This post continues our ‘Discover AA’ series. Each month a leaflet, article or short piece of literature is suggested that you might like to consider reading to help improve your knowledge of the AA programme and our history.
This month we take a look at the World Service Office pamphlet – The Twelve Traditions Illustrated. This pamphlet offers some additional explanation of the traditions and examples of how and when to apply them. The Twelve Traditions aren’t rules, but suggestions distilled out of the collective experience of AA groups.
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are a distillate of our experience of living and working together. They apply the spirit of the Twelve recovery Steps to our group life and security. They deal with our relations with the world outside and with each other; they state our attitudes toward power and prestige, toward property and money. They would save us from tempting alliances and major controversies; they would elevate principles far above personal ambitions. And as a token of this last, they request that we maintain personal anonymity before the open public as a protection to AA and as proof of the fact that our Society intends to practice true humility.
– Bill W., Language of the Heart p96 (1949)
Click the link below to download this easy-to-read pamphlet.
The Twelve Traditions Illustrated (3.0 MiB)