Legacy of Recovery

The Promises Are Conditional

The Promises Are Conditional

In Chapter 6, “Into Action,” we find what are commonly referred to as the 9th Step Promises just after it outlines the amends process after creating our amends list from Step 8. As many members of A.A. know, the amends process is part of the continuing action suggested to us as we go deeper in …

Guided Audio Meditation for A.A. Members

Guided Audio Meditation for A.A. Members

Many members of A.A. believe that their Higher Power (or God) is found in the stillness – in the quiet. Most first-time meditators find it strange to sit in silence, to sit with their innermost thoughts and feelings, to sit and do nothing — the very thing that, oddly enough, the mind tends to resist. …

The Solution to My Problem

The Solution to My Problem

I continue to be amazed at the things I hear in A.A. meetings these days.  I hear a lot of “BB” and not enough “AA.” I have never been able to find in our program of action the phrase, “90 meetings in 90 days” or “just don’t drink and go to meetings” or “no big …

Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

What Have Been Your Biggest Teachable Moments? There are many teachable moments on our journey to becoming recovered alcoholics available to us if we are willing to do the inventory needed to embrace them. There are at least 21 specific examples in the first 165 pages of the big book where the author calls them …

Do You Learn Better With Video?

Do You Learn Better With Video?

ME TOO! Since God gave me a few creative and technical skills to work with, from time to time I create simple videos to share with my sponsees on a particular topic. This past week it seems the stars have aligned for many of my sponsees and I began to see a recurring theme... "Why ...

Where Did The 12 Steps Come From?

Where Did The 12 Steps Come From?

by Bill W. July 1953 A.A. Grapevine AAs are always asking: "Where did the Twelve Steps come from?" In the last analysis, perhaps nobody knows. Yet some of the events which led to their formulation are as clear to me as though they took place yesterday. So far as people were concerned, the main channels ...

The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety

The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety

by Bill Wilson Copyright © AA Grapevine, Inc, January 1958  (Listen and read along) "I think that many oldsters who have put our AA "booze cure" to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next major development in AA—the development of much more ...

Fear & the 7 Deadly Defects

Fear & the 7 Deadly Defects

By Rick W. If you are like me, you are a visual kinda person.  I have always wanted some type of visual for me to see just exactly how fear manifests my defects of character, but I couldn't find one - so - I created one.  Using our literature, I created this chart in combination ...

12 Steps Simplified

12 Steps Simplified

The Twelve Steps Simplified STEP 1, showed me the paradox where I found I was totally unable to be rid of alcohol until I first admitted my powerlessness over it. STEP 2, showed me that since I cannot restore myself to sanity, a Higher Power would be necessary to do so. In STEP 3, I ...