(Week 88) September 5, 2013 12-Step Big Book Study Workshop
Chapter 5 How It Works page 58 from start of 1st paragraph: ‘Rarely have we seen a person fail…’ until end of 2nd paragraph ‘… then you are ready to take certain steps.’
Look up: rigorous, incapable, constitutionally
‘Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recovery are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.’
Beside this passage write: This is not a cop out.
Are you using “constitutionally incapable” as an excuse for:
a) not being sober?
b) being sober and not being honest about the areas?
Are you unwilling to look at certain areas of your life?
Write these down and beside each one write: ‘I accept that for today I am unwilling to look.’
Dear Higher Power/God, Today I am unwilling. I ask You to give me the willingness to be willing. Amen.
Their chances are less than average.
Beside these words write: It does not say ‘zero’
Are you on medication for an emotional and mental disorder?
a) Do you feel guilt and/or shame?
b) Have you been pushed, pulled, prodded or ‘guilted’ by those in the program? After praying about it, write about whether you are truly sober if using medication.
c) If using medication, take your heartfelt answer to your professional and talk about it as they can explain about chemical imbalance. And look at the possibility to come off them if you want this.
Realistically where are you today with your capacity to be honest?
a) Do you have the attitude that where I am today is exactly where I am supposed to be?
b) If you don’t have that attitude, why not?
Read and re-read the first two paragraphs on page 58. Then write about them and share with your buddy.
If you are being given the same questions and not answering them differently ask yourself why. (There is no right or wrong answer).
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