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There is nothing to Teach in AA

I was privileged to listen to an esteemed old timer recently. I was struck by the emotionally charged sharing and found lots of value in his sharing. He sounded much like my first (and only) late sponsor. Really glad to her him share. 

My childhood memories

Reminds me of my childhood home next to the sewer that ran into the sea in Versova, then a fishing village, near Bombay.

JS at the Sr Citizen Open Air Gym



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JS at Sr Citizen Open Air Gym

JS at Sr Citizen Open Air Gym

Making a base for the future

I am getting on in age. It is pointless living as if there were endless years ahead.

The Poison of Organisations

Long ago, when I was all of 30-32, the then fledgeling RSS Bangalore approached me to join, saying I’d be made a member of the organising committee. I said NO then. I’ll say NO now. My ‘reasons’ are below, but they’re based on AA’s Traditions!

The frustration of Step Sponsoring

A long time ago, I decided I will not be available for individual sponsoring, step 5 or 8-9 advise. I think it's time I desisted from 'engaging' with Organisers too. It's simply not worth my effort or time.

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How to be persistent

The fact is, most of us get into action in fits and starts. Often enough, once a "short" break is taken, it turns into a long - and sometimes, permanent - break!

What is the trick that those few people use to be persistent? Does it mean they don't take breaks? Or is there something else at play?

Find out what I discovered.

The Curse of Unmanageability

"Your Life is Unmanageable," my Sponsor said to me. First, I ridiculed him. I asked, "managing 5 companies at the same time and you say my life is 'unmanageable'?" "My bank balance is handsome and you say my life is unmanageable?" "Are you out of your mind?" I asked.


That Feeling of Emptiness

Alkys and Addicts, like Co-Dependents, are very familiar with that feeling of emptiness. Obviously, not all can actually recognize it, let alone see it as a major issue in their lives.

As I came into the fellowship and attended my first full week of meetings, I was quite elated and fired up. I had found the root cause of my alcohol addiction. And better still, I thought I knew the way out.

But as weeks passed into months, not only did that excitement vanish, but I started to become bored with 'the same old stuff' being regurgitated endlessly.


What is Sponsoring?

In the fellowship, sponsoring is promoted as a way not only of helping others still struggling with the programme but also as a way to advance one's own recovery. This is not a new concept. The various roles of supporting others, known by different names around the world, have been around ever since the advent of civilisation.

However, in the fellowship, it has degenerated into a turf protection political game.

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The 12 Step Workshop

The 12-Step Workshop - or SWS for short is the entry-level programme for people to work the 12-steps of AA. Coached by AAs, for AAs and of AAs, the SWS is a 3-day programme.


The Promises Workshop, or PWS for short, is for people who've maintained long-term sobriety and have completed doing at least two SWSs. They need to have also actually worked all the 12 Steps in their entirety.

Train the Trainer

WSLB believes in the AA tradition of "give it away to keep it". Hence a Train the Trainer (T3WS) Course.