Lack of power, that was our dilemma

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says on page 45 that “lack of power, that was our dilemma” for me that means that the reason I couldn’t stop what I was doing was not lack of wisdom or lack of knowledge, (nor was it a lack of morals as the book mentions in another place “some of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore”) so what was it that we lacked?

It was a lack of “power” if I lack power than it just makes sense that my solution should be power too. The truth is I just need to realize that the power I lack is within me, so if I am going to win this game I need a power to help me and that power is a “power” from outside of me, and a power greater than myself

4 Comments
  • domy jednorodzinne

    March 27, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    I relish, result in I found just what I was having a look for. You’ve ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  • Wolfie

    May 8, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Although the next sentence states “We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves” . . here is a concise way to think of it as it applies to alcohol. In step one we admitted we were powerless over alcohol. Aside from the Spiritual Malady and the Phoenomenon of craving, it was ‘the peculiar mental twist that preceeds the first drink’ that madse us powerless. The definition of power is ‘the ability to do work or perform a task’. For us, the task we needed to perform was to see alcohol (and drugs) for what they really are (FOR US) – which is poison. We needed something powerful enough to let our minds comprehend alcohol as a danger so we never take that first drink. Another way to phrase it is to say we need to have sound judgement with regards to alcohol, or judge it for what it really is. That by the way is the definition of sanity – ‘SOUND JUDGEMENT’. Therefore that is how a power greater than ourselves restores us to sanity.When we are restored to sanity in Step 10, it says if tempted, we recoil as from a hot flame – because the power greater than ourselves lets us see alcohol as a danger.

  • Spiritual

    February 19, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Thanks for that insight Wolfie!

  • kevin

    April 30, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Powerless over alcohol is just that, my inability to control my drinking it has nothing to do with how I see alcohol or the dangers of drinking. The task at hand is how not to drink or use narcotics. It goes on to say where and how were we to find this power? Well, thats precisely what this book is for I. E. the big book.

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