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Old 12-15-2013, 07:17 AM   #1
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Default Step Four Study

The following was posted on four other sites, thought I would share it here, to go with the Step Four I just posted.

I copied each paragraph from the AA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions and shared my experience, strength, and hope.

It helped me to do it, and I hope it will help others if they struggle with the Step or if they get stuck, or refuse to start it because of fear.

I value your feed back and your own experience, strength, and hope from working this step in your life.

If you are not an alcoholic, substitute your addiction or any obsessive, compulsive disorder that is troubling you.

Step Four

"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."


Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings. If men and women didn't exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival. If they didn't reproduce, the earth wouldn't be populated. If there were no social instinct, if men cared nothing for the society of one another, there would be no society. So these desires--for the sex relation, for material and emotional security, and for companionship--are perfectly necessary and right, and surely God-given.

Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions. Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they drive us, dominate us, and insist upon ruling our lives. Our desires for sex, for material and emotional security, and for an important place in society often tyrannize us. When thus out of joint, man's natural desires cause him great trouble, practically all the trouble there is. No human being, however good, is exempt from these troubles. Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.

Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.

To be continued...
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