What are the 'Principles'?

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What are the 'Principles'?

Postby DebbieV » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:56 pm

I recently went on an Internet quest for the answer to the question: what are the Principles of AA, exactly? I had a pretty good educated guess, but no set answer.
The Internet quest didn't help much....there seem to be as many answers to the question as there are web sites.
I am going to chair a meeting tonight, and I plan on that for a topic, just to get them thinking, and see what they come up with......and maybe learn in the process. :wink:
So my question to you guys are what are the Principles of AA to you? other than the steps and traditions.


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Postby carol1017 » Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:40 pm

I found this a while back on a site called Barefoot's World, and they are the same as what my sponsor taught me. There are some variations, for example substitution of Surrender for Honesty in Step 1, but for the most part, this seems accurate. There doesn't seem to be any known origin for these lists, but I know it really helped me to understand the purpose of the step when I understood the principle behind it.

The AA Principles and Virtues

Step 1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.

Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Brotherly Love
Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, especially alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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Postby Dallas » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:46 am

Hey Carol,

Thanks for sharing this. There is a lot of really good info on Barefoot's site.


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