March 23, Tradition Two: The Ultimate Authority in a DA Group

Thought for today:

A member shares:

“I’m in a small group, and it always felt like a few people ran the group.  It’s like the 80/20 rule when it comes to service: 20% of the members do 80% of the service work.

“Reading the Traditions, I’ve learned that it’s important courage everyone to participate as much as they can.  The group is bigger than any one person.

“Without the group, I’d be left to my own devices – and I know what a mess I made of my money when I was on my own!”

When individuals gather together to carry the message of DA, there is a real power being expressed.  The collective DA group conscience is that real power that runs our meetings, not any one member.  The members who step up and volunteer for service positions are channels of that Power.

Tradition Two: “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”

What matters most is the survival of the group, because the group is what keeps us on the path of solvency.  Without the group, our fellowship would not exist, and we would be left to our own devices.

Do I respect the group conscience vote even when I disagree with the result?  Am I tolerant of the opinions of others who may disagree with me?  Do I work within myself to reason things out to the benefit of DA?  Do I put DA first?

Meditation for today:

The collective unconscious exists as a force for good in our lives.  Some call it the Holy Spirit, others, a psychological phenomenon. The proof that this power works is in the measure of healing in our lives and our fellow members.

Even when there is discord and spirited discussion, our camaraderie transforms it into good work.  We need only trust it, leaving ego and pride behind. Abandon yourself to helping the DA group survive and you will receive many spiritual rewards.

Affirmations for today:

I am connected to infinite love, infinite wisdom and infinite mercy.

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.”

Prayer for today:

I pray that my work will be multiplied by the spirit of love that it is done in. I pray that I always play an active part in my DA group, the channel that brought me my recovery.

Continue your journey by reading the basic text of Debtors Anonymous: A Currency of Hope

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There are 38 authors of this book. All of them tell in their own words how they are recovering from their self-destructive relationship with money and debt through the Twelve Step program of Debtors Anonymous.

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