Endigar 586 ~ “By Faith and By Works”

From the Daily Reflections of October 24;

On anvils of experience, the structure of our Society was hammered out. . . . Thus has it been with A.A. By faith and by works we have been able to build upon the lessons of an incredible experience. They live today in the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which — God willing — shall sustain us in unity for so long as He may need us.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 131)

God has allowed me the right to be wrong in order for our Fellowship to exist as it does today. If I place God’s will first in my life, it is very likely that A.A. as I know it today will remain as it is.




8231.How many lichens

How has AA survived the ego-enhanced human nature of its individual members?  Anvils of experience.  Lessons of an incredible experience.  The individual right to be wrong (and thus learn by experience).   My experience tells me that I am both an energy based entity and an organic based animal living in a mutualistic relationship like the algae and fungus of the lichen.  Faith is the non-organic knowing acquired as an energy entity, known as my spirit.  In AA I develop my intuitive interaction with the Higher Power by developing my spiritual awakening.

“What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 87).  Nevertheless, I have the right to be wrong in my pursuit of connection with God and the Fellowship.

Faith is my connection to Gomu (God of my undersanding).  By this kind of faith and the works of the very pragmatic morality of the 12 steps, I contribute to the strength of the collective conscious of the Fellowship.  The Fellowship in turn reinforces my sobriety.  Our unity is ever-empowering.

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