I endeavor to get my perspectives from a mix of hindsights, frontsights, and current sights.
I'm not sure about the original question -- so that's good enough reason for a guy like me to try to answer a question when I'm not sure what the question is.
The 12 Steps: Why?
As stated in the BB, and summarized by me, it was to "outline the actions that they were taking -- in regards to producing the transformation that took place inside them -- that helped them to remain sober."
Why was the words "Awakening" used?
Having had a "Spiritual Awakening"...
Having had a "Life changing experience"
Having had a "transformation in my personality"
Having had a "dramatic change in my outlook and understanding"
All seems to mean the same thing to me.
"Having had a change"
Spritiual = Life. Awakening = "change in state of being" Like sleeping vs awake. We are still alive when we are sleeping. The consciousness that seems to take place while sleeping -- most often, to me, seems like dreaming.
Kind of like alive -- living in a dream, verses, awakened to a new reality.
Bill was trying to codify a formula that others could follow -- like a recipe -- to produce the transformation that took place -- that assisted them to "change their personality" in such a way that they could recover from alcoholism.
Where did Bill get his information?
a. William James, "Varieties of Religious Experiences"
b. The Oxford Group's formula for "Conversion"
c. His own experience.
d. Peabody's "Common Sense of Drinking."
William James, studied and researched various radical religious sects -- to try and find out what they had in common -- and did in common -- to produce radical changes of personality -- that would radically change a persons behavior.
These studies were reduced down to a series of Lectures that were given in Edenburg -- and later condensed into a book "Varieties of Religious Experience."
James, wrote of "conversion experiences" and the Oxfor Group, wrote of "conversion experiences".
The idea in the 12 Steps -- is a series of certain specific actions -- to be taken, one after another, to produce a "conversion" in the personality -- spiritual awakening -- spiritual experience.
This is why on page 58, of the BB, it refers to them as "the Steps we took"... one after another, in one setting, to produce a change.
This was also precisely the Oxford Group's understanding.
At one select time, to follow this recipe, to produce a specific experience.
It helps to use baking a cake as an illustration:
6. Yeast, or a rising agent.
Mix it all together.
Put it in a predetermined temperature inside a heated oven.
Leave it for a certain time.
Take it out of the oven.
Let it cool.
Then, put the icing on it.
The result: Cake.
Now, can you imagine taking several months to bake the cake?
Sure. You'll have what you call "cake"... but it won't be the same cake that is cooked in a matter of a couple of hours.
The eggs will get rotten. The milk will sower. The flower will get crusty and hard... and after it bakes... yes, you can call it a cake... but it will be nothing like the cake that gets baked during a couple of hours of "steps, one after the other, to bake a cake."
Spiritual Awakenings -- Conversion -- the one's that William James and the Oxford Groups wrote about "took place within a short period of time" in a matter of "hours". This is what made them look "radical" and appeared as "miracles" of change.