Why A Higher Power?

🔥It’s So Hard!

If when you take a drink you lose power of choice and control once the chemical is in your body…

If at certain times you lack mental defense against the first drink…

If every form of human aid failed to keep you away from a drink…

If you continued to commit the most insane act by taking a drink whilst sober…

You better find some power!!!

My hopeless experience with alcohol clearly showed me that I needed a relationship with a power greater than myself…

All else had failed

Steps 2 thru 12 are all about your need for power…

And it had to be a power greater than you obviously.

The program is simple…

It asks of us to develop a manner of trusting and relying upon God to solve our problem by doing the work in the steps.

I often hear people saying it’s so hard!…

Really?…

What did alcohol ask of you?…

To break the hearts of just about every person who loved you…

To constantly lie, cheat and steal…

To consistently walk this earth feeling like you don’t belong here…

To suffer from a hopeless state of mind and body that rendered you a hopeless and feeble case…

Compared to what alcohol demanded of me…

Working a spiritual program of action was an absolute breeze…

Developing the manner of trusting and relying upon God was simple…

It came to me…

It happened automatically…

Without any thought or effort on my part…

All I had to do was thoroughly follow the path laid out for me…

The Steps are already written for you…

The clear cut instructions are in place to guide you…

The sponsor is there to take you through the journey…

The fellowship is there to uphold and help you…

God is waiting for you…

Still want to complain it’s so hard??

Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul

The Price of Freedom

🔥 The Price of Freedom

“Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all” – The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous P14.

There is a misconception that freedom from the bondage of alcohol comes for free…

It does not…

There is a price to pay…

And it has to be paid up front before freedom can be granted.

The Book mentions that we HAD to he free from selfishness…

We HAD to or it kills us!

What lengths would you go to, to prevent something from killing you?

We had to pay the price of destruction of self-centeredness in order live.

Only God makes this possible…

We HAD to have God’s help…

This is the how and the why of it…

First of all we needed to quit playing God…

Playing God didn’t work…

Next we had to appoint God the principal above all…

He is our director…we are his agent…

He is the father…we are his children…

We are in this world to play the role that he assigns…

Not the role that you assign.

This is the price that HAS to be paid for freedom from selfishness…

Destruction of of self-centeredness…

Yup destruction of me..me…me…mine…mine..mine..I…I..
I…

If you’re not sure about the self-centeredness you deploy every day, do this little exercise tonight…

Make a list of where you are currently playing God in your life…and other people’s lives…

You will be shocked…

Until you quit playing God in ALL aspects of your life you will continue to suffer the bondage of self…driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-will and self-pity.

God can’t stop you from playing God…

Only you can quit playing God.

Let that sink in.

Paul

A Powerful Way

🔥The Most Powerful Statement
“So we think our troubles are basically of our own making, the arise out of us” – The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous P62
Why do I consider this the most powerful statement in the Big Book?…
What if my troubles are of another person’s making?…
That person has to change for me to get better…
And that may never happen and I stay sick…
That is a hopeless and futile way of living…
If you get your sense of self from outside of you it means something from outside of you has to change for you to feel ok about yourself.
Where does your sense of self come from?…
Unless it comes from within you, you will never be at peace with yourself.
If my sense of self comes from within, you can add to me but can cannot take anything from me…
A powerful way to live…
Accepting that my troubles are of my own making…
On any given day…
Not just in the past…
Not only when it is convenient…
From this position you can learn to love without condition…
If you practice the principle of unconditional love towards others…
No one can ever take anything away from you…
You WILL experience the peace of God that passes all understanding.
Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul

Beautiful In Time

🔥Beautiful In Time

“God makes EVERYTHING beautiful in its time”
Ecclesiastes 3 verse 11 or 12.

Even the feeble alcohol…the so called “weakling of the world” is made beautiful in his or her own time…

🙏🏻 Why We Were Chosen

“God in His wisdom selected this group of men and women to be the purveyors of His goodness. In selecting those to bring about this phenomenon He went not to the proud, the mighty, the famous nor the brilliant.
He went, Instead, to the humble and the unfor tunate. He went to the drunkard – the so called weakling of the world.
He might well have said to us: “Unto your weak and feeble hands I have entrusted a power beyond estimate. To you has been given that which has been denied the most learned of your fellows.
Not to scientists, not to wives nor mothers, not even to my priests or ministers have I given this gift of healing other alcoholics which I entrust to you. It
must be used unselfishly. It carries with it grave responsibility. No day can be too long – no effort too great. It must be used with tolerance for I have restricted it’s application to no race, no creed and no denomination. Personal criticism you must expect. Lack of appreciation will be common. Ridicule will be your lot. Your motives will be misjudged. You must be prepared for adversity, for what men call adversity is the ladder you must ascend
rung by rung – toward spiritual perfection;
and remember, in the exercise of this power, I shall not exact from you beyond your capabilities. You are not selected because of your exceptional talents. Be careful always, If success attends your efforts, not to ascribe to personal superiority that to which you can lay claim only by virtue of my gift. If I had wanted learned men to accomplish this mission, the power would have been entrusted to the physician and scientist. If I had wanted eloquent men there would have been many anxious for the assignment, for talk is the easiest used of all the talents which I have endowed mankind. If I had wanted scholarly men, the world is filled with better qualified men than you who would be available. You were selected because you have been the outcasts of the world and your experience as drunkards has made (or should make you humbly alert to the cries of distress that come from the lonely hearts of alcoholics everywhere. Keep ever in mind the admission you made on the day of your profession in Alcoholics Anonymous that you are powerless and that it was only with your willingness to turn your life and will unto my keeping that relief came to you”.

Alcoholics Anonymous – World Services

Face to Face

🔥 Be Honest With Yourself

The Step 1 experience demands rigorous honesty…

Unless you are willing to come face to face of exactly who you are and accept who you are, zero progress can be made…

Step 1 gives us all a starting point…

A starting point that demands rigorous self-honesty…

The starting point is not a start and stop do it your own way process…

The Step 1 starting point is designed to begin with honesty and become a continuous experience of the core value of self-honesty…

Every day coming face to face with who you are and accepting that good or bad.

For the alcoholic and in my own experience the hardest thing I had to come face to face with was my own dishonesty…

I had to become honest with myself about my dishonesty…

This is the starting point for all of us…

Make no mistake this is the hardest thing to do…

And will continue to be the hardest thing to do…

To admit that you have been lying to yourself and others…

To admit you have been wrong about so many things…

To admit you are not the person that you try convince people you are…

To admit that your weak and vulnerable…

To admit that you’re life is out of control and you are powerless to overcome that.

Step 1 introduces us to a novel approach to accepting who you are…

WE…

WE admitted…

To discover you are not alone in this, you are not the only one who has failed and fallen short of their true potential is a revolutionary approach to gaining self-honesty and coming to terms with exactly who you are…

Infact…

Are we not all the same after all?

The journey to freedom from the bondage of self begins as early as Step 1 and that journey should never end for as long as you live.

Share this with someone who may need to hear it.

Paul

Sunday Serenity

🔥 Sunday Serenity

If you were to constructively review your past week…how many of you caught a resentment or two?

If you answer is no to this question you are lying to yourself…

I reviewed my step 11 evening reviews this morning for the past week and there were no less than 5 resentments listed…

As plain as day…

I need to be rid of all resentment or it will kill me.

“But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. If we were to live, we had to be free of anger.”

Are you assuming that because you have been sober a while you have immunity against resentments?…

That even though you have resentment oozing through your viens that somehow you will be ok based upon your past sobriety?…

Or Are you suffering the delusion that you don’t feel resentment anymore as you are now a perfect being immune to human emotion?…

In other words has your ego reemerged and is currently blinding you from your own truth?…

Has the insanity of alcohol returned in the form of the delusion that you have the power of choice and control of alcohol…over your resentments…over your your life?

“Lack of power that was our dilemma”

Has the insanity of this disease convinced you that you do possess power over alcohol…

That you do not need God…

That you do not need to work a spiritual program of action…

That you can do this your way?

Do you pretend to live the spiritual life by hiding everything in you that exists beneath the surface whilst claiming to work this program?…

I did this for many years and the result was worse than nil…the result was darkness.

Ask yourself that question again…

Have I collect any resentments that I still hold onto?

Share this with someone who may need to hear it.

Paul

Current Unmanageability

🔥 Current Unmanageability

What is your current unmanageability?

Relationship problems?…

Bad health?…

Financial problems?…

We all have current unmanageability…

Each and everyone of us…

Resentment towards someone.

Grief and sadness.

Problems at work.

Jealousy, anger, envy, fear…

These are the things we will get drunk over…

If we stay in these too long we will drink…

Garunteed!

One fundamental fact about your disease that most Alcoholics forget is this…

Just because you are in recovery does not mean your alcoholism has vanished.

Once you are sober you are up against a disease that is progressive in nature…

A very subtle foe who lies in waiting gaining strength and momentum every day…

This subtle foe will, very slowly, take control of you through your unmanageability one piece at a time…

One resentment at a time…

One act of dishonesty at a time…

One act of selfishness at a time…

One act of controlling everything at a time…

This is the nature of the beast…

To ignore this fact is to perish…

Don’t believe this?

Every single one of you reading this has had the same fears recycling through your mind for sometime now…

Most of you have done nothing about that…

That is just one example of your current unmanageability…

Your current exit door from conscious contact with God…

Your current path to your next drink…

What is your current unmanageability?

And what are you going to do about it?

Will you pick up the spiritual tools of action that have been laid at your feet?

Will you take daily inventory?, admit your wrongs to another?, ask God to remove your defects?, and make amends to those you harmed.

Or will you continue to just go to meetings…

Or just meet with your sponsor for coffee…

Or continue to do nothing…

100% of nothing is nothing…

100% of half measures is nothing…

100% effort to work the spiritual program of action is called recovery!

Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul

Growing or Going

🔥 Growing or Going?

God does not keep me in fit spiritual condition…

I keep me in fit spiritual condition…

By practicing the strict disciplines of Steps 10 and 11…

Every day morning, noon and night…

And inbetween…I practice the these principles in ALL my affairs…

Even my affairs I never wanted God to know about….

Even the affairs in my life where I am lazy…

Even the affairs in my life where I think I know better than others and God…

ALL my affairs…

Every day morning, noon, night and inbetween…

I place the practice of these principles above ALL…above everything else and anyone else…

Why do I do this?…

I wish to remain sober today…

I wish to remain feeling happy about being sober today…

I wish to remain free from the bondage of my self-will…

Free from the delusion of control over my alcoholism…

Free from the delusion of control over my life…

Free from the delusion of control over other people…

That is why I place the daily practice of these disciplines above ALL.

It is impossible to remain in fit spiritual condition unless your practice of these disciplines is current…

Current means now!

How current is the practice of your fit spiritual condition?

Or are you a practicing “when I”…

“When I came into the rooms”…

“When I took Step 4 inventory”…

“When I offered myself to God”…

“When I last admitted I was wrong”

“When I last picked up the Big Book and read it”

“When I last did an evening review”

The practice of a current spiritual experience means “I am”

“I am currently practicing the disciplines in steps 10 and 11″…

Every day morning, noon, night and inbetween…

Keeping the practice of fit spiritual condition current…in the now!

After all it is only in the now where God can be sought…

Not in yesterday nor tomorrow…

Right now…today…currently.

How current is your experience in recovery?…

How current is your experience with God?…

How current is your experience with steps 10 and 11

Or are you suffering the delusion that your experience is current based upon your inventory you took a year ago?…

Or your initial run through the 12 steps 2 years ago?…

Or your stint in rehab 3 years ago?…

Or the meeting you attended last night?…

Or that coffee you had with your sponsor a week ago?…

How current is the practice of your spirit fitness?

Or are you living off an old experience?

Are you assuming that you are in fit spiritual condition because you been sober a while?

Are you assuming just going to meetings will keep you in fit spiritual condition?

The Big Book makes it clear that we only get a DAILY reprieve from alcohol contingent on the DAILY practice of our spiritual fitness.

Anything less is living in a state of untreated alcoholism…

Restless…irritable…and discontent…

There is NO middle of the road solution here…

You’re either growing or you’re going.

Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul

Self Bondage

đź’ĄSelf Bondage

Some of you probably think you chose to be in recovery…

None of us chose to he here…

We all made a decision in the 3rd step…

We offered ourselves to God to do as he will…

God brought us together.

The greatest noose around your neck and mine is what you think you know about what’s going to happen next and your attachment to that driven by your current belief systems…

The truth is none of us know what is going to happen next on any given day at any given time…

If I lose sight of this then my preconceived ideas about what is going to happen will rule my life instead of my reality ruling my life…

This is living in a state of delusion to what our reality is.

The disciplines of Steps 10 and 11 teach us to approach everything with a beginner’s mind…

Everything!

Yes even those things you are delusioned into believing you have control over.

It is impossible to stay plugged into your Step 3 decision to turn your will and your life over to the care of God unless you have a beginner’s mind…impossible!

How current is your Step 3 experience?

Turning your preconceived ideas about what is going to happen next over to the care of God causes a revolutionary internal shift towards a beginner’s mind where the ego cannot exist.

Do you practice this every day in all your affairs?…

Or do you still suffer from the delusion that your are in control of your life?

Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul

The Path of Most Resistance

🔥The Path of Most Resistance

There is a common problem that every single human being on the planet suffers from…

Choosing the path of least resistance…

Looking to get tasks done with the least amount of effort…

Looking for the quickest route to complete any given discipline…

It is choosing the easy way…

The easy way out mentality once practiced habitually leads to a life and recovery of mediocrity…

Bill Wilson described this as half measure availing nothing…

Choosing the path of least resistance is choosing a path of minimal effort and hoping to achieve maximum results…

This in itself is a form of insanity as it is impossible to achieve maximum results with minimal effort…obviously…

And yet people continue to practice this futile way of living every day…

And when maximum results are not achieved, then comes frustration…

Anger…self-pity…resentment…victim…

Walking the path of least resistance every day , hoping to achieve maximum results is expecting the impossible to happen.

What if choosing the path of most resistance was the easier way to do this?

Surely choosing the path that will yield maximum results despite its level of difficult is a lot easier than trying to achieve the impossible?????

Let that sink in.

Don’t believe me?

“Many of us have tried the easier, softer way and the result was NIL”

Does this ring a bell??

The program is the path of most resistance…

The level of difficult is extreme and very uncomfortable at times…

However if followed thoroughly it will yield the maximum results in your life…

This is called freedom from the bondage of self…

Freedom from the bondage of “easy”

Choosing the path of most resistance is to walk constantly in the sunlight of the spirit, safe and protected.

One thing you do have the power of choice and control over, is the amount of effort you put into any given task and the diligence by which you carry it out.

Here’s a question…

How much effort are you putting into following a path that will save your own life?

Surely there is no path to hard to walk that will save your own life?

Admitting that you are mentally and physically different to others is hard…

Remaining willing to believe when there is no evidence of God in your life is hard…

Inviting that God into run your life is hard…

The leveling of your pride is hard…

Admitting that you have been wrong all along is hard…

Allowing God to remove your ego is hard…

Making amends to those you harmed is hard…

Reaping the incredible rewards of hard work…

Well that’s easy!

So to achieve the easy…a bit of hard has to occur first.

And yet…

I hear people constantly complain about how hard this is???

Share this with someone who may need to hear this.

Paul