Endigar 377 ~ Freedom from “King Alcohol”

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him. Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great “must” that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die. (As Bill Sees It, page 134)

When drinking, I lived in spiritual, emotional, and sometimes, physical confinement. I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. Occasional dry spells that seemed to promise freedom would turn out to be little more than hopes of a reprieve. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves opened for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free – in a kind of extended daily probation – that need never end.



What is the source of King Alcohol’s power over me?  Isn’t it my own bondage to isolated self will?  I suspect that this entire physical dimension is run by the power of Will.  Whatever I point my will toward, regardless of my stated intentions, that part of my universe responds to me as I will it to be.  Willingness is not passive.  It is the open channel of the power this universe has placed within me.  My alcoholism becomes a king in my domain when I will it to be so.  For some reason, I have faith in chemical empowerment.

The first legacy of this program is recovery.  It is recovery from alcohol, but it is also recovery of the truest version of myself.  I have to develop a skill of recovery.  I joined others and relinquished my isolation.

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” and “made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”   Then we “admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Once we had mastered this skill, we “continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”  This is the maintenance of our freedom from alcoholic addiction which is our negative freedom.

Skill One:  steps 1 – 4/5 – 10 (Skill to Self Manifestation Inventory) Legacy One: Recovery

Skill Two: steps  2 – 6/7 – 11 (Trustful Connection to Higher Power) Legacy Two: Unity – Trust

Skill Three: steps  3 – 8/9 – 12 (Mission of Species Transformation) Legacy Three: Service

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