•There will be No Soul Work for the next three weeks: Th Dec. 19/ Dec. 26/ Jan. 2, 2014
•Therefore, during this time, Stephanie requests we meet with our buddies & share everything we’ve gone through that’s made a change in us. If we haven’t experienced any changes, then maybe This group is not for us. Stephanie is Not pushing anyone away. She really JUST WANTS what’s Best for Us.
•During these three weeks do not rest on your laurels. Rather:
-Beef up your QT with your HP
– Go through all your Soul Work until today and bring it to your buddy, what you’ve learned about:
(a) the God of Your understanding
•Pamela will do the post-conference the second Half of the workshop on: Dec. 26, ’13.
Pamela won’t be there on Jan. 2, ’14 due to job commitment.
• Says Stephanie: As a group, We’re doing a dig through this BB. That is your vehicle for digging/ going through your Self.
Take your name & write:
This BB STEP STUDY__________101 & fill in your OWN NAME in the blank.
•Regarding the system of buddies & buddy groups:
-Write for 1/2 hour
-Then read every word to your buddy- but THAT’s ALL!
-Your buddy/ buddy group needs the reinforcement that you’re doing the Work and you need the reinforcement that she’s doing the work.
-Cross-talk will just kill the buddy relationship; Stephanie knows from 13 years of experience!
-Can you call your buddy afterwards/ separately to relate personally? Of course absolutely! It’s all about relationships.
•In next three weeks Stephanie will be doing:
(A) the ‘Spiritual Experience’ (at the back of the BB p. 567-8 Ch. II)
(B) a Guided QT– new & different from what’s already on the website
AA 12’&12 p. 28 para 1: “Consider next the plight of those who once had faith, but have lost it. …..” until page 28 end of paragraph 3: “He is like the bewildered one.”
Q1) Right now- where Are you:
(a) Did you have a faith & then regret it? OR
(b) Did you not have a faith at all?
Q2) Is God supposed to prove to you that He ‘Works’ ? Is God supposed to prove to you how He works?
Q3) How are you going to find your HP?
The rooms/meetings tell us that Sobriety is the Only thing that matters.
Says Stephanie: “That’s a lie.” That’s just Another addiction–to staying sober. The real ‘only thing that Matters’ is God and our relationship to/with Him.”
And that’s why Stephanie is all about the Big Book process and her only message is God and her only agenda is for us to get a HP, so that we can get recovery and have a spiritual awakening. That’s when you see what a mess you are and then go to a HP. Like a drowning person to a life-preserver.
•To get on the Buddy List and to receive the home work (better known as Soul Work) by email. Write to Sue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
•To find out where we are each week in the reading, and many other resources, go to the website: 12stepstudyworkshop.weebly.com Please don’t interrupt the speaker to ask where we are in the reading
Reading: AA 12&12 bottom of page 27 para 2: “You will find many members who have crossed the threshold just this way. All of them will tell you that, once across, their faith broadened & deepened.” Until the end of the first paragraph on page 28 “Can A.A. experience tell all these they may still find a faith that works?”
Look Up: Drifted, Self-sufficiency, Prejudiced
Q1. Does God come before sobriety or sobriety before God? ( Stephanie says that this is an unnecessary philosophical question that can tie you up in knots)
Q2. There are 6 ways you can have faith. Are you any one or combination of the following:(a) those who have had a faith and lost it?
(b) those who have drifted into indifference?
(c) those filled with self-sufficiency?
(d) those who have become prejudiced against religion?
(e) those who are downright defiant (because God has failed to fulfill their demands)?
(f) those who need to still find a faith that works?
Revisit appendix II “Spiritual Experience” read and write on what is said about prejudice, especially the quote.. “There is 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
Q3.Can you tell all these different types that they too can find a faith that works?
(a) First write your own experience, strength & hope. Your own story from when you came in (to program/ Rooms) until Today.
(b) What would you tell them?
Q4. How would you encapsulate your whole story and and explain why program means so much to you to a newcomer who sits next to you at a meeting — without turning them off? (That’s a Biggie)
Q5. Write out an Action Plan for you to live by for the next 3 weeks until the holidays
AA 12 x 12 Step Two, paragraph 3 from: ‘This is only one man’s opinion based on his own
experience, of course…’ until page 28 line 8: ‘All of them will tell you that, once across,
their faith broadened and deepened.’
email email@example.com to ask to get on the buddy list and to receive the soul work questions by weekly email
There are many resources on the website: 12stepstudyworkshop.weebly.com
Q1. What’s the problem? Write on this.
(selfishness, self-centredness, dishonesty and fear – that is our problem).
I must quickly assure you that AA’s tread innumerable paths in their quest for faith. If you
don’t care for the one I’ve suggested, you’ll be sure to discover one that suit if only you
look and listen..
Q2. Own this and write on it.
What does ‘look and listen’ mean to you?
‘Surely you can have faith in them. Even this minimum of faith will be enough.’
Q3. a) Underline these sentences and write on them.
b) Is your faith broadening and deepening so you draw closer to that Power greater
c) Are you just treading water?
d) Are you giving your higher power credit for your sobriety or are you grabbing it for yourself, not even mentioning your higher power?
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