Steps 6 & 7

“The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear-primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something that we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing …

Overcoming Fear Through God

“This is exactly why we of AA place such an emphasis on the need for faith in a higher power, define that as we may. We have to find a life in the world of grace and spirit, and this is certainly a new dimension for most of us. Surprisingly, our quest for this realm of being is not too …

Dealing With Fear

“This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed …

The Persian Rug

“Those who are perplexed by the difficulties and seeming inconsistencies of life should remember that at the present time we get only a partial view of things; and that a partial view of anything never shows the thing as it really is. At any time we see only a particular section of the whole, and even that we see awry, …

Down to Earth

“Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. The dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. “We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in …

Self-centerdness to God Centerdness

“I believe the following quotation from Dr. Albert Einstein is closely related to the foregoing explanation of the relationship between the brain and consciousness, although Dr. Einstein argued throughout his scientific career that “God does not play dice with the Universe.” Nevertheless, in a letter to a man whose son had died from polio Dr. Enisten writes, “A human being is …

The Coming to Faith

“In my own case, the foundation stone of freedom from fear is that of faith: a faith that, despite all worldly appearances to the contrary, causes me to believe that I live in a universe that makes sense. “To me, this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a …

Prelude to the Program

“Few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have “hit bottom,” for practicing A.A.’s Steps means the adaption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. The average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect-unless he has to do these things in order to say …

All or Nothing?

“Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear, anger, and pride. “Hence, in …

“Powerless Over Alcohol”

“I had gone steadily downhill, and on that day in 1934 I lay upstairs in the hospital, knowing for the first time that I was utterly hopeless. “Lois was downstairs, and Dr. Silkworth was trying in his gentle way to tell her what was wrong with me and that I was hopeless. “But Bill has a tremendous amount of will …