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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 • 60 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

    Steps Six & Seven: Aim for Perfection, Settle for Progress

    Steps Six & Seven: Aim for Perfection, Settle for Progress

    Fr. Bill and author Paul S. continue their discussion of Varieties of Religious Experience. This episode is focused on the multiple problems facing the "sick soul" especially Fear, Self-Loathing, and Chaotic Impulses. Called "the Steps that separate the men from the boys" (and the women from the girls) James says these things are in fact "removable."

    Show Notes:

    Paul’s book titled “We Agnostics: William James…” is available here: https://rb.gy/rpvnlr

    The original Varieties of Religious Experience is available free in pdf form. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621

    An excellent biography of William James is by Robert D. Richardson. His section covering James’ delivery of the lectures that formed the book VRE is helpful in putting James’ work in clear context. It’s available here: https://rb.gy/khpbf5

    To contact Paul, please write to me at: TwoWayPrayer@gmail.com I’ll pass your message along to him.


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    • 44 min
    Steps 4 & 5: Re-Joining the Human Race

    Steps 4 & 5: Re-Joining the Human Race

    Fr. Bill and William James author Paul S. continue their discussion. Pauls’ chapter on the 4th and 5th Steps is titled: Releasing a Dam of Tears and Finding Tender Mercy. The discussion centers around the “sick soul” diving deep into its sense of “rottenness” to discover a soul that was already there and just waiting for us to set free.

    Show Notes:

    Paul’s book titled “We Agnostics: William James…” is available here: https://rb.gy/rpvnlr 

    The original Varieties of Religious Experience is available free as a pdf: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621

    An excellent biography of William James is by Robert D. Richardson. His section covering James’ delivery of the lectures that formed the book VRE is helpful in putting James’ work in clear context. It’s available here: https://rb.gy/khpbf5

    Paul referenced Viktor Frankl’s book: Man’s Search for Meaning. Available as pdf: https://rb.gy/1byuop

    Here’s the passage Fr. Bill referenced from Wordsworth’s poem, Intimations of Immortality:

    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
    And cometh from afar:
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come
    From God, who is our home:
    Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
    Shades of the prison-house begin to close
    Upon the growing Boy,
    But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
    He sees it in his joy; (lines 58–70)

    Fr. Bill referenced Jung’s Answer to Job. Click here: https://rb.gy/desvhq 

    For a brilliant analysis of Jung’s Answer to Job: Edward Edinger’s Transformation of the God Image: https://www.amazon.com/Transformation-God-Image-Elucidation-Jungs-Answer/dp/0919123554/

    To contact Paul S. please write to me at TwoWayPrayer@gmail.com and I’ll pass your message along to him.




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    • 43 min
    A Jumping Off Place: Steps 2 and 3

    A Jumping Off Place: Steps 2 and 3

    Fr. Bill’s and William James author Paul S. continue the discussion. “Letting go” is the focus. Not working so hard, but actually working less as we discover the Great Reality has been there all along just waiting for us to open the door of our inner worlds. We often make the Steps so much harder than they need to be. Lighten up – and discover the light within.

    Show Notes:

    Paul’s book titled “We Agnostics: William James…” is available here: https://rb.gy/rpvnlr 

    The original Varieties of Religious Experience is available free in pdf form. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621

    An excellent biography of William James is by Robert D. Richardson. His section covering James’ delivery of the lectures that formed the book VRE is helpful in putting James’ work in clear context. It’s available here: https://rb.gy/khpbf5

    Here’s the 1935 cartoon I mentioned. A bit embarrassed to share this but the Kid in me appreciates my acknowledging his pain! Click here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6je1eIhbVvg

    To contact Paul, please write to me at: TwoWayPrayer@gmail.com I’ll pass your message along to him.


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    • 51 min
    AA and William James; Step One

    AA and William James; Step One

    Fr. Bill’s guest is Paul S., author of a new book on William James, known as the Father of American psychology and twice referenced in the Big Book. This episode explores the underlying feeling state of most addicts as we first discover the mystical elements of drugs and alcohol only to be thrown into the dark places, they ultimately lead us. Step One comes alive in the discussion and gives listeners a deeper appreciation of how the seeds of recovery are present within the pain. The series will examine James in reference to each of the 12-Steps.

    Paul’s new book Titled “We Agnostics: William James…” is available here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Agnostics-Psychology-Spiritual-Addiction-Venerated/dp/B09JRD6VX2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=46V4YIM5PRWM&keywords=we+agnostics+how+william+james&qid=1639860009&s=books&sprefix=we+agnostics%2Cstripbooks%2C90&sr=1-1/

    The original Varieties of Religious Experience is available free in pdf form: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621

    An excellent biography of William James is by Robert D. Richardson. His section covering James’ delivery of the lectures that formed the book VRE is helpful in putting James’ work in clear context. It’s available here: https://www.amazon.com/William-James-Maelstrom-American-Modernism/dp/0618919899

    Fr. Bill referenced a set of quotes from the Big Book related to HOPELESSNESS. If you would like a copy, please write to him at: TwoWayPrayer@gmail.com

    If this has been helpful to you, please like, subscribe, and share.

    To support Father Bill W. and Two Way Prayer with a donation, please visit: https://www.twowayprayer.org/donate-1


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    • 43 min
    Direction: It's More than Maintenance, Steps Ten to Twelve

    Direction: It's More than Maintenance, Steps Ten to Twelve

    This is the third and final episode of Fr. Bill’s 12-Step Workshop. The Steps are presented from the perspective of the Pioneer members of AA and the purpose of the series is to help Keep It Simple! This episode centers around the last three Steps: 10, 11, and 12. It sees them as the main area of focus for someone who has completed their Step work. But this is more than MAINTENANCE. It is receiving DIRECTION from our Higher Power and the Guidance we need for living our lives.

    If this has been helpful to you, please like, subscribe, and share.

    To support Father Bill W. and Two Way Prayer with a donation, please visit: https://www.twowayprayer.org/donate-1




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    • 40 min
    Correction: Removing the Barriers, Steps Four through Nine

    Correction: Removing the Barriers, Steps Four through Nine

    This is the second of Father Bill’s 12-Step Workshop. The Steps are presented from the perspective of the Pioneer members of AA and the hope of the series is to help us “Keep It Simple!” This episode focuses on how to remove the barriers existing between ourselves and God as well as between ourselves and others. Again, you'll see it's a whole lot easier than you may have thought!

    Show notes:

    A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and handouts that accompanied this original Zoom workshop (11.06.2021) are available by request through: TwoWayPrayer@gmail.com

    The Harry Tiebout article: Ego Factors in Surrender courtesy of Silkworth.net can be found here:  https://silkworth.net/alcoholics-anonymous/the-ego-factors-in-surrender-in-alcoholism/

    Be sure to subscribe for more recovery series and if this has been helpful for you along the way, we hope you will concider a small donation so we can continue to share this message with other recovery fellowships and their families. www.twowayprayer.org/donate-1  


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    • 39 min

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