(week 332) 24 May 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#
Donations towards the cost of the website please send via Pay Pal
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.
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 107.
A.A.’s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program. So let’s consider briefly what we have been trying to do up to this point:
Step One showed us an amazing paradox: We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it. In Step Two we saw that since we could not restore ourselves to sanity, some Higher Power must necessarily do so if we were to survive. Consequently, in Step Three we turned our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power. Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory.
If you have not already done so, listen to the summary of steps 1, 2 & 3.
Callback No. 641 715 3900. Part 1: pin no. 235934# Part 2: pin no. 578290#
Pick a handout from the website that you find especially valuable in your walk with the Big Book. Share it with your buddy, get a folder and write for example:
‘This would be good for step 1,2. etc. ..’
Look up: paradox, atheist, agnostic
Underline For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power.
Q1. Why is Step One an amazing paradox?
[Pray and meditate on how you were brought to physical, moral and spiritual bankruptcy and how, with God’s help, you have been able to have an action plan around physical moral and spiritual recovery]
Q1. Have you been able to search out what brought you to:
a) Physical bankruptcy?
[For instance, for me it is having total abstinence, no alcohol. For the food, I know once I eat I cannot stop. I real labels and have a food plan. Thats what brought me to physical recovery]
b) Moral bankruptcy?
[Going to Quiet Time and asking God to give me an action plan on my character defects. And looking on the back of your 3 x 5 cards for the character asset and asking God what does that look like in my life and then making an action plan and having accountability around it.]
c) Spiritual bankruptcy?
[Fear is spiritual bankruptcy. We are fearful because we are not trusting God].
Two essential questions:
i) What was I afraid I wasn’t going to get?
ii) What was I afraid I was going to lose?
Q2. Am I a person of gratitude?
Am I magnanimous in my willingness to help others?
Q3. How is Step 12 a living organism within me, physically, morally and spiritually?
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.