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Tag Archives: Alcoholics Anonymous

Humility and Honesty

Spirituality of Letting Go: Week 2 Humility and Honesty Thursday, September 8, 2016 The only people who grow in truth are those who are humble and honest. This is traditional Christian doctrine and is, in effect, the maxim of Alcoholics Anonymous. Without those two qualities—humility and honesty—we just don’t grow. If we try to use Read More »

The Divine Paradox

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 The Divine Paradox Friday, June 10, 2016 We’re many months away from Christmas, but I want to share with you Bill Wilson’s Christmas letter to A. A. members years ago: Greetings on Our 10th Christmas, 1944 Yes, it’s in the air! The spirit of Christmas once more warms this poor distraught Read More »

Step Twelve

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step Twelve Thursday, June 9, 2016 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. [1] Step Twelve tells addicts that they will never really come to appropriate the power and importance Read More »

Step Eleven

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step Eleven Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. [1] In his book, Addiction and Grace, psychiatrist Gerald May—who was a personal Read More »

Steps Eight and Nine

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Steps Eight and Nine Monday, June 6, 2016 Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. [1] Making a list of the persons Read More »

Steps Six and Seven

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Steps Six and Seven Sunday, June 5, 2016 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. [1] Here again we see how Alcoholics Anonymous is aware of the power of powerlessness. All we can really do is be “entirely ready” Read More »

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Summary

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, May 29-Friday, June 3, 2016 In creating Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, with typical American pragmatism, designed a truly practical program that really worked to change lives. (Sunday) Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. (Monday) Step Read More »

Step Five

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Step Five Friday, June 3, 2016 Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. [1] “All of A. A.’s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego Read More »

Step Three

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Step Three Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. [1] Alcoholics Anonymous is not afraid to tell it like it is and call out our selfishness, a word that most of us are afraid to use Read More »

Step Two

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Step Two Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] A Cherokee or Ojibwa chief is said to have asked his young braves, “Why do you spend your time in brooding? Don’t you know you are being driven by great Read More »

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