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I’m an Episcopal (Anglican) priest in recovery from alcoholism since 1972. I've spent my career in addiction treatment focused on 12-Step spirituality and exploring the pioneer history of AA. In discovering the lost 11th Step practice of Two Way Prayer, my program underwent a life-changing transformation. As Bill Wilson said, “ something was lost from AA when we stopped emphasizing the morning meditation." My mission now is helping people in 12-Step Fellowships explore a deeper understanding of spiritual practice and how it connects us to the "Great Reality" within. -Fr. Bill W. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support

Father Bill W‪.‬ Father Bill W.

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 92 Ratings

I’m an Episcopal (Anglican) priest in recovery from alcoholism since 1972. I've spent my career in addiction treatment focused on 12-Step spirituality and exploring the pioneer history of AA. In discovering the lost 11th Step practice of Two Way Prayer, my program underwent a life-changing transformation. As Bill Wilson said, “ something was lost from AA when we stopped emphasizing the morning meditation." My mission now is helping people in 12-Step Fellowships explore a deeper understanding of spiritual practice and how it connects us to the "Great Reality" within. -Fr. Bill W. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support

    AA’s Pioneer Program: Purity? You Got to be Kidding!

    AA’s Pioneer Program: Purity? You Got to be Kidding!

    Matt D., Executive Director All Addicts Anonymous (AAA) discusses the original AA program focusing on the Four Absolutes of Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love. In this episode Matt and Father Bill explore the deeper meanings of PURITY. Of the Four Absolutes, it’s probably the least understood and the most feared and often discounted. It’s also the one that may prove the dangers of “half-measures.” The episode builds on an article from the AAA archives titled Frank Buchman’s Cure. It’s a short read available in the Show Notes.

    Show Notes:

    · Link to Frank Buchman’s Cure article

    · Link to a Wikipedia article on Frank Buchman

    · Twice Born Men by Harold Begbie pdf version

    · More Twice Born Men by Harold Begbie pdf version

    · Link to Professor Bernard McGinn's article on Sexuality and Mysticism

    Reference to Wilson putting the Four Absolutes in Steps Six and Seven:

    The Four Absolutes first appear in the work of Robert E. Speer, a Presbyterian missionary and scholar who studied the life and teachings of Jesus. Speer concluded that Jesus’ own life reflected a set of absolute moral standards that could effectively serve to guide us in determining the course and content of our thoughts, decisions, and actions. Speer grouped these moral guidelines under the headings of Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness and Love and they later formed the foundation of the Oxford Group program. When Bill Wilson was asked where the Absolutes could be found in his 12-Step formula, he replied, “I put them in Steps Six and Seven.”

    (Ernest Kurtz, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 242-43.)

    The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous / Translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher

    https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Unknowing-Book-Privy-Counsel/dp/1590306228/ref=sr_1_1?crid=AWW4CUA4O183&keywords=the+cloud+of+unknowing+translated+by+CArmen+Acevedo+Butcher&qid=1674503347&s=books&sprefix=the+cloud+of+unknowing+translated+by+carmen+acevedo+butcher%2Cstripbooks%2C114&sr=1-1

     Link to All Addicts Anonymous: alladdictsanonymous.org/

    Matt D. can be reached via email at: AllAddictsAnonymous@Gmail.com


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    AA's Pioneer Program: Connecting Honesty with Sanity

    AA's Pioneer Program: Connecting Honesty with Sanity

    Matt D., Executive Director All Addicts Anonymous (AAA) discusses the key building blocks of the original AA program. In this episode Matt and Father Bill begin an in-depth exploration of the Four Absolutes starting with HONESTY. The episode builds on Tom Power’s classic book Invitation to a Great Experiment along with Tom’s AA talk on “Sanity – the Heart of the Program.” It’s available in the Show Notes both in written and audio format. This is a Pioneer classic - not to be missed.

    Show Notes:

    Invitation to a Great Experiment by Tom Powers – see pages 10-22.

    § Sanity – the Heart of the Program by Tom P. (excerpts in written format)

    § Sanity – the Heart of the Program by Tom P. (full audio of Tom’s share known as the Blackstone Talk)

    Father Bill's podcast series on The Great Experiment

    Check out the All Addicts Anonymous website with meeting information here: https://alladdictsanonymous.org/

    You're welcome to download and share the TWP Workshop Video on twowayprayer.org  If this podcast has been helpful for you, consider sharing it with another you think would benefit or share support in the form of making a small donation
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    AA's Pioneer Program: The Akron Connection

    AA's Pioneer Program: The Akron Connection

    Matt D. from All Addicts Anonymous (AAA) leads listeners in this series exploring the early history of the AA program. In this episode Dr. Bob’s influence is discussed along with an introduction to the Four Absolutes that Bob and many of the Pioneers saw as the heart of the program and continued using in conjunction with the 12 Steps. (Fr. Bill had some audio issues in the first half of the recording, and we’ve attempted to edit these out where possible.  Matt’s sound is crystal clear and his message is important so please don’t miss this one.)

    Show Notes:

    A classic archive video of Dr. Bob’s Last Major Address to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1948.

    A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous – early AA publication from AA in Akron.

    Check out the All Addicts Anonymous website for meeting information. If you would like to contact Matt D., send him an email! AllAddictsAnonymous@gmail.com


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    A Jungian’s Guide to the 12-Step Journey: Steps 10 to 12 A God Guided Life

    A Jungian’s Guide to the 12-Step Journey: Steps 10 to 12 A God Guided Life

    Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist Dr. Ian McCabe concludes his journey through the 12 Steps from a Jungian perspective. This final episode focuses on the “Last Three Steps;” but rather than seeing these as “maintenance Steps” both Jungians and AA Pioneers might describe them as a formula for living life where the EGO aligns itself in service to the Self and follows its DIRECTIONS. It proves to be the “easier, softer Way.”

    Show Notes:

    Carl Jung and Alcoholics Anonymous by Ian McCabe

    Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger

    Jungian analyst John Sanford

    Answer to Job by Carl Jung – pdf version

    Transformation of the God-Image: An Elucidation of Jung's Answer to Job by Edward Edinger


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    A Jungian's Guide to the 12-Step Journey: Steps 4 to 9 The Great Clean-Up

    A Jungian's Guide to the 12-Step Journey: Steps 4 to 9 The Great Clean-Up

    Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist Dr. Ian McCabe continues leading listeners on a journey through the 12 Steps "from a Jungian perspective." Fully half of the 12 Steps are about “cleaning up” our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with the “Greater Personality” or as the Big Book calls it: the “Great Reality” within. Father Bill refers to these six Steps as the “CORRECTION PHASE” of the program and the discussion centers on facing and assimilating the Shadow part of ourselves.

    Show Notes:

    Carl Jung and Alcoholics Anonymous by Ian McCabe

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    A Jungian Guide to the 12 Step Journey: Steps 2 & 3 Entering Divine Therapy

    A Jungian Guide to the 12 Step Journey: Steps 2 & 3 Entering Divine Therapy

    Jungian analyst, clinical psychologist and student of AA history Dr. Ian McCabe and Father Bill W. take a deep dive into the insights a Jungian approach to Steps 2 and 3 might convey.

    Show Notes:

    Carl Jung and Alcoholics Anonymous by Ian McCabe

    For information on Bill Wilson’s experimentation with LDS see: Distilled Spirits -- Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk by Don Lattin. Here’s a brief outline:

    Distilled Spirits blends a religion reporter's memoir with the compelling stories of three men--Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Bill Wilson--who transformed the landscape of Western religion and spirituality in the twentieth century. Huxley, celebrated author of Brave New World, ignited a generation that chased utopian dreams and sought enlightenment through psychedelic drugs. Heard, an Anglo-Irish mystic, journeyed to California with Huxley in the 1930s to lay the foundations for the New Age and human potential movements. Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, joined forces with Huxley and Heard in the 1940s and 1950s, when Wilson began a series of little-known experiments to see if LSD could be used to help diehard drunks.

    Their life stories are gracefully brought together by veteran journalist Don Lattin. Lattin recounts his own rocky personal journey from 1960s and 1970s counter-culture, through the fast-living, cocaine-fueled 1980s and 1990s, to his long struggle to get sober. By weaving an intimate account of his own recovery with the lives of the book's three central characters, Lattin shows us the redemptive power of storytelling, the strength of fellowship, and the power of living more
    compassionately, one day at a time.


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Customer Reviews

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A fresh look at the steps

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