(Week 78) 27 June 2013 12-Step Study Big Book Workshop
We Agnostics. Page 50 beginning with the last sentence: ‘Once confused and baffled by the seeming futility of existence,’ until end of first paragraph page 51 ‘…they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.’
Soul work On line 2 of page 51 over ‘they’ write ‘former agnostics’.
look up: contingent, wholeheartedly, futility.
Q1. Where are you with the Big Book Workshop? [We need to know where we are so that we can grow]. Are you doing it half-heartedly? [That is OK too].
Q2. How are you reacting in your life today? b) Are you reacting in a recovered way? c) Do you like the way you are reacting?
Q3. Do you have any situation in your life that you feel totally stuck in that you feel ‘what the heck, it’s futile for me to try to do anything’.
Q4. Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today [p. 417 line 8]. What does that mean to you?
Optional question: Once confused and baffled by the seeming futility of existence, they show the underlying reasons why they were making heavy going of life. a) Is there a situation you are making heavy going with?
b) Wear the world like a loose garment. Write on this.
Leaving aside the drink question, they [the former agnostics] tell us why living was so unsatisfactory.
Q5. Is your life still unsatisfactory and if so in what areas? b) Have you put God into that area? c) If you have, how could you increase (?) putting God into that area?
They show how the change came over them.
Q6. Has change come over you? b) Can you say that change has come from the consciousness of the presence of God in your life today? c) Is the presence of God the most important fact today of your life? If not, do you know a powerful reason why you could have faith?
Q7. Assignment: Go to the website and listen to one of the Trust and Rely workshops Playback number: 641 715 3900 pin no 97200# and also at www.12stepstudyworkshop.com (Trust and Rely workshop).
Write about your experience of going to the workshop.
(week 77) 20 June 2013 Big Book Step Study workshop
We Agnostics. Beginning 4th paragraph of page 50: ‘Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed.’ Ending with the last sentence: ‘This happened soon after they wholeheartedly met a few simple requirements.’
1a In this beginning period of your step study workshop, we have studied the true meaning of an agnostic. Do you now consider yourself an agnostic or do you have a belief in a Higher Power?
1b Are you trusting and relying on that Higher Power when push comes to shove?
“In the face of the total failure of their human resources” above this write: ‘This is the essence of step one’.
2 Write about what that means to you.
…and they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. Above ‘they found’ write: ‘Step 2. came to believe’; above ‘a new power’ put name of your HP.
Write down: We came (we were clueless) We came to (am total failure, powerless over food, alcoholic, relationships) We came to believe (step 2: came to believe in a power greater than myself, my drug, etc.).
3 Write about what the saying “Came, Came to, Came to believe” means to you.
4a Underline wholeheartedly on the last line on page 50. Look this up. Write your own definition of its meaning to you.
4b Are you doing this Big Book study wholeheartedly?
5 Write down: The 12 steps are a program of attraction not promotion. How are you an attraction instead of being a promotion? Are you living this wholeheartedly?
Under ‘few simple requirements’ write:
6b What do you believe to be wholeheartedly?
7 Would you want to rewrite those simple requirements?
8 To be wholeheartedly committed must meet a few simple requirements; not to “take what you want and leave the rest” (the origin from which is not found the Big Book). What does “take what you want and leave the rest” mean to you? Is this a healthy slogan? Would you give it to a newcomer?
9 Do you regret any minute of your past?
After Workshop question:
10 Take the 3rd Step Prayer. Decipher line by line and equate with whole heartedness fully, and a few simple requirements, of which the major one is Let go and Let God.
Big Book Step Study Soul Work; June 13, 2013
AA Big Book, Chapter 4 We Agnostics … page 50 paragraph 4
1) Give your definition of a worldly person? Are you a worldly person? Do you want to be a worldly person?
2) Bloom where you are planted; What does this mean to you?
3) Are you blooming where you are planted?
4) Do you want to bloom in another garden?
5) Can you be an encourager to others and bloom where they are at?
6) What does “Bloom where you are planted” have to do with being worldly?
7) What is the “certain attitude” they are taking?
8) Reread page 50 and extrapolate where that ‘attitude’ came from?
9) “Certain simple things” where are you?
10) Are you experiencing a “revolutionary change” in the way you think?
11) Are you experiencing a revolutionary change in the way you are living?
12) Write all the human resources you’ve tried and have failed in? Tell yourself and your group how you felt a total failure of your human resources?
13) Is God asking you to go in a direction? What direction do you feel God wants you to
(week 75) 6 June 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
We Agnostics p. 49 start of 2nd paragraph: ‘We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion.’ Finishing at
end of 3rd paragraph on p. 50 ‘As a celebrated American statesman put it, ‘Let’s look at the record.’”
Look up: dubious, prejudice (again), stability,
intolerance, tolerance, miraculous.
49: 2 Draw the spiritual triangle around ‘We’.
We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion.
Q1 Are you still prejudiced? Are you laying aside prejudice? Name the prejudices that you are still holding onto.
Q2 Are you prejudiced against organized religion. Why?
b) Have you investigated organized religion or are you throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
c) Did you or someone you know have a bad experience?
In the back of the Big Book it says: ignorance is prejudice prior to investigation. Really explore any deep-seated prejudice about God and religions. It will help you in walking with the God of your understanding.
Q3. Are you willing to look at organized religion in the various faiths that have given purpose and direction to millions? Yes or no? Write on your answer.
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.
Q4. Do you agree with this statement? Yes or No?
b) Are you a person of faith who has a logical idea of what life is all about?
We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness, which we should have sought ourselves.
Q5.Did you use to (or still do) amuse yourself with cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and organized religion?
Q6. Read and re-read the last paragraph on page 49 and meditate on your gut reaction.
[Where are you when you sit and read a paragraph like this? Are you ‘Yeah, you know I really ought to look into that’ or are you ‘Gimme a break. I want to throw up?’ Stephanie wants us to see how we feel].
[Did you look at a certain minister and he was involved with a scandal so you threw away organized religion because of human frailties. Or perhaps you went to a house of worship and they were unfriendly and so you gave it wholesale condemnation?]
We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves.
Q7.What are you when it comes to things spiritual and things religious?
Are you intolerant because you are looking at human defects or are you able to be kind and open-minded?
Write this and put somewhere prominent: We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees.
We talk of intolerance while we were intolerant ourselves.
Q8. Do you have that intolerance e.g. too many active in this AA meeting? Are you going to your 12-step meetings to grab for yourself?
[It’s a self-caring and self-nurturing programme. When people say this is a selfish programme have not yet had a spiritual awakening]. We are going to be finding people who need our help, not criticizing them or boycotting meetings because people have not got what you want].
Q9. What is your experience strength and hope with yourself?
What is your intolerance or maybe you are tolerant?
We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.
Q10. Did you give the spiritual side of life a fair hearing? Do you understand in your deepest recesses that recovery from all addiction is spiritual? God is everything or God is nothing. Have you reached that point yet?
P. 50 line 13: Experience has taught us that these are matters about which, for our purpose, we need not be worried.
Above ‘our’ write ‘12-step purpose’.
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