2 Way Prayer and Meditation


Two way prayer was practiced by the Oxford Group and the early pioneers of AA. Because it is not specifically mentioned the the AA Big Book, the practice had become obscured until revived by Wally P. in his Back to Basic workshops. Wally P. also wrote a book, How to Listen to God which describes his spiritual journey with 2 Way Prayer.

Rev Bill W. is another proponent of 2 Way Prayer. He has a wonderful site that discusses how to practice 2 Way Prayer and written guidance. On his website, there are very helpful instructional videos on 2 way prayer as well. Here is a link to the various documents on the site, which are very and informative. If you would like to know more information about this subject, I highly recommend that you check out their website!

The articles below are reprinted here with permission by Father Bill W. from Two Way Prayer. On his site, there is even a more extensive collection of the historical literature used by the early pioneers of AA and the Oxford Group.


Beginning the 11th Step Practice of Quiet Time


This is the original pamphlet used by the Oxford Group and the early pioneers of AA:


This is an updated version with more modern language on how to listen to God and the 11 Step Practice of Quiet Time.


This is a document that combines 2 Way Prayer with the 10th and 11th Steps in the AA Big Book.


This is also an earlier, more historical version of the How to Listen to God pamphlet

How do I begin Pamphlet

This is another version of the above document on how to begin 2 Way Prayer.

This is a link to a website that also seems to practice 2 way prayer from a Christian perspective. I have not yet listened to them, but, I am posting the link here because I think that is offers a more expansive practice on 2 Way Prayer.

Here is the link to the meeting that we had on 2 Way Prayer:

11/18/2018 #100 Step 11 TWP

Here is a format for an 11th Step 2 Way Prayer Meeting

20 minute 11 Step Guidance Meeting Format

I hope this will be helpful for everyone!

In love and service,


Please note: *If any of the original sources of the documents above believe that this is in violation of copyright, please contact me directly through the blog or by email at: emotionalsobriety2013@gmail.com

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  1. Thank you so much for this blog !I’m finding so much great information! My question is when I want to practice 11th step quiet time or listening to G-D do you know if it’s ok to turn on peaceful music?I find it calms me down but does that defeat the purpose? Is it then the music I’m drifting into and not G-D?

    • That is such a great question! Wow! I would say that it is fine to listen to music. Traditionally, meditation is done in silence. But, many people like to listen to music, because it is easier to focus on. I also think it helps me to not fall asleep when I meditate close to bed time.

      Focus on being in the moment. G-d will reveal Himself to you in His time.

      It is all good!

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