Recording for May 19, 2016

week 228) 19 May 2016 12 Step Study All Addictions Big Book workshop

To join the members list, be sent the soul work and/or if you would like a buddy, contact:
sue7263@aol.com

8am EST Tuesdays workshop on ’Pass It On’ Bill W’s biography
callback: 641 715 3900 pin 298913#

Donations are urgently needed towards the cost of the website. Please send to:

Stephanie Whiting
P O Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

or via Pay Pal on the website: 12stepstudyworkshop.com (click on Thursday).

Big Book Pages 569-570
The Spiritual Experience
callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

Soul work

Q1. Do you have peace in your heart?

If you have peace in your heart no matter what turmoil is going on around you, you have a God/higher power consciousness. If you have no peace it is because you are not in consciousness with your God/HP.

[When you are not at peace that is when you know you have to go to Quiet Time. If you possibly can, put everything aside and go for one minute, twenty minutes, whatever, to speak with God. Find prayers that speak to your heart. The Serenity Prayer, 3rd step prayer etc. Find prayers that soothe your soul. Find a mantra. Stephanie says: “I have a mantra. I wear something around my neck and I hold my symbol of my God and I do my mantra. And it calms me right down”].

Q2. E-mail Stephanie (stephaniew324@gmail.com) as she would love feedback from the group as to how you are doing.
And let her know if you are done with the spiritual experience or do you want to study it some more?

Q3. Continue with the questions on the Spiritual Experience from the last two weeks if you have not yet had time to complete them.

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Recording for May 5, and 12, 2016

(week 227 & 228) 5 and 12 May 2016 12 Step Study Workshop Big Book All Addictions
(to cover the two weeks Stephanie is away).

Please note ‘Week 227 & 228’ are the correct week numbers. Alas the numbering been out by 100 since the start of 2016 (apologies to the group – Angela).

If you would like to join the members list and be sent the soul work or if you would like a buddy, contact:
sue7263@aol.com

8am EST Tuesdays workshop on ’Pass It On’ Bill W’s biography
callback: 641 715 3900 pin 298913#

Donations are urgently needed towards the cost of the website. Please send to:

Stephanie Whiting
P O Box 531
North Pembroke
MA 02358

or via Pay Pal on the website: 12stepstudyworkshop.com (click on Thursday).

Big Book Pages 569-570 The Spiritual Experience
callback: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666#

[Stephanie’s recording covers the two weeks while she in Rome].

Q1. If you do feel like you have had spiritual experience(s) I would like you to write them down.

Look up: spiritual, experience, awakening.

Q2a) Do you think the term ‘spiritual experience’ is different than ‘a spiritual awakening’?

b) If so write on why you think they are different and give an example.

c) If you do not think they are different, please give your definitions of spiritual experience and spiritual awakening.

…upon careful reading shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.

Q3a) Would you say you have had a personality change?

b) Is that personality change sufficient to bring about sobriety from your addiction?

c) Is that personality change sufficient to bring about recovery: physical sobriety, emotional sobriety and spiritual connection with a God that you know?

look up: manifested, forms.

[If you don’t look up these words, these questions are not gong to mean much to you as these are not words e.g. ‘manifested’ you normally use].

Manifested itself among us in many different forms.

Q4a) Have you had a personalty change sufficient to bring about recovery from your addiction that has manifested itself in many different ways?

b) Are you different?

c) Does God and Quiet Time mean that much to you?

d) Do you even care whether you have a personality change sufficient enough to bring about recovery from alcoholism as it manifests itself in many different forms?

e) Or are you rigidly expecting I have got to have a white light experience like Bill Wilson or I have got to hear God like Stephanie did?

Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personality changes or religious experiences, must be in the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals. Happily for everyone this conclusion is erroneous.

Q5. Did you have that impression when you read this or when you read the Big Book that you had to have a huge upheaval to have a personality change or to call it a religious experience?

Look up: erroneous.

In the first few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary changes are described.

Q6a) Can you remember in the first few chapters, people having sudden revolutionary changes?

b) If you say no, go back and look them up.

c|) If you say yes, write them down.

Though it was not our intention to create such an impression, many alcoholics have nevertheless concluded that in order to recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming “God-consciousness” followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook.

Q6a) Are you in a God-conscious state now?

b) If you are, describe any type of change in your feelings and outlook.

c) Would you label this a vast change?

Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent, are by no means the rule.

Q7a) Have you seen transformations like that, a personality change sufficient to bring about recovery?

b) Have you seen feelings and outlook on life change in people?

c) Have you seen many people with a God consciousness?

d) Do you look for them?

Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the “educational variety” because they develop slowly over a period of time.

Q8a) What does your definition of educational variety of ‘a spiritual experience or a spiritual awakening’ mean?

b) Is this what you have had?

Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself.

Q9. Have you had a friend say to you, you are not the same person any more?

To own this for yourself, change the pronoun ‘he’ to ‘we’: He/We finally realizes that he/we has undergone…

He/We finally realizes that he/we has undergone a profound alteration in his/our 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 recourse which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.

look up: transformations, profound, alteration

Q10. Ask yourself have you undergone a profound alteration to your reaction to life?S

End of Part One:
Stephanie says:
“I have given you a ton of questions. You don’t have to do them all in one week. I do ask you to do some so when you come to the live meeting the second week (May 12) you will have done some questions and be able to look at this differently.”

PART TWO

“…that such a could hardly have been brought about by ourselves 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 resourced which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power great than themselves.

Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of a spiritual experience. Our more religious members call it “God-consciousness.”

Q11a) Do you think that awareness of the Power is the essence of a spiritual experience or do you know it?

b) Do you know it because of your own experience or because you have seen other people?

look up: essence, emphatically.

Put a box around ‘any’ in first sentence below.

Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems 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 denial.

Promise promise promise. In Stephanie’s opinion: the biggest promise in the Big Book:

Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover.

Looking for God, seeking God you can recover. You can. Provided you/we do not close our mind to all spiritual concepts.

Q12a) Are you honestly facing your problems squarely?

b) Are you willing to look at the recovered people in your group, in our Big Book, in your life?

c) Are you willing to look at our experience strength and hope and know that you can recover if you will at least try our suggestions?

d) Are you willing to not close your mind to all spiritual concepts?

He/You can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.

Look up: intolerance, belligerent.

Q13a) Do you see an attitude of intolerance in any area of your life?

b) Do you see an attitude of belligerency?

Q14. Are you living in 100% honesty and if not what areas of denial do you still have where you are not 100% honest?

We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.

Q15. Do you believe that?

look up: willingness, honesty, open mindedness, essential, indispensable

Willingness, honesty, and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.

Q16a) Do you believe that willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery?

b) Do you feel one is more important than the other. If so, which one?

c) Are you lacking any willingness or open mindedness in any area?

d) Do you agree they are indispensable or do you think it is just William James’ and Bill Wilson’s opinion?

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” Herbert Spencer.

Q17. Google Herbert Spencer. Find out who he is.

Look up: ignorance, contempt, prior, investigation, principle, bar,

There is a principle which is a bar against all information…

Q18. Do you believe that?

Q19. Having done this now for two weeks, write on what this quote means to you and your spiritual life?

I will be with you on May 19th. God bless you all. I hope this has been really helpful to you because it has been to me. God bless. Goodbye.

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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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