Week 108 12-step Big Book Study workshop 23 Jan 2014
AA 12 x 12 Page 29 �Now we come to another kind of problem…� until near end of the paragraph: ��We who had won so handsomely in a walk turned into all-time losers.�
New Address for donations (last week gave an incorrect address):
P.O. Box 558
Jennifer looking for volunteers to do service putting the recording on the website. The training would be approximately one hour a week for a month.
Back-up secretary required for taking down the questions to help Ashira and Angela. Stephanie will get you their contact information so you can talk and train with them. �We never want to be without back-up.�
Contact Stephanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone/text: 617 774 7916
Stephanie also welcomes questions relating to any aspect of the workshop.
Al-Anon focussed buddy group for sharing soul work with an Al-Anon focus.
A one-off information meeting for the above takes place 6pm EST Tuesday February 4th on this phone bridge. Marie is the contact person. Perhaps two groups will be formed – one for the morning another for the evening. A minimum of four people required to form a group. Weekly rotation of leadership. It is not an Al-Anon meeting.
Look up: agnostic, precocious, humble, bidding.
Now we come to another kind of problem: the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman.
Q1a) Do you have the problem of being intellectually self-sufficient?
b) In what areas do you still have the problem that you are too smart for your own good?
Q2. Write this down (remembering Stephanie is not your God, only your Big Book sponsor). This is how Stephanie reaches a decision:
�I realise I have a problem. I go to God. I go to my spiritual mentor. I go to a worldly wise person i.e. doctor, medical specialist, lawyer, consultant. Then I bring all the information back to God in prayer and Quiet Time. Then I make a decision with God. I pray about the decision for a couple of days. I bring it to my spiritual mentor. I bring it to my professional and then the decision is made. Of course my husband is right in there unless it is something really personal.�
Write out: How I (insert your name….) make a decision.
Then list the steps you take to in making a decision. Can use specific names of professionals, sponsors etc.
Now we come to another kind of problem: the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman. To these, many AA�s can say, �Yes, we were like you – far too smart for our own good. We loved to have people call us precocious. We used our education to blow ourselves up into prideful balloons, though we were careful to hide this from others. Secretly we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone…�
Q3. �Oh you are so wise, beautiful, perfect in your programme, blah, blah blah..�� It is all blah blah blah. We love to have people call us …. fill in the blank.
Write this down: Humble and Teachable are the opposite of being precocious.
Q4. If humble & teachable is a 10 and precocious a 1, where are you on a scale of 1-10?
Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone. Scientific progress told us there was nothing man couldn�t do. Knowledge was all-powerful. Intellect could conquer nature.
Q5a) Is this true? How true is it in your life today? Write on this from your experience
b) How has it been a stumbling block for you?
Q7. What are your gifts? Are you talented when it comes to dancing, singing, cooking, baking, encouraging, teaching children, adults, etc.? List at least three of your gifts.
Since we were brighter than most folk (so we thought), the spoils of victory would be our for the thinking. The god of intellect displaced the God of our Fathers.
Q8. Are you smarter than everyone else? Meditate on the whole paragraph.
Our live phone meetings are every Tuesday at 8:00 AM EST. The phone number for these live meetings is (712) 775-7031, and the meeting ID number is 714744988#.
P O Box 531
North Pembroke MA 02358
You can listen to our recorded meetings at (641) 715-3900, pin 95666# for our Tuesday Big Book Step Study workshop. You can also hear our Thursday Big Book Study recordings at (641) 715-3900, pin 298913#. These meetings can be accessed at any time.