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material contained herein is merely an outline of
the active working step of the program and is not
intended to replace or supplant:
careful reading and re-reading of the Big Book.
b. Regular attendance at weekly group meetings.
c. Study of the program.
d. Daily practice of the program.
e. Reading of approved printed matter on
f. Informal discussion with other members.
instruction is not a short-cut to A.A. It is an introduction
- - a help - - a brief course in fundamentals.
This meeting covers the Twelfth Step.
No. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to
alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our
step logically separates into three parts:
The Spiritual Experience
terms "spiritual experience" and "spiritual awakening" used
here and in the book Alcoholics Anonymous mean (upon
that the personality change sufficient to bring about
recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among
us in many forms.
NOT get the impression that these personality changes or
spiritual experiences must be in the nature of sudden and
spectacular upheavals. Happily for everyone, this conclusion
is erroneous. Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands
of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent, are
by no means the rule.
Most of our experiences are what psychologist William
James calls "the educational variety" because they
develop slowly over a period of time.
often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference
long before he is himself. The new man gradually realizes
that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction
to life - - that such a change could hardly have been brought
about by himself alone. What often takes place in
a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years
of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find
that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which
they presently identify with their own conception of a Power
greater than themselves.
Most emphatically we wish to say
that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problem
in the light of our experience can recover provided he does
not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only
be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent
We find that no one need have difficulty
with the spiritual side of the program. Willingness,
Honesty, and Open-Mindedness are the essentials of recovery.
But these are indispensable.
Carry the Message to Others
means exactly what it says. Carry the message actively.
Bring it to the man who needs it. We do it in many ways:
attending every meeting of our own group.
making calls when asked.
speaking at group meetings when asked.
supporting our group financially to make group meetings
assisting at meetings when asked.
setting a good example of complete sobriety.
owning, and loaning to new men, our own copy of the Big
encouraging those who find the way difficult.
serving as an officer or on group committees or special
assignments when asked.
doing all of the foregoing cheerfully and willingly.
do any or all of the foregoing at some sacrifice to
ourselves with definite thought of developing unselfishness
in our own character.
We Practice These Principles
in All Our Affairs
last part of the Twelfth Step is the real purpose
that all of the twelve steps lead to - - a new way of
life, a design for living. It shows how to live rightly,
think rightly and to achieve happiness. How do we go
resolve to live our life one day at a time - -
just twenty-four hours.
pray each day for guidance that day.
pray each night - - thanks for that day.
resolve to keep our heads and to forego any anger, no
matter what situation arises.
keep calm, relaxed.
and most important: whatever little ordinary
situations as well as big situations arise, we
look at them calmly and fairly, with an open mind, then
act on them in exact accordance with the simple true
principles that A.A. has taught and will teach us.
other words, our sobriety is only a correction of
our worst and most evident faults. Our living each day according
to the principles of A.A. will also correct all of our other
lesser faults and will gradually eliminate, one by one,
all of the defects in our character that cause frictions,
discontents, and unhappy rebellious moods that lead right
back to our very chief fault of drinking.
question pertaining to drinking, or stopping drinking,
is silly or irrelevant. The matter is too serious.
In A.A. we learn by question and answer. We learn
by exchanging our thought and experience with each
other. Any question we ask may help someone else.
To cover as many questions as possible in the short
time available, all answers must be limited to three
on the Beam
most commercial flying is done on a radio beam. A
directional beam is produced to guide the pilot to
his destination, and as long as he keeps on this beam
he knows that he is safe, even if he cannot see around
him for fog, or get his bearings in any other way.
As soon as he gets off the
beam in any direction he is in danger, and he immediately
tries to get back on to the beam once more.
Those who believe in the All-ness
of God, have a spiritual beam upon which to navigate
on the voyage of life. As long as you have peace of
mind and some sense of the Presence of God you are
on the beam, and you are safe, even if outer things
seem to be confused or even very dark; but as soon
as you get off the beam you are in danger.
You are off the beam the moment
you are angry or resentful or jealous or frightened
or depressed; and when such a condition arises you
should immediately get back on the beam by turning
quietly to God in thought, claiming His Presence,
claiming that His Love and Intelligence are with you,
and that the promises in the Bible are true today.
If you do this you are back
on the beam, even if outer conditions and your own
feelings do not change immediately. You are back on
the beam and you will reach port in safety.
Keep on the beam and nothing
shall by any means hurt you.
- Emmet Fox
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good,
therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show
to any human being, let me do it NOW. Let me not defer
it, or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
- Stephen Grellet (1773-1855)