(week 133) 17 July 2014 All Addictions Big Book Step Study workshop
Big Book last paragraph on page 61: Our actor is self-centred… until end of paragraph ‘…Are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?’
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Q1. Pages 60-62. Read them every day to really understand what our problems in life have been. They are powerful and very important providing the answer to any ‘why’ questions about our addictions and co-dependency.
Our actor is self-centred – ego-centric, as people like to call it nowadays.
Q2. If it is true (and its a tough statement to say about yourself) can you put your name over the word ‘actor’ ?
b) Do you feel comfortable doing that.
c) How does it make you react?
Q3. How are you with asking God for guidance versus trying to do things on your own willpower?
b) When you receive God’s guidance to go to the left (and know that going to the right would self-centred and egocentric) are you going to God for help or are you trying to do everything on willpower?
c) Do you even care when you are told by God that to go to the right is selfish and to go to the left is unselfish? You can really explore that. This is key as in the fourth step will write out whenever you went to the right: I am resentful at… then going to do a turn around and look at your own self-nature. It is the only way you can get recovery.
Q3a). Are you negative or positive? Do you look at life as a half empty glass like this retired businessman: complain and do nothing?
For example: Do you complain about your husband/children/job and do nothing to change yourself to be more loving?
Qb) Do you instead just say: Whatever happens I am going to handle it with a positive attitude?
Q4 Do you think there is anybody in your life (e.g. your spouse, psychologist, etc) or in your step one fellowship that you can jump on their back and things will be better?
[If you do, you have God as nothing. God is either everything or God is nothing. We cannot rest on somebody else doing our changing. If we see something that needs to be changed we have to do something. We cannot just sit back in an armchair and say it is wrong].
Q5. Fourth Step Preparation
Purchase a comfortable pen for all the writing you will be doing.
And a large (2.5-3 inches thick) three ring folder along with spare punched hole sheets and coloured dividers.
[Stephanie will be sending out lots of handouts. A spiral notebook will not work. And also need this format later as a document for your teaching others how to go through the steps.]
b) Print out the new member list and put it in the front of the folder.
[Will need these numbers to get encouragement for fourth step writing when feel resistant.]
Stephanie really believes Bill Wilson had a direct relationship with God when he wrote the Big Book and that the Big Book was meant to be adapted to all different forms of addictions.
She will help anybody with any addiction.
(But remember says Stephanie: Respect each Fellowship meeting’s particular singleness-of-purpose and speak only about that addiction for which they are grouped together.)
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