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Chapter 6C: Best by Test!

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From Oral to Written Tradition

Chapter 6A: Looking for Power in all the Wrong Places (Steps 1-3)

Chapter 6B: Transmuting Emotions into Usable Power (Steps 4-9)

Chapter 6C: Neutralizing Power (Steps 10 & 11)
Given a perceived absence of Power in Choice—and the difficulties in just looking for More Power, and the limitations of Transmuting (perpetually occurring) Emotions into Usable Power—the Stepper comes to understand that a more powerful opponent can best be defeated by separating it from its Power source, by Neutralizing Power. In a final act of perception, they see that their alcoholism was powered, not by craving, but by their own opposing to desires to drink and not drink—the War within Self. This is the ultimate act of Self-Knowledge: to know that they are their alcoholism, they have always been their alcoholism, they have always had the freedom to choose in drink—Batteries not Required.

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From Written to Oral Tradition
In the New Founders Movement the Twelfth Step is not really a Step at all, but a description of what a “spiritually awakened” person would talk like, act like. Although we can’t be sure what Steppers mean by “Spiritually,” we know what it means “To be Awake,” to have “The Law Written into our Hearts”: it is absolute, unconditional freedom from alcohol—and from Alcoholics Anonymous.

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“There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.” Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

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…7.49 The primary purpose of Self-Examination is not to rid ourselves of emotional disturbances or character defects. The primary purpose of Self-Examination is to learn to transmute the energy of simple emotions into a usable power that is always available and never dissipates.

Self-examination approached in this manner neutralizes the Mental Obsession.

7.48 The primary purpose of Prayer is not to greedily seek Knowledge of God’s Will for us and the Power to carry it out. The primary purpose of Prayer is to expose the discontinuity of human will and the paradoxical force with which the momentum of past choices persist.

Prayer approached in this manner neutralizes the Phenomenon of Craving.

 7.49 The primary purpose of Meditation is not to become self-indulgently calm or reach a higher level of awareness. The primary purpose of Meditation is to expose our lack of immediate, continual self-consciousness and the paradoxical ferocity with which distorting echoes of that consciousness persist.

Meditation approached in this manner neutralizes the Mental Blank Spot…

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