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As Bill Sees It: A Collection of A.A. Wisdom in PDF Format

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If you are looking for a source of comfort and inspiration for your recovery journey, you may want to check out As Bill Sees It, a collection of writings by Bill W., the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). This book contains hundreds of excerpts from various A.A. literature, covering topics such as acceptance, gratitude, spirituality, service, and more.

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In this article, we will give you an overview of what "As Bill Sees It" is, why it is important for A.A. members and anyone interested in recovery, and how to use it for meditation and discussion. We will also provide you with a link to download the pdf version of the book or order it online.

The A.A. Program

The first section of "As Bill Sees It" focuses on the core elements of the A.A. program: the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts.

The Twelve Steps

The Twelve Steps are a set of principles that guide A.A. members in their recovery from alcoholism. They are based on a spiritual solution that involves admitting powerlessness over alcohol, seeking help from a Higher Power, making amends for past harms, and carrying the message to other alcoholics.

The Twelve Steps are:

  • We admitted we were powerless over alcoholthat our lives had become unmanageable.

  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

  • 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.

You can find more details about the Twelve Steps in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as the Big Book, which is the basic text of A.A.

The Twelve Traditions

The Twelve Traditions are a set of guidelines that help A.A. groups maintain their unity and service. They are based on the experience and wisdom of A.A. members who learned how to cooperate and avoid conflicts that could threaten the survival of the fellowship.

The Twelve Traditions are:

  • Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.

  • For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authoritya loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  • The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

  • Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

  • Each group has but one primary purposeto carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

  • An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  • Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  • A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

  • Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.

  • Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

You can find more details about the Twelve Traditions in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, which explains how each tradition applies to individual recovery and group harmony.

The Twelve Concepts

The Twelve Concepts are a set of principles that guide A.A.'s world service structure. They are based on a framework of delegated authority and responsibility that ensures effective and democratic leadership at all levels of service.

The Twelve Concepts are:

  • Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.

  • The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs.

  • To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A.the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executiveswith a traditional Right of Decision.

  • At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional Right of Participation, allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.

  • Throughout our structure, a traditional Right of Appeal ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration.

  • The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.

  • The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.

  • The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance. They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities.

  • Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.

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