- An Irish Friend of Bill
- I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Step 11: You NEED to be outclassed after Step 9. Hence the importance of Step 11
Posted by An Irish Friend of Bill
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This looks like it should be really simple but i dont get it. it means i need to hang around people who are weller than me, i guess? seek people out who are more enlightened in order to get more enlightened myself. it means ive got as far as i have now that ive got to step nine and in order to get weller still (and i know there's a long, long way to go!) i need to practice spiritual programme in all my affairs. through conscious contact with god through prayer and meditation and buddhist monks! so does this mean i NEED to be outclassed by myself as well as others?
Hmm. for me the way it works is that I have to look for more spiritually developed people outside AA in order to 'move the goalposts' and maintain an appetite for progress, as I have found that I need to maintain my sources of inspiration. I was really inspired by AA when I first went there, but now my primary sources of inspiration and 'guiding lights' so to speak are outside AA. monks and nuns in the main. and a few special 'normal' people. its something that's very difficult to explain until you experienced it. i feel very humble in the company of my betters outside AA. they are very senior in terms of personal development in a way that is felt more than told, and goes beyond words. i use AA mainly for service now, and fellowship, and stories of hope and what have you, but my spiritual guidance is from monks and nun type people, more than AA's. hope that makes some sense! I love AA's and i am very grateful for the recovery i have gained from it, but its inspiration has been long surpassed by the people I have come into contact with outside AA. my willingness to learn from people outside AA, has made me a better person, a better AA, and a better sponsor. in my opinion anyway!
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