Some people, would rather make excuses why their not happy and why they have no pink cloud going on -- so, they'll try to subtract from the experience of those who do have it going on.
God gave us tools we can use -- to insure, that we're happy and comfortable -- while sober. I believe He also gave us tools so that we could make our own Pink Clouds naturally, while sober -- rather than turning to whiskey.
Didn't Bill write about feeling as though he was "walking hand in hand with his Creator?" Notice, he referenced "felt as though" = "feeling."
Also, he wrote of "feeling like" he had been "rocketed into the fourth dimension."
If you take a substance and place it in front of an alcoholic, and say "here, use this, or drink this, and you'll feel heavenly!" What do they do? They drink it or use it.
Or, send them to a doctor and the doc says "here, take this and you'll feel good!" They take it.
Now, tell the same alcoholic, "here, do this, take these actions -- and you'll feel heavenly!" they squawk about doing it and make excuses "why they can't and why you shouldn't."
The reason is not doubt. The reason is not a lack of understanding. Alcoholics don't understand why they get high when they drink.
The reason is: Sloth. Lack of discipline. Lack of effort. An unwillingness to "try it." Or... if they have "tried it" and they say "it didn't work for me" they won't discuss what "it was" or "how" they tried it. They want to avoid it.
I don't know why others drank -- I drank to feel good! In Chapter 11, of the Big Book, Bill writes a dialogue of asking "have you a sufficient substitute?" (Referring to alcohol). And, he goes on to write "Yes!"
Today, I have a "sufficient substitute." It's both -- the Fellowship and the Tools of Alcoholics Anonymous. When I'm with the Fellowship I can produce the "feel good" effect... and when I'm away from the Fellowship, I can produce the "feel good" effect.
The next time a grumpy old-timer warns you of Pink Clouds, just sing that old Rolling Stone's song to them "Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!"
And, enjoy those Pink Clouds! Better yet, learn how to create them while SOBER! That's what the tools are for!
Everything I was looking for in the bottle, and in other stuff, I've found in SOBRIETY. So, why would I want to go back to the bottle or other stuff?
Thank you for sharing! I love this topic! And, I love to feel good and feel happy -- while sober!