Sunday, 6 May 2012

May 6 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 5 Admit And Accept | Alcoholics Anonymous

May 6 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 5 Admit And Accept | Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "hold back nothing…" The real test of the situation in step five is our own willingness to confide and your full confidence in the one with whom you share your first accurate self-survey. Human beings are fallible which is why it can be very difficult to trust any human being when we are not sure we can trust ourselves…

I feel there is an act of faith in step five where we share the exact nature of our history with another human being. Leaving no stone unturned and handing it over: lock, stock and barrel to another human being and to God. Fear of gossip, fear of our own personal lapses in integrity can all undermine step four and step five. Holding on to something and not revealing, leaves us open to a life of shame and guilt and fear of being found out…

Once the truth is out of us and included in step four, step five offers the opportunity to examine our good conscience and share everything with God and another human being. Depending on your faith God knows already it just depends how you feel about that. And what with another human being do with your truth? It really doesn't matter what another human being does with your truth, the truth of you is out there and not stuck inside you…

If we are judged harshly by the revelations from step four and step five, it will start with us, our self-prejudice and our judgement of us. Step four and step five is about liberation and facing the truth, once we have expressed it as many times as we feel we need to through prayer and meditation and have come to some form of self-forgiveness, hopefully we have found forgiveness and understanding for how other people behave and have behaved towards us…

Step four and step five, developing our humility. Humility to start the day afresh: to be able to define ourselves first, as a human being equal with others and others equal to us in their human rights. I was listening yesterday after I made a statement about powerless over people, places and things. We are powerless over people and what is going on in their heads, if we exert power to get our way, they may say yes to us face-to-face, and no to us in their heart…

DonInLondon 2005-2011

In fellowship, our way of sharing our truth and life story becomes a part of daily life. And we need not keep anything secret from the world, then we get feedback in the moment from those we trust. We learn from everyone and make better choices with freedom today...

In consult with my counsellor this day last year, "always putting others needs first" in close relationships, emotional and physical is not balanced and leaves us prone to long term depression. An insight often called people pleasing. Restoring the balance, where needs are reciprocal, explicit and developing, to love and be loved helps us be with the right people in the right places at the right time.. Now!

Learning new living in recovery, step 5 "hold back nothing" in sharing our "fear less inventory".. Of course we hold back nothing we have remembered? In recovery each day more is revealed, we keep right sizing ourselves as we recall back then and live in the now. Purposeful forgetting or plain oblivion, revelations still come one day at a time...

AA Daily Reflection: Daily Reflections ~ "HOLD BACK NOTHING May 6, 2011... The real tests of the situation are your own willingness to confide and your full confidence in the one with whom you you share your first accurate self-survey. . . . Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute. The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed. As the pain subsides, a healing tranquility takes its place. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS p. 61-62,

A tiny kernel of locked-in feelings began to unfold when I first attended A.A. meetings and self-knowledge then became a learning task for me. This new self-understanding brought about a change in my responses to life’s situations. I realized I had the right to make choices in my life, and the inner dictatorship of habits slowly lost its grip. I believe that if I seek God I can find a better way to live and I ask Him daily to assist me in living a sober life."
May 6 2007

Spiritual DonInLondon ‘Day in the Life’

Spiritual, of soul: relating to the soul or spirit, usually in contrast to material things. Is the briefest of definitions which helps me make my own definition of spiritual? Most likely the briefest description provides more for everyone to connect. The more we define something the more we worry out our preferences and then we get tied to a principle or value.

As we develop our understanding, or misunderstanding of life, its quite difficult to pin us down. The more we are living and breathing, the more elaborate our and truth and our reason. Sometimes the more we have wisdom. It does not follow though that we are always right or righteous!

We are always in a pickle, trying to work out what we really mean when we share our thoughts and feelings. They tend to change by the day, the week, the year. As we get on and learn more from life, life gives us clues to our purpose.

Primary Purpose

In deed our primary purpose is to be alive, to experience the world and live in it. This is our reason for living. We live in a Universe which seems infinite, and we have a connection to it as long as we are in the land of the living. And we know we have purpose as we are part of humanity. We leave our mark, our imprint as do all things in this world.

We forget and lose our way as much as we find a way to live. We make the best of what we have, or we make the worst of what we have. Both ways are just ways. Sometimes it seems fair and good and other times the world is a desperate place and we would rather not be here.

Survival and getting on

Are we good at this; are we able, do we do what we are designed for? In essence of course we do, nature provides a template, a pattern we have as strong as instinct we may see in other species, yet we forget these primary reasons for living as we utilise our thinking and feeling.

Science and Detachment

As we have become more sophisticated, more scientific and certainly more detached from the natural world, we lose sight of many fundamentals it seems. We do this because we can. We live as if we are in a dream often, sort of experiencing our world as much as observing it. Like a film like some sort of rehearsal. We forget and place filters, denials and much thinking between us and the real world we experience.

As we seem somewhat removed from the real action, as we live and work, and just occupy our space we can live as if in dreams. And only come down with a bump when reality kicks us to wakefulness and shows us just what is real and what we imagine.

When you read this, you can critique my words, you can apply your thinking and feeling and make sense of what I write, or you may dismiss it. You will filter to match your perceptions of reality.

Reality is Perceptive deep

As I write this the goodness of the time spent in recent weeks is softening and losing its texture..

The texture of how we feel and live in the moment is forever in flux. The principles, the truth is always reforming and reshaping.

As soon as the words, I have had the best outlook this last fortnight than in the last ten years, I almost feel the power of my experience losing some power.

Powerful Times

We recognise significant events. We live powerful moments, and then we relish or hasten them away with forgetfulness when sad, and we cherish when they are to our good..

Good conscience and Spiritual

As we live, we are in the moment, we are here to experience and make sense, to enjoy, to endure, to live as life and reality truly are. None of us has a hold on truth or spiritual, it is gifted as we may understand. No opinion on any of these matters is exclusive or pure and right. We make it what we will as we comprehend and experience living

Experiencing spiritual

We do it all day and every day, the intent in our spiritual development is best served through understanding nature and providence, what we see is what we get, the wisdom of the years forming as much as we can, a brief interlude in infinity where we live and make sense of purpose.


Is as we determine are led to experience. We have teachers a plenty, best keep an eye on our wisdom and how what others share and how it relates.

Experience is our best informer. Choices made with what we know, what we believe and how life can be a blessing or a catastrophe is formed in our outlook. Best not let early experience sour the beauty of this world. Or be held to ransom as science and life show us more of nature and Providence.

We have no tablets of stone these days to hold us like hostage to doctrine or others notions or wisdoms.

Take heart as each day manifests, we are best served with open minds, growing wisdom of the years and values which support and develop life and living.

As soon as I write and this is read somewhere sometime, the world turns and more wisdom informs the reader one way or another, my words lost in others thoughts and feelings, never to be the same ever again..

As it may be...
AA Official Site Daily Reflections
AA Official Site Big Book And Twelve And Twelve Online
"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Chapter 6, Into Action, Big Book From: Page 72 Thru: Page 75, the bottom of the page. 12 And 12 Step 5."
May ~ All About Step Five:" Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs"
Step 5 "Admit And Accept" Reading Video Link:

May ~ Video Reading Chapter Six Into Action Link:

I do not speak for Alcoholics Anonymous I speak for myself. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of unique and authentic people who speak for themselves where they will to share experience, strength and hope about recovery on a daily basis. Anonymity affords sanctuary to find how to live sober and be open, honest and willing to learn life day by day. For me "truth," "love" and "wisdom" offer the best spiritual experience by living reality today. 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.
Spiritual principles ~ Forgiveness Acceptance Surrender Faith Open-mindedness Honesty Willingness Moral-inventory Amends Humility Persistence Spiritual-growth Service

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