Category Archives: Here Are The Steps We Took

Step One

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – – that our lives had become unmanageable.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 59) You might have already heard all kinds of things about Step One, and you might even have some thoughts, opinions or experiences of your own here.  Either way is fine, of course, but if you have […]

Step Two

“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 59) The ideas of “God could and would” and “trust in God and clean house” have taken quite a beating and become garbled or obscured by many distractions since the early days of A.A., and we would like […]

Step Three

“Made a decision to (take Steps Four through Nine in order to) turn our wills and our lives over to the care (and direction) of God.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous”, page 59) At Steps One and Two, we accumulated some crucial factors leading to Step Three: We had lost all control over alcohol while drinking; We were equally […]

Step Four: Listing our resentments

“In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper…” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 64) Aside from confusion, the second obstacle some of us have encountered at Step Four has been in the short-sighted belief we had no resentments.  If that might be your own case, that is fine…just proceed by making a list of “people, institutions […]

Step Four: Analyzing our resentments

“We…analyzed our resentments.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 70) You have possibly heard someone say, “Utilize, don’t analyze!”, then play (or continue) on a bit of general ignorance or misunderstanding and cutely warn against some kind of so-called “Analysis Paralysis”.  Be assured and do not be dumbed down: Analyzing anger and resentment in relation to ourselves (or […]

Step Four: The key to the future

“We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future. We were prepared to look at (all of this) from an entirely different angle.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 66) We are ultimately headed toward new attitudes (“constant thought of others”) and actions (“how we can help meet their needs”) stemming from spiritual […]

Step Four: Being sure we have been thorough

“If we have been thorough about our personal inventory…” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 70) 1) “…we have written down a lot. 2) “We have listed and analyzed our resentments. 3) “We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. 4) “We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. 5) “We have begun to learn tolerance, […]

Step Five: Admitting the exact nature of our wrongs

“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 59) Humility and transparency within “the shared honesty of mutual vulnerability openly acknowledged” (Ernest Kurtz) while on a spiritual pathway truly going somewhere. First of “The Four Absolutes“: Honesty. To begin, here is some perspective (as mentioned […]

Step Eleven

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 59) … content to be added here … Category: Here Are The Steps We Took

Step Twelve

“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 59) … content to be added here … Category: Here Are The Steps We Took