(Week 57) 31 January 2013 Big Book step study workshop
More About Alcoholism page 42, from beginning of last paragraph: ‘Then they outlined the spiritual answer and program of action which a hundred of them had followed successfully.’ until end of chapter on page 43.
Then go to AA 12 x 12 Step One page 21 until end of third paragraph:
‘Our admission of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.’
Stephanie says a misunderstanding resulted from her sharing last week and she wants to make amends to the group for this. She respects everyone’s spiritual approach and wants to clarify that this Big Book step study workshop group will never become a Christian group. The format will remain as it has been up to now.
Read daily the outline of the spiritual action of the three pillars:
1) admitting powerlessness;
2) admitting that you need a higher power and making a decision that you will make that higher power the most important relationship in your life through prayer, meditation and quiet time;
3) going out and passing it on in all areas of your life.
Stephanie wonders if there is an artist amongst us that could draw the three pillars and e-mail it to Sue so she can send it out each week? It would give awonderful visual for the rest of our journey.
liberation and strength
“Then they outlined the spiritual answer and program of action which a hundred of them had followed successfully…”
Q1 Take this sentence and
a) outline in your own words the spiritual answer,
b) outline the program of action which a hundred of them had followed successfully.
c) What does having a successful recovery mean to you?
But the program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic.
Q2 a) Do you think the spiritual answer and the program of action are sensible?
b) Do you think the spiritual answer and the program of action are pretty drastic?
Q3 Write your own Set Aside prayer.
It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window.
Q4 Are you living with some lifelong conceptions that you know are keeping you down?
If so, are you willing to put them through the three pillars: to admit you are powerless, go to the God of your conception and ask for help and go to others and share your process?
[If you are not willing to go through the whole process, just give yourself the possibility of questioning some of those lifelong conceptions].
I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before.
Q5 Do you feel you were mangled enough: spiritually, emotionally, and physically? Can you say that you would not go back to the old life even if you could?
Spiritual principles would solve all my problems.
Write this on a 3 x 5 card and read every day for 30 days as part of your prayer and meditation.
Underline last line on second paragraph page 43: “…for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours. For most cases, there is virtually no other solution..”
Read the foreword in the AA 12 x 12.
Available online at: www.aa.org/1212
Start thinking about writing up our own step one acceptance.
If you are still stuck in the first pillar go to page 60 of the Big Book and meditate on a) b) and c). If you do not want to admit complete defeat then probably stuck on b. Our defense against the first compulsive drink must come from a higher power – that will give you freedom. Meditate for 30 days on a) b) and c). If still having problems after that, do it for 60 days and if still in trouble make it 90. Make it part of your step 11.
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps towards liberation and strength. (12 x 12 p.21)
Q6. Write about how utter defeat can be our best friend when in 12-step recovery.
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