(Week 50) 13 December 2012 Big Book Step Study soul work
More About Alcoholism page 34 from last para beginning: ‘How then shall we help our readers determine…’ until end of first para page 37: ‘How can such a
lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else?’
Write down: Move a muscle, change a thought.
precede, dominates, experiment, mystified, irritated, suddenly, vaguely.
So we shall describe some of the mental states that precede a relapse into drinking, for obviously this is the crux of the problem.
Q1. What is the crux of our problem?
What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink?
Q2. You cannot think yourself out of addiction because it’s a thinking problem. Write about this.
Q3. How do you change a thought when thinking about addiction?
Is it working for you (are you really sober/abstinent etc)? If not maybe need to think about other ways.
Q4. Write on repeating time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink.
Q5. Pick out the mental states/dis-ease that we have – from top of page 36 to the end of Jim’s story.
He failed to enlarge his spiritual life.
Q6. Write about the scenario Jim experienced and then own it by writing about your own history or reality.
Q7. How can such a lack of proportion that Jim had of the ability to think straight, be called anything other than insanity? Write on this.
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