Meeting Summaries

1/7/2018 #59: We read and discussed Step 10 in the AA Big Book

1/14/2018 #60: We read and discussed Step 10, using the worksheet from first164.blogspot.com

1/21/2018 #61: We had a discussion on Step 10 and read and discussed the story in the AA Big Book, Safe Haven. We discussed that once we complete the stories in the 4th edition of the AA Big Book, we would read the book, Experience, Strength and Hope, which is a book that has all of the stories from the previous editions that are not included in the current edition.

1/28/2018 #62: we read and discussed Step 10 in the OA 12&12. Next week, we will read drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H.

2/4/2018 #63: we read drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 15:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book.

2/11/2018 #64: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 30:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book.

Would also like to read and discuss Step 10 & 11 by Dave Fredrickson and his fabulous handout on Step 10. There are 2 versions of the same worksheet.

Here is the link for anyone who is interested to his wonderful talk on Steps 10 and 11. I highly recommend listening!

2/18/2018 #65: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 43:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book.

2/25/2018 #66: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 60:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book.

3/4/2018 #67: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 71:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book. Here is the link to the phone line.

3/11/2018 #68: This week we read the next story in the AA BB, Listening to the Wind. We also read the reading for the day in the Twenty-Four Hours A Day book, which tied into what we read beautifully. Here is a link to what we read. Here is the link to the phone line.

3/18/2018 #69: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 87:4. Next week we will continue with reading the book. Here is the link to the phone line.

3/25/2018 #70: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 93:0. Next week we will continue with reading the book. Here is the link to the phone line.

4/15/2018 #71: We continued reading and discussing drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 106:3. Here is the link to the phone line.

Next week we will continue reading and most likely complete the book. Time permitting, I would like us to read and discuss the Step 10 & 11 hand out by Dave Fredrickson. Then, I would like us to return to reading the next story out of the AA Big Book. Following the story, we will continue our step study and read and discuss The Unpopular Guide To Step 10.

4/22/2018 #72: This week, we completed the book drop the rock…the ripple effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. up to page 106:3. Here is the link to the phone line.

And we began reading the handout on Step 10 & 11 hand out by Dave Fredrickson.

4/29/2018 #73: We continued reading and discussing the handout on Step 10 & 11 by Dave Fredrickson. Here is the link to the phone line.

Next week, we will complete the handout and read and discuss the Forgiveness Prayer.

Then, we will read the next story in the AA Big Book.

Following the story, we will continue our step study and read and discuss

When we get to Step 11, we are going to read the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.

5/6/2018 # 74: We read the story Twice Gifted in the AA Big Book and the Forgiveness Prayer  from the handout on Step 10 & 11 by Dave Fredrickson.  Here is the link to the phone line. We will continue with Step 10 next week and read and discuss The Unpopular Guide To Step 10.

5/13/2018 #75. We read and discussed The Unpopular Guide to Step 10 up to 16:0. NEXT WEEK, MEETING IS CANCELLED. We will continue reading the book.

For Step 11, I would like us to read and discuss the following handouts:

STEP 11 REVIEW 

STEP 11 ON AWAKENING LINE BY LINE

In addition, to the Unpopular Guide and the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.

5/27/2018 #76  We read and discussed The Unpopular Guide to Step 10 and completed the next section. Next week, we will continue reading the book.

6/3/2018 #77  We read and discussed The Unpopular Guide to Step 10 and completed the next 2 sections. Next week, we will continue reading the book.

We discussed reading and discussing  You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. as a group, which is a wonderful book which outlines how to be emotionally sober.

6/10/2018 #78.  We read and completed The Unpopular Guide to Step 10.  Next week, we will read the chapter on Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.

6/17/2018 #79.  This week we read and discussed the story in the AA Big Book, Twice Gifted. Next week, we will read the chapter on Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.

6/24/2018 #80.  This week we read and discussed Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps up to 25:0. Next week, we will continue reading the book.

7/1/2018 #81.  This week we read and discussed Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps up to 30:0. Next week, we will continue reading the book.

7/8/2018 #82.  This week we read and discussed Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps up to 42:0. Next week, we will continue reading the book.

7/15/2018 # 83.  This week we read, discussed and completed Step 10 from the book, Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.  Next week, our meeting is cancelled.

7/29/2018 #84.  This week we read the next 2 stories in the AA Big Book: Building A New Life and On The Move.

For Step 11, I would like us to read and discuss the following handouts:

STEP 11 REVIEW 

STEP 11 ON AWAKENING LINE BY LINE

In addition, for this step, we will be reading:

Step 11 in the OA 12 & 12

Step 11 in Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps

the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.

Lastly, we will need to discuss how we would like to include the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O.

8/5/2018 #85.  This week we began our study on Step 11. We read Step 11 in the AA Big Book and these 2 handouts:

STEP 11 REVIEW 

STEP 11 ON AWAKENING LINE BY LINE

Next week we will read and discuss Step 11 in the OA 12 & 12. (We will be using the 1st edition, unless people would prefer to read from the newer 2nd edition)

We agreed as a group to read one book or handout at a time.

8/6/2018 #7: 12 Steps in 1 Hour Sessions Introduction and Step 1

8/12/2018 #86: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 in the OA 12 & 12.  Next week, we are going to read Step 11 from the AA 12 & 12.

We also discussed that once we finish Step 12, we will have a wrap up gratitude meeting, and share our experience, strength and hope on what we have gained from the group.

We also discussed reading the Recovery Reader, 2nd edition which available for free from internet archives, or as a hard copy Please review and share with the group your thoughts and ideas.

If anyone would like to read more on Step 11, here is a link to the NA Basic Text. Here is a link to Step 11 in NA.  Also, here is a link to a collection of writings on Step 11 within NA. Enjoy!

8/19/2018 #87: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 from the AA 12 & 12.  Step 11 in the OA 12 & 12.  Next week, we are going to read Step 11 in Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.  Alternatively, we could read the next story in the AA Big Book.  What would everyone like to do?

8/26/2018 #88: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 in Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.

9/2/2018 #89.  This week our group was smaller than usual due to the holiday weekend. We read the next story in the AA Big Book: A Vision of Recovery Next week, we will continue reading and discussing the next chapter, Step 11: Breath and Death. Happy Labor Day!

9/9/2018 #90: This week, we read and completed Step 11 in Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps. We also began the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read up to 12:0.

Once we complete this book, we will either begin to read and discuss the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. Alternatively, we can begin Step 12.

9/16/2018 #91: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 in  the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read up to 24:1.  We discussed starting a P&M chat with each other to share our guidance. We agreed that we would focus on one book at a time. Next we will read and discuss the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. For Step 12, I would like us to discuss “How do you get the newcomer started?” And, “how did you get started in OA?”

Once we complete this book, we will either begin to read and discuss the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. Alternatively, we can begin Step 12.

9/16/2018 #92: This week, we read, discussed and practiced Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read up to 28:0. The topic today was on forgiveness and meditation.

9/30/2018 #93: This week, we read, discussed and practiced Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read up to 42:0.

10/7/2018 #94: This week, we reviewed and discussed what we read last week. We read from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We re-read 28:0 – 42:0. It was very helpful!

10/14/2018 #95: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read from 42:0 to 51:0.

10/21/2018 #96: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read to  62:0.

10/28/2018 #97: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read to  71:0.

11/4/2018 #98: This week, we read and discussed Step 11 from the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We read up to 78:0.

The topic was “How to Listen To God.” We shared 2 way guidance as a group. We agreed to practice this technique again, and practice sharing 2 way guidance through a WhatsApp Chat.

11/11/2018 #99. This week we read and discussed the homework from 2 weeks ago on personalizing “The Promises.”

11/18/2018 #100.  This week we practice Two Way Prayer, using the format given to me by Wally P. Thank you Wally!! Next week we will continue reading the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R. We will begin reading from 78:0.

11/25/2018 #101.  This week we continued reading the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.  We read up to 87:0.  We discussed how to structure a daily practice of prayer and meditation. The Big Book suggests that Step 11 occurs at night with a daily inventory and in the morning with prayer and meditation. However, the Original Manuscript suggests that the Step 11 inventory be done in the morning, not at night, which is in line with the morning prayer, mediation and written guidance practice followed by the Oxford Group and the pioneers of AA.

For homework, create a suggested daily prayer and meditation practice, based on the Original Manuscript of the AA Big Book.

We discussed that following the completion of this book, we will vary the content of the group to include “official program literature” in addition to our supplemental resources.

For Step 12 I would like us to read the AA Big Book, the OA 12 & 12, and Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps. In addition, we will read the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. and return to reading the stories in the AA Big Book.

We discussed reading the Recovery Reader, 2nd edition in the past, which is available for free from internet archives, or as a hard copy  Who would be interested in adding this book to our group?

Although the supplemental literature is very enriching, I personally find it more grounding when we read from official program literature as our main focus.

12/2/2018 #102.  This week we completed the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.

We discussed how to structure an Eleventh Step practice; measuring successful practice; universal moral code; objective vs. subjective knowledge of God’s will; skeptic’s prayer; forgiveness; prayers; Step 11 Prayer Exercise;  and quotes.

Next week, we will read from the stories in the AA Big Book.

12/9/2018 #103: This week we read the next 2 stories Building a New Life and On the Move in the AA BB pages 476-493.

Next week, we will begin Step 12.  During our meetings, we will read from the AA Big Book, the OA 12 & 12, and Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps.

In addition, we will read the book You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O. and return to reading the stories in the AA Big Book.

When we complete the stories from the AA Big Book, we can read from Experience, Strength & Hope, or the Recovery Reader, 2nd edition, which is available for free from internet archives, or as a hard copy  or other program literature.