hoop you have to jump through is a lot wider than you think” (AA 12&12 p. 26/ para. 1, sentence 5) as though you were explaining it to a newcomer who has never read AA 12&12 before.
Question 11 (a) What does this mean to you in your own words: “God please help me. I need your help.”? (b) Are you saying it? (c) Are you willing to say it? (d) And what happens to you when you say it?
Question 12 Take paragraph 2 on page 26: (a) What truth is the newcomer being told?
(b) Have you found that to be true- that your Step 1 fellowship is full of people who once believed as you do? (c) Are you comparing where you are at spiritually with your HP with other people’s relationship to their HP?
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