week 202) 12 November 2015 12-Step All Addictions Big Book Workshop
AA 12 x 12
Every group has but one primary purpose to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
From the beginning of the tradition on page 150 to end of the final paragraph on page 153:
‘From there we got along fine.’
Write this down:
If somebody is ready for the message you cannot say anything wrong.
If somebody is not ready for the message you cannot say anything right.
Just remember it has nothing to do with you, except you are the messenger.
In the last paragraph on page 153, underline: ‘Humility was the main key to sobriety.’
[Stephanie’s definition of humility is:
‘Accepting who I am exactly as I am today, knowing that I am not God and that I need God.’]
preservation, eloquence, self-seeking, neglect, unremitting, proselyting.
Draw a box around the words in your book that you look up.
’The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle.’
Q1. Write on this. What does it mean?
‘It is one of the great paradoxes of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.’
Q2. Write on this.
Q3a) Is a group of doctors being self-seeking when they know the cure for cancer and they don’t give it?
b) Are you going to be able to keep your sobriety?
Q4. What is the message of A.A.?
[If somebody came to you and said: ‘I am doing an exposition on the 12 steps’ what is the message what would you give?’]
Stephanie is concerned why people are no longer sharing with the group.
Q5a) Ask yourself, when there is time to share, why am I not doing so?
Is it my perfectionism or some other reason that I don’t want to share with group members?
b) How can we be a group if we do not share?
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