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A.A. CHURCH

 

I always feel good after a meeting, I often feel enlivened and even edified. I think it’s a bit like going to a church, as the room fills from the way back to the very front.

 

As it always starts with a prayer I think it is called an invocation (the act of asking for help or support) and all meetings regardless of the topic spin are gratitude meetings as an attitude of gratitude is a prayer unto God. And the meetings often times end with a prayer and that I believe is called a benediction, (something that promotes goodness or well-being) just like church.

A good meeting is when you heard something that you needed to hear, and a great meeting is when I said something someone else needed to hear.

It always seems like a better meeting when I share with my personal greeting, it gives me a chance to reaffirm that my seat was earned and the group was the place that I called home base, as it gives me permission to get my best off my chest. I always get a spiritual bump, so to speak, and can hardly go a day without my next ritual feast.

 

I have many friends there that always inquire as to my well being, and I am free to let it all hang out; I feel accepted and even loved, I guess you can say I get religiously hugged.

I can hardly wait until the next meeting, or maybe even the next two and we have a place as well as a seat waiting for you. You know what I mean? You know what I mean, you know what I mean!

 

Bill Wilson’s spiritual experience

“If there be a God, will He show Himself?” The result was instant, electric beyond description. The place seemed to light up, blinding white. I knew only ecstasy and seemed on a mountain. A great wind blew, enveloping and penetrating me. To me, it was not of air but of Spirit. Blazing, there came the tremendous thought, “you are a free man. Then the ecstasy subsided. Still on the bed, I now found myself in a new world of consciousness which was suffused by a Presence. One with the Universe, a great peace came over me. I thought, “So this is the God of the preachers, this is the great Reality.”

Dr. Silkworth a medical saint if ever there was one came in to hear my trembling account of this phenomenon. After questioning me carefully, he assured me that I was not mad and that perhaps I had undergone a psychic experience which might solve my problem. “Skeptical Man of Science” though he then was, this was most kind and astute. If he had of said, “Hallucination I might now be dead. To him I shall ever be eternally grateful. Good fortune pursued me.

Bills words and writings go easily abroad amongst us undisputed and without reproach. I find it curious that as our co-founder he is held with the highest esteem except for his spiritual experience for some would elect to discredit or completely ignore it as being obscene.

“You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

The good news is that it is not required by the program to believe in God, and its not required by God to believe in him either, for it is agreed “Chose you this day whom you will serve” as this puts all men on equal ground and choice remains the cornerstone of the program of recovery as well as all spiritual growth. “If a person wants to be atheist, it’s his God-given right to be an atheist.” Michael Patton

It is not someone’s belief or non belief is the rub, it’s the contention that arises from the snub.

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