From the April 1964 magazine.

Tapping New Energies

Most of us continue living unnecessarily near our surface." William James

ALL of AA's Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our old chosen ways--they all deflate our ego. And none is so deflating, yet none so rewarding, as painful Step Five, if we are conscientious with it. Taking it, we felt released; we were cleansed; we were lifted; we felt new power flow in. And beyond doubt, the effort was the greatest that we'd ever made counter-ego.

Yet this Step involved no prayer, no earnest plea for help. On the contrary, it was a parade of all our ugliness. Why were we suddenly conscious of fresh new strength?

-- B. T.


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