(week 280) 11 May 2017 12-step study Big Book all addictions workshop
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At the end of Quiet Time ask God:
What’s my plan of action?
God help me to complete it.
Have accountability around it.
Big Book is saying do this all day. To be given the power, the willingness to do it.
“We ask especially freedom from self-will.” This is so important.
You have done all the hard work, now can ratchet it up, to bring you to the fourth dimension and
a life that is awesome. As an addict we are either going forwards or going backwards. Recovery
affects all areas of our life: job, relationships, health, etc.
Don’t ever say to another person:
“10 ,11 and 12 are maintenance steps.” If you are maintaining you are going back. These are growth steps that require action. Do you want to maintain where you are at or do you want to
grow and become the best possible recovered version of yourself?
Chapter entitled: Into Action
“We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be , that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many of us he wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn’t work. You can easily see why.”
Q1. FEAR acronym: Face Everything And Recover
Where are you with that today and generally?
When you are angry look below it. You are afraid of something.
Fear will paralyze us even in recovery. That’s why we need step 11.
Q2. What do you fear right now? Bring these fears to Quiet Time.
Q3a) Look up: complacency. (Stephanie is trying to help us out of complacency).
b) List the areas where you are complacent.
c) Do any of these match your fears and if so how?
This is going to require wisdom so take it to God.
[e.g. God I am complacent in my financial area. What I am afraid of? Well I am 67 years old and its only three years before I retire and am not making it financially. I am not going to get a new job because I’m afraid.]
Q4a) What do you love to do?
b) Are you afraid of doing what you love?
Q5. Where are you going in the present and the future? It is going to be humdrum or exciting?
Q6. “Your will God not mine be done”.
a) What does this mean to you?
How do you sum up page 87:1?
Every program person is going to interpret this differently. Own this paragraph. Own the acronym FEAR. Own the word complacency so instead of a complacent recovery you have a dynamic one that you are excited about. A dynamic recovery means a dynamic life. You cannot separate the two.