BILL WILSON - VARIETIES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE Bill Wilson gave this talk in 1969. The occasion was his 34th Anniversary of Sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill gets a huge round of applause after being introduced. Bill speaks for just a short time before introducing Lois. She tells of a talk she gave 17 years ago and that that time Bill had been sober for 17 years and because he had drank for 17 years she considered them “even.” Now he’s got 17 more years. She is obviously very grateful. Bill then begins his own talk by saying that he wants to talk about the “Spiritual Experience” and will share a succession of short stories. Bill tells of many people he knew that said the program is working well but as far as the spiritual connection goes, we just “Isn't got the spiritual angle.” He tells of a young fellow who had been in the program for a few years. He had been having trouble with spirituality. He stood up one day and proclaimed that the radiator in the corner “Is My Higher Power.” Bill goes on to tell several stories of spiritual experiences and then he comes to Dr Bob. He gives a lot of credit to the woman that set up the meeting between them and then he introduces Henrietta Sieberling sitting in the audience. She stands up to a big round of applause. Bill says that when he met Dr Bob, he had found in him, a man that was very spiritual despite his drinking. In Dr Bob’s case his craving for alcohol was not lifted for about 2 ½ years later. Near the end of his talk, Bill says he feels at peace because he is very confident that “The candle of spirituality will be passed on and on, from hand to hand, from one generation to the next.” Inspiring.
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