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Feb 27, 2016
On Tuesday, March 1,  2016, The Recovery Topic is Step 8.  Made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
 

Step 8 is concerned with our personal relationships.  It is an examination of how we have dealt with people in the past and, more specifically, how we have harmed them.  This step is the basis for developing a more productive and satisfactory way of dealing with others. The AA 12 and 12 says that step 8 is the beginning of the end of isolation from our fellows and from God.


According to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12, steps 8 & 9 involved this process:

  1. we take a look backward and try to discover where we had been at fault,

  2. we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done, and

  3. have a thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our new found knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.

This is a very large order.


The Eighth  steps suggest that we prepare an amends list. This list should be in writing and include the names of all the people we have harmed who appeared in our fourth step inventory. We add the names of anyone we had forgotten or overlooked. Have we included everyone whom we can remember? Is there anyone to whom we did something that we still feel guilty about? The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12 says that we ransack memory for the people to whom we have given offense. To put a finger on the nearby and most deeply damaged ones shouldn't be hard to do. Then, as year by year we walk back through our lives as far as our memory will reach, we shall be bound to construct a long list of people who have, to some extent or another, been affected. Our objective is to make the list as complete as possible.
 
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What is the purpose of this step?

Have you ever put yourself on this list?

 
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Feb 24, 2016

The Twelve and Twelve tells us that “the whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.”  We first looked at humility in the Third Step when we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.  Without some humility, no alcoholic can stay sober, no Al-Anon can stay serene.  Our experience has shown us that without humility, we cannot live a purposeful life.  AA teaches us that a useful life is one in the service of others.  This may be a bit tricky for the Al-Anon since we so often are worried about others that we forget about ourselves.

Bill Wilson explains humility this way, “As long as we placed self-reliance first, genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question.  That basic ingredient of humility is a desire to seek and do God’s will.”  When we live life run on self will, humility is missing.  Humility, we discover, is not something to re resisted, but something to be accepted.  

Bill Wilson wrote that the process of accepting humility “was unbelievably painful.  It was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility.”  Taking the Third Step was a bold example of spiritual humility because it was a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.  With the Seventh Step, we have an opportunity to put that decision into practice by asking God to do something specific for us.  We are humbly asking God to remove our character defects.  We are saying your will, not mine.   But we must accept the terms, conditions, and timetable that our Higher Power has in mind.

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We conducted a survey so that our listeners can help us understand this step

We posed the question, “What does humble mean to you?”

The possible responses were …

https://www.surveymonkey.com/analyze/eZfqbdNAalFL8WtGq8cIf7nLG1usZk4JSs8edkIhoFw_3D

What is interesting is that this survey proves that we people in a 12-step recovery program have our own language.

The possible responses I provided in the survey sent to our listeners came directly from the definition of humble in the dictionary.

But “other” was the second most popular response.

In other words, being humble means something different to AAs than normal people.

So ,? let’s discuss how we understand this step and how humility plays a role.

What does it mean to you to be humble?

How are you humble?  How can I become more humble?

What does the term “humbly ask” mean to you?

Before program, what did you think of humility? Was it a positive/negative?

Before program, did you experience humiliation?

What is the difference between humility and humiliation?

What are “our shortcomings?”

How is Step 3 related to Step 7?

How does acceptance relate to Step 7?

What is the Seventh Step Prayer?

The Seventh Step Prayer
from page 76 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
My Creator,
I am now willing that You should have all of me,
good and bad.
I pray that You now remove from me
every single defect of character which stands in the way
of my usefulness to You and my fellows.
Grant me strength, as I go out from here,
to do Your bidding.
Amen

What does it mean to you that God “should have all of me, good and bad?”

In this prayer, character defects stand in the was of being useful to others and God.  What does this mean to you?

What does it mean to you “to do your bidding?”

We  have Calls

Kurt

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Scott

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Clyde from Shelby Township

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Tony

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Russ

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Alex

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How about now, have you been humiliated in recovery?

Is there a difference in how you responded to humiliated between before and after program?

What would you say to the new person faced with Step 7 for the first time?

Feb 17, 2016

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Step 6 addresses the issue of our readiness to have removed the defects of character we identified in Step 4.  After the hard work of the previous two steps, this step seems quick and easy.  Not much is required in terms of action, but our experience is that a great deal is required both emotionally and spiritually.  Ultimately, this Step asks us if we are willing to behave different.

If we do not recognize a problem, we cannot solve it.  Working Step 6 allows us to see our problem clearly.  This Step focuses our attention on our willingness to give up defects of character, even defects that we enjoy.  But we know that all character defects can lead us back to our addictions, even the character defects that we like.  Step 6 allows us the ability to see even those pleasurable defects and ncourages us to find a spiritual solution.

We conducted a survey of our listeners this week.

We simply asked, “Have you worked step 6?”

Let’s look at the results

Listener Survey Results

Let's start with you ??,

what was your initial reaction to his step early in your program and

What was your understanding of this step?

What does the term “defects of character” mean to you?

Coming off of Step 5, what are some of the character defects that you wanted to be rid of?

As you were working Step 6, what character defect did you want to hold onto?

What problems have your favorite character defect caused you?

What does it mean to be “entirely ready”?

Why do you need God’s help and why can’t you rely on self-will?

How is the removal of character defect related to the restoration of your sanity?

If someone is not willing, how can they become willing?

We Have Calls

Mandy

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Alex

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Mark G

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Justin P

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Chris S.

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Clyde

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Russ and Linda

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What would you say to the new person faced with Step 6 for the first time?

Feb 13, 2016
On Tuesday, February 16,  2016, The Recovery Topic is Step 6.  Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
 
Step 6 address the issue of our readiness to have removed the defects of character we identified in Step 4. After the hard work of the previous two steps, this step seems quick and easy. Not much is required in terms of action, but a great deal is required emotionally and spiritually. This Step asks us whether we are willing or not to to behave different.
 
If we do not recognize a problem, we cannot solve it. Step 6 allows us to see the problem.  Step 6 focuses our attention on our willingness to give up defects of character, even defects that we enjoy. But we know that all character defects can lead us back to our addictions, even the character defects that we like. Step 6 allows us the ability to see even those pleasurable defects and encourages us to find a spiritual solution.
 
Let's talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
 
What does the term “defects of character” mean to you?
What are some of the character defects that you wanted to be rid of?
What character defect did you want to hold onto?
 
Recovered Podcast is live online every Tuesday at 6:30 pm EST as we record the show.  Join the fun and be part of the show. 
 
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Feb 10, 2016

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In this step, we admit to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of the wrongs we have committed as the result of our character defects.  It is one thing to admit these wrongs and defects secretly to ourselves and quite another to write them down on paper and see them in black and white.  It is still humbling to admit them to another human being.  That final admission makes them more real and more painful to us, while, at the same time, removes some of their power.

Step five is another action Step and ego-deflating experience.  The AA Twelve and Twelve tells us that “scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.”  Although all of the Twelve Steps deflate our ego,, “when it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.”  

What was your understanding of this step early in your program?

What is it now?

How long did it take for you to first attempt your Fifth step?

How long did it take once you started?

What were some of the barriers to you starting the Fifth Step?

What were some of the barriers to completing your Fifth Step?

What is Ego deflation is relation to Step 5 and how does that help in your recovery?

What is rigorous honesty and why is that important to you?

When you took your Fifth Step, what were that patterns of your behavior?

What part of your character did you want to change?

How did you choose who heard your Step 5?

What qualities did you want?

What are the objectives of Step 5 for you?

Clyde From Shelby Township

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Alex from Austin

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Marty from Canton

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Justin from LA

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Did you see a relationship between your wreckage of the past and your character defects?

Did you identify behaviors of your past that you wanted to put in the past and start clean?

What about guilt and remorse, did you experience this?  Did Step 5 help make this a positive?

What about forgiveness, did you feel this for others?  Yourself?

Did this Step help you become free of the past?  How?

What would you say to the new guy about step 5?

Feb 5, 2016

This week, the Recovered Podcast will continue our step study journey.  On Tuesday, February 9,  2016, The Recovery Topic is Step 5.  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

 

In this step, we admit to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of the wrongs we have committed as the result of our character defects.  It is one thing to admit these wrongs and defects secretly to ourselves and quite another to write them down on paper and see them in black and white.  It is still humbling to admit them to another human being.  That final admission makes them more real and more painful to us, while, at the same time, removes some of their power.

 

Step five is another action Step and ego-deflating experience.  The AA Twelve and Twelve tells us that “scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.”  Although all of the Twelve Steps deflate our ego,, “when it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.”

 

Let's talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):

 

Who did you do your Step 5 with?

What did you learn about yourself in Step 5?

 

Recovered Podcast is live online every Tuesday at 6:30 pm EST as we record the show.  Join the fun and be part of the show. 

 

If you would like to listen to the live stream of the show on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm EST, just tap Recovered Chat and Live Stream

 

Click Show Notes so you can prepare for this week's show!

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