(week 117) 25 February 2016 12 Step Study All Addictions Big Book Workshop
12 x 12 Step 7: ‘Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.’
Page 72: Paragraph beginning ‘This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result. ..’ until end of paragraph: ‘’That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God’s will, was missing.’
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‘For us, the process of gaining a new perspective was unbelievably painful. It was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility. It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of grovelling despair. Every newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous is told, and soon realises for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralysing grip.’
Q1 Go over that paragraph, personalise and own it for your own story.
Q2. Where are you on self-reliance and if you make a mistake, how are you handling it?
Are you humiliating yourself, lying to cover up your mistakes?
Are you out there saying: Yes I made a mistake.
Are you in denial, pointing fingers at other people: They made me do it because of xyz.
[It is good to put the finger on the pulse of self-reliance. Self-reliance is defiance – all about me].
Q3. First paragraph page 73 underline and circle: ‘To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.’
Q4. What does humility mean to you? Wealth? Power? A perfect size 4, perfect hair,
perfect relationship, that friend? Where are you when you think about humility?
[We either come with humility or one day we will end up in grovelling despair. You can take your pick!)
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