Twelve promises
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AA alcoholic anonymous 12 promises big book step nine 9 tools

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The twelve promises associated with step nine are found in the Big Book of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, chapter 5 How It Works, from the last paragraph of page 83 through the second paragraph of page 84:

  • If we are painstaking about this phase of our development we will be amazed before we are half way through.
  • We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  • We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  • We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
  • No matter how far down the scale we have gone we will see how our experiences can benefit others.
  • That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
  • We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
  • Self-seeking will slip away.
  • Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
  • Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
  • We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
  • We will suddenly realise that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us: sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialise if we work for them.

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