Recording for April 28, 2016

Week #126

Tradition 7 “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions”

Next Thursday, Stephanie will be in Rome, and the following Thursday in Florence. She will not be using communications technology during that time.

Angela will facilitate a live meeting; we will be reading “Spiritual Experience”, page 567, Big Book.

Questions for the next two weeks will be on the callback, not the live phone Thursdays.

Please come live to support Angela: she will be asking for readers, and everyone will discuss the reading

We are reading this 2 times because Stephanie says it is the most complicated piece of writing in the Big Book. We will go on the live call, listen to the questions on the callback during the week thereby getting a deeper understanding, and the 2nd week we will re read it, and then share for 3 minutes each. If there is time we may share a second time. Hopefully our experience will be very deep and we’ll understand what Bill Wilson is talking about.

As pertains to Tradition 7, please give a donation so that Stephanie can pay for the website: storage and webmaster, and P.O. Box costs. Can even be $5. She most prefers a check with a little personal note from you, mailed to:

Stephanie Whiting
P.O. Box #531
North Pembroke, MA 02358

Week #126

Tradition 7 “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions”

Book 12 & 12, bottom of page 160

Look up: aversion, havoc, convert, and “meeting-place hat” on page 161 in the 12 & 12.

1. Ego Feeding Proposition~wirte on this.

What do you do that is ego feeding? Does it go sour on you?

Is the $5 favor Bill is doing going to end in resentment?

Are you trying to get esteem from outside to assuage your feelings of worthlessness?

Only God can do that. Ego Feeding Proposition eases God out. Only a clash of egos results, and resentment.

Look at yourself, your 3 x 5 cards, and see what qualities help you.

Do you bring it to quiet time and your nightly review?

2. Go online and print out “Just for Today” if you don’t already have it.

Just for this week, read this each day as you examine the ego feeding proposition.

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Recording for April 14, 2016

(week 124 ) 14 April 2016 12 Step Study Big Book All Addictions Big Book Workshop

Tradition 7 ‘Every group ought to be fully self-supporting , declining outside contributions.’

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Bill Wilson’s biography, is a tremendous read and a great opportunity to learn more about the Big Book. Everybody is welcome.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

If you would like to be on the members list and receive the weekly soul work contact:
sue7263@aol.com

We could certainly use it if you would like to make a donation for the website upkeep:

See the Pay Pal details on the website or send to:

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

NOTE: This Sunday 17 April 2016 1-3pm EST Workshop: Summing Up Step 7.
Stephanie would like our input and to ask questions, share what we have learnt.
If you are unable to attend it will be up on the callback only. The number will be 641-715-3900, pin 486811.

12 x 14 page 160
Tradition 7 ‘Every group ought to be fully self-supporting , declining outside contributions.’

Soul work

3rd sentence put a line under ‘what we have to be’ and above it write: ’for my integrity’.

look up: self-supporting, habitual, supposition, wrought

Q1a) What does being a self-supporting recovery person mean? Not just financially but what does it mean emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually?

b) Are you self-supporting or are there areas in your life where you need to go to God in Quiet Time and have an Action Plan?
Write out that action plan for the day, the week, the month and the year.

Q2. Are you robbing anyone (family member, a group, friend, etc.) of their ability to be self-supporting?

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Recording for April 7, 2016

(Week 123) 7 April 2016 12 step study all addictions workshop

Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Bill Wilson’s biography is a tremendous read and a great opportunity to learn more about the Big Book. Everybody is welcome.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

Donations are needed for the website.
$1, $5, whatever you feel you can afford. If you are unable to at the moment that is fine.
Please send to Stephanie or via Pay Pal – details on the website.

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

NOTE: Sunday 17 April 2016 1-3pm EST Workshop: Summing Up Step 7.
Stephanie would like our input and to ask questions, share what we have learnt.
If you are unable to attend it will be up on the callback only.
At present we do not have the funds for the extra storage space on the website.

Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’
12 x 12 first paragraph page 75 from: ‘Then in AA we looked and listened…’
until end of page 75 ‘…Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.’

Soul work

Slogans for humility:
Let Go and Let God
But for the Grace of God
Easy Does it but Do It.
Just for Today – God You are in Charge.

Look up: implication.

Q1 Of myself I am nothing.
a) Is that a put down?
b) After all the workshops and steps we have done, what does that statement mean to you?

Q2. ‘A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.’
Write on this.

Recording For March 31, 2016

(week 122) 31 March 2016 12 Step Study All Addictions Big Book Workshop

Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Bill Wilson’s biography, is a tremendous read and a great opportunity to learn more about the Big Book. Everybody is welcome.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

Donations are needed for the website and can either be sent to Stephanie at the address below or via Pay Pal (see the website)..All donations welcome – a dollar, five dollars whatever you feel you can afford. If you are not able to at the moment that is fine too.

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

Stephanie will give a Sunday workshop Summing Up Step 7. This will be 3-5 (or maybe 6pm) EST (date to be confirmed next week).

Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’
12 x 12 last paragraph page 74 from: ‘This improved perception of humility…’ until end of first paragraph on page 75 ‘…We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.’

Soul work

We heard story after story how humility had brought strength out of weakness. In every case pain had to be the price of admission into a new life.
Q1a) What is your first reaction to that last sentence?

b) Write on the sentence going back in your history.

c) And bringing it right into the present.

d) Is there pain? Where is it?

Q2a) Are you still suffering over something?

b) Why don’t you trust God?

c) Will you try to trust God and make an action plan so you don’t live in suffering?

It brought a measure of humility which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain.
‘We begin to fear pain less and begin to desire humility more than ever.’

Q3 Are you beginning to fear pain less?

Q4 Have you started to desire the character asset of humility more than ever?

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Recording for March 24, 2016

(week 121) 24 March 201 12 Step Study Big Book All Addictions Workshop

AA 12 x 12 Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Reading Bill Wilson’s biography and how AA started.
Stephanie says, ’It is like reading an autobiography of myself. It is deep deep work. You are missing out. To me these books are not supplemental, they are as important as the AA 12 x 12. They are phenomenal and the depth of recovery and insight is just unbelievable.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

For a summary of the steps: dial the same main number.
For part 1: pin no. 235934# For part 2: pin no. 578290#

The Sunday morning open buddy group meets at 11am EST.

URGENT: Donations have dwindled down to nothing for the upkeep and security of the website, paying the webmaster, etc.

Please give what you can and send to:

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

NOTE: Sue is compiling a brand new members’ list so if you would like to be included whether you are an existing or new member please send your name, phone number, time zone and if you wish, times to call, along with your email to: sue7263@aol.com
If you do not have email, phone her on: 434 987 4349

Step 7 ‘Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings’
12 x 12 Page 74 last paragraph.This improved perception of humility…

Soul work

look up: suffering

Q1. Do you have an improved perception of humility?
And do you have a revolutionary change in your outlook?

Write this down:

EGO: Ease God Out.

The ego is all about me me me. Used rightly, self-will is a gift from God. No self-will, no sobriety or recovery. Don’t denigrate self-will. Without it you roll up and die. You can use self-will in a self-destructive way. You bring your self will to Quiet Time every day. How do you think you get to Quiet Time if you don’t do it with self-will? What we don’t want is ego which is selfishness and self-centredness brought to the max.

Q2. What does ego mean to you and what does living a humble life mean?
Are they opposites?

Q3. Write about your self-will.
Is it important?
How you have used and abused your self-will?

Q5 Write about physical and emotional suffering. How does that come about? Then write about using your self-will to chose to stay in emotional suffering or using the self-will to go to God, others and choose humility and to be the best person you can – even though you may have physical or emotional pain.
[If you only do one question make it this one.You are going to glean a lot about yourself. Take the time. Do it. You need to know about yourself and how you are operating. And you need to make an action plan so you can live in humility and have serenity and have peace. That is our God-given right. And it is the end product of true recovery].

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Recording For March 17, 2016

(week 120) 17 March 2016 12-step study all addictions big book workshop

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Bill Wilson’s biography, is a tremendous read and a great opportunity to learn more about the Big Book. It is an intimate group and everybody is welcome.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

For a summary of the steps: dial the same main number. For part 1 add pin no. 235934#
for part 2 pin no. 578290#

If you wish to donate towards the upkeep of the website please send to:

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

NOTE: Sue is compiling a brand new members’ list so if you would like to be included whether you are an existing or new member please send your name, phone number, time zone and if you wish, times to call, along with your email to: sue7263@aol.com
If you do not have email, phone her on: 434 987 4349

NOTE: The Sunday morning open buddy group meets at 11 a.m. EST.
The call-in # is:
712/ 432-0800 Pin 587213#

Soul work
12 x 12 ‘ Step 7.Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.’

12 x 12 From bottom of page 73: ‘But again we were driven…’

A Promise:
We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind.

Look at the positive: we do take the actions.
Top of page 74, ‘…do the right thing.’ circle the word ‘do’.

Look up: grudgingly.

Q1. From your experience of doing steps 1-6 write down what you know to be your major mistakes in life. Then, with God’s help on a 3 x 5 card, write the opposite .

Do these simple three steps.
Get the material by writing out your mistakes
Write out the opposite on 3 x 5 card.
Carry the card with you and bring it to God in Quiet Time
‘Progress not perfection.’
Q2a) How are you doing with that attitude?
Q2b). How can you implement an attitude on that slogan so you can let go of perfection?

Q3.Knowing something about yourself that needs to be changed and not doing anything about it, is self-abuse. Write on that.

Q4. Write down these slogans:

Action without prayer is nothing more than self-will run riot.

An action plan without accountability is a recipe for failure.

It doesn’t matter how you do, just do it.

Easy Does It but Do It.

Move a muscle, change a thought.

Move a muscle, change an attitude.

Repetition is the father of learning.

Q5. Whats your opinion of humility as a desirable personal virtue?

Q6. Do you recognise humility as a necessary aid to your survival?

Q7. Where you see humility in the world with parents, spouse, partner, work, friends etc.?

‘To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement depression or anxiety – in other words, to all of us…’

Q8. Does that sound familiar?
Is that something of the past or are you having that now and still have it.

Q9. Do you have this priceless gift of peace?
And if so, name when in the last week you felt it?

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Recording for March 3, 2016

(week 118) 3 March 2016 12 Step Study All Addictions Big Book Workshop

For today’s recording go to the website or dial callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Tuesdays 8am EST. ’Pass It On’ – Bill Wilson’s biography, is a tremendous read and a great opportunity to learn more about the Big Book. It is an intimate group and everybody is welcome.
Call back: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#

For a summary of the steps: dial the same main number. For part 1 add pin no. 235934#
for part 2 pin no. 578290#

If you wish to donate towards the upkeep of the website please send to:

Stephanie Whiting
PO Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

NOTE: Sue is compiling a brand new members’ list so if you would like to be included whether you are an existing or new member please send your name, phone number, time zone and if you wish, times to call, along with your email to: sue7263@aol.com
If you do not have email, telephone her on: 434 987 4349

12 x 12 ‘ Step 7.Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.’

Top of page 73.’…Every newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol…’ until middle of next paragraph ending with: ‘…flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again.’

Soul work
look up: consternation.

circle the word: ‘rebellion’ [Rebellion is a sign of self-centredness.]

Q1. Meditate and write down all the victories over your difficulties that you have had since you started this 12-Step Study Big Book Workshop.

Q2 Are you being God-honouring with all areas of your life?

Q3a) What does a whole lifetime of self-centredness mean to you?
b) List some areas where you are not like that any more.

Q4a) What is your definition of rebellion?
b) Write a history of rebellion in your life.

‘When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcohol, we are apt to breathe a sigh of relief, saying, “Well, thank God that’s over! I’ll never have to go through that again!” Then we learn often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone ion the new road we are walking.’

Q5 Do you believe that? Or do you think I am sober, what more do I have to do?

Q6 What do you believe about the road, and the end of the road?
[If I don’t know what is going to be expected from the God of my understanding I cannot live the best I can today].

Q7 To keep you from being hurt, are you clinging to some mistake that you constantly make?

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