(week 123) 8 May 2014 12-step Study Big Book Workshop
Big Book: Chapter 5 How It Works p.58: ‘Half measures availed us nothing.’ Until end of Step 12 on page 60 ‘…and to practice these principles in all our affairs.’
3rd July Step 3 commitment.
Stephanie will be staying on as long as anybody needs and will be taking people through a commitment of step 3. This part of the meeting will not be recorded.
If you are joining today you do not have to go back to step one. You are right where you are supposed to be.
If you want to listen to the previous workshops go to 12stepstudyworkshop.weebly.com
If you are new or a long time member and need a buddy, contact Sue72763@aol.com
who will send you the members’ list and put your request out there.
Summary of steps 1, 2 and 3 – all we have covered since January 2012.
Listen as part of an action plan especially if you are shaky in your sobriety in any program.
641 715 3900 part one pin 235934# part two pin 578290# (each part approx. 1.5 hours)
Here are the steps we took which are suggested as a program of recovery.
The word ‘suggested’ taken like this: you are in an airplane and the engines fail and the pilot suggests you put on your parachute. Then suggest at the appropriate time you jump out of the door and pull the parachute rip cord. That is the seriousness of this suggestion.
Q1. Copy out this story and then write on it.
a. Have you ever not taken a life-changing, life-preserving suggestion? Write on it.
b. Have you taken one? Write on it.
c. Write about how you would work with someone in recovery asking for help and how you would explain that these are the steps that are suggested?
Q2. Look up: ‘recovery’ in the dictionary. Then write your own definition. What does recovery mean to you?
Q3. Look up ‘unmanageable’. Then write your own definition. What does it look like in your own life?
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Q4a). What does that word ‘could’ mean to you? (He can, he may, he could?)
b) What does it take for your Higher Power to create and restore sanity in you?
Is HP going to knock on your door and say: ‘Hi, I’ve come to restore you to sanity?’
c) What do you have to do to make that ‘could’ into ‘would’ restore you to sanity?
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Q5a) What does ‘making a decision’ (any type of decision) mean to you?
a. What does it mean to turn your will over to your Higher Power?
b. To make a decision to turn your life (really different from your will) over
to the care of God. What does that mean?
d) How much is God going to care about you personally? Does God care if you turn you will, your life, your family, your food, your addiction over?
f) What happens when you make a decision and you don’t make an action plan?
g) Have you seen the correlation between not sticking to your decision and not having an action plan?
* If you make a decision and have an action plan but have no accountability, how does that affect your decision to do your action plan?
* What is your definition of an accountability person?
Are they your policeman, somebody that you feel shame if you don’t live up to your commitment? Do you want them to push, pull, prod, cajole, dominate and dictate you?
Or do you have accountability that is really a witness before your Higher Power?
Or have you not yet reached that point?
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory.
Over the word ‘moral’ write ‘truthful’. Under ‘truthful’ write:
‘as honest as I can be when I am writing it.’
Step 10. ” Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
You will know today when you are wrong. When you do, admit it.
Just say: ‘I shouldn’t have said that; I’m sorry’ – without pointing any fingers. Just make a turnaround.
Get and stay clean from this moment on.
Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
circle: to improve our conscious contact…
Our live phone meetings are every Thursday 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 Thursday Big Book Step Study workshop. You can also hear our Tuesday Big Book Study recordings at (641) 715-3900, pin 298913#. These meetings can be accessed at any time.