(week 337) 28 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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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.
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.”
AA 12 x 12 Page 110-111
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.
Nor is this the only kind of Twelfth Step work. We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring. If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message. Whether our audience is one or many, it is still Twelfth Step work. There are many opportunities even for those of us who feel unable to speak at meetings or who are so situated that we cannot do much face-to-face Twelfth Step work. We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk. This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word. “Freely ye have received; freely give . . .” is the core of this part of Step Twelve.
We may often pass through Twelfth Step experiences where we will seem to be temporarily off the beam. These will appear as big setbacks at the time, but will be seen later as stepping-stones to better things. For example, we may set our hearts on getting a particular person sobered up, and after doing all we can for months, we see him relapse. Perhaps this will happen in a succession of cases, and we may be deeply discouraged as to our ability to carry A.A.'s message. Or we may encounter the reverse situation, in which we are highly elated because we seem to have been successful. Here the temptation is to become rather possessive of these newcomers. Perhaps we try to give them advice about their affairs which we aren't really competent to give or ought not give at all. Then we are hurt and confused when the advice is rejected, or when it is accepted and brings still greater confusion. By a great deal of ardent Twelfth Step work we sometimes carry the message to so many alcoholics that they place us in a position of trust. They make us, let us say, the group's chairman. Here again we are presented with the temptation to over manage things, and sometimes this results in rebuffs and other consequences which are hard
Look up: rebuff
Q1. When I give unselfishly I get everything I need and even extra.
Give an example where you have gotten more than your wildest dreams.
Q2. When I want to receive in a selfish ‘gimme gimme gimme’ state I can never get enough to fill me up. Give an example when tried to get people’s attention, to carry you, and how it was never enough.
Q3. How does kindness define the 12th step?
Q4. If you cannot help an alcoholic, at least don’t hurt them.
Q5. “Freely ye have received; freely give . . .”
Write about how that is the core of step 12.
Q5. Here again we are presented with the temptation to over manage things…,
Do you still have a tendency to push, pull, prod, dictate and dominate?
Why is this so damaging to you and others?
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.