By Phillip Z.
What percentage folks have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better strength. In A Skeptic's advisor to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper figuring out of a better strength. He examines what could seem like "unsettling" suggestions to us together with surrendering one's will and lifestyles to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the religious trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.
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Others, despite difficulty establishing a pattern of abstinence, continue attending meetings hoping one day to become abstinent. Hearing and seeing the success of Page 24 other people provides encouragement, and so they remain involved with the program support system, hoping thereby to find the strength to control their urges to eat compulsively. In the first few months, I was able to control my eating in great part due to my enthusiasm for OA. Regular attendance at meetings, phone contact with members, and daily calls to my sponsor lent support to my effort to eat within the guidelines of my food plan.
Page x The search may begin with restless feelings, as if one were being watched. One runs in all directions and sees nothing. Yet one senses that there is a source for the deep restlessness, and the path that leads there is not a path to a strange land but the path home. . The journey is hard, for the secret place where we have always been is overgrown with thorns and thickets of ideas, of fears and defenses, prejudices and depressions. Peter Matthiesson If you fulfill the pattern that is peculiar to yourself you have loved yourself, you have accumulated, you have abundance; you bestow virtue then because you have lustre, you radiate, from your abundance something overflows.
Then a woman entered the room carrying folders and a big binder. Thinking she must be in charge, I went to her and asked if she was the person who collected the fees. She smiled, took my hand, and told me that OA did not charge any fee. She explained that people who regularly attended meetings were asked to make contributions to cover rent and expenses, but that newcomers were not asked to contribute. Page 17 She suggested I attend several meetings before deciding if OA was for me. She added that if I wished, I could use my money to purchase program literature that would explain Overeaters Anonymous and provide a basis on which I could decide if the program was right for me.