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Episode 20 of Rebellion Dogs Radio features Bob k and a look at story telling and the ongoing history of addiction & recovery. HEAR it now HERE
aaBeyondBelief.com now has the latest from Widening the Gateway in Olympia Washington, January 16th, 2016.
January 19th is day that we remember Ernie Kurtz (September 9, 1935 - January 19, 2015) and his literary contribution to 12-Step culture. Here's a 1997 speech he gave celebrating AA's local archivists that he calls, Varieties of AA Experiences. I hope you enjoy it. Click to enjoy.
bob k., author of Key Players in AA History has written about Ernie Kurtz today and I would encourage anyone to visit this link: @ aaBeyondBelief.com to lean the history of this historian and join the conversations if you're so inspired.
Here's a small excerpt from Ernie's Varieties of AA Experience. He is talking about Dr. William Silkworth who authored "The Doctor's Opinion" in Alcoholics Anonymous. Here is something profound that the doctor wrote two years before the Big Book would be written. In the Journal of the Medical Society of New York, an article was penned dealing with the distinction between two terms, two words: decision and resolution.
Those who ponder that article may never hear the words of the Third Step in exactly the same way again. Under the title, "Reclamation of the Alcoholic," Silkworth observed to his fellow physicians:
“Without quibbling over words, I wish to differentiate between a decision and a resolution or declaration - of which the alcoholic has probably made many already.
A resolution is an expression of a momentary emotional desire to reform. Its influence lasts only until he has an impulse to take a drink.
A decision on the other hand is the expression of a mental conviction based on an intelligent conception of his condition. Often when a resolution is made, an individual must fight constantly with himself. The old environment forces are still arrayed against him and he finally succumbs to his old means of escape. However, if he has made a decision through understanding of facts appealing to his intelligence, he has changed his entire attitude. No will power is needed because now he is not tempted.
Varieties of the Alcoholics Anonymous Experience, by Ernie Kurtz (1997)
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Roger C's new book called, The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps is something I am quite excited about it. It is the ultimate mate to Beyond Belief; one is a daily reflection book and the other is a freethinker's workbook for the Twelve Steps. You can order it from our Beyond Belief page.
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From "A Newcomer Asks..." AA pamphlet p-24
Q: “There is a lot of talk about God, though, isn't there?”
A: The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a
power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the A.A. group, still others don't believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
, William G. Wilson, page 27 “You can, if you wish, make A.A. itself your 'higher power.' Here's a very large group who have solved their alcohol problem. In this respect they are certainly a power greater than you, who have not even come close to a solution. Surely you can have faith in them. Even this minimum of faith will be enough.”
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I'll be doing a presentation on the History of Unbelievers in AA including the growing demand for Atheist/Agnostic groups, 40 years of trying & failing to bring an atheist, freethinker pamphlet to AA literature tables and the inclusion of We Agnostics at AA's International Convention.
Other presentations will include Marty Mann, Lois Wilson, Charles Towns and a one-on-one with Rev. Ward Ewing.
http://www.sedonamagoretreat.org/symposium-on-aa-history/ for more details.