(week 336) 21 June 2018 12 Step Study Big Book All Addictions Workshop
Call back number: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666# (available for a week)
Open Study Buddy group on Sundays 11-12am EST.
319 527 3511 pin no. 587213#
Tuesdays 8am EST
Reading the AA literature: Living Sober & As Bill Sees It.
Everyone is encouraged to come to this awesome group.
To listen to the recording: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#
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on the website or mail a check to:
P O Box 531
North Pembroke MA 02358
If you are new to the workshop (or not receiving the questions) please
phone Sue W *HS Ruddock on: 434 987 4346 and email her at: BR8A@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
If you do not have a members’ list ask Sue to email it to you to enable you
to phone other members. If someone is no longer on the meeting it is an opportunity to ask if they would be interested in joining the next Big Book workshop which will start after we finish Step 12 & Tradition 12.
The next Big Book Study Group will start on Thursday 13 September 2018.
Pass this message onto anyone you think may be interested in joining.
Meanwhile Stephanie is looking for four people to help out with the workshop for the second Thursday in August when she will be in England.
Think about whether you want to be one of the four and do a topic.
If so, Stephanie asks that you text or call her on: 617 774 7916
or email: stephaniew324.gmail.com
Step 12: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
12 x 12 Page 109:
‘Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he. This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not. His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed.
Practically every A.A. member declares that no satisfaction has been deeper and no joy greater than in a Twelfth Step job well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives—these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.’s message to the next alcoholic.’
Due to the depth and quantity of these questions you can, if you wish, do them over the next two weeks.
Look up: paradox
Q1. Write on the undreamed rewards that come when we try to help a brother/sister alcoholic (or whatever your step one fellowship is).
Q2. Listen to the words of Amazing Grace (AA’s unofficial anthem)
Q3. Can you sponsor someone, walk beside them and not demand anything?
Q4. Do you sponsor? Why?
b) Do you expect those you help to respect you; care about you?
c) Do you even want them to ‘love you’ in a brotherly/sisterly way?
Q5. How do you feel about only women sponsoring women and only men sponsoring men?
b) Have you had any experience of sponsoring someone of the opposite sex?
c) Do you know of an example where it worked and where it didn’t?
Q6. Do you believe that you cannot sponsor because you have too many character defects?
If so, think about sponsorship and that when you pick up the phone it is not all about you. It is about them and you sharing your experience strength and hope and you being 100% honest. It doesn’t matter about your character defects, it is just about being honest and saying: I cannot help you with this as I am struggling with the same thing. There is no perfect sponsor.
Q7. Think about instead of saying: I will be your ‘sponsor’, suggest: I will walk alongside you. I will give you my experience strength and hope and I will be 100 percent honest with you.
[That feels to me so much better than ‘sponsor’ to me. I personally don’t like the word as it can really set in my pride and fear too: I won’t live up to expectations. I only expect when I walk alongside somebody that I will do my very best to be there and to walk beside them.]
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.