(week 204) 26 November 2015 12 Step Big Book All Addictions workshop
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12 x 12 Step Six page 65 first paragraph, underline:
‘… we willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures than are possible for us.’
Assignment – for the rest of your life.
Q1. Take a piece of paper and go to Quiet Time. Your agenda is: God show me what is blocking me from You and my brothers and sisters. Wait for God. Then write on the paper, for use as a reference, all your defects: self-centredness, jealousy, lack of humility, fear, etc.
Q2. Go to www.12stepstudyworkshop.com and for each shortcoming find its corresponding asset.
On a 3 x 5 card write the asset. Do not put the character defect on the card.
[We have spent a lifetime looking at ourselves and picking at ourselves. We are done with that. ‘Recovered’ means we are recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. The hopeless state of mind is the negativity you carry about yourself: no more! Now we are going to change from looking at ourselves under a microscope to seeing what is underneath. We are going to look at life as a half full glass.]
So on a 3 x 5 write the opposite to the defect. Say you’ve put ‘selfish’ on the paper. On the card you write ‘humble.’ Then you write: With your help God I am going to stop talking about me and my problems.
Selfishness means you are looking at yourself all the time: what are you going to do for me? So the opposite of selfish is: what can I do for you? What can I give you? It may only be a smile but it is a lot better than you expecting them to smile at you. It is a different attitude.
The nature of step six is an attitude change.
Q3. You take a card every day, write the date on the card and in your prayer time ask God: what does it look like to live in this character asset? All your life you have lived this selfishness. All day today you live in the solution. You have got to take God with you.
I am going to be humble and I am not going to talk about myself. I am going to ask: what I can bring to others? Today we are now going to bring humility – that is what your card is. All day you are going to ask God for help. Help me to be humble. Help me not to be centered on self. If anyone wants to know about your life, tell them the positive things. We are now in the solution.
Q4. Are you willing to do this exercise? If are not, ask God for the willingness.. If you are willing to put down the character defect, write the opposite asset on a 3 x 5 card, every day take one card and live in that asset then you are ready to say:
My Creator, I am now willing that you have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.
Every problem is an opportunity to work gratitude.