A.A. References

Everything discussed on this site and in our meeting is based on A.A. literature, and the A.A. 12 step program. Below is each section and quotes from A.A. literature that support them. We hope you will take them in good taste for their simplicity and effectiveness.

The A.A. group Position of Neutrality  has emerged through inspiration from God as we have understood Him. That may sound odd, but consider that the original authors of the AA Big Book made room for this when they wrote on page 164 in A Vision for You“Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us.” and “Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.”

Armed with open-mindedness, honesty and willingness- we imagine you will find the same freedom from the bondage of the self that we have. Our group message is simple, practical and powerful. No one need wait to be sober today, awaken spiritually and re-create their lives.

Here are some references to A.A. literature:

Pause & Get Calm: this topic involves steps 1, 3, 10, 11 & 12

  • BB Into Action, p.87  “As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.”
  • 12&12 Step Three, pp.40-41 “In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness…”
  • 12&12 Step Eleven, p.102 “As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be met and decisions made…”
  • 12&12 Step Ten, p.93 “When in doubt we can always pause…”
  • BB To Wives, p.119 “When resentful thoughts come, try to pause…”
  • 12&12 Step Four, p.47 “To see how erratic emotions victimized us…”
  • BB Into Action p.88 “We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.”
  • BB How it Works p.66 “It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. 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.”

Recognizing Our Spirit: this topic involves steps 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 & 12

  • BB We Agnostics, p.49 “Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God’s ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all.”
  • BB p. 62 “He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.”
  •  BB p. 63 “When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed.”
  • BB p. 63 “We were reborn.”
  • BB p. 25 “When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.”
  • BB p. 25 “The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.”
  • BB Spiritual Experience Appendix II “Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience. Our more religious members call it “God-consciousness.”

Pointing Our Imagination: this topic involves step 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 & 12.

  • 12&12 p. 97 “…perhaps our trouble was our inability to point imagination toward the right objectives. All sound achievement rests on constructive imagination. No one can build a house until they first envision a plan for it…”