I have heard tell that we do not work the steps. Besides, I don’t know any alcoholics that likes to do the hard work of recovery . We do the steps so that we can do the work. The work is keeping these principles in all our affairs, and extending the hand of AA to those that still suffer, thats the work
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstien
The law of opposition
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
A body in motion tends to stay in motion, as a body at rest tends to get drunk
There is a law irrevocably degreed, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The law of opposition comes into play. There is opposition in all things, for nothing grows without an opposing force. When you go to the gym and lift weights gravity is the opposition. It strengthens bones and builds muscle.
A butterfly struggling to free itself from its cocoon, that struggle strengthens it wings that enables it to fly off majestically. If you would free the creature from its chrysalis depriving it of its needed exercise, it would vainly struggle to gain flight only to fall to the floor and die.
When we begin the spiritual work of the Twelve Step process we are often opposed spiritually as we try to free ourselves from the cocoon of addiction. A bottle of booze long since hid will seem to miraculously materialize. A drug long since forgotten will be found in an inside coat pocket. The opposite sex with your favorite addiction in tow will make themselves known. These things and more will occur when you’re the most susceptible, during periods of restlessness, irritability, and discontent, physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, when we are, hungry, angry, lonely and tired .And with that temptation a way to escape has been made. Get on your knees and ask God to remove the craving,
call your sponsor and other program members for support, and get to a meeting, be forthright and let the folks know what you’re going through so we can circle up and keep you in our prayers and less I forget turn your thoughts to someone you can help and be grateful for the ability to act and not be acted upon. And this too shall pass for patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet. Remember all this and more has been given to you for your growth by an all knowing and all loving God.
The battle royal rages, spirits have been a plague throughout all time and all ages. King alcohol, demon Rum, little Sir John (Barley corn) proved the
strongest at last, for tinker can’t dam neither kettle nor pot without a little Barley corn. (13th century dirge John barley corn must die)
The Twelve Step process was a gift from a loving God and the gift of service is how we stay happy Joyous and free and on the road to happy destiny.
For when we are in the service of our fellow beings are we not in the serve of our God and when we are in that service are we not divorced from self-dilution self-seeking and self-pity and in that moment is that not when we make our contact with our creator? Who lives from moment to moment, eternity to eternity, life everlasting? The magic word in A.A. is Action and more Action, for faith without works is dead.
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