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  • An Excerpt from Chapter 7: Emotional Sobriety through Step Ten Inventory Meditation at NightThe Twelve and Twelve’s Step Ten chapter suggests an evening inventory where we “draw a balance sheet,” notingour honest regret for harms done.our genuine gratitude for blessings received.our willingness to try for better things.The Big Book is clear: Step Ten is used […]

  • An Excerpt from Chapter 7: Emotional Sobriety through Step Ten Emotional Sobriety through Step TenThrough Step Ten we are attempting to keep our channel clear of obstacles to our relationship with Power, with ourself, and with others. On the spot we identify disturbances and take the indicated necessary actions to eliminate them.Finding Our Center of […]

  • An Excerpt from Chapter 7: Sanity Has Returned We have been placed in a position of neutrality with respect to our addiction. We are not fighting. Sanity— healthy thinking— has returned. We are living within a spiritual shield— protected, invulnerable to the onslaught of our addiction obsession (imagine the force fields in Star Wars). We […]

  • An Excerpt from Chapter 7: How Step Ten Works The promises articulated on pages 83 and 84 of the Big Book “will always materialize if we work for them” (italics added). The initial work is Step Ten. The continued work is to improve and enlarge our consciousness through our practice of Steps Eleven and Twelve, […]

  • An Excerpt from Chapter 7 STEP TEN IS A TOOL that captures and releases the transformative power of Steps One through Nine for the continued “deflation of ego at depth.” The fact is, we never transcend our basic humanity: we are finite body, mind, and will: all functions that regularly misfire.Step Ten is the tool […]

  • Author: Herb K.Rancho Palos Verdes, CA herbk12@hotmail.com www.herbk.com Ask yourself these vital questions: Relationship with MysteryWhat is your current brokenness? In what ways do you experience the bedevilments of doing what you don’t what to do and not doing what you want to do?What do you actually believe about God? How do you behave in […]

  • Author: Herb K.Rancho Palos Verdes, CA herbk12@hotmail.com www.herbk.com Our Way of Life 1. I am not the center of life. 2. I am the center of my life. 3. Don’t take life personally. 4. Do take reality as it is. 5. I am responsible for my: Perceptions, Emotions, Behaviors. 6. I am not responsible for […]

  • Author: Herb K.Rancho Palos Verdes, CA herbk12@hotmail.com www.herbk.com A forgiving person has no past. An unforgiving person has no future.  What is Forgiveness?Forgiveness is Not to…CondoneForgetTolerateIgnoreApproveExcuseMinimizePardonDenyAbsolveReconcileInvite to hurt againSurrender justice Forgiveness Is a Decision to not…RetaliateExact revengeSeek compensationJudge Forgiveness Is a Decision to…Release themRelease ourselvesBe released What is the process? Accept the facts: Betrayal = it did happen; I […]

  • Author: Herb K.Rancho Palos Verdes, CA herbk12@hotmail.com www.herbk.com What is the message of the “wee small voice”?What does it mean?What is my prior experience?What is the guidance; what are the implications for me?What are the suggested principles as guidelines for my attitude and/or action?What is the suggested change in my attitude and/or action?What is the […]

  • Author: Bill W. I think that many oldsters who have put our AA “booze cure” to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next major development in AA—the development of much more real maturity and balance (which is to say, humility) in our relations […]