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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 • 71 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

    Two Way Prayer Sampler: Sid K.’s Story

    Two Way Prayer Sampler: Sid K.’s Story

    This is the first of several planned interviews with women and men in recovery sharing their experience with Two Way Prayer. Sid found recovery at age 18 and became a bit of a “12 Step Fundamentalist” prior to digging into AA history where he discovered the Pioneer Program and underwent a much deeper spiritual awakening. It appears the future of recovery is in good hands with some of our younger members.

    Show Notes: If you’d like to share or reach out to Sid, please write him at: AAHistoryNerd@Gmail.com

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

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    • 57 min
    Inner Gold: Finding Those Streets Paved in Gold

    Inner Gold: Finding Those Streets Paved in Gold

    Father Bill completes this deep dive into Robert Johnson’s Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection. This episode examines the search for the “Heavenly Jerusalem.” That’s the Christian symbol for the wholeness we all seek. Johnson warns of the danger in approaching this search “literally” rather than symbolically or ceremonially. He also congratulates and affirms all of us addicts who were, in essence, truly seeking wholeness but going about it in wrong and deeply destructive ways. In the end, spirituality proves to be “the easier, softer way.”

    Show Notes:

    Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Johnson. https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Gold-Understanding-Psychological-Projection/dp/1630514632

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

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    • 38 min
    Inner Gold: Going to Hell in Search of Gold

    Inner Gold: Going to Hell in Search of Gold

    Father Bill continues a deep dive into Robert Johnson’s Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection. This episode examines the love story told by Dante in his Divine Comedy. The vision of his beloved but elusive Beatrice captivates him and marks him for life. Holding on to the vision while learning to “live life on life’s terms” sends him on a journey to hell and back. It’s a story and a journey we can all relate to and one that Robert Johnson tells so very well.

    Show Notes:

    Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Johnson. https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Gold-Understanding-Psychological-Projection/dp/1630514632

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

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    • 28 min
    Inner Gold: Loneliness in Recovery

    Inner Gold: Loneliness in Recovery

    Father Bill continues a deep dive into Robert Johnson’s Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection. This episode examines loneliness from three perspectives: Loneliness for the PAST, the Loneliness for WHAT IS NOT YET, and the Loneliness of BEING CLOSE TO GOD. As the Big Book says, we addicts will “know loneliness such as few do.” Johnson points us to the only solution for loneliness: SOLITUDE!

    Show Notes:

    Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Johnson. https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Gold-Understanding-Psychological-Projection/dp/1630514632

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

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    • 51 min
    Inner Gold: God Is Out of the Box

    Inner Gold: God Is Out of the Box

    Father Bill continues a deep dive into Robert Johnson’s Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection. This episode examines our relationship with God in the modern era. The rules that used to apply no longer work and a new solution has not yet arrived. Bill Wilson learned some of the lessons discussed as he dealt with his depression after many years sober. A link to his article is in the Show Notes.

    Show Notes:

    Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Johnson. https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Gold-Understanding-Psychological-Projection/dp/1630514632

    Three Faces of Love – A YouTube talk by Robert A. Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR9na8rbrHI

    Emotional Sobriety by Bill Wilson (1953) https://www.e-aa.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16330

    Image of a priest holding a monstrance: https://rb.gy/gwbztu

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    • 37 min
    Inner Gold: Finding Our Real Worth

    Inner Gold: Finding Our Real Worth

    Often we project onto others the things we are not ready or willing to see in ourselves. Father Bill uses Robert Johnson’s book Inner Gold to explore how projection works in recovery. Johnson is a gifted teacher sharing insights and stories to help readers recover the gold that lies hidden inside us all. Join the expedition and stake a claim to your treasure!

    Show Notes:

    Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Johnson.

    https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Gold-Understanding-Psychological-Projection/dp/1630514632

    A New Pair of Glasses by Chuck C. This little book is an AA classic and belongs in every recovery library.

    https://www.amazon.com/New-Pair-Glasses-Chuck-Chamberlain/dp/B001GROGCO

    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This book has helped many find the key to meaning and purpose in recovery.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/080701429X

    Rites of Passage. Most every primitive and tribal culture developed Rites of Passage to initiate young boys as they moved into manhood.

    See a general description here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rite_of_passage

    See Richard Rohr’s book on the subject here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Man-Wise-Reflections-Spirituality/dp/0867167408/ref=asc_df_0867167408/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312407247347&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3376962776403465728&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028223&hvtargid=pla-531049239301&psc=1


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

SFJ iTunes ,

Best sobriety podcast out there

Spend as much time as you can with Father Bill W—you will not regret it.

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Life-Altering

Two-way prayer opened my spirit to peace, gratitude, and surprising happiness. What a great way to start the new year of 2022!

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Not just for addicts!!

For anyone who is not living a happy and purposeful life. Thank you father Bill W!

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