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As Bill Sees It

Postby Patsy© » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:15 am

"As Bill Sees It" ... Page 176


Domination and Demand

The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being. Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much.
If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or later fail us, for they are human, too, and cannot possibly meet our incessant demands. In this way our insecurity grows and festers.

When we habitually try to manipulate others to our own willful desires, they revolt, and resist us heavily. Then we develop hurt feelings, a sense of persecution, and a desire to retaliate.

My dependency meant demand - a demand for the possession and control of the people and the conditions surrounding me.

1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 53
2. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1958
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Postby Patsy© » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:40 am

As Bill Sees It, Page 74


Breach the Walls of Ego

People who are driven by pride of self unconsciously blind themselves to their liabilities. Newcomers of this sort scarcely need comforting. The problem is to help them discover a chink in the walls their ego has built, through which the light of reason can shine.

The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.

Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.

TWELVE AND TWELVE
1. p. 46
2. p. 70
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Postby Patsy© » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:42 am

As Bill Sees It, Page 196

Antidote for Fear

When our failings generate fear, we then have soul-sickness. This sickness, in turn, generates still more character defects.

Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not. We eat, drink, and grab for more of everything than we need, fearing we shall never have enough. And, with genuine alarm at the prospect of work, we stay lazy. We loaf and procrastinate, or at best work grudgingly and under half steam.

These fears are the termites that ceaselessly devour the foundations of whatever sort of life we try to build.
As faith grows, so does inner security. The vast underlying fear of nothingness commences to subside. We of A.A. find that our basic antidote for fear is a spiritual awakening.

1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 49
2. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962
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Postby Patsy© » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:02 am

As Bill Sees It, Page 13


The Shared Gift

A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the truth may die.

Faith is more than our greatest gift; its sharing with others is our greatest responsibility. May we of A.A. continually seek the wisdom and the willingness by which we may well fulfill that immense trust which the Giver of all perfect gifts has placed in our hands.

1. SERVICE MANUAL, p. 5
2. GRAPEVINE, APRIL 1961
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Re: As Bill Sees It

Postby clouds » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:54 am

Yeah, this book °As Bill Sees It° has always been a staple of my sobriety over the years. I like how I can look in the index and find quotes as a remedy for daily problems that crop up. :D
" Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house." page 98 A.A.
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