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In This Moment with Toby C - Toby C EPISODE 123, 18th June 2021
Power of the Open Heart
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Power of the Open Heart

  • Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God -- and in this sense it includes meditation.
  • Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.'s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity.

  • We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better.

  • His change of heart was dramatic, convincing, and moving.

  • At heart we had all been abnormally fearful.

  • Here was something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible.

  • True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.

  • Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions.

  • Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be.

  • If we would gain any real advantage in the use of this Step on problems other than alcohol, we shall need to make a brand new venture into open-mindedness.

  • The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.

  • If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)