December 27, 2008
December 19, 2008
1.In twelve step recovery fellowships we must surrender to win (Step 1) What does this mean to you? What has been your experience with surrendering and winning? What has been your experience with not surrendering?
2. Write on: “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?” What is your conception of God? Do you like having the choice of choosing your own conception?
December 11, 2008
1. How do you feel about having a personal relationship with God?
2. The 12 steps are moral code for living. To experience a spiritual recovery one must live this way of life in all their affairs, and not adopt those parts which seem inconvenient and too difficult. Am I willing to do the work to achieve this spiritual experience and live it daily to keep it?
November 28, 2008
November 20, 2008
November 13, 2008
October 30, 2008
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October 16, 2008
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October 7, 2008
READINGS ON THE TWELVE STEPS IN THE BIG BOOK
STEP 1 1st Half: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol……”
The Doctor’s Opinion page xxiii
STEP 1 2nd Half: “….that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Chapter 3: More About Alcoholism pages 30-43
STEP 2 “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Chapter 4: We Agnostics pages 44-57 & Spiritual Experience Appendix II, pg. 569
Chapter 2: There is a Solution pages 17-29
STEP 3 “Made a decision to turn our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.”
Chapter 5: How It Works Pages 58-63
STEP 4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Part 1 Resentments pages 64-67
Part 2 Fear pages 67-68
Part 3 Sex pages 68-71
STEP 5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Chapter 6: Into Action pages 72-75
STEP 6 “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
1st paragraph on page 76
STEP 7 “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.”
2nd paragraph on page 76
STEP 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” **see directions for Step 9
STEP 9 “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” ** Reading for steps 8 & 9 on pages 76 – 84
STEP 10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
STEP 11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.”
STEP 12 1st Half:
“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics…”
Chapter 7: Working with Others pages 89-96
STEP 12 2nd Half: “….and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
Beginning with “suppose” pages 96-103
September 29, 2008
The writing assignment:
Do you believe that the body is as sick as the mind? Share your experience.
September 27, 2008
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September 19, 2008
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September 5, 2008
This is an All Addictions Big Book Step Study workshop. The sole purpose of this workshop is to study and experience the steps as they are laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are not affiliated with any Twelve step fellowship. This workshop is facilitated by one person, who had completed the steps as they are laid out in the Big Book and wants to share her experience, strength and hope with others. Please do not announce this workshop at any specific fellowship meetings. IT BREAKS TRADITIONS. Stephanie will be considered your big book step study sponsor unless you choose to get another person to be your big book step study sponsor. You will read all your assignments to your specific fellowship sponsor. You will also give your fifth step to this sponsor when the time comes. There are no attendance or sobriety requirements for participating, or listening to this workshop. The facilitated part of the workshops will be recorded, posted on this website, and can be listened to anytime after the workshop. There will be words from the Big Book for you to look up and weekly written assignments given to further deepen your experience with the step being studied. If there is time at the end I will ask if there is anyone who would like to read their assignments to the group. It will take approximately two years to complete the entire twelve steps.
Sincerely, Your sister in recovery,
September 5, 2008
My name is Stephanie W., from Pembroke, MA., and I will be your
facilitator for this workshop. By Gods grace and with the help of
many fellowships, I celebrated 31 years of recovery. Twelve years
ago, I started attending the Big Book step study meetings, and after
two years had finished writing my fourth step, gave it away to my
sponsor, and started making my amends. I then started to live my life
as instructed in pages 84-88 (steps 10 & 11). My thinking and life
changed so dramatically from doing this work, knew my purpose in
life was to help others recover through working these steps in the
Big Book. I started sponsoring two days after I did my fifth step,
and started a workshop in my home a few months later. I did a BBSS
workshop for six years for a food recovery fellowship and a workshop
for a Al-Anon group. I’ve done five BBSS weekend retreats, and a 14
month BBSS workshop on Mondays 2:30 p.m and Tuesdays 8 p.m. I will be
sharing with you more about myself as we progress in the workshop. My
past and my life now are an open book. If anything I have done is
helpful to my sponsoree’s, I have no trouble in revealing anything to
you. I will be considered your Big Book Step study sponsor, however I
strongly encourage you to have and share all your writings and
insights with your program sponsor. They, most likely, will be taking
your fifth step after we write it together. So, if you don’t have a
program sponsor, please make a concerted effort to find one and build
a relationship. This is deep, deep work, and you’ll need someone to
go to with your feelings and insights. I look forward to our journey
through the twelve steps together as they are laid out in the Big
Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Your sister in recovery,
Welcome to the Thursday 8 p.m. (EST) All Addictions Big Book Step Study Workshop.
My name is Stephanie and I will be your facilitator/sponsor.
I will be going through the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous line by line, paragraph by paragraph. I will give you my take on what is being said and also share my own experience, strength and hope with the step being studied.
We are welcoming to all persons in any twelve step recovery fellowship. There is no sobriety or abstinence requirement to belong to the group, and no attendance requirement either. My hope is that you will find this workshop so helpful to your recovery, that you will not want to miss it. There will be weekly written assignments that are not mandatory, but they will be helpful for a fuller experience of the step being studied. You’ll get out of the workshop what you put into it. I will be asking for you to read your assignments if you so chose to. We all learn so much for each other’s sharing.
I will be taped each week, so if you miss the workshop you can listen to it at your convenience, though it is not a substitute for the actual workshop. You will not be taped, so if you don’t come to actual workshop, you’ll miss your group members sharing.
I will be posting a short note about any further thoughts our workshop each Friday on our Website. You’ll have a place to write a comment, question or a sharing about what you learned or got out of the workshop the night before. This will be open to everyone to write and respond to, along with myself. If you want to write a note, comment or question to me personally, send it to ks.bkl [at] verizon.net
I look forward to this recovery journey through the steps as they are laid out in the Big Book with all of you. I was a changed person when I completed the steps as they are laid out in the Big Book, and I pray that you too can experience the psychic change I experienced.
From your sister in recovery,
The phone number to join the conference is 712-432-3929/ PIN number is 7506210 #.
I am looking forward to working with you!!