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I’m an Episcopal priest in recovery from addiction since 1972. Still active in several 12-Step Fellowships, I have no desire to leave them, to create a substitute for them, or to change them in any way. Along with a small but growing group of Christians and spiritual seekers in recovery, we are focused on helping women and men discover the AA Pioneer’s lost practice of Two Way Prayer. It has brought many of us into a new, and often more intimate, relationship with God. We hope it may do the ...
 
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Father Bill shares his experiences finding and fostering successful partnerships with Two Way Prayer. While the morning prayer practice is basically an individual one, this simple set of guidelines can help you build a more effective and fruitful sharing relationship. Show Notes: · Suggested Guidelines for Prayer Partnerships here: https://static1.…
 
There is no set formula for doing a daily Quiet Time, but there are elements common to all. In this final episode, Fr. Bill shares some reflections on what the practice has meant to him over the past 28 years and reads a sample writing from his Two Way Prayer journal. Show Notes: Dick B.’s book Good Morning has been the primary guidebook for this s…
 
Bill Wilson wanted to keep AA from being too closely associated with the Oxford Group in the mind of the public. As a result, references to Quiet Time and Listening to God were present but made intentionally vague in the Big Book. Father Bill helps sort some of this out in this episode. It may help shed some new light on Step 11. --- Support this p…
 
Oxford Group members had no set formulas for their morning meditation or their prayer practices; but their focus was on finding and following the Guidance they needed and received from God. In this episode Fr. Bill reviews their approach to prayer and meditation with an eye toward using it to improve our 11th Step practice. Notes: To listen to a wo…
 
Oxford Group founder Frank Buchman committed himself to “changing the world,” one person at a time. Through watching his own experience and then experimenting with others to find what worked with them, he collected a set of spiritual principles and practices that Bill Wilson later formulated into the 12 Steps. In this episode, Fr. Bill explores som…
 
Early AA members listened each morning for God’s Voice. They experienced God guiding them through Two Way Prayer. In this episode, Fr. Bill briefly explores the history of listening to God and attempts to demystify the practice for members of today’s 12-Step fellowships. Notes: Books: A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly and Good Morning by D…
 
Many in AA and other 12-Step Fellowships have difficulties with religion and with the Bible. We see ourselves as "spiritual but not religious." In this episode, Fr. Bill shares his own struggles in this area as he focuses on the importance of bringing reading into our daily Quiet Times. Resources: · A good lecture by Dr. Marcus Borg on the problems…
 
This series explores Oxford Group and AA Pioneers prayer and meditation practices that formed the bedrock of their recovery. Father Bill uses Good Morning by Dick B. as a source book, quoting and commenting on how Quiet Time and Two Way Prayer were used and how they can transform your recovery today. Good Morning by Dick B.: https://www.amazon.com/…
 
Building on previous episodes in this series, Fr. Bill explores Carl Jung’s paradigm shift suggesting Christ as the archetype of the Self. Christianity holds Jesus to be both “Son of God” and “Son of Man” putting an end to dual consciousness and offering moderns a different way for understanding the Christian faith. See pdf of Chapter Five Ego and …
 
Between the literalism of many religionists and the emptiness of modern life lies another way. Connecting with the symbolic life brings needed energy and excitement to the 12-Step recovery journey. Fr. Bill continues Edinger’s book Ego and Archetype with Chapter Four: “The Search for Meaning.” The episode uses a gnostic poem The Hymn of the Pearl a…
 
Fr. Bill concludes Chapter Three in Edinger’s book Ego and Archetype. The episode focuses on staying connected to our Higher Self to find our meaning and purpose – especially when things aren’t going our way. (Again, a pdf version of Edinger’s book Ego and Archetype is in the show notes.) Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger, PhD: https://www.academ…
 
Fr. Bill explores Edinger’s Third Chapter titled: “Encounter with the Self.” He looks at how religion (or the program) can act as “middleman” between us and God. This can work, but at a price. The price is not growing into a more mature self. (Again, a pdf version of Edinger’s book Ego and Archetype is in the show notes.) Ego and Archetype by Edwar…
 
Hitting bottom always comes before recovery. The way UP first leads us DOWN. In this episode Fr. Bill explores some of the psychological and spiritual forces at work in discovering what many of us call “the gift of desperation.” In traditional religious language it’s called our time in the wilderness or the dark night of the soul. No pain no gain! …
 
Many addicts have a deep sense of “never fitting in” even before they started using addictive substances. This episode explores the inner-wounding to the vital connecting link between the ego and the Self. Father Bill explains why ACCEPTANCE proves so critical in recovery and how it helps repair the damaged link. (A pdf version of Edinger’s book Eg…
 
This series traces our physical and spiritual life-cycle from birth, to rebirth, to death. Building on the work of Jungian analyst Edward Edinger, Fr. Bill simplifies Edinger’s insights and applies them to 12-Step recovery. In this episode we explore the formation of the Ego and how human beings begin relating to the “Higher Power.” A pdf version o…
 
Drawing from Houston Smith’s classic The World’s Religions, Father Bill concludes the series focusing on six elements common to all religions: authority, ritual, speculation, tradition, God’s sovereignty, and mystery. These elements are also subject to abuse and these dangers are covered as well. Houston Smith’ World Religions: (pdf. Version) https…
 
Many in recovery find Buddhist philosophy and meditation a tremendous aid to their spiritual journey. Fr. Bill’s guest is Kevin G. a gifted Buddhist author and teacher in long term recovery from addiction. Kevin is the author One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. The Buddha’s enlightenment and Kevin’s simple teaching style have much …
 
Fr. Bill’s guest is Sinan K. from Istanbul, Turkey. Sinan was born and raised in the Muslim faith but could only find his recovery through AA. In Arabic, the word “Islam” means “surrender.” Realizing this connection opened the door to Step One and led him to a deeper practice of his faith where he explores the Sufi or mystical dimensions of his rel…
 
Fr. Bill shares his recovery story along with the understanding of the 12 Steps he discovered studying AA history. If you’re into following Dr. Bob’s advice to “keep it simple” this episode may be just what the Doctor ordered! Enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
Fr. Bill’s guest was born into the Hindu faith in India. A member of the Brahmin class, he studied his religion intently but could only find recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous 26 years ago. Now living in Dallas, Vasu still serves his community by bringing workshops and AA retreats to alcoholics in his native land. If you wish to contact Vasu, pl…
 
Fr. Bill’s guest has over 40 years in AA journeying from a Catholic kid in Philadelphia to an Orthodox Jew and stand-up comedian in Israel. Balancing tragedy and comedy, he works at the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem and takes great joy helping newcomers find both sobriety and fun in recovery. Here’s a link to his full AA story. https://www.youtube.…
 
Fr. Bill’s guest is Kim from Brisbane, Australia. Years ago, Kim first heard a “feminine inner voice” telling her it was “time to grow up and get sober!” Kim has done exactly that, but without the need for God or religion. Her spiritual journey to wholeness is still guided by that same inner voice of wisdom who now talks to her through Two Way Pray…
 
Fr. Bill’s guest is David A. a Roman Catholic physician with 25 years in AA recovery. David shares his faith journey as it moved from superficial to an experience of the supernatural. David is no stranger to tragedy, his mother having been killed by an intruder. Hear how David’s faith connection helped him heal from a meaningless, well defended lif…
 
Fr. Bill’s guest is Matt D., Director of All Addicts Anonymous. Discussion centers on Tom Powers who helped Bill Wilson write the 12&12 and other AA literature. Tom drew his faith from several religious traditions defining himself as a “religious mongrel” and damn proud of it! Please help future podcasts by taking a moment to answer a quick, eight-…
 
In this first episode, Fr. Bill explores the place of religion and spirituality in 12-Step recovery. He tells of his own conflicts and resolutions while setting the stage for future episodes that include interviews with fellow spiritual (and sometimes religious) travelers. The Shoemaker Article quoted can be download here: http://westbalto.a-1assoc…
 
In this concluding episode, Fr. Bill explores what it’s like to live in what the Big Book calls, “the fourth dimension of experience.” Please help us to create a more meaningful podcast by answering less than ten questions here or here: https://us13.list-manage.com/survey?u=7048cdd768a57ef52c31b7e29&id=a5f4ad7e7a --- Support this podcast: https://a…
 
The professor reflects on his in-depth study of psychic change. Father Bill joins this renowned scholar in a lively discussion of spirituality and science. Miller’s book is: Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives. Miller's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Change-Epiphanies-Insights-Transform/dp/1572305053 -…
 
This episode explores the lasting effects of a spiritual experience. It builds on the work of Quantum Change author Prof. William Miller and the experiences of Bill Wilson and the first 100 in AA. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
This episode examines the qualities of a spiritual experience. Building on the works of Professor William James, Fr. Bill explores Dr. William Miller’s nine traits of a “psychic change.” It’s really more fun than it sounds! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
In this episode Fr. Bill explores the Seven Elements of Spiritual Transformation laid out by Jungian psychologist Robert Moore. Keeping our intended destination foremost in mind helps us arrive at where we’re needing to go. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
Psychic change is the ultimate goal of the 12-Step recovery process. In this episode Father Bill examines the nature of these spiritual transformations while the series builds on Professor William Miller’s book “Quantum Change.” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
After Bill Wilson founded AA, he never stopped trying to help the alcoholics struggling with “the spiritual part” of the program. Fr. Bill traces Wilson’s later journey through some of its surprising twists and turns.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
Both AA Co-founders were members of the Oxford Group before they ever met, but neither was experiencing much “success.” Fr. Bill explores Wilson’s first six months in recovery and traces the providential events that led to his meeting with Dr. Bob in Akron, Ohio. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support…
 
After Wilson came down from his mountaintop experience, he set out to unlock the mystery of why "it" had worked for him and how "it" might work for others. Fr. Bill explores Wilson's being led out from his cave and being charged with bringing "hope to the hopeless." --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support…
 
Wilson finally cries out for help to a God he isn’t sure is there. Then, like his grandfather, he undergoes his famous “white light,” mountaintop experience. Fr. Bill examines Wilson’s “psychic change” in light of William James’ classic description of a “conversion experience.” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support…
 
Several “mini-white light” experiences preceded Wilson’s famous “hot-flash” in Towns Hospital. Largely unknown to most in recovery, Fr. Bill shares Wilson’s spiritual encounters within the broader context of Bill’s spiritual journey. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
Fr. Bill explores the effects of Bill Wilson’s childhood traumas on his early life. Wilson’s autobiography provides insights into his developing alcoholism. The myth of Icarus serves as a psychological model. Links for this episode: Father Bill W.'s Autobiography: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-First-Years-Autobiography-Co-founder/dp/1592853641 Ego an…
 
Bill Wilson grew up in a dysfunctional family. His childhood traumas compounded his depressions and contributed to his alcoholism. Fr. Bill explores Wilson’s early years sharing stories from Wilson’s little known autobiography. Find the book here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support…
 
Father Bill gives a brief overview of Jung's contributions to AA and to the spiritual journey we call recovery. He references Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fatherbillw/support
 
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