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by Brock
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Big Book Study
Topic: How many times should I read the big book?
Replies: 31
Views: 35107

Re: How many times should I read the big book?

I want more aa but seem to have an odd aversion to the big book any one ever have this problem? Welcome to the forum Joy. I think the answer to that question is a solid yes, but few in AA might admit it. I am a fan of the book now because I understand it, but don’t read it anymore as a rule since I...
by Brock
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: "Recovery"
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: "Recovery"

I also think it’s very good, full of cuss words which I don’t particularly like, but anything which might appeal to younger folks or those who cuss a lot is a good thing. Our ‘approved’ AA literature is a bit too straight laced and old fashioned for some folks.
by Brock
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Good afternoon!
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Good afternoon!

Hi Kati. The group here does not have online meetings as such, there is this discussion forum where questions are asked or comments and thoughts about AA shared. I will put a link to other online groups, some of which may have meetings, it’s kind of confusing because there are so many, so I guess it...
by Brock
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: How to work the work in from the start!?
Replies: 10
Views: 143

Re: How to work the work in from the start!?

I think it’s quite normal to want to do things on our own, to sort of speed the process up, there are several useful you tube videos on each step and also complete big book studies. The thing is depending on what sort of sponsor you have, they might not like the idea of moving faster than they say y...
by Brock
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Spiritual sickness brought on by drinking?
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: Spiritual sickness brought on by drinking?

You do bring up interesting topics, and things like this show a reading of the literature and thirsting for knowledge probably well above what the ‘average’ AA member does. There are some people who say we shouldn’t dig this deeply in questioning the program, just trust and live by the steps, I am n...
by Brock
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The purpose of the Big Book. What is the problem? What is the solution?
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: The purpose of the Big Book. What is the problem? What is the solution?

The purpose is to show us how to recover The problem is lack of power The solution is to find a power greater than ourselves I think that is the idea in a nutshell right there. I agree with dralius, maybe the person who said if we never drank we would not suffer from alcoholism is right, but we wou...
by Brock
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Not really sure how to start
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Not really sure how to start

I think you made a good start by posting on a forum like this, as you say it’s not a comfortable thing to do admitting we may have a problem. Thanks for reminding me about the days of always thinking about where a drink would be available when I went out, it’s not a nice way to live, and even though...
by Brock
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsor facing difficult times
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Sponsor facing difficult times

I agree with the suggestion that you just let him know that you are there to help if he feels you can be of assistance. But also feel that this is an opportunity to think twice before rushing off to find another sponsor, think of what you want or need a sponsor for, it’s possible that you just might...
by Brock
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Step 10
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Step 10

I am happy to hear you have the sort of sponsor who says you can do certain things if you like, much better than having one who insists on their way only. To me step ten and eleven go very much hand in hand, and in introducing number eleven in the book, they speak about a sixth sense which we have b...
by Brock
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Coming back and have questions
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Coming back and have questions

Welcome here. I also saw what you call shadow people, and even some snakes under the TV, it’s a hell of a scary experience, and like you was in and out of AA for quite some time. Your case represents exactly the sort of situation our literature refers to, someone trying hard doing the so called righ...
by Brock
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Page 129
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Page 129

. . . he has struck something better than gold. . . .He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 129 I very much like that as well, ...
by Brock
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: How much is Sponsorship from the Founders/Early Pioneers and how much is accretion?
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: How much is Sponsorship from the Founders/Early Pioneers and how much is accretion?

I see the reply to positrac regarding his post was taken down, unfortunate I think, because many in AA feel that simply sweeping these questions under the carpet with trite answers or little sayings is sufficient. I do not, and believe as most here know, that the whole concept of sponsorship has gro...
by Brock
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: The 12 Traditions of AA
Topic: Group Conscience Gone Rogue
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Group Conscience Gone Rogue

I have found that AA members both in live situations and perhaps to a greater extent on forums like these, are quick to dismiss concerns like yours, and sometimes roll out ‘bumper sticker’ advise, like ‘do you want to be right or be happy,’ when the reasons for being upset are the AA related shortco...
by Brock
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Questions heard at meetings.
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Questions heard at meetings.

A newcomer asked - “Why Should We Make Amends?” A member said because the book says to, another said it feels good to have others forgive you, someone else reminded that person that sometimes we aren’t forgiven, I said it makes us feel better and able to forgive ourselves. What is the best answer to...
by Brock
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unusual Closing Prayers
Replies: 20
Views: 8333

Re: Unusual Closing Prayers

When we speak at meetings about how we pray, we must be careful to say that’s our personal choice, and that prayer and how we do it is something we choose for ourselves. Same with sonsoring, someone who thought he was helping me, sent written prayers he used and at what times he did them, said I was...