Welcome to the first Stepworkshop groups of 2011! It’s been wonderful getting to meet everyone from all the world! Fasten your seat belts everyone, cause we’re in for a Grand Adventure!
Everyone loves the speaker tapes assignment! The speaker tapes we’ll be listening to in the first week of the Stepworkshop are:
In the first exercise of Step One we begin to develop and practice the principle of honesty. And to define the concept of our powerlessness over people, places and things. As Scott and Bob noted in their speaker tape discussion “alcohol comes in a variety of forms: sugar, slot machines….”
As we talked about in 12 Steps: Not Just Another Label, all we do when we when we come into recovery is put down the bottle that has the label that says alcohol and pick up another bottle with another label. Using…whether it’s a person, place or thing is just another manifestation of the spiritual malady that is my disease as described on page 62 of the Big Book.
Mary Pearl says it best on her speaker tape where she admitted to being addicted to people, places and things. Her admission of being addicted to adrenaline helps us realize that even though we belong to different fellowships, we’re really not that different. We suffer from the same soul sickness. Only difference is the labels.
The January 15, reading in the ODAAT in Al-Anon book says “Unless we both work to overcome the emotional conflicts within ourselves, we remain at a standstill. Our troubles only take new forms because they did not stem from alcoholism, but from the personality flaws that caused the alcoholism and from our emotional reactions to them”. Love that!
In admitting our powerlessness over people, places, things, circumstances and/or events we take the first Step in our journey back into the sunshine of the spirit!
The 12 Stepworkshop Groups began on January 9, 2011. To start at the beginning of this Stepworkshop series, please go here.
To do ALL the assignments and exercises with complete instructions, you must register and attend our online Stepworkshop. Go here to register.
Everyone from the recovery community is welcome to share their thoughts on the speaker tapes and with working the 12 Steps. Please share your experience, strength and hope with us in the Comments Section below. In accordance with our Traditions, your email address will not be made public.
Lest we forget:
*Honesty is the spiritual principle we practice in Step One.
**Honesty is the ability to be honest with yourself.
***Perk your ears up and listen closely to First Step concepts and key words during discussions meetings.
****At meetings, share about your experience with the First Step and its core principle honesty.