(week 196) 1 October 2015 12-Step Study Big Book All Addictions Workshop
AA 12 x 12 page 55-7 Step 5
We admitted to God to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
If you find yourself pointing a finger and gossiping and blaming someone else, look at yourself.
look up: perilous.
Underline these words on page 56:
Some people are unable to stay sober at all. Others will relapse periodically until they really clean house.
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skipping this Step.
1. Do you have long-term sobriety? Do you have peace of mind?
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.
2. So what are you going to do about it?
This is why we are at step five. We have learnt how to inventory our character defects.
What are our character defects? Selfishness, self-centredness, dishonesty and fear.
All the other character defects and shortcomings come under one of those.Hope you are getting the very in-your-face answer to all your problems: its your character defects. My character defect causes my problem. And our character assets will give us the ability to live in peace and harmony with others.
So when you have a pressing problem look to your own character. What part of selfishness, self-centredness dishonesty or fear is rearing its head? There are 100 forms of fear, dishonesty, selfishness, self-seeking behaviour.
[When you are not in the fourth step it is called the 10th step or if you do it at night it is called the nightly review].
3. Where are you on the continuum? Are you holding back anything?
If you are, promise yourself that somebody will know about this before you go to bed tonight. Somebody, it doesn’t matter who it is. Go to a counsellor, priest, rabbi, etc. Do it.
There is nothing so freeing as telling God, yourself and another human being.
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