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Dear readers, here we are providing As Bill Sees It PDG to all of you. As Bill Sees It is a book that was published in June 1967. This book has gained a 4.8/5 stars rating on Amazon and 93% of Google users have liked it. As Bill Sees It is written by Bill W. who is also known as William Griffith Wilson or Bill Wilson.

William Griffith Wilson was born on 26 November 1895 in Dorset, Vermont, United States. He was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He has written several books in his career that are appreciated by the readers. Bill W. died on 24 January 1971 in Miami, Florida, US.

As Bill Sees It PDF

  • Personality Change

“It has often been saying of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.”

We thought “conditions” drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn’t do so to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.

1. LETTER, 1940
2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 47

  • In God’s Hands

When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned.

My depression deepened unbearably, and finally, it seemed to me as though I were at the very bottom of the pit. For the moment, the last vestige of my proud obstinacy was crushed. All at once, I found myself crying out, “If there is a
God, let Him show Himself! I am ready to do anything, anything!”

Suddenly 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. Slowly the ecstasy subsided. I lay on the bed, but now for a 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!”

1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 100
2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 63

  • Pain and Progress

“Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate only with those who suffer in
ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain.”

Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.’s can agree with him,
for we know that the pains of alcoholism had to come before sobriety and emotional turmoil before serenity.

“Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.”
1. LETTER, 1950
2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, PP. 93-94
3. LETTER, 1950

  • Can We Choose?

We must never be blinded by the futile philosophy that we are just the hapless victims of our inheritance, of our life
experience, and of our surroundings — that these are the sole forces that make our decisions for us. This is not the road to freedom. We have to believe that we can really choose.

“As active alcoholics, we lost our ability to choose whether we would drink. We were the victims of a compulsion
that seemed to decree that we must go on with our own destruction. “Yet we finally did make choices that brought about recovery. We came to believe that alone we were powerless over alcohol. This was surely a choice, and a most difficult one. We came to believe that a Higher Power could restore us to sanity when we became willing to practice A.A.’s Twelve Steps.

“In short, we chose to `become willing’, and no better choice did we ever make.”

1. GRAPEVINE, NOVEMBER 1960
2. LETTER, 1966

  • Maintenance and Growth

It is plain that a life that includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that
we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worthwhile? But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave.

We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorming were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 66

  • All or Nothing?

Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 percent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, or else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only
relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear, anger, and pride.

Hence, in this life, we shall attain nothing like perfect humility and love. So we shall have to settle, respecting most of our problems, for very gradual progress, punctuated sometimes by heavy setbacks. Our old-time attitude of “all or
nothing” will have to be abandoned.

1. GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1962

  • The Realm of the Spirit

In ancient times material progress was painfully slow. The spirit of modern scientific inquiry, research, and invention
was almost unknown. In the realm of the material, men’s minds were fettered by superstition, tradition, and all sorts of fixed ideas. Some of the contemporaries of Columbus thought a round earth preposterous. Others came near putting Galileo to death for his astronomical heresies. Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about
the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?

We have found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad,
roomy, all-inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.

1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 51
2. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 46

About the Author of As Bill Sees It PDF

Born
William Griffith Wilson

November 26, 1895

East Dorset, Vermont, US
Died January 24, 1971 (aged 75)

Miami, Florida, US
Resting place East Dorset Cemetery, East Dorset, Vermont
43.216638°N 73.015148°W
Known for co-founding Alcoholics Anonymous
Spouse(s)
Lois W. (m. 1918)

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