This website is a work in progress at the moment.  We are hoping you will find it helpful in deciding if you want to join us in the workshop, on line or in person, beinginning in the Fall of 2020.  Bob Pajer, BA in Psychology, National Institure of Public Affairs,

Fellow,  Ford Foundation Fellow, Fellow, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washing, and Ann Marie Stanley, BA and Lecturer

Are you puzzled by thoughts of new or repeated thoughts of resentment or un-forgiveness. Do you wonder why it’s seems so difficult to get over the anger toward someone, a stranger or someone you are really close to?  Have you ever wondered just why to can’t stay in the moment, where you could see happiness; why the past seems so enticing, anger seems so justified at the moment, why the future is at times so bleak?

The reason for these problems for us is we are jusitifying our past to frame a future of the unknown that came seem quite scarry.  And if you just might be doing this right in the middle of your sobriety, or perhaps even a meeting you find it almost impossible to stop.  Like drinking, an important way.  Why do we ever rob ourselves of peace now buy fantizing about a past?  To make us dred the futhre, which is the ego’s major goal.  and believe me it knows exactly how to do this, pitifally, cunningly, and masterfully — but only if we let it.  Justifying one ownce of anger, turning to a resentment, robs us off all serenity.  Those in recover cannot stay there with on-going resentments, or un-forgiving thoughts.  It is why the Big Book tells us clearly, resentments are the number one issue of alcoholics in sobriety.  And it is in sobriety we take the first drink.

Do you wonder why forgivness seems to not work at times — after you have forgiven what you think is the problem with a person, institution or situation?  Do you think forgiveness doesn’t “work?”  Or, is there hope in the Steps to lead you straight on to their major acccomplishment in us:  forgiveness of our dark past in God’s hands.  As Jesus says in response to his disciples regarding this quesiton:  “Forgive seven times seventy.”  What does he mean?

This is a workshop for members of Alcholics Anonymous, practicing or beginning the practice of the Twelve Steps of recovery.  Its goal is learning how to achieve “conscious contact with the God” through the God of our understanding.  While the goal will put a smile on your face, a quickend gate in your walk, eyes that twinkle with joy — the goal of this workshop is clearly to demonstrate these natural affects of the Steps — you will see very clearly the primary goal will be to “bear witness to God’s love, and way of live.” Something we all share in recovery and find all we can do with these great gifts is to give them away.  When you finally learn how to give over and over you will find love and the conscious contact and understanding of God you are seeking.

 

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