AA Step 11: First Fruits Of Emotional Stability

“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.”-AA Step 11 I struggled to find whose words best conveyed the punch-you-right-in-the-kisser confrontation of the eleventh step. I decided to go with Bill … Read More

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Step 10 AA: The Daily Knockout Factor

“Continued To Take Personal Inventory And When We Were Wrong Promptly Admitted It.”-Step 10 AA You made it through the meat and potatoes. The first nine steps have left you well-fed and plump. Emotional indigestion notwithstanding, I’d argue you’re in a much better position than you were when you launched this newly discovered spiritual pilgrimage.  … Read More

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(AA Step 9) 4 Principles To Crush Your Amends

“Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” -AA Step 9 You’re likely either terrified at this prospect or thrilled. If you’re anything like me, you’re both simultaneously. Yup, that’s me – driving 100 miles per hour with the emergency break up.  Indeed, I need a … Read More

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Step 8 AA: Some Faith, A List, & Readiness

“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”– Step 8 AA Choice Theory William Glasser, the renegade behaviorism-is-for-chumps psychiatrist, had some radical concepts that I believe can aid us in uncovering precisely the purpose of AA’s Step Eight and why it’s a necessary ingredient to … Read More

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Step 7 AA: The Fundamental Principle [Humility]

“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”Step 7 AA That’s a hell of a meaty quote, is it not? Humility is a necessary aid to our survival, really Bill!?? So, you’re telling me it’s basically food, water, shelter, sex, and humility? Well, if you’re anything like me you’re in trouble – because you have no … Read More

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[Step 6 AA] Full-Blown Ego Devastation!

“We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”Step 6 AA As may be evident from the prior five steps, the entirety of the AA’s Twelve Step program is about uncovering, discovering, and discarding what no longer works in our lives.  If you have been honest regarding the fourth and fifth step, … Read More