Thursday, 3 March 2011

Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 3

Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 3 |

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us!

Newcomers at Portobello tonight: and so good to be in the company of new starters, returnees and old timers. As we are unique and authentic, so we remain with one similarity, sober today. I simply love seeing new people and those I am getting to know. Progress not perfect, good enough we can be…

At fifteen I wanted to be James Dean, a rebel, but with a cause! ~ Maya Angelou "At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice." I saw my father collapse into a dark life, I followed as drink cured pain, fear and made sure extremes were my norm, I was lost for decades. Sober freedom today, life choices restored, surrendering to truth without resistance as it unfolds..

Sober life takes on new meaning, learning afresh spiritual and emotional context ~ Mencius "The great and the good are those who do not lose their childlike heart." -/- Forever young, one day long, we can grow old on the outside and be ourselves inside, wonder abounds in every day..

Being in this "one moment" concentrating on what we need do.. ~ Shakti Gawain "We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly." -/- Drive safely with our lives, our passengers and with help from? We get to choose..

Sharing Experience, strength and hope and equally listening to..~ D. H. Lawrence "Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot." -/- Listening is a skilfull art, hearing everything without denial takes time..

A day of joy or and sadness, a day sober facing all lifes challenges ~ Winston Churchill "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Nothing is lost, cherish all our experiences, we never live them again as they are today...

Letting go of self will, extremes of ego and obsession ~ Dalai Lama "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." -/- We stop fighting our inner being, and face the world and all it may place in our path...

Into the fabric of recovery from alcoholism are woven the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, steps to be open honest and willing to learn, traditions to live unity service and recovery

Step 3 "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him" Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: "This is the way to a faith that works." We find faith in doing the next right action, based on truth, love and wisdom we learn as life unfolds.

Open To Truth, Love And Wisdom of Others [we let go having to be right, self obsessed and self medicating our lives away into oblivion and harms way]

We find it amazing that the newcomer can start the A.A. program without any specific beliefs or, for that matter, without any beliefs whatsoever. All a person needs is the open-mindedness and the willingness to believe that WE BELIEVE this program works...

"God [it is what I understand to be God or a "Higher Power," always a personal understanding we have for ourselves, there is no AA or common understanding, simply what you believe] God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference" God is often understood to be: Truth, Love and Wisdom in the moment of now... your faith, your understanding.

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