Bill W., co-founder of AA meets Father Ed who made a pilgrimage to talk with Bill

“For the depressed person, giving up old ways of thinking and acting is much like giving up any other addiction. At first letting go of the behavior makes us feel uncomfortable. The old behavior wants to cling on to our spirit like swamp mud hangs on to knee-high boots. Before your participation in Depressed Anonymous you would go home from work, get by yourself and ruminate on how bad you felt. The new behavior will help you think differently about yourself. You will find that the Higher Power, or the God of your understanding is not the same God that you might have met when you were young. When you were a child, you came to believe that first, God was watching you, ready to punish you if you were not perfect. You will begin to develop an adult new way of being related to God, as you understand God to be. With time, persistence and patience, you will gradually trust your life to this Higher Power. ”

RESOURCE: (C) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition.(2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY.

When Bill W., (co-founder of AA) had his spiritual awakening in the hospital room he tells us that “the room lit up with a great white light. It seemed to me, in the mind’s eye, that I was on a mountain and that a wind not of air but of spirit was blowing. And then it burst upon me that I was a free man. I lay on the bed, but now for the first time I was in another world, a new world of consciousness. All about me and through me there was a wonderful feeling of Presence, and I thought to myself, “So this is the God of the Preachers.!”


(As Bill Sees it. Pg.2 )

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