(week 201) 5 November 2015 12 Step Study Big Book All Addictions Workshop
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AA 12 x 12 Step Five page 61 2nd paragraph, “Perhaps, though, your relation to him is such that you would only care to reveal….” through the end of page 62.
look up: healing, tranquility
Question 1) Give a definition of Self-will. Give an example of something you’ve done this week that is a good use of your self-will. Give an example of you not using your self-will in a good place.
The book says on page 61 “The real tests of the situation are your own willingness to confide and your full confidence in the one with whom you share your first accurate self-survey.” (This is the 5th Step)
Question 2. If you have not done your 5th Step, how do you get the willingness to confide the 5th step, completely, holding nothing back? And what are the steps you’re taking to have full confidence in the one in whom you’re sharing your 5th step with?
If you have done your 5th step, this now becomes your 10th step. In the AA 12 and 12 sentence above, take out the word “first” and change it to: “you share your 10th accurate self-survey” Write on that sentence. Personalize that sentence.
Aligning your will power with God’s will is an act of will power. God, I can’t. You can. I’m going to align my will with You and together we’re going to do it. That’s an act of humility.
Question 3. Look at your willingness to be humble.
Page 61: “No one ought to say that the A.A. program requires no will power. Here is one place you may require all you’ve got.”
Question 4: Write on this.
Question 5: What do humility and serenity have to do with a 5th step?
Question 6: If you have done your 5th step, write about your experience with your Higher Power and how you felt the presence of God.
In Stephanie’s opinion, the 5th Step Promises are the greatest promises of the Big Book:
“Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount minute to minute. The dammed up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as they are exposed. As the pain subsides, a healing tranquility takes its place. And when humility and serenity are so combined, something else of great moment is apt to occur. Many an A.A. once agnostic or atheistic, tells us that it was during this experience of Step 5 that he first actually felt the presence of God. And even those who had faith already, often became conscious of God as they never were before.
This feeling of being one with God and man, this emerging of isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt brings us to a resting place, where we may prepare ourselves for the following Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety.”
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