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by Abraham Lincoln
Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: When to find a new sponsor?
Replies: 11
Views: 8722

Re: When to find a new sponsor?

Considering you're her first sponsee, it may be possible that your sponsor is having some personal difficulty or that she simply doesn't realize that you have needs she's not addressing. If it was me and if I hadn't already spoken with her about it, I'd broach the subject and try to keep an open min...
by Abraham Lincoln
Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: The White Light Experience
Replies: 51
Views: 34547

Re: The White Light Experience

When I got to my first meeting in Portland, it was a bunch of stiff old guys talking about how they only ever drank alcohol and no one else really belonged in their meetings. As an alcoholic who has also had problems with other intoxicants, I felt pretty bad hearing that. Fortunately, my then-future...
by Abraham Lincoln
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: But We Aren't a Glum Lot ...
Topic: Creepy Crawlies
Replies: 15
Views: 11178

Re: Creepy Crawlies

Well, I grew up in Miami, FL. My insects were probably a lot like Tex's. When I'd go down to the Everglades, right around dusk the mosquitoes would come out. Even with DEET 100% smeared all over my clothes, they would swarm you bad. Years ago, my cousin had a gator walk into his yard from the canal ...
by Abraham Lincoln
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sposorship and religion (or lack thereof)
Replies: 31
Views: 17538

Re: Sposorship and religion (or lack thereof)

Let's be kind to this person. It looks like they're the one in need right now, judging from that post.
by Abraham Lincoln
Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: The White Light Experience
Replies: 51
Views: 34547

Re: The White Light Experience

Well, I'm not sure what the group conscience would have to say, but it's just common sense. We do have our preamble that is read at every meeting that states that we should limit our shares as pertains to alcohol. Sorry, I don't mean to be a b*tch but I was a little disturbed by your post. It's alr...
by Abraham Lincoln
Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: The White Light Experience
Replies: 51
Views: 34547

Re: The White Light Experience

Is it the group conscious decision of the e-aa.org group that no one is allowed to recount any experiences they had with drugs or alcohol in a positive light? Many drug and alcohol experiences I had were quite wonderful. Most of them were not, of course, but I enjoy the memories. As a friend who rec...
by Abraham Lincoln
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: The White Light Experience
Replies: 51
Views: 34547

Warning - Post Contains Vivid Description of a Psychedelic Drug Experience. If you would prefer not to go to that mental space, please be kind to yourself and don't read any furthur. :) The room just filled with white light, and I thought God was EVERYWHERE! But a trip that was more fun... I was st...
by Abraham Lincoln
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: A.A. Definition of Spiritual
Replies: 16
Views: 5466

Re: A.A. Definition of Spiritual

You know, one of the things the Big Book is filled with but offers no sufficient explanation of (at least to my way of thinking) is empathy. If we can think about how a person's circumstances affect their decisions, we can understand their actions. And if we even begin to understand how a person cam...
by Abraham Lincoln
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: A.A. Definition of Spiritual
Replies: 16
Views: 5466

Re: A.A. Definition of Spiritual

I've heard it used as a blanket term for typical and atypical religious beliefs; I've heard it used to describe experiences in consciousness-raising and insight; I've heard it used to describe experiences of great pleasure and beauty; I've heard it used to describe a lifestyle designed to minimize s...
by Abraham Lincoln
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Looking for answers
Replies: 30
Views: 7011

Re: Looking for answers

I felt uncomfortable with calling myself an alcoholic for the first few years I went to meetings. I attended meetings anyway because I wanted the freedom and happiness that many members there seemed to enjoy. If you don't want to call yourself an alcoholic, don't. You don't have to introduce yoursel...
by Abraham Lincoln
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:58 am
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Whar Is A Spiritual Awakening For You?
Replies: 8
Views: 9209

Re: Whar Is A Spiritual Awakening For You?

I have periods of absolute happiness and joy, and I have periods of self-loathing, self-absorption, and pain. The moments in consciousness that have been pivotal for me have come about spontaneously, without specific settings or circumstances. They've manifested as increased understanding of my life...
by Abraham Lincoln
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: The White Light Experience
Replies: 51
Views: 34547

Re: The White Light Experience

I had a white light experience.




20 hours into an acid trip. :lol:
by Abraham Lincoln
Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I am kinda chicken...
Replies: 25
Views: 6082

Re: I am kinda chicken...

I'm almost always scared when I go to a meeting. I relate. I've also made the best friends I've ever had at meetings, felt joy and freedom at meetings, and met sponsors with whom I did transformative stepwork at meetings. It's hard for everyone to get out and go to a meeting. For some of us it's REA...
by Abraham Lincoln
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sposorship and religion (or lack thereof)
Replies: 31
Views: 17538

Re: Sposorship and religion (or lack thereof)

The bottom line here is that, to get sober, a person has to really believe in something that they learn to love more than the booze. Can I kindly disagree? This is a program of action, not beliefs. Yes, we need some faith that this works (see Step 2) otherwise we wouldn't do any of it; but ultimate...
by Abraham Lincoln
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: When Religion is a Big Part of a Meeting
Replies: 32
Views: 8474

Re: When Religion is a Big Part of a Meeting

Just wanted to thank everyone again for their thoughtful responses. Thank you all, seriously.