Monday, 9 April 2012

April 9 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 4 "Inventory" | Alcoholics Anonymous

April 9 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 4 "Inventory" | Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "freedom from King alcohol…" Freedom to make progress, freedom to make better and informed choices. Freedom to discover what it is to be an emotional and spiritual being…

From being stuck in the problem of addiction to finding the solution in addiction? Or is it that as we start to comprehend the true nature of our problem, we can start to understand what the solutions are on a daily basis. Broadly the problems we face in addiction on an emotional and spiritual plane are very similar, the solutions however can be tailor-made as each of us finds our path in starting a new way of life…

Steps 1 to 3, understanding powerlessness and unmanageability, being restored to sanity on a daily basis, letting go of holding on to a problem and prejudice to looking for solutions. Steps 4 to 9, clearing the wreckage of the past. Steps 10 to 12, daily maintenance of our emotional and spiritual condition… Easy does it, progress not perfection…

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today… Life on life's terms… We are all players on the world stage… Nothing happens in this world by mistake, it is what it is… "Nothing will keep a man in everlasting ignorance more completely than contempt prior to investigation" Herbert Spencer…

DonInLondon 2005-2011

Stone walls do not a prison make, most often we are constrained by our own feelings of fear and putting on an act of being okay. When suggested, feel the fear and do it anyway.. we need find our truth, what is right for us and seek help from those we trust and love. And of course any power greater than us with wisdom, family, community fellowship as we come to understand..

Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage; If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, Angels alone that soar above Enjoy such liberty.

Freedom in our choices made possible in sober reality, open the door to equalities and acceptance of ourselves and everyone ~ Gloria Steinem "A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space." Right sized, feet on the ground, human, happy or sad as we may be, just for today...

Of course, most human beings don't suffer these defects at these rock-bottom levels, and we who have escaped such extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves. Yet can we? After all, hasn't it been selfinterest that has enabled most of us to escape? Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway. But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, where do we stand then? TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 66
AA Daily Reflection: "FREEDOM FROM "KING ALCOHOL" . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him. Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great “must” that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die. As Bill Sees It, p. 134
When drinking, I lived in spiritual, emotional, and sometimes, physical confinement. I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. Occasional dry spells that seemed to promise freedom would turn out to be little more than hopes of reprieve. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves opened for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free–in a kind of extended daily probation–that need never end.
As Bill Sees It ~ When Defects Are Less than Deadly Practically everybody wishes to be rid of his most glaring and destructive handicaps. No one wants to be so proud that he is scorned as a braggart, nor so greedy that he is labeled a thief. No one wants to be angry enough to murder, lustful enough to rape, gluttonous enough to ruin his health. No one wants to be agonized by chronic envy or paralyzed by sloth.
Step 4 "Fearless Inventory" Reading Video Link:

"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves"

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