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llness From “Building a New Life”:
“That year I went to an alcohol treatment program twice. The first time I was in treatment, I was shaving at the mirror in the bathroom and it seemed to me that my beard was growing back in as fast as I could shave it off. Even though I was in a hospital gown, I escaped, running down the streets and jumping up and over fences. I was on the porch of a woman’s house banging on the door for her to let me in when the police arrived. I tried to convince them she was my wife and my children were inside, but they saw the hospital bracelet on my wrist, and they took me back to the program. The doctor told me that if I went into D.T.’s like that again I might not come out.”
2001 AAWS Inc. Fourth Edition
Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 482
Many of us knock on the door but remain outside, because knocking and entering are entirely different actions. Knocking is necessary, consisting of reading books, attending meetings, asking questions. But entrance requires much bolder action. It requires one to enter into himself, to uncover hidden motives, to see contradictions, and to realize his actual power for self-change.
Vernon Howard
Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody.
— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 232
A.A. groups exist to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. Large or small, firmly established or brand-new, speaker, discussion or study, each group has but one reason for being: to carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic. The group exists so that the alcoholic can find a new way of life, a life abundant in happiness, joy, and freedom. To recover, most alcoholics need the support of a group of other alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope. Thus my sobriety, and our program’s survival, depend on my determination to put first things first.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
I am a gift of joy that God gives to a wonderful world.
Ernest Holmes
I’m consistently around folks in the fellowship 
and I’m able to feel good about myself. 
“How did people have conversations anyway?
How did they meet and then begin to talk as if
they had known each other for years?” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
Make yourself free from self at one stroke!
Like a sword be without trace of soft iron;
Like a steel mirror, scour off all rust with contrition.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES  individual commentary on daily
ACIM Workbook Lesson 211 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
What stands out to me in this lesson are the words, “in silence and in true humility…” This reminds me that in order to seek God’s glory and see it everywhere as my one Self, I must become aware of the ego’s chatter and be willing to let it go. I must let go of trying to make something other than God’s universal Love real.
“In silence” means choosing to quiet the ego mind and in true humility recognize all ego thoughts of individuality really mean nothing. Thinking I can really make something other than universal Love is arrogance. True humility does not try to imagine or make real something other than the one Self as we were created. This lesson helps me practice letting go of these absurd ideas of separation from unity, from our communion in God. Today’s lesson helps me remember we all are always in communion with our one Self.
My practice today is being willing to remember what is real. My job today is to practice true humility. My job today is to let the truth return to my awareness. The truth is not hiding. My job today is to let go of my denial of the truth of our one, universal Self. My job today is to remember I am not a body. I am free. I remain as God created me. The truth is true and nothing else is true.
I am willing to let my mind be filled with awareness of God’s Presence today. What a wonderful practice. What a wonderful opportunity I have today and every day.
This lesson teaches the opposite of what most of us believe about ourselves. “Holy” and “glory” are not words we associate with what we think we are. Guilty and unworthy seem much more appropriate to us because of what we think we are.
Yet these attributes we believe about ourselves must be arrogant because this lesson tells us that to recognize our holiness and glory we must seek in true humility. This is the opposite of what the ego teaches, that humility is to see ourselves as debased and unworthy of anything but condemnation.
Gratefully the Course teaches us that God does not and never has condemned. His Love for us remains unchanged by any of our wild imaginings of a separate self. So today’s lesson is another step in the reversal of the beliefs I have held about myself. It leads me toward recognition of What I am in truth. In that recognition I see my brothers as my Self, one with me, sharing God’s Love and Light, sharing His glory and holiness. I can only recognize this as I recognize my brothers are one with me. Seeing myself as separate or alone blocks all awareness of my holiness and unity with God.
To see this unity, I must let go of all judgment. That is why it is so important to take each thought of condemnation to the Holy Spirit and be willing to receive His vision in place of that false perception.
Holy Spirit I open my mind to you today, that I might see the holiness and glory in my brother and therefore in myself. Help me see past body images to the Love that is the essence of everyone and everything, for it is this I desire to recognize in myself. Thank you Holy Spirit for Your strength and support and trust in me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“Having lots of money while not having inner peace
is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
So, on this late fall afternoon in 1937, Smithy and I were talking together in his living room, Anne sitting there, when we began to count noses. How many people had stayed dry; in Akron, in New York, maybe a few in Cleveland? How many had stayed dry and for how long? And when we added up the total, it sure was a handful of, I don’t know, 35 to 40 maybe. But enough time had elapsed on enough really fatal cases of alcoholism, so that we grasped the importance of these small statistics.
Bob and I saw for the first time that this thing was going to succeed. That God in his providence and mercy had thrown a new light into the dark caves where we and our kind had been and were still by the millions dwelling. I can never forget the elation and ecstasy that seized us both. – Bill W., 1954
Although many more than listed were “Stepped” to no avail, the below listed Pioneers are the men and women referred to in the foreword to the First Edition of the Big Book.
Pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous – 1934 – 1939
All Below Achieved At Least Some Period of Sobriety.
Some who failed may have achieved permanent sobriety later.
Bolded Names Achieved Permanent Sobriety.
1934 Name Location Comment/Big Book Story
Dec 11 Bill Wilson New York Co-Founder of AA – Bill’s Story
Jun 10 Dr.Bob Smith Akron Co-Founder of AA – Dr. Bob’s Nightmare
June Eddie Reilly Akron Sobered in 1949
June Dr. McK. Akron Failed to gain long term sobriety
June Bill Dotson Akron Alcoholics Anonymous No.3 – 2nd Ed
July Ernie Gailbraith Akron The Seven Month Slip – (An In-and-Outer Slipper)
Aug Wes Wyman Akron Sobered in 1949
Sept Hank Parkhurst New York The Unbeliever – 4 yrs. Sober
Drunk Sept 1939
Sept Phil Smith Akron  
Oct John Henry “Fitz” Mayo New York Our Southern Friend
1935 Freddie B. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Brooke B. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Bill R. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Ernest M. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Herb D. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Alec New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Russ R. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Bill C. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Victor New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Lil New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
Jan Harold Grisinger Akron  
Feb Walter Bray Akron The Back-Slider
Apr Joe Doeppler Akron The European Drinker
Apr Myron Williams New York Hindsight
July Paul Stanley Akron Truth Freed Me
Sept J. D. Holmes Akron  
Sept Holland Spencer Akron  
Dec Bob Oviatt Akron The Salesman
Feb Dick Stanley Akron The Car Smasher
Feb Don McLean New York  
Feb Bill Rudell New York A Business Man’s Recovery
Feb Lloyd Tate Akron  
Feb Bill Van Horn Akron Ward Of The Probate Court
Mar Harry Zoellers Akron A Close Shave
Mar Florence Rankin New York A Feminine Victory – Returned to drinking & suicide 1939
Apr Earl Treat Akron He Sold Himself Short
Apr Bob Evans Akron  
May Wally Gillam Akron Fired Again
May Charlie Simonson Akron Riding The Rods
July Jim Scott Akron Traveler, Editor, Scholar
July Paul Kellogg New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
Sept Bill Jones Cleveland  
Oct Jack Williams New York  
Nov Tom Lucas Akron My Wife And I
Dec Ned Poynter New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
1937 Jane S. Cleveland Sober a few months, Failed to gain long term sobriety
Jan Jim Burwell New York Slipped, DOS June 15, 1938
The Vicious Cycle – 2nd Ed.
Feb Clarence Snyder Cleveland Home Brewmeister
Feb Charlie Jones Akron  
Feb Ray Campbell New York An Artist’s Concept
Feb Van Wagner New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Feb Jack Darrow New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Feb Norman Hunt New York Educated Agnostic
Feb Harold Sears New York Smile With Me, At Me
Apr Capt. Coxe New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
May Abby Goldrick Akron He Thought He Could Drink – 2nd Ed.
May Bert Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
May Bob Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June George Williams New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June Joseph Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June Harry Brick New York A Different Slant
June Ralph Furlong New York Another Prodigal Story
July Bud Emerson New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Sept Archie Trowbridge Akron The Fearful One
Sept Horace Maher New York On His Way
Oct John Dolan Akron  
Dec Vaughn Phelps Akron  
Dec Horace Crystal New York Wrote Grapevine Articles, 1944
1938 Bill H. Cleveland slipped, later gained permanent sobriety
1938 Delmar Tyron Akron Ace Full, Seven-Eleven (wrote story Thanksgiving 1938)
Jan Pat Cooper Calif. The Lone Endeavor
Unknown Sobriety Dates
N/A Doc Moran Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown
N/A Harold Grissom Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown
N/A Dr. Howard S. Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown
Index of A.A. History Pages on Barefoot’s World
As in so many things, especially with we alcoholics, our History is our Greatest Asset!.. We each arrived at the doors of A.A. with an intensive and lengthy “History of Things That Do Not Work” .. Today, In A.A. and In Recovery, Our History has added an intensive and lengthy “History of Things That DO Work!!” and We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on i
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