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Introduction to Experience the Big Book

Dr. Mike tells some of his story and how the Experience the Big Book Meeting came into being. He explains his motives and goals for this in-depth study of the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Introduction to Experience the Big Book

Feb 5, 2017

Dr. Mike tells some of his story and how the Experience the Big Book Meeting came into being. He explains his motives and goals for this in-depth study of the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Sundays- Year 1 – Ep. 2 : Step 1 – Doctor’s Opinion – The Problem – Pages xxi- xxii – Part 2

Feb 12, 2017

What is the Dr’s Opinion? To recover, what does one have to experience? What is the phenomenon of craving? What is the solution? What does he advise every reader of the book? Doctor’s Opinion – The Problemstep1- Part 2 – Ps xi-xxii -recorded sun feb 12 2017

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Sundays -Year 1 – Ep. 3: Step 1 – Bill’s Story – Progression of His Alcoholism – Pages 1-5

Feb 19, 2017

Our co-founder tells his story. In these pages we can see the progression of his disease. How do you relate to how Bill thought, how he thought, and how he drank? Great description of the first step. bill’s story p 1-5 sunday feb 19 2017 STEP  1

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 4: Step 1 – Bill’s Story – Complete Defeat – Pages 5-8

Feb 26, 2017

Here is where Bill W. gets completely defeated and takes his first step. What was not the answer for Bill? What was he going to be catapulted into? What happened in November 1934 in his kitchen? What did Ebby Thatcher tell Bill he had found? BILL’S STORY P6-9 SUNDAY FEB26 2017  STEP1

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Wednesdays – Year 1 -Ep. 2: Step 4 – Resentment Inventory – Part 1 – How it Works – Pages 64-66

Mar 1, 2017

What are the manifestations of self? See the handout on self. What is the purpose of Step 4? What are you trying to face and be rid of? What is the number 1 offender? What needs to be straightened out first? What are the instructions for the first three columns of the resentment inventory? HOW…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 5: Steps 1- 2 – Bill’s Story – Ebby visits Bill – Pages 9-12

Mar 5, 2017

What did Ebby come to pass to Bill? What old ideas did Bill have to let go of? What did Ebby declare to Bill? What about Ebby changed Bill’s mind about God? What was the novel idea Ebby gave to Bill? What is required to make a beginning? BILL’S STORY P 9-12 SUNDAY MARCH 5…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 3: Step 4 – Resentment Inventory – Freedom from Anger – How it Works – Pages 66-7

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. Mike goes over the five paragraphs that changed his life! What is the key to your future? What do resentments lead to? What is an alcoholic’s hope? What does resentment lead to? What is required if we are to live? How do we escape and master resentment? What are the prayers used to be…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep 6: Bill’s Story – Bill W works the Steps – Steps 3-12 – P 12 -16

Mar 12, 2017

Here is where Bill W. surrenders, lets go of his old ideas, works the steps, and has a spiritual awakening. What does he choose and become willing to believe? What was promised to him by his friend Ebby? What is AA’s promise? What is required? What price has to be paid? BILL’S STORY P12-16 SUNDAY…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 4: Step 4: Review of purpose behind the big book and how it relates to step 4 – How it Works – Page 64

Mar 15, 2017

This was one of our first podcasts and we had a lot of newcomers, so Dr. Mike reviewed what we are trying to achieve and how does the Big Book help us do that? Excellent summary. Also finish resentment inventory Look at our mistakes HOW IT WORKS STEP 4 INVENTORY RESENTMENT P 64 WEDNESDAY MARCH…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 2: Step 10 – A daily reprieve and fit spiritual condition – Into Action – Page 85

Mar 18, 2017

What is required to be restored to sanity? What will cause us trouble? How do I get a daily reprieve? What vision must I carry every day? How can I exercise my will power properly?  INTO ACTION STEP 10 P 85 SATURDAY MARCH 11 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 7: Step 1 – There is a Solution – The Great News for Alcoholics – Page 17

Mar 19, 2017

sundayThe page that every newcomer needs to read and understand. What is our common peril? What is the cement that binds us? What are the two powers in Alcoholics Anonymous? Why do we need both? What is the great news? THERE IS A SOLUTION SUNDAY P17  MARCH 19 2017 STEPS 1- 12

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Sundays – Year 1- Ep. 8: Step 1 -There is a Solution- Loss of Control – Pages 17-19

Mar 26, 2017

Dr. Mike uses these pages to review what is the disease of alcoholism. How can an ex-problem drinker help the untreated alcoholic? How does a recovered alcoholic approach most effectively the untreated alcoholic? Problem and the disease. THERE IS A SOLUTION SUNDAY MARCH 26 2017 P 17-19 STEP 1

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 6: Step 4 – Fear Inventory – Freedom from Fear – How it Works – Pages 67-68

Mar 29, 2017

Why does someone have fear? On what basis is a better way of life? What are the requirements for a better way of life? What is my role in life? How can we match calamity with serenity? What do we let God demonstrate? How do we begin to outgrow fear? HOW IT WORKS STEP 4…

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Sundays – Year 1- Ep. 9: Step 1 -There is a solution – Loss of Choice in Drink – Pages 20-24

Apr 2, 2017

What is the purpose of the Big Book? What defines the real alcoholic? What is the riddle that cannot be answered? Where does our problem center? Loss of choice in drink. THERE IS A SOLUTION SUNDAY P20-24 STEP 1 APRIL 2 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 7: Step 4 – Fear Inventory – Is God everything or nothing? Second Step Proposition Exercise on Fear – Part 2

Apr 5, 2017

The second step proposition exercise looks at the proposition “Is God everything or nothing?” What is our choice to be? Discusses surrender, the ego, and how what I want doesn’t matter. It discusses what is involved in surrender in the third step. How does fear relate to our choice? See the handout in resources for…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 8: Step 4 – Fear Inventory -Second Step Proposition Exercise on fear Part 2

Apr 12, 2017

How is the choice, described on 53 of the Big Book, related to fear? What is the origin of fear? How does it get removed? What is the prayer used regarding fear? What action can you take to have a quick resource to examine any fears that you would have during the day? HANDOUT ON…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 9: Step 4 – Sex Inventory – How it Works – Pages 69-70

Apr 19, 2017

Dr. Mike reviews the specific instructions and questions regarding our conduct in the past. What do each of us try to shape? What do we ask God in meditation? How is this inventory related to the exact nature of our wrongs? HOW IT WORKS STEP4 SEX INVENTORY P 69-70  

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Sundays – Year 1- Ep. 12 – There is a Solution -The Spiritual Experience – Pages 28-29 and Pages 567-8

Apr 23, 2017

sWhat is the result of desperation? What do we get when we reach out? What has been given me? What have we learned? What should be described in our stories? What is the spiritual experience? What is necessary to have and what is a barrier against achieving this experience? SUNDAY THERE IS A SOLUTION P28-29…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 10: Step 4 – Promises and Results – How it Works – Pages 70-71

Apr 26, 2017

What do you begin to comprehend as a result of the Step 4 inventory? What have I begun to learn? What am I willing to straighten out? What am I convinced of? HOW IT WORKS STEP4 P70-1 WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 13: Step 1 – More about Alcoholism – What is the first step in recovery? What does it mean? Pages 30-33

Apr 30, 2017

Here we review the first step in Recovery. What does an alcoholic lose control over? What is the point of the “Man of 30”? What has an alcoholic lost choice over? SUNDAY MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM STEP 1 AND 2  P30-33  APRIL 30 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 11: Step 4 – Step 4 Instructions in the big book – How it Works – Pages 64-71

May 3, 2017

Dr. Mike goes over the specific instructions to inventory resentments, fears, and conduct to make it simple to do. Handouts on the site aid in taking this important step. STEP 4 SUMMARY REVIEW OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 4TH STEP WEDNESDAY MAY 3 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 14: Step 1 – More about Alcoholism – The Crux of the Alcoholics Problem – Pages 34-37

May 14, 2017

What makes our alcoholic problem hopeless? What have I lost power over? What is the crux of the problem? In Jim’s story, what did he fail to do? What is the insanity described in the Big Book? MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM STEP 1 AND 2 P34-37 SUNDAY MAY 14 2017

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Wednesdays – Year -1 -Ep.12: Step 5 – Relation between steps 4 and 5 – Into Action – Page 72

May 17, 2017

Dr. Mike begins the chapter which contains Steps 5 – 11. He reviews what has been accomplished to this point. How do Steps 4 and 5 relate in the Big Book? What does Step 5 actually say? INTO ACTION STEP 5 P 72  

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Saturdays – Year 1 Ep: 6 -Step 12 -Working With Others -Pages 91-92

May 20, 2017

Dr. Mike examines the 12th Step in detail. What are the three parts to Step 12? Why is working with others critical and what part does it play in recovery? How do we approach someone on the first visit?

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 7: Step 12 – Working with Others – Approaching the new man – Pages 91-2

May 20, 2017

Dr. Mike examines the 12th Step in detail. What are the three parts to Step 12? Why is working with others critical and what part does it play in recovery? How do we approach someone on the first visit? WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12 P91- 92 SATURDAY MAY 20 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 Ep. 15: Step 1 – More about Alcoholism – The Alcoholics Insanity and the solution for it – More About Alcoholism – Pages 37-43

May 21, 2017

We read about the jaywalker and Fred. What is the similarity between the jaywalker and an alcoholic? What is alcoholic insanity? Why is Fred’s story so powerful? What was the solution given to Fred? What is the conclusion of the first 43 pages and Dr’s Opinion? MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM P 37-43 SUNDAY MAY 21 2027

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 13: Step 5 – What step 5 is all about – Into Action – Pages 72-74

May 24, 2017

Dr. Mike looks at the 5th Step and how it relates to the 4th Step as written in the Big Book. Why is Step 5 necessary? What is my life’s story? What causes failure to complete the program? What is required? INTO ACTION STEP 5 P72-74 WEDNESDAY MAY24 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 8: Step 12 – Working With Others – Spiritual Principles – Pages 92-6

May 27, 2017

We study the instructions to complete the first visit with the new person. What is the problem we present? What is the solution? How do we discuss spiritual terms? What are the spiritual principles? WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12  P92-96 SATURDAY MAY 27 2017

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Sundays – Year-1 – Ep. 16: The 2 Choices and the Alcoholics Dilemma – lack of Power – We Agnostics – P. 44-5

May 28, 2017

We begin the study of this powerful spiritual chapter. These two pages describe: what is an alcoholic and what are the choices as a result. What is needed to conquer alcoholism? What is your dilemma and what is the main objective of the book? WE AGNOSTICS P 44-45 SUNDAY MAY 28 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep.14: Step 5 – Step 5 Results and Promises – Into Action – Pages 74-5

May 31, 2017

What are the results of step 5?   We look at the Step 5 promises. What do you consider after taking this step? What is the arch to freedom?step 5 INTO ACTION STEP 5 P74-5 WEDNESDAY MAY 31 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 9: Step 12 – Working With Others – What is My Recovery Based On – Pages 96-8

Jun 3, 2017

How do you use the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” in taking the 12th Step with someone? What is your recovery based on? What must be burned into everyone’s consciousness? What is the foundation stone of recovery? WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12 P 96 -98 SATURDAY JUNE 3 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 17: Taking Step 2 – What is Required – We Agnostics – P 45-7

Jun 4, 2017

What do we have to believe in the 2nd Step? What do we have to change our mind about? What is required to be on the broad highway with God? What is an agnostic? SUNDAY WE AGNOSTICS P 45-47 STEP 2 JUNE 4 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 15: Step 5 – Living on the Truth – The Steps We Took – Part 1

Jun 8, 2017

How do we improve on the truth? What is truth? What is the design for living described in our program? Why do we admit to God and another human being? What is the result? What is the exact nature of our wrongs?  Studying the steps we took by joe mcq who  started the joe and…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 10; Working With Others – Step 12 – Foundation Stone of Recovery – Pages 98-100

Jun 10, 2017

How do we approach domestic problems with the new person? What are the spiritual principles involved? What is my recovery dependent upon? What must I do every day? We read Page 100, paragraph 1 and look at its powerful message. WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12 P98 – 100 SATURDAY JUNE 9 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 18 – Coming to Believe – Step 2 – We Agnostics – Pages 47-52

Jun 11, 2017

We continue discussion of the 2nd step and how you come to believe, or are willing to believe, in a power greater than yourself. What are the arguments for believing in a such a power? WE AGNOSTICS P 47-52 SUNDAY JUNE 11 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 16: Step 5 – The Exact Nature of My Wrongs – The Steps We Took – Part 2

Jun 21, 2017

What is the design for life?  How does it relate to Step 5? What do you discuss in Step 5?  What is the origin of my wrongs?  How is this knowledge used to produce a personality change? THE STEPS WE TOOK CHPTER 5 STEP 5 P76-81 WEDNESDAY JUNE 14 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 11: Working With Others – Step 12 and Fit Spiritual Condition – Pages 100-103

Jun 24, 2017

The final three pages on directions emphasizes the spiritual status and purpose of our life. What is our role? What can we do? What attitudes should we carry to any situation? What do I have to do constantly? WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12 AND SPIRITUAL CONDITION P 100-103 SATURDAY  P 100-103

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 19: My Daily Choice and going from Belief to Faith – The bedevilments -Step 1- 2 – We agnostics – Pages 52-54

Jun 25, 2017

Powerful pages! What are the bedevilments? What idea works? What had we been worshipping? Did that work? What is our choice each day? When I became an alcoholic? How do we go from belief to faith? What is our choice to be? WE AGNOSTICS P52-54 SUNDAY JUNE 24 2017  

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 17: Step 5 – Freedom of the Bondage of Self – The Steps We Took – Part 3

Jun 28, 2017

What is my problem? How do I get free of a problem? What happens if I suppress my resentments, fears, harms? What is the immediate result of step 5? THE STEPS WE TOOK CHAPTER 5 STEP 5 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 12:The Alcoholic Tornado – To Wives – Pages 104-106

Jul 1, 2017

How does an alcoholic behavior look to the people closest to you? When they describe alcoholic destruction, you could ask yourself, did I behave like that? Did I cause those things? Can you see how you might have harmed people? What about the classification of the alcoholic? How does these pages tie into P. 82…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 20: Step 2 – Where is God and how do we find him? – We Agnostics – Pages 54-58

Jul 2, 2017

Where is god? How do we find god? What is required to establish the relationship? How do we stay close to god? How does he reveal himself to us? WE AGNOSTICS P54-58 SUNDAY JULY 1 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 5: Review of How to Live the Spiritual Life – Step 10 and Step 11 – Into Action – Pages 83-88

Jul 5, 2017

Dr. Mike ties the promises read at every meeting to the fellowship of the spirit. We review the instructions on how to be in conscious contact with God. What do we do each day? What is our vision? What is fit spiritual condition and how do we get there? INTO ACTION STEP 10 AND 11…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 10: Steps 1-12 – There is a Solution – The Problem Page 24 – The Solution Page 25

Jul 8, 2017

Dr mike in this podcast looks at p24-25. These two pages describe on one side the problem and the opposite page, the solution. What is my problem? What does it mean? What is involved in the solution? What is the great fact and the central fact for the people who wrote this book? What are…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 6: Step 11 – Improving my conscious contact with God – Into Action – P 86-8

Jul 9, 2017

Dr. Mike reviews p 86-88  in this podcast. These three pages  describe how we seek to improve our conscious contact with God and knowledge of his will for us. What do I review at night? How do I begin my day? What do I ask in meditation? What do I do when I am emotionally…

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Wednesday – Year 1 – Ep. 5: Step 4 – Fear and My Alcoholism – How it Works – Pages 67-68

Jul 12, 2017

How do resentments relate to fear? How is fear described in the Big Book? How is it classified? Why do I have it? How is fear and the spiritual malady related? Step 4 and how it relates to fear. HOW IT WORKS STEP 4 FEAR P67-8 WEDNESDAY MARCH 22 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 1: Step 10 – The Recovered Promises – Into Action – Pages 84-85

Jul 15, 2017

Dr. Mike reviews what the authors meant when they said they had recovered. What is required to be recovered from alcoholism? What are the recovered promises? These should be read at every meeting! How do you keep the promises going in your life? INTO ACTION STEP 10 P84-85 SATURDAY MARCH 11 2017

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Saturdays – Year – Ep. 7: Step 12 – Working With Others – Pages 89-90

Jul 16, 2017

Dr. Mike reviews what are the specific directions in working with a newcomer. What are the spiritual principles? What is a spiritual awakening and how is it manifested? How can you tell you have had one? How do you keep it? WORKING WITH OTHERS STEP 12 P89-90  SATURDAY  APRIL 29 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 11: Step 1 -12 – There is a Solution – Roland H and Dr. Jung – We are given the Solution – Pages 26-8

Jul 19, 2017

We look at who gave us the solution to our hopeless condition of mind and body. What is a chronic alcoholic mind? What did the Dr. say about the recovery from that condition? What is the vital spiritual experience described in Page 27? What happened to Roland Hazard and how does it relate to how…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 4: Step 11 – Nightly review and suggested prayers and meditation – Into Action – Pages 85-6

Jul 22, 2017

What is suggested in Step 11? What is required for prayer and meditation to be effective? When you retire at night, what do you review? How is this related to Step 4? What do we ask God every night? What is our primary purpose? INTO ACTION STEP 11 P85 – 86 SATURDAY MARCH 28 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep.I8: Steps 6-7 -The Steps of Change – Into action – Page 76

Jul 23, 2017

How do we change? How do we become willing ? How are these the steps of change? What do we practice to change? INTO ACTION STEP 6 AND 7 P 75 WEDNESDAY JUNE 28 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 21: AA History – The Hand of God and AA

Jul 28, 2017

What was the Oxford Group? How did it influence Bill W. and Dr. Bob? Who were the players put together by god so we would have the program of recovery? History behind the big book. RECORDED JULY 23 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 19: Into Action – Step 6 and 7 – Changing my personality

Jul 29, 2017

Joe mcq who started the joe and charlie big book study shares his insight into how these steps are the pinnacle of the AA program. How with God’s help we change our personalities ? What do I practice? Refer to the spiritual checklist which is found in the resources for recovery. THE STEPS WE TOOK…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 13: Step 12 -To Wives- Helping the Alcoholic – The Spiritual Principles – Pages 108-116

Jul 31, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcast looks at the spiritual principles contained in these pages. How do you help the alcoholic? Twelve step principles? How as an alcoholic do i affect others? How should someone help the alcoholic? TO WIVES SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES P 108 – 116 SATURDAY JULY 29 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 22: The How It Works Preamble – How it Works today and the original manuscript – AA History – How it Works – Page 58

Aug 2, 2017

Dr. Mike looks at these pages and also looks at the original manuscript of how it works in this podcast. What do they say about honesty? What were the changes made to original manuscript prior to publication? What is the it? HOW IT WORKS P 58 JULY 30 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 20: Step 6-7 – The Steps We Took – Part 1 – Process by which I change my thinking and then actions

Aug 4, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcasts looks at the steps that change us.How do we change? What do I have to do to change? What are my old ideas? How is letting go the key to change? Tremendous info in this reading THE STEPS WE CHANGE STEP 6 AND 7 CHAPTER 6 WEDNESDAY AUGUST  2 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 14: Step 12 -To Wives – Alcoholism and Relationships – Pages 116-121

Aug 7, 2017

In this podcast Dr. Mike discusses relationships and the spiritual principles to make them work . Howto work or relate to the alcoholic. Some excellent 12th step principles as well as principles for spiritual living. TO WIVES STEP 12 PAGES 116 -121 SATURDAY AUGUST 5 2017

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 23: The How It Works Preamble – How it Works – Pages 58-9

Aug 9, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcast looks at old ideas and dropping the rock, how is alcohol powerful, how is god defined .  What is the turning point? What is the suggestion of the authors?  Where is God found? HOW IT WORKS THE HOW IT WORKS PREAMBLE  58-59 SUNDAY AUG 6 2017

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Update from Dr. Mike

Aug 9, 2017

Update from Dr. Mike about the ETBB Podcast.

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 21: Steps 6-7 – The Steps We Took – Part 2 – Emotional Sobriety

Aug 11, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcast looks at steps 6 and 7. How do we use steps 6 and 7 every day to change our personalities? Excellent info on this pivotal step. W hat do I try to practice each day? How does this step produce emotional sobriety? THE STEPS WE TOOK STEP 6-7  WEDNESDAY AUGUST…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 15: The Family Afterward – Reconstructing Our Lives – Pages 122-9

Aug 15, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcast  looks at this chapter on family reconstruction and recovery. How do the steps help us in our relationships with family and the world? How does this chapter look at step 1 and step 12? How do we practice principles at home? THE FAMILY AFTERWARD STEP 1 AND STEP  12 P…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 24: The How it Works Preamble – The program of recovery – the 12 steps of AA- How it Works – Pages 58-9

Aug 18, 2017

Dr Mike outlines the steps and the powerful info read at every meeting in this podcast.The program of recovery. What is the turning point? How is alcohol powerful?  What are old ideas?  How does each step flow into the next step? Each step reviewed. HOW IT WORKS P59-60 AUGUST 13 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 22: Step 6 and Step 7 -The Steps We Took – Part 3 – The result of these steps

Aug 22, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcast continues the review of Steps 6 and 7 using the info and suggestions from Joe Mcq  . Why do i need to do these steps every day? What is the result of practicing these steps ? What is the result of not practicing these steps? What are character defects? How do…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 25: Step 3 – The Requirement and the root of our problem – How it Works – Pages 60-2

Aug 24, 2017

Dr. Mike covers the 3rd Step from How it Works in this podcast.  What is the first requirement for step 3? What makes up self will? How does it look to have a life run on self will? In resources of recovery on the site are handouts on self will,  gods will, arch to freedom.…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 23: Step 8 – Willingness to make amends – Into Action – Page 76

Aug 27, 2017

Dr. Mike reviews Step 8 from How it Works in his latest podcast. What is required for step 8? How do we get a harms list? Why have a step 8 and 9? How do we get willing? INTO ACTION STEP 8 P76 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 1: Step 4 – What is self will and how is it manifested – intro step 4 – How it Works – Pages 63-64

Aug 29, 2017

Dr. Mike begins his step 4 study in this podcast. What is self will? What are its manifestations? How does self will run riot relate to the decision in Step 3? What do you decide? What do you do? How is the inventory process in the Big Book similar to a business inventory SEE HANDOUT…

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Sundays – Ep. 2 – Step 1 – Doctor’s Opinion – The Problem – Pages XXV – XXIX -Part 1

Aug 30, 2017

In this podcast Dr.  Mike looks at the problem of alcoholism described by Dr. Silkworth. What does the Dr. say is the problem? what is the allergy to alcohol? what happens sober that we take the first drink? what is the solution? sunday drs opinion step1 pxxv-xxix recorded at home aug 28 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 16: The Family Afterword – Practice the Principles In All Our Affairs – Pages 129-35

Sep 1, 2017
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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 26: Step 3 – The decision in step 3 and the step 3 promises – How it Works – Pages 62-3

Sep 3, 2017

Dr Mike reviews these pages on the 3rd step in this podcast . what is the decision in step 3? what is the result? what is the arch we are building? Foundation of the arch? Cornerstone?  Who is our new employer? What is our contract with God? Handouts on arch to freedom, self will vs…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 17: To Employers – Covers the steps and spiritual principles

Sep 5, 2017

In this podcast Dr. Mike reviews this chapter written to help employers understand the alcoholic. Then they can deal in the best manner to provide support and help.. It also gives excellent tips on how to 12th step the alcoholic. There are also many spiritual principles discussed. What are the greatest enemies of the alcoholic?…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – EP. 24 – Step 9 – Fear of people will leave us – Into action – Pages 76-79

Sep 9, 2017

Dr. Mike in this podcasts looks at instructions for step 9. How do approach the person you hated? How did you harm them? What does amend mean? Do you have changed attitude when you get to step 9? How do you approach those whom you owe money? What about criminal offense? How do you use…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep 18: A Vision for You -Life with Alcohol versus Life in AA – Pages 151-3

Sep 13, 2017

Dr. Mike looks at the first 3 pages of this chapter. The authors describe how alcohol affects you in the beginning of our disease then contrasts it with the destruction and despair as we full prey it’s power. There is so much information in these few pages . The end is then contrasted with what…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 26: Step 3 – Step 3 Decision and Step 3 Promises – How it Works – Pages 62-3

Sep 15, 2017

What is the decision in step 3 ? why do I need to stop playing God? What is my new relationship with  God?  What are the 3rd step promises?  What is my contract with God? What are the changes as a result of this decision? HOW IT WORKS STEP3 P62-3 SUNDAY AUGUST 27 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 Ep. 19 : A Vision of You – AA History – Bill W in the lobby – God makes his move – Pages 153-5

Sep 17, 2017

We look at the turning point for all alcoholics! What happened to Bill W  in Akron Ohio in may 1935? It is an excellent description of the alcoholics thinking before the first drink. The hand of God reached out to all alcoholics in the lobby of the mayflower hotel. Every time I read these pages…

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Sundays – Year 1 Ep. 27: Step 3 – The Third Step Prayer and Intro Step 4 – How it Works – Pages 63-4

Sep 19, 2017

What is the 3rd step prayer ? What are we asking from God? What is the result? What is the bondage of self?  When do you do step4? What is the purpose of step 4? What happens if you don’t do step 4? HOW IT WORKS STEP 3  STEP4 P63-4 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 25: Step 9 – Freedom from shame and guilt – Into Action – Pages 80 – 83

Sep 21, 2017

This step is how we lose fear of people. We become willing thru prayer in step 8. If you are not willing to make a specific amend I suggest you redo your inventory of that person or institution. The pages we study give specific instructions on different situations and type of amends. What isn’t directly…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 26: Step 9 – The Step 9 Promises – Into Action – Page 83

Sep 23, 2017

These promises are read at almost all of the meetings in topeka usually off a card. There are promises throughout the big book.  Why are they on page 83? What actions have been taken so these promises come true? They are spiritual promises.We will look at the wording and what they mean. How do we…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 28: Step 4 – Why we do it and what do we do – How it Works – Page 64

Sep 25, 2017

:What is an inventory? How do they compare a business inventory to a moral inventory? What does moral inventory mean? Why do we do it?  If self defeated me what are the manifestations of self?  Please go to resources on site and find the handout on what makes up self and the handout on God’s…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep. 27 – Step 10 – We have entered the World of the Spirit – Into Action – Page 84

Sep 27, 2017

We have entered the world of the spirit . How do we stay there? What are the instructions for daily inventory? This is how you live each day to stay connected to God. What does WADAT stand for? INTO ACTION STEP 10 P84  WEDNESDAY SEPT 20 2017

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep. 20: Birth of AA Bill W meets Dr. Bob – A vision for you

Sep 29, 2017

These powerful pages describe the meeting of our two founders. What happened at their meeting? Dr  Bob has his last drink and finishes amends and AA is born. A VISION FOR YOU AA HISTORY P153-155 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16

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Sundays – Ep. 29 – Step 4 – Resentment Inventory – First 3 Columns – How it Works – Pages 64-65

Oct 1, 2017

In this episode the instructions on the resentment inventory are explained. The first three columns and the  examples on p65  are reviewed in detail. In order to understand the third column the handout on what makes up self is reviewed. This handout can be found on the site under resources for recovery. How it works…

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Wednesdays – yr 1 – Ep. 28: Step 10 – The Spiritual Axiom – 12and12 pages 90-91

Oct 4, 2017

From the 12 and 12 step 10 p 90 – 91. The problem is me whenever I am disturbed.  Is anger ever justified?  How do we get undisturbed? These pages have helped me so much. How do I practice spiritual exercises all day long?

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Saturdays – Year 1 Ep. 21: A vision for you – AA in the beginning

Oct 7, 2017

The founders go to AA number 3. The account of the interaction is so powerful all newcomers should read those pages.   Then  the beginning of AA and the spiritual principles that were used is reviewed. How does AA  that you participate in compare? Are you in  the spirit of the fellowship or the fellowship of…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep. 30: Step 4 – Freedom from Anger – How it Works – Pages 66-67

Oct 9, 2017

How do we get free of anger? They give us the specific directions on p66 – 67. We review them in detail .These pages are not emphasized enough in my opinion. They have changed my life! HOW IT WORKS P 66 – 67  SUNDAY OCT 1 2017

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Wednesdays -Year 1 – Ep 30: Step 10 – The steps we took – Part 1

Oct 21, 2017

How is step 10 a daily practice of steps 1-9. What is the purpose of step 10?  What does a spot check inventory accomplish?  Why is it important to stay in the moment? Where is God? The steps we took chapter 10 step 10 recorded wed oct 11 2017

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 29 – Step 10 – Recovered Promises – Fit Spiritual Condition – Into Action – Pages 84-5

Oct 21, 2017

What are the recovered promises? What is the result of a fit spiritual condition? What vision must I carry every day? What is the proper use of the will? How do you get a daily reprieve? INTO ACTION p 84 – 85  

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Saturdays – year 1 – Ep: 22 – A vision for you- Final instructions and hope – Pages 161-4

Oct 30, 2017

The authors end the first 164 pages with a powerful vision and hope for alcoholics . Who do we rely on? How do you find the fellowship you crave? God will disclose more to you provided you take what actions? What is the great fact for them? Is it true for you? Are you in…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep:31 – Step 4 – Resentment Inventory – Fourth column -See the truth – How it Works – P67

Nov 1, 2017

We review the instructions for the first 3 columns. How we get free of anger. How we change our attitude towards those with whom we were angry.  Practice of forgiveness. Then we look at the instructions for the fourth column on page 67.  How we look at our mistakes and see the exact nature of…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 31 – Step 10 -The Steps We Took – Part 2 – Staying in contact with God on a daily basis

Nov 3, 2017

Step 10 is how we continue to inventory daily to maintain contact with our higher power. We look at the information in this book by Joe Mcq on the instructions in this step. How we use the tools we learned in steps 4 – 9 to grow in understanding and effectiveness of the world of…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep: 23 -AA History- Beginning 10th time thru the big book – hx , first edition, covers, introduction

Nov 6, 2017

Last month marked the beginning of the tenth yr of experience the big book. Today I started the big book for the tenth time. I prepared some history behind the book, looked at first edition forward, table of contents, and first page. Looked at the four different covers and some general remarks regarding purpose behind…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep: 32 – Step 4 – Fear instructions – How it Works – Pages 66 – 67

Nov 8, 2017

Fear is the second manifestation of self that is inventoried in the fourth step on pages 66 – 67. These pages provide a powerful look at fear, it’s cause , and offer instructions on how to be free of fear. This information is reviewed in detail. These pages have changed my life .

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 32 – Step 10 – The Steps We Took – Part 3 – Continue personal inventory to maintain fit spiritual condition

Nov 10, 2017

Step 10 is the one day at a time step. Do I continue to use the spiritual tools of steps 4 –  9 on a daily basis?  I now have responsibility for how I react to life. Do I choose to continue to inventory with God every day?  Conscious contact or conscious separation, what is…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep: 24 – AA History – The Original Manuscript of the Book that started it all

Nov 14, 2017

Lois Wilson had the original manuscript that went to the printer in 1939.  It had the corrections penciled in and notations and comments written by bill and others. It is a powerful historical document and reflects the thinking of the authors and the thought that went into each word. It was auctioned in 2010 and…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 33 – Step 10 – The specific directions and musts for every alcoholic every day – Into Action – P 85

Nov 18, 2017

Look at pages 84 – 85 in into action that cover step 10. Review the importance of this step and how it relates to the other steps. Then look at p 85  and the powerful information presented. What must the alcoholic do each day? What must he carry into each day? I try to live…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep: 25 – AA History – Where did the big book come from and AA in the beginning

Nov 21, 2017

We look at the books used in the writing of this powerful spiritual work. The spiritual principles came from many sources which we review in detail. Then see how AA was in the beginning and how the founders worked with newcomers and how the fellowship came into being. A look at Dr Bob and the…

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep: 33 – Step 4 – Fear inventory – Second step proposition spiritual exercise on fear – part 1

Nov 23, 2017

The second step proposition exercise helps one look at fear and learn tools to be rid of fear. It is based on the  question asked in chapter to the agnostic is God everything or nothing? What is your choice to be?  If I choose God is nothing in any area of my life then I…

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 34 Special Thanksgiving Meeting

Nov 28, 2017

This meeting was the night before thanksgiving. Did something different . Hope you enjoy. Let me know at mhurwitz50@gmail.com.

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep : 26 – Step 1 – Drs. Opinion Part 1 – xxv – xxviii

Dec 1, 2017

We will spend the first episode on Drs. Opinion looking at the information provided om this chapter that gave the medical world and alcoholics information about their problem. Hope you find it helpful.

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Sundays – Year 1 – Ep: 34 – Step 4 – Fear Inventory – Second Step Proposition Spiritual Exercise on Fear – Part 2

Dec 4, 2017

Tonight we complete this spiritual exercise to enable us to be free of fear. There are specific instructions to recognize and use the fear prayer whenever fear crops up. These pages have given me tools to use that whenever fear crops up. I hope this will be helpful to you.

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Wednesdays – Year 1 – Ep: 35 – Step 11 – Improve Conscious with God – Nightly Review – Into Action – P 86

Dec 7, 2017

We look at the instructions for improving conscious contact with God. Suggestions for prayer and meditation are given. They talk about how one should look at prayer and meditation. Then they tell how we should do our nightly review and we look in detail at these suggestions. I have found this to be an essential…

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Saturdays – Year 1 – Ep 27- Step 1 – Drs. Opinion – Powerful paragraphs on the problem of alcoholism – xxviii-xxix

Dec 11, 2017

This chapter and in particular these pages changed the way we are seen by the medical profession. His ideas became accepted and  led to the disease concept of alcoholism. Everyone coming to AA needs to understand the implications in these pages . Do you think that is why the Drs. Opinion was chapter 1 in…

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