"When that spirit comes, we don't ever ask questions. If I don't understand, I just hold onto it. Then later down the road, maybe in a couple of years, I will understand what that spirit meant."

Wallace Black Elk  Lakota



With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their conception of a Power greater than themselves.

Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.

We find that no one need have difficulty with the spiritually of the program. Willingness, honesty and openmindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.

 Big Book  "Third Edition"  pgs. 569 & 570


I earnestly advice every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.

 Big Book  "Third Edition"  The Doctor's Opinion  pg. xxx


Great Spirit help me hold onto it when that spirit comes.