Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery

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ABC’s, 95, 147, 153
Abraham, 170, 171, 176
acceptance, 26, 29, 76–79, 202–5
   and expectations, 205–11
   and understanding, 211–13
   See also Serenity Prayer
acedia, 119
addiction, 63, 145, 165, 166, 198
admitting, 72, 138, 153, 182, 218 
    See also confession, honesty
adversity/difficulty, 196, 201, 202,
   205, 215
aesthetic sense, 145
Age of Reason, 99
agnostic, 116–19, 126, 167, 182
Akron, 69, 115, 130
allergy, 80, 93, 95, 146, 152, 153
ambition, 4, 5, 28, 38, 130, 135
amends, 15, 17, 18, 30, 33, 124,
   160, 163, 168
   See also restitution
anger, 29, 35, 47, 53, 57, 62, 168
anonymity, 37, 38, 40, 41
anthropic principle, 109–10
Aquinas, Thomas, 26, 179, 180
Aristotle, 26
atheist, 99–116
atom, 106, 107
attitude, 32–33, 40, 48, 49, 51, 57,
   116, 121, 135, 136, 147, 157,
   163, 168, 175, 189
   See also disposition
attraction/promotion, 37, 39, 177
autonomy/independence, 164,
   165, 166, 180, 181
Bacon, Francis, 121
believer, 122, 124–25, 167, 182
Bible, 109, 111, 112, 121, 132, 170
Big Bang, 108–9


Bill W., 33, 34, 49, 58, 69, 70, 76,
   84, 102, 118, 140, 143, 156, 159,
   163, 177, 205, 208
Brahe, Tycho, 105
brain, 44, 45, 121, 152, 154
Buddhism, 108
causality, law of, 108
change, 4, 18, 24, 32, 49, 63, 79,
   95, 97, 100, 118, 151, 163, 194,
   196, 198, 199
   See also Serenity Prayer
character, 11, 12, 13, 18, 24, 25, 27,
   30, 42, 46, 47, 57, 97, 102
   and emotions, 52–55
   defects of, 14, 19, 60, 63, 114,
   127, 161, 168, 180, 183, 212
    See also morality, virtues
Chesterton, G. K., 145
choice, 14, 23, 27, 71, 77, 78, 166
Christianity, 14, 86, 100, 104, 108,
   109, 122
church, 76, 98, 100, 102, 123, 124,
   129, 131, 132, 158, 171, 179
Cleveland group, 130
clinical, 96, 144
Collins, Francis S., 103, 105, 110
commitment, 13, 17, 112, 116, 118
community, 28, 29, 40, 41
compassion, 29, 52, 55, 58, 64, 213
complacency, 5, 181, 204, 209
compulsion, 10, 78, 166, 202
conceit, 77, 92
confession, 15, 17, 20, 21, 29, 73 
   See also admitting
conflict, 101, 103, 104, 105, 117,
   126, 130, 133, 139, 154, 177
conscience, 17, 72, 116, 145
   group conscience, 37, 38, 41
considerate, 26, 204

 
control, 14, 38, 60, 62, 72, 75, 77,
   80, 95, 101, 112, 133, 183, 215
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 105
courage. See Serenity Prayer
courtesy, 26
cowardice, 127
Darwin, Charles, 102, 103
deceit, 113
defiance, 32, 33, 123, 147, 181
deist, 99, 171
demands, 118, 123, 208, 209
denial, 73, 75, 177, 209
   of spiritual reality, 91–92
   psychology of, 101, 113
dependence, 60, 63, 208
   right dependence, 164–66
depression, 51, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61,
   62, 101, 196, 204
Descartes, René, 105
Desert Fathers, 131
desire, 10, 25, 27, 51, 60, 62, 85,
   119, 156, 166
despair, 57, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 162
detachment, 46, 204
Diderot, Denis, 99
dignity, 82, 83
disciplines
   in Steps, list of, 13
   in Traditions, list of, 37
   spiritual and moral, 13–14
discord, 154, 195, 215
discouragement, 5, 207, 208
discretion, 26
disease. See allergy, obsession,
   spiritual disease, threefold
   disease
disposition, 22, 24, 25, 28, 32, 46,
   47, 58, 62, 86, 114, 155, 165,
   169, 173, 181, 185, 196
   See also attitude
dissatisfaction, 56, 57, 158
DNA, 110
dogma, 107, 130, 175, 177, 179
Dostoevsky, Fyodor, 100, 115
doubt, 161, 169


Dr. Bob, 70, 84, 115
duplicity, 74, 137
Ebby T., 49, 69, 139
ego, 41, 57, 70, 75, 76, 80, 86, 145,
   157, 162, 181, 216, 217
Einstein, Albert, 105, 106, 108,
   109, 111, 144
elation, 62
electron, 106, 107
Emerson Fosdick, Harry, 102
emotional bottom, 79
emotional sobriety, 4, 6, 8, 20, 36,
   42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 56, 58–65, 98
   See also spiritual awakening
emotions
   and character, 52–55
   formation of, 48–51, 86
   spiritually understood, 43–47
   See also motivation, outlook
emotion-virtues, 55–58
endurance, 201, 202
Enlightenment, 99
envy, 35, 57, 157
evolution, 44, 46, 100, 103
ex-believer, 119–24
excess, 22, 26, 27, 57, 58, 72
excitement, 198, 211
Existentialism, 114
expectations, 31, 61
   and disapppointments, 205–11
experiment
   and experience, 97, 98, 139, 186
failure, 6, 34, 35, 54, 61, 91, 92, 97,
   115, 134, 171, 205, 209, 210
faith, 29, 41, 64, 92, 97, 105, 109,
   123, 126, 133, 147, 186–88
   and reason, 101, 104, 106, 112,
      114, 116, 127, 139
      See also trust
Father Dowling, 130
fear, 15, 29, 31, 34, 35, 51, 54, 147,
   168, 170, 191, 195, 198
feelings, 10, 30, 46, 55, 58, 61, 76,
   166, 169, 196, 204
   See also emotions


fellowship, 16, 85, 94, 192
Fellowship, the, 10, 28, 29, 36, 38,
   40, 76, 84, 130, 172, 175
Feuerbach, Ludwig, 100
First Things First, 9, 12, 70, 93
flaws. See character, defects of
Flew, Antony, 112, 182
forgiveness, 29, 34
fortitude, 26, 27, 201, 204
frankness, 26
fraud, 74
freedom, 19, 46, 62, 78, 84, 91,
   162, 164, 166, 169, 205
Freud, Sigmund, 101, 102
frustration, 62, 205, 206, 208
Galilei, Galileo, 105
generosity, 25, 24–25, 27, 29, 40,
   41, 64, 175
Genesis, 82, 108, 113, 155, 156,
   162, 164, 182
gentleness, 20
gifts/blessings, 42, 56, 57, 63, 176
Gloucester, 171
gluons, 107, 108
gluttony, 35
good and evil, 19, 22, 57, 96, 113,
   123, 126, 171
goodness, 54, 147, 171, 183
goodwill, 175
grace, 4, 6, 11, 29, 33, 36, 56, 77
grandiosity, 62
Grapevine, 58, 60, 65, 193, 203
gratitude, 26, 29, 55–58
Greece (ancient), 28, 108
greed, 35, 57
group conscience, 172
growth, 21, 29, 31, 39, 46, 47, 60,
   64, 73, 86, 93, 179, 206
grudge list, 53, 57
guilt, 15, 25, 196, 207
habit, 17, 19, 22, 24, 29, 32, 53, 55,
   56, 58, 62, 63, 65, 144, 151, 195
happiness, 19, 23, 65, 156
harmony, 26, 30, 41, 156, 161, 195 
   See also serenity, peace


healing, 15, 16, 17, 98, 114, 115,
   123, 125, 129, 144, 145, 177, 180
heart, 37, 50, 58, 93, 97, 113, 114,
   116, 133, 138, 142, 143, 162,
   167, 176, 189, 204, 213
Heisenberg, Werner, 111
help
   getting, 15, 27, 32, 73, 75, 85,
      116, 118, 119, 131, 154, 162
   giving, 16, 19, 25, 54, 126, 137,
      179, 180, 202, 206, 207, 213
helplessness, 72, 73, 121
Henley, Ernest, 142
Higher Power, 27, 69, 77, 137, 138,
   162, 166, 174, 176, 181, 202
Hinduism, 108
hitting bottom, 81, 118
   See also surrender
home group, 6, 160
honesty, 3, 26, 29, 73–75, 92
hope, 6, 29, 55, 76, 91, 131, 134,
   138, 139, 147, 148, 154, 179, 209
housecleaning, 19, 54, 73, 215, 218
HOW, 20
human, 23, 30, 31, 44, 46, 56, 62,
   64, 82, 92, 95, 96, 106, 109, 115,
   128, 145, 161, 179, 187, 216
human nature, 54, 64, 82, 85, 96,
   155, 156, 157, 167
humility, 35, 65, 92, 156
   and humiliation, 81–83
Huxley, Thomas, 117
hypocrisy, 25, 121, 129
Icarus, myth of, 82
identify, 17, 51, 53, 138, 142, 143
identity, 38, 46, 52, 92, 93
idols, 117, 138, 155
image and likeness, 56, 83, 85, 104
image/reputation, 25, 57, 62
imagination, 72, 82, 145, 173
impulse, 10, 78, 155, 166, 198, 218
instability, 101, 169, 198
instincts, 10, 26, 35, 72, 156, 157
integrity, 40, 41, 168
intellect


   and humility, 121
   intellectual virtue, 27, 118, 135
intention. See right intention
irrationalism, 128, 144
James, Apostle, 186, 187
James, William, 44, 49, 69, 102,
   143
Jastrow, Robert, 109, 112
jealousy, 53, 57
Jeans, Sir James, 111
Jerusalem, 86
Jesus Christ, 119, 122, 129, 173,
   194, 195
Johnson, Samuel, 209
joy, 42, 55, 58, 59, 178
Judaism, 86, 100, 104, 109
Judeo-Christian, 11, 14, 28, 96,
   126, 155
Julian of Norwich, 131
Jung, Carl, 44, 48, 49, 63, 76, 94,
   102
justice, 26, 29, 30, 31, 55
Keller, Timothy, 122, 123
Kempis, Thomas à, 203
Kepler, Johannes, 105
kindness, 23, 29
knowledge, 23, 92, 95, 96, 103,
   106, 107, 111, 114, 117, 118,
   120, 121, 135, 154,  167,  186, 200

Leibniz, Gottfried, 105
Lewis, C.S., 122, 141, 155, 156,
   164, 169, 176, 182, 187
limitations, 29, 79, 97, 133, 205
Lord’s Prayer, 217
love, 30, 36, 41, 42, 54, 60, 61, 64,
   83, 104, 179, 187, 212, 213, 216
loyalty, 26, 53
lust, 35, 57
Marx, Karl, 100, 102
materialism, 99, 102, 103, 108, 110,
   112, 113, 127
matter, 103, 106, 109, 110, 111
   dark matter/energy, 108
mature, 64, 65, 154


meditation, 15, 17, 29, 54, 56, 59,
   61, 192
mental, 12, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69, 144,
   145, 146, 152, 206, 214
mercy, 26, 209
metaphysical, 109, 111, 163
mind, 4, 10, 32, 44, 46, 54, 76, 92,
   102, 110, 111, 118, 133, 134,
   146, 181, 195, 196
miracle, 77, 87, 109, 115, 176, 210
modernist, 127
modesty, 26, 96
moods, 30, 169
moral, 11, 26
moral inventory, 15, 22, 29, 31, 53 
   See also self-examination
morality
   and character, 21–23
Moses, 109
Mother Teresa, 131
motivation, 30, 57, 98, 113, 118
   care/concern/value, 50, 51, 52,
      53, 58, 60, 205, 206
   emotion-disposition, 50
   See also emotions, formation of
motive. See right intention
Murray, Andrew, 35, 164
mustard seed, 161
mysticism, 30, 127, 216
naturalism, 103, 108, 113
nature, 30, 46, 82, 99, 108, 109,
   110, 122, 127, 128, 171, 176
needs/wants, 60, 63, 64, 154
neurological, 44, 46
neuroplasticity, 45
neuroscience, 44, 46
neurosis, 101, 165
neutron, 107
New Age, 102, 127
newcomers, 27, 76, 80, 81, 84, 94,
   125, 137, 138, 140, 174, 180,
   193, 198, 210
Newton, Sir Isaac, 105
Niebuhr, Reinhold, 193, 199, 200


Nietzsche, Friedrich, 100, 145
novelty, 198
numinous, 146, 170
nurture, 65, 122
obsession, 10, 43, 80, 93, 124, 131,
   137, 144, 145, 146, 152, 153
open-mindedness, 26, 29, 134
original sin, 128, 155, 156
outlook, 48, 49, 51, 58, 60, 98, 119,
   176, 190, 206, 210
   construal, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57
   perspective, 50, 56, 65, 156, 206
   seeing/viewing, 25, 31, 49, 51,
      57, 58, 84, 136, 205, 206
      See also emotions, formation
      of
Oxford Group, 14, 28, 41, 49, 69,
   130, 139, 173
pain/suffering, 57, 60, 63, 72, 76,
   79, 86, 115, 118, 171, 181
paradox, 72, 76, 108, 166, 216
Pascal, Blaise, 105
passions, 26, 51, 117, 119, 129, 166
past, 3, 30, 73, 124, 160, 196, 197
pathology, 144, 165
patience, 26, 29, 30, 40, 41, 54, 204
Paul, Apostle, 87, 96, 109, 187
peace, 36, 55, 118, 178, 195, 213 
   See also serenity, harmony
Pearcey, Nancy, 101, 182
Penzias, Arno, 109
perseverance, 13, 26, 31, 215
personality, 10, 38
Pharisees, 129
philosophy, 10, 96, 100, 127, 139
photons, 107, 108
Plato, 96, 111
Polkinghorne, John, 107
postmodernist, 127
power, 60, 72, 95, 97, 113
powerlessness, 14, 87, 96
prayer, 15, 29, 61, 124, 188
   See also Serenity, Third Step, St.
   Francis, Lord’s prayers
preaching, 23, 69


prejudice, 93, 121, 125, 132, 174
pride, 35, 53, 54, 70, 74, 92, 93,
   121, 136, 157, 165, 168, 182
priest/pastor/rabbi, 179
principles
   spiritual nature of, 10–11
priorities, 9
process, 14, 31, 32, 46, 64, 79, 95,
   98, 135, 140, 164, 175, 189
procrastination, 180
progress, 11, 18, 21, 29, 35, 36, 42,
   54, 63, 85, 141, 143, 153, 157,
   162, 169, 183, 205
proton, 107
providence, 56, 176
prudence, 26, 27, 41, 168
   See also wisdom
Psalms, 108, 111, 113
psychiatry/psychology, 30, 44, 48,
   50, 56, 70, 75, 94, 101, 102, 143,
   146, 152, 154, 158
psychology
   and spirituality, 102
purpose, 4, 11, 12, 19, 24, 28, 37,
   46, 52, 104, 109, 156, 187, 217
quantum mechanics, 106, 107, 111
quarks, 107, 108
rationalism, 127, 128, 145
rationalization, 33, 92, 113, 114
   See also self-justication
reality, 6, 77, 80, 81, 100, 103, 106,
   108, 111, 130, 145, 156, 163,
   194, 200, 203, 205, 210
   See also denial
reason. See intellect, faith
rebellion, 14, 23, 78, 86, 100, 114,
   121, 123, 147, 156, 170, 195
recklessness, 127
reconciliation, 15, 195, 215
redemption, 46, 214
regret, 48, 196, 213
relapse, 6, 58, 81
relationship, 13, 16, 18, 30, 31, 85,
   93, 128, 132, 148, 213
relativity, theory of, 106, 108


religion, 44, 48, 69, 92, 121, 179
   and health, 101
   and psychology, 101–2
   and science, 103–6
   and spirituality, faith, 125–32
renewal, 46, 198, 200
reordering, 46
resentment, 29, 53, 57, 77, 211
resistance, 32, 69, 70, 78, 92, 95,
   140, 161, 190
respect, 26
responsibility, 216
restitution, 15, 17, 20, 31, 73
   See also amends
restore, 43, 97, 123, 125, 131, 146,
   148, 161, 172, 186
   See also sanity
restraint. See temperance
results, 61, 65, 95, 140, 141, 144,
   175, 185, 186, 187, 206, 208
right intention, 24, 25, 27, 33, 46,
   63, 141, 206
Rilke, Rainer Maria, 141
Roberts, Robert C., 50, 55, 157
Rome (ancient), 108
rooms, 17, 23, 38, 51, 65, 115, 213
Rousseau, Jean Jacques, 99, 155
Rowland H., 48, 49, 139
Sagan, Carl, 108
sanity, 138, 144–46, 186, 191
   insanity, 144, 145, 182, 211
Schroeder, Gerald L., 106, 111
security, 53, 54, 59, 60, 64, 75
self, the, 18, 22, 24, 38, 63, 128,
   153, 155, 157, 162, 164, 216
self/selfish/self-centered, 25, 31,
   35, 37, 54, 58, 64, 70, 77, 87,
   151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157,
   158, 166, 175, 189, 190, 206, 218
self-deceit/deception, 74, 145
self-esteem, 53, 54, 64, 75
self-examination, 14, 17, 93, 125 
   See also moral inventory
self-help, 44, 76, 95, 158–61, 171
self-justification, 33, 53, 101


    See also rationalization
selfless, 29, 42, 60
self-pity, 34, 48, 54, 153
self-reliant/self-sufficient, 120, 165
self-respect, 47, 82, 83
self-righteousness, 22, 123
self-satisfaction, 130
self-seeking/self-serving, 58, 166
self-will, 78, 114, 117, 153, 154
serenity, 26, 29, 192, 214–15, 214 
   See also peace, harmony
Serenity Prayer, 192–202
Sermon on the Mount, 115
service, 16, 36, 38, 41, 104, 170
Seven Deadly Sins, 34, 157
shame, 48, 196
share, 16, 29, 39, 86, 114, 138, 142,
   174, 176, 177, 179
Shoemaker, Samuel, 130, 139, 140,
   142, 173
shortcomings. See character,
   defects of
Silkworth, William, 69, 70, 94, 102
simplicity, 70, 97, 119, 133, 140
sin, 121, 122, 124, 129, 194, 206 
   See also character defects, Seven
   Daily Sins
sincerity, 26, 140, 141, 206
Sister Ignatia, 130
skeptic, 102, 139, 140, 141, 180
slogans/maxims/sayings, 9, 10, 12,
   24, 32, 57, 70, 93, 130, 131, 140,
   141, 146, 151, 162, 180, 181,
   191, 204, 210, 218
sloth, 31, 35, 119, 180
sorrow, 57
soul, 24, 59
Spanish mystics, 131
Spencer, Herbert, 104
Spiegel, James, 183, 185, 187
spiritual, 4, 5, 10, 11, 36, 39, 218
spiritual awakening, 4, 35, 36, 43,
   45, 58, 63, 128, 130, 154, 160
   and emotional sobriety, 49, 50
   and spiritual experience, 49, 143


   and spiritual rebirth, 36
spiritual disease, 64, 93, 153–57
   the “ism”, 65, 157
sponsor, 86, 160
St. Anselm, 182
St. Francis, 36, 59, 60, 61, 131
Stark, Rodney, 104
status/prestige, 38, 59, 60, 62, 63
stoicism, 204
strength, 16, 21, 31, 32, 39, 201
string theory, 107
success, 22, 50, 117, 120
supernatural, 27, 109, 112, 176
surrender, 14, 29, 60, 65, 91, 115,
   133, 155, 156, 217
   accepting defeat, 76–79
   admitting hopelessness, 75–76
   admitting powerlessness, 71–73
suspiciousness, 168–69
temperance/moderation/self-
   restraint, 20, 26, 27
temptation, 5, 158, 198
theology, 105, 121, 178, 179
   theological virtues, 27
therapy, 75, 76, 94, 102, 146, 158
thermodynamics, second law of,
   108
Third Step Prayer, 189–92
Thomas, Apostle, 169, 171
threefold disease, 93, 152
Tiebout, Harry, 94, 102, 142
tolerance, 30, 34, 41, 125, 213
tools, 12, 27, 51, 64, 140, 195
Towns Hospital, 69, 94
Traditions, 7, 8, 28, 29, 35
   disciplines in, 37–40
   virtues in, 40–41
tranquility, 204, 214
transcendental, 93, 127, 176
trigger, 50, 53, 54
trouble, 4, 11, 31, 71, 156, 157,
   169, 181, 188, 196, 203, 217
trust, 147, 167–72, 210, 218
   See also faith
two-stepping, 5, 159, 171, 216
Uncertainty Principle, 111
understanding, 8, 13, 31, 45, 48,
   56, 63, 96, 106, 132, 133, 144,
   153, 155, 160, 162, 171
   and God, 172–83
   See also acceptance
unity, 37, 40
unmanageable, 6, 79, 165
vanity, 25
vices. See character defects
virtues
   and character development, 31–
   36
   cardinal, 26, 201
   distinguished from disciplines,
   19
   in Steps, list of, 19–20
   in Traditions, list of, 40
   spiritual nature of, 30
Voltaire, 99
Wald, George, 111
weakness, 16, 31, 73, 77, 86, 201
Wheeler, John A., 111
will, 23, 30, 32, 46, 51, 58, 72, 91,
   95, 96, 101, 113, 145, 147, 151,
   158, 172, 173
   right use of, 215–18
willfulness, 32, 71, 79, 81, 161
willingness, 26, 29, 32, 33, 51, 114,
   161–64
willpower, 71, 97, 144, 153, 205
wisdom, 26, 27, 41, 93, 111, 176
   See also prudence, Serenity
   Prayer
witness, 16, 17, 38, 39
testimony, 16, 93
worry/anxiety, 54, 133, 204
wrongs, 15, 17, 18, 124, 160, 178
   exact nature of, 33–35
Yeats, William Butler, 156