The Primary Purpose

“Sometimes I think the word spiritual is misleading to some of us in AA. We treat it as synonymous with the word religious, and I don’t believe it is. I’m merely suggesting it’s my opinion that we would have a better understanding of the word spiritual if we would apply it to everyday life. There are positive, good, spiritual characters …

Seventh Step Prayer

“When I ended Step Six, one path representing self-will and self-reliance, coupled with all my character defects; the other path representing God’s Will and God Reliance, and promising a life of order, harmony and goodness if I would follow that path; I was conscious of my willingness to let God free me from my defects of character and I was …

Tradition 2

“Harder still to accept was the now proven fact that the conscience of the group, when properly informed of the facts and issues and principles involved, was often wiser than any leader, self-appointed or not. We slowly realized that the old-timer frequently was faulty in judgement. Because of his position of assumed authority, he was too often influenced by personal …

Aspects of Tolerance

“All kinds of people have found their way into A.A. Not too long ago, I sat talking in my office with a member bears the title of Countess. That same night, I went to an A.A. meeting. It was winter, and there was a mild-looking little gent taking the coats. I said, “Who’s that?” “And somebody answered, “Oh, he’s been …

Step Twelve

“Some people read this step and become fearful that they are going to have to give up their life in service to others. They envision a life like Mother Teresa’s and they think, I’m not up for this task. I don’t want to live that kind of life. Take note of this: you will be of service to others when …

Newcomer Problems

“The temptation is to become rather possessive of newcomers. Perhaps we try to give them advice about their affairs which we aren’t really competent to give or ought not give at all. Then we are hurt and confused when the advice is rejected, or when it is accepted and brings still greater confusion.” ************************* “You can’t make a horse drink …

The Coming of 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 …

He Had To Be Shown

“The man turned out to be Bill D., a very early member of A.A., and I couldn’t tell you a word of what he said. Not one experience registered with me. When he left, I realized from his story that as a drinker I was just a panty-waist. I knew I could quit because he had quit; he hadn’t had …

Prayer and Meditaiton

“Over time I have discovered that I cannot get very far away from being conscious of loving my life in my meditation and remain at peace. Currently I practice a 30 minute or more slowed down version of the Third Step Prayer in the morning and evening, and when I close that prayer with: “…of Thy power, (I stop and …

Third Tradition

“The Third Tradition is a sweeping statement indeed; it takes in a lot of territory. Some people might think it too idealistic to be practical. It tells every alcoholic in the world that he may become, and remain, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous so long as he says so. “Why is this so? Our answer is simple and practical. Even …