The Power of Humility Recovery, for me, was not just getting sober. Recovery also involved finding a new spiritual philosophy. I was often reminded of the slogan; ‘The man I was, was a drinker. The man I was would drink again.’ I had to change. And false humility was my primary character defect. I had …∞
Narcissism A Barrier to Personal Acceptance of the Spiritual Aspect of Alcoholics Anonymous Twenty-nine newly recovering alcoholic outpatients drawn from a Minnesota-Model type treatment program in the United Kingdom completed the NPI narcissism scale and the “Steps Questionnaire.” Results showed the narcissistic “authority” subscale showed a very strong inverse relationship to level of personal acceptance …∞
EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY… Bill W. a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous writes: “I think that we oldsters who have put the AA booze cure to such severe tests, yet still lack emotional sobriety, are probably the spearhead for the next major development in AA: the development of something like real maturity and balance (which is to say …∞
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On his desk Dr Bob (pictured at left), a cofounder of AA, had a plaque defining humility “‘As Dr. Bob said…:’” Humility is … ‘Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to …∞
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Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.’s Twelve Steps.
It is sometimes said that humility is the most elusive virtue for to be truly humble one must be unaware of being so. Alcoholics, addicts and co-dependents work the 12 Steps so as to eliminate negative traits. Recovering humility is perhaps at the core of this journey. In his autobiography’ Benjamin Franklin shows the elusiveness …∞
The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. No good can be withheld from the forgiving state of mind. —Catherine Ponder Forgiveness fosters humility, which invites gratitude. And gratitude blesses us; it makes manifest greater happiness. The more grateful we feel for all aspects of our lives, the greater will be …∞
Recovery through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous Sgt. Bill S., used a one word summary to describe the basic principle (as he saw it) behind each of the 12 Steps, when he was giving talks to military personnel about alcoholism at Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, during the 1950’s and later on in California. …∞
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Twice-Gifted My physical being has certainly undergone a transformation, but the major transformation has been spiritual. The hopelessness has been replaced by abundant hope and sincere faith. The people of Alcoholics Anonymous have provided a haven where, if I remain aware and keep my mind quiet long enough, my Higher Power leads me to amazing …∞