(week 297) September 7 2017 12-Step Study Big book All Addictions Workshop
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AA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
Step 11. page 103:1
‘Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God,as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.’
The prayer Thy Will Not Mine Be Done is important to have peace in your life.
We take our requests to God in Quiet Time so we can make an action plan.
Then we keep our feet on the ground with accountability which gets right to
our ego since with accountability we are not in charge.
Q1. look up St Francis of Assisi.
“This can be done, but it has hazards. We have seen A.A.’s ask for much earnestness and faith for God’s explicit guidance on matters ranging all the way from a shattering domestic or financial crisis to correcting a minor personal fault, like tardiness. Quite often, however, the thoughts that seem to come from God are not answers at all. They prove to be well-intentioned unconscious rationalizations. The A.A., or indeed any man, who tries to run his life rigidly by this kind of prayer, by this self-serving demand of God for replies, is a particularly disconcerting individual. To any questioning or criticism of his actions he instantly proffers his reliance upon prayer for guidance in all matters great or small. He may have forgotten the possibility that his own wishful thinking and the human tendency to rationalize have distorted his so-called guidance. With the best of intentions, he tends to force his own will into all sorts of situations and problems with the comfortable assurance that he is acting under God;s specific direction. Under such an illusion, he can of course create great havoc without in the least intending it.”
Q2. look up denial and self-justification and put the meaning of these two words into the above paragraph
Write on and own for yourself the different aspects of this paragraph.
For instance: Have you ever thought God was telling you to do something when in fact you were really in denial?
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