“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.”
Somewhere during these steps, we are going to have a spiritual awakening. Get them done. Do them. Right now. There is no reason to not do them. And it should not take 6 months!!! If we are properly sponsoring folks, they are immediately starting these steps, and getting them done within a couple of weeks, and having the spiritual awakening.
There is no reason we should sit around DYING from untreated alcoholism while the solution sits right in front of us. We have a responsibility, a duty to ourselves, and the newcomer to carry this message to alcoholics. Once they do the work, they WILL have a spiritual awakening and be able to carry the message to the next drunk. Within a short period of time-this should not take very long at all. We don’t have a lot of time to waste, we have a mental obsession that will kick in VERY soon and we will drink again.
It is imperitive to the future of this fellowship that we get these people through the steps so they can have the spiritual experience and begin working with other alcoholics.
We are promised a spiritual experience. How COOL is that?! We are also gauranteed two options for our future. Drink and die, or accept spiritual help; accept spiritual help and recover.To not be the way we are any longer. To be new. And the bonus is, we won’t want to drink anymore. Thats a gaurantee.
Shitty sponsorship is killing alcoholics. Slogans are killing alcoholics.
The book, Alcoholics Anonymous & the 12 Steps are saving lives. Proper sponsorship are giving our fellowship a chance. Recovered alcoholics who have had deep and effective spiritual experiences have a message to carry and have a place in Alcoholics Anonymous.
There is work to be done before the spiritual experience and we need good sponsors who are able to guide folks throguh that correctly. If you feel you don’t know how to sponsor someone, you may not have had a spiritual awakening. If I am to help another alcoholic to have a chance, I need to be sure I have done the work properly myself and had the necessary experince the book tells me I am to have.