(week 333) 31 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 107:2
‘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. Looking at Step Five, we decided that an inventory, taken alone, would not be enough. We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.’
Q1. Choose a hand-out from the website and share with your buddies.
Q2. Listen to one of the talks on You Tube by Sandy Beach, Joe Hawke
or Mark Houston.
Q3. Write out your experience of doing step 5.
[Never never push anyone out of denial including yourself. That is God’s job. When you are ready God shows up and so long as you keep doing the work God will give you that awareness. God always brings a person a book, a talk, something when they are ready. When you push someone out of denial you are trying to play God. It wont work, you will hurt them hugely, maybe causing a nervous breakdown, leaving the programme, leaving you as their sponsor going out again drinking, drugging.
Let somebody be. Walk beside them and let God be God. That is truly your part in the fifth step: to walk beside them. You listen, witness what work they have done and don’t push, pull, prod, dictate or dominate. You let God gently bring them to where God wants them to be. That is the role of a big book step study sponsor and every sponsor, friend and as a human being. To walk alongside and be encouraging.
‘We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.’
Take this sentence seriously. Underline it.
Q4. Are you living alone in your head? Are you sharing from your head not your heart? You may talk to your family but are you living alone in your heart towards them and towards people in general?
If you are, be honest. You have a chance of putting a crack in that hard heart towards someone.The first step is to bring it to yourself, then God and then to another human being. Living alone with a hardened heart is deadly. You may not drink, but it will rob you of your joy of living, of being sober. We did not come to AA to be robbed any more. We came to live. So quit the deadly business of living alone with a hard heart.
Q6. Write on your experience of getting to know someone.
[Al-Anon suggests you start by sharing just a little of your story. Then wait and see the other person’s response: the words, the body language, eye contact.Then you trust a little bit more. And see what comes back. Never give away the whole loaf of bread. You break off a little bit at a time and see what the response is. If you go slow you never have to feel like you ended up naked, shamed and embarrassed because the other person never took off their clothes and exposed their heart.
It is a wonderful life when you can truly be yourself with someone].
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.