Dear Emotional Sobriety Workshop Members:
Thank you for everyone’s participation and sharing this Sunday.
Telephone conference number: 605-562-3131 PIN: 549628#
Playback recording number is: 605-562-3132 PIN: 549628#
Playback reference number: 31
Here is the link for the MP3 from the meeting:
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This week we began Tradition 10. We read and discussed the Tradition 10 in the OA 12 & 12.
Below is a copy of the Tradition 10 Worksheet from the first164blogspot.com
Short form: ‘Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.’
Long form: ‘No AA group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate AA, express any opinion on outside controversial issues—particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever.
Make a list of areas of your life, e.g.
Ask, with each of these areas (where relevant):
- Do I take anyone’s inventory but my own?
- Do I gossip?
- Do I listen to gossip?
- Do I act as a peacemaker?
If the ‘inside issue’ is my relationship with God and God’s will for me in the world:
- When tempted to intervene or interfere, do I ask God, ‘outside issue or inside issue?’?
- Do I have the courage to take decisive action in the world?
- Does the outside issue of others’ opinions stop me from doing God’s will?
- Do I hide behind Tradition Ten to avoid taking difficult stands?
- In relationships with others, do I try to effect change by criticising or by making polite requests?
- Do I court controversy just to stand out?
Tradition X ideas and quotations
‘An outside issue is anything outside of my relationship with God through sobriety.’
‘If I am not taking my own inventory, I automatically begin to blame the world for keeping happiness from me.’
‘Resentment and guilt come from the same place: judgment.’
‘I know that two people can disagree and both be right in different ways.’
‘I am God’s voice, hands, and feet in the world. I avoid taking stands on outside issues in a controversial manner but take tough stands on matters of justice as God directs me with the love of a peacemaker.’
My assignment in difficult situations is just to show up, pray, and let God take care of the conflict.’
The last 3 steps are the heart and soul of emotional sobriety: living in the solution, seeking conscious contact with the God of our understanding and carrying the message to those who still suffer.
Please feel free to read the handouts to share your thoughts with the group.
Looking forward to “seeing” you all next week!
With blessings for peace and recovery,
Peace: it does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, noise, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.”(author unknown)