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by Seva
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Re: Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady

I do not think anyone is NORMAL lol and I seldom use the word without a little bit of sarcasm. What is normal anyway? Normal is a setting on a washing machine. It is an oxymoron when coupled with the words human being! :lol: I do agree that 99.9% of human have a spiritual sickness and - IMHO - ever...
by Seva
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Re: Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady

The following bit of the Dr Opinion as always baffled me "Then there are types entirely normal in every respect except in the effect alcohol has upon them. They are often able, intelligent, friendly people. All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without d...
by Seva
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Doctors Opinion & the spiritual malady

The following bit of the Dr Opinion as always baffled me "Then there are types entirely normal in every respect except in the effect alcohol has upon them. They are often able, intelligent, friendly people. All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without de...
by Seva
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Help through difficult times
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Re: Help through difficult times

I am sorry to hear about your Dad’s illness, this is indeed a sad and stressful thing to handle. From what you say you seem to be doing things the way AA would expect a recovered alcoholic to, using the program and especially your higher power for strength. I got sober after both of my parents died...
by Seva
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Help through difficult times
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Help through difficult times

Hello all. I celebrated 2 years Sober last week & then things in my life, life situations that the program doesn't prevent started to take a turn for the worse. My Father has been diagnosed with what looks to be terminal lung cancer which has spread to his brain very quickly. He was given the news o...
by Seva
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Re: Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?

I think it's both -- the specific instance and our actions in the relationship as a whole. Let me explain. When I do my resentment chart, part of what I list is the specific actions that I have resentments about. Then, as part of that, I'm thinking about my defects and faults as they relate to that...
by Seva
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Re: Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?

Referring to our list again. Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely...
by Seva
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Step 4 Resentments & our wrongs are not linked?

Just listening to a YouTube talk called 4th step All 4 parts Detailed teachings taught by Jim B in 2001 (Moderator-sorry had to remove the link as it's against the forum policy, but you describe what he says very well anyway), at around the 58:00 he said something that's gone totally against what I ...
by Seva
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: What comes first resentment or selfishness?
Replies: 5
Views: 169

What comes first resentment or selfishness?

The BB also says "So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness." I took this as the root of o...
by Seva
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

Thank you for this! Could you please expand on this & maybe give a real life example with regards to "turn our thoughts to someone we can help". Does this mean we should consider someone who is suffering for what ever reason & turn our thoughts to them & how we maybe able to help them in the future...
by Seva
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

Also on page 84 ... Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help . A very important short sentence. resolutely - in an admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering manner My sponsor LOVES to point out this part: turn our thoughts . I do not have to out and help a woman at 2am - I...
by Seva
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

Also for me, I found that a nice long hike brought more spiritual solace that sitting down reading about it. Here is a few lines from one of one of my favorite movies. The scene involves Robin Williams playing a therapist to an overly intelligent and intellectual Matt Damon. Williams says to Damon ...
by Seva
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

We may want to keep it simple indeed, but discussing spiritual books and spiritual experiences is certainly not engaging in - “Freudian complexes and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with our actual A.A. work.”   The Big Book speaks of the need for spir...
by Seva
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

In the book Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, the first chapter is titled "You are not your Mind". The first 3 chapters are great ones to return back to until the concepts sink in. In the Book A New Earth he talks about "Voice in the head". What a liberation to realize that "The voice in the head is n...
by Seva
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul
Replies: 22
Views: 661

Re: The Dark Night of the Soul

Hello, Seva ~ "Don't give up 5 minutes before the *next* miracle happens." ..."& this is having me contemplating what is the point in our existence." Good question - same question I had, and many others through the ages! The Way to the Answer IS in AA: "We found the Great Reality deep down within u...