Yes I have thoughts of my own, I am thinking maybe you didn't see the explanation on the you tube issue we already gave. That site is the simplest one on which to listen to AA speakers, speakers which you can also find on just about every AA site, including AA's 'official' site.
AA only has one site...aa.org. And no, the AA official website doesn't have youtube on it. They have audio, but no youtube that I saw. Youtube is an outside issue.
If you go to aa.org and type in e-AA discussion Group....it says the following: .... "We did not find anything matching your search."
At aa.org it also says the following:
ONLINE A.A. MEETINGS
Just like regular A.A. meetings, online A.A. meetings are autonomous.
Due to the lack of a central geographic location, online A.A. meetings are not a direct part of the US/CANADA service structure. A.A. members are encouraged to participate in service where they physically reside and to participate in group conscience decisions locally. In addition, some online A.A. meetings have business meetings and collect Seventh Tradition contributions.
For example I can put this up because it's an AA link - https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/videos-a
... dio-player they have speakers there, or you can go to you tube and type in AA speakers much easier than fiddling around at aa.org. So once again, we are not suggesting anyone go and watch videos instead of meetings, but AA speakers are a recognized recovery tool. And if you would take my advise and type in a speaker like Chris R, you might just get an idea why some of us are put off, by what passes as meetings in certain areas these days.
Fiddling around at aa.org? lol Wow!
There are many internet websites that have AA speakers, tapes and videos...however not one of them is an Alcoholics Anonymous site. Because Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't have speaker sites. Not one of those Video's that you speak of at youtube or any other site... is Alcoholics Anonymous.
Chris R. is an AA member and doesn't speak for AA as a whole. I understand why some are put off at AA meetings today, but instead of being part of the solution at AA meetings, you are part of the problem. Instead of strengthing the AA Groups Traditions by sharing them, there are those who run out blaming the newcomers or the AA members for conducting the AA meeting the only way they know how. When there are those who do know, understand and practice the AA Traditions, then they ought to pass on what was passed to them.
Also the only members here who say they don't attend, are those who have very good reason, and even in the big book they include a story of someone recovering without the meetings, even before online sites. Why would they do that, if not to encourage those who simply can not attend.
Good reason? Come on, the those who don't attend AA meetings here, have varied reasons why, they want a quick a fix and not finding one, they are gone. Some don't attend for the same reason you don't? Resentment is the number one offender and instead of dealing with the non-sense at some AA meetings, by helping and passing on the AA Traditions, there are those who find an easier softer way...at Youtube! Some also believe incorrectly that they got theirs....and they give nothing back to AA, the newcomer, the AA group or the AA meetings. I for one, believe that I owe my life to AA, because without those AA meetings, I would have died.....of that I have no doubt!
In the Big Book they include a story of someone recovering without the meetings? I have never seen that story, if you could post it, I would read it.
I have seen the following IN the first 164 pages, where the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is shared directly by Bill Wilson and the first 100 AA members.
Page 14 in the Big Book:
"While I lay in the hospital the thought came that there were thousands of hopeless alcoholics who might be glad to have what had been so freely given me. Perhaps I could help some of them. They in turn might work with others.
My friend had emphasized the absolute necessity of demonstrating these principles in all my affairs. Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me. Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that.
We commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grown up among us of which it is a wonderful thing to feel a part. The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty. I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us. In one western city and its environs there are one thousand of us and our families. We meet frequently so that newcomers may find the fellowship hey seek. At these informal gatherings one may often see from 50 to 200 persons. We are growing in numbers and power."
Page 89 in the Big Book:
"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill."
"Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends - this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives."
Page 132 in the Big Book:
"We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world's troubles on our shoulders. When we see a man sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal. For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past. But those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon overcome by them."
"So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others."
Page 152 in the Big Book:
"We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I'm willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?"
"Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you."
"How is that to come about?" you ask. "Where am I to find these people?"
"You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
Page 159 in the Big Book:
"All this time our friend of the hotel lobby incident remained in that town. He was there three months. He now returned home, leaving behind his first acquaintance, the lawyer and the devil-may-care chap. These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. They shared their homes, their slender resources, and gladly devoted their spare hours to fellow-sufferers. They were willing, by day or night, to place a new man in the hospital and visit him afterward. They grew in numbers."
"A year and six months later these three had succeeded with seven more. Seeing much of each other, scarce an evening passed that someone's home did not shelter a little gathering of men and women, happy in their release, and constantly thinking how they might present their discovery to some newcomer. In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended."
Page 160 in the Big Book:
"Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems."
Page 164 in the Big Book:
"Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who write this book." We cannot be sure. God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him. He will show you how to create the fellowship you crave."