What is Steel on Steel?

Steel on Steel is a specific Spiritual Exercise for members of Alcoholics Anonymous interested in attaining the 4th Dimension of existence.

The idea of Steel on Steel was given to me from one of my spiritual advisors, Mark Houston and the name, Steel on Steel, is an adaptation of a Biblical Spiritual Principal found in Proverbs 27:17…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”


“Steel on Steel” has had a profound effect on my life and what follows is my experience using this very Powerful Spiritual tool.




The Steel on Steel group is designed around an intense personal commitment of each member to the group.


Each member of  Steel on Steel must be totally committed to helping his fellow group members attain a higher level in the “fellowship of the Spirit” by  helping each other through “raising the bar”.



The process of Steel on Steel fosters a special bond with each member to the group as they grow in their own conscious contact with God and their lives get better than they could have imagined.


     Steel on Steel is all about Action and Love and is not for people interested in “half measures”. 



Please, do not start this process unless you are totally committed to

A.A.,

Emotional Sobriety,

Personal Growth,

A Healthy Home Life,

A Healthy Work Life,

Fiscal Responsibility,

Helping others, and most of all, Growing in a Conscious Contact with God and  helping others to move closer to God. 



In Steel on Steel, we leave no holds barred because we offer each other Spiritual license.


Spiritual license is the process where you offer another person, with Love as their guide, to comment on any area of your life.






In Steel on Steel, All areas of our lives are open to the Love and Help found in the group. Therefore, nothing is off limits, if it can help lead us to personal growth in our sobriety. 



Together, we will pray, meditate and ‘Check’ each other, as we each trudge our own “road to happy destiny.”






THE STEEL ON STEEL MEETING:

The Steel on Steel meeting is solely for the purpose of seeking the truth about your current Spiritual condition.


Each member of the group (experience shows 4 members to a group works best) is given the opportunity to share about their life and we use the  group as a “Spiritual mirror” through which we can see our honest and true selves.



In essence, we allow the group to be a voice for God, in our lives.


Each member of a Steel on Steel group needs to have experience with all 12 Steps because this ensures they know what has been blocking them off from God and it provides the vehicle through which God speaks.



In a rare case, as a minimum, you can get away with members who are well into their amends (9th Step), although experience with all 12 Steps is still  best.


The Steel on Steel meeting starts off with a few minutes of silence for each member to try and clear their mind, followed with a version of the set aside prayer.




A set aside prayer looks something like this:     



“God, we invite you into this room, to guide and direct each of us as we seek your truth. Father, please set aside, within each of us,  that which would block us off from the truth.


Lay aside our Prejudices about what we think we know about this process, this meeting, and our spiritual condition.

Remove our fears Lord, that we may hear your truth through the members of this group.



Give us the strength and courage to share your truth with each other in a real spirit of Love and Compassion for our fellow man

…Amen”





We then start the meeting by reading from the Big Book.  Someone reads from (62:2 - 63:3).

This reading should remind us of What the problem is, Who causes the problem, What the penalty is if the problem is left unchecked, What we have decided in  step three, Why we are here, Who makes our recovery possible. 



As the third step prayer is read, all members of the group should reaffirm their decision by joining in with the reading of the prayer.

In the Steel on Steel meeting, we use a timer to give each individual up to 10 minutes and only 10 minutes to share about  where they currently are in their life.





The time limit keeps us brief and to the point, as well as, keeping us from long drawn out justifications for our behavior.

Stick to the time limit!



Each person shares based on the difficulties they are experiencing with being on a spiritual path.



Be prepared to talk about your current difficulties, in a forthright and honest manner. 


Remember, we leave no stone unturned. 


We all suffer selfishness and self-centeredness and we must have Gods help to restore our broken will. 



We must be vigilant in identifying our difficulties and we need the help of the group for us to be "pulled out” of delusion and to allow the ego to be  reduced.



We are here to help each other reduce the delusions we each suffer from and to see God’s truth. 




We are not here to judge, criticize, confront or demean!!! 

We are gentle spirits and only wish to be helpful in identifying our brokenness and to help each other repair the damage in our lives. 





We are here to learn how to stay sober and live to good purpose under God’s direction.           



After we have shared where we are currently in our life, we will go around the room, starting to our left, and each person in the group has the opportunity to comment on possible corrective measures for us, which, based on their experience, might be  helpful to our growth toward God.


The Group offers 'considerations' and corrective measures input usually in the form of  “is it possible that…?” questions.




Each Group member needs a 'corrective measures' notebook to jot down the feedback questions from your group.



There is to be no harsh judgments or criticism, just an honest and sincere desire to be helpful in the spirit of love and tolerance. 


Under no circumstances do we defend ourselves; there is no need for it because we are going to take all the group’s comments back into our own meditation with God.









In meditation, We let God be our final judge.


Again, We DO NOT defend ourselves!

We just listen and take notes to use later in meditation.



The next time you meet, you start off our individual sharing with what came to you during your meditations from the previous meetings questions and what, if any, actions you have taken to correct the issues which were discussed.




Then you get your 10 Minutes for sharing what is currently going on in your life.




During your 10 minutes of sharing you should specifically answer these questions:          




Steel on steel

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

[Proverbs 27:17]



“God, we invite you into this room, to guide and direct each of us as we seek your truth.

Father, please set aside, within each of us, that which would block us off from the truth.


Lay aside our prejudices about what we think we know about this process, this meeting, and our spiritual condition.

Remove our fears Lord, that we may hear your truth through the members of this group. 


Give us the strength and courage to share your truth with each other in a real spirit of Love and Compassion for our fellow man

… Amen”




During your 10 minutes of sharing you should specifically answer these questions:        
       

A) The Circle and triangle -

1. Where are you specifically in each side of the triangle?

2. Where are you specifically in the Steps?

3. Where are you specifically in Unity (Traditions)?

4. Where are you specifically in Service
   (Concepts & Warrantees)?




B) Prayer and Meditation -

1. How many evening reviews and meditations' did I do since our last meeting?
     

2. How many morning prayers and meditations did I do since our last meeting?

     
3. Have I been using my evening review to help with vision in my morning meditation?

     
4. How is my relationship with God?
   
Am I exercising my spirit?

If so, how? - If not, Why not?


5. What specific things am I doing to grow in my relationship with God?


6. Have I been praying the 9th Step prayers daily?


7. Have I been praying for others?


8. Have I been praying for myself?


9. Have I been praying to be more useful to God?


10. Have I invited or have I been praying with other members of my family?





C) My A.A. Program-


1. How many meetings have I attended since we last met?



2. Do I have and am I a member of a home group?

How am I trying to carry message to the new man in A.A.?



3. Am I of service to my group? (coffee, cleanup, speaking, group officer, GSR etc.)



4. Am I Spiritually accountable to some people in my life?

(Sponsor, Spiritual advisors, Pastor, Priest)



5. Do I have a Sponsor?

How do I use my sponsor?

Am I accountable to my sponsor?

Do we meet regularly?



6. Am I a sponsor?

If so, what am I doing for my protégé’s?

Am I giving my protégé’s the gift I’ve been given?





D) Relationships-

1. How are my relationships with friends, fellow A.A.’s, neighbors & coworkers going?


2. Have I been short, hard to be around, sarcastic or have I had to make amends recently?


3. Have I been lusting after or coveting my neighbor or my neighbor’s things?


4. Am I happy with what I have or am I obsessing about what I want?






E) Home Life-

1. How is my Home Life?

Do my spouse and/or kids want to spend their time with me?

Am I fun to be around?



2. Have I been kind?

Considerate?

Understanding?

and Loving? Have I been



3. Have I needed amends lately? (raised my voice, sarcastic, broken things, slammed doors)



4. Did I make amends?



5. Have I been in fights or arguments at home? (Wife, kids, parents, in-laws)



6. Am I minding other people’s business?



7. Am I having any Sex problems?

Is there Intimacy (In To Me See) with my lover?



8. Am I fantasizing about others?



Am I acting out sexually?

(porno, selfish gratification, masturbation, affairs)






F) Career-


1. How are things at Work, school, or my career?

Am I being of Service to others in my career?


2. Am I having problems with my boss or coworkers?

Am I being short or grumpy?


3. How am I doing with Money?

Do I have enough to pay my bills?

Am I overspending?



4. Am I carrying money on credit cards or lines of credit?

Am I in debt?



5. Am I giving to charities? (things, time and/or money)

Am I being a good steward of God’s money?







G) General-
        

1. How is my Physical health?

Am I over weight?

Am I exercising my body, Am I exercising my mind?
        

2. Do I keep my word?

Am I where I say I will be?

Am I on time?
        

3. Do I have a good attitude toward life?

Am I living life on my terms, ‘life’s terms” or on ‘God’s terms’?




Welcome to Steel on Steel:

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

[Proverbs 27:17]



The AA Way of Life is a pilgrimage.


At times the road is difficult, and we get lonely.


Sometimes we may become discouraged and consider abandoning the journey.


It is at such times that God will place a friend alongside us.


One of God's most precious gifts to us is friends who encourage us and lovingly challenge us to "keep going" and growing.




According to Scripture, a friend is one who challenges you to become all that God intends.


The mark of true friends is that their friendship draws you closer to God.


They "sharpen" you and motivate you to do what is right.



True friends tell you the truth and even risk hurting your feelings because they love you and have your best interests at heart

(Prov. 27:6).




Be careful in your choice of friends!

Choose your closest friends wisely.


Do not look for perfect friends, but friends whose hearts are set to follow God. It is equally important to examine the kind of friend you are to others.



As a friend, it is your duty to put  the needs of others first
(Prov. 17:17).


Strive to find godly friends who will challenge you to become the person God desires.





When you have found them, be receptive to the way God uses them to help you become spiritually mature.

Strive also to be the kind of friend that helps others become more godly.                      





[Iron Sharpens Iron - Copied and edited from Henry T. & Richard  Blackaby’s

                     
"Experiencing God Day-By-Day:
The Devotional and Journal" by, page 136.






This Steel on Steel meeting is solely for the purpose of seeking the truth about our own current Spiritual condition and our focus is all about Action and Love.



Each member of this group will be given 10 minutes to share specifically about their life.




After we share, we will allow this Spiritual Body to be a “mirror” through which we can see our honest and true selves.



The group should reflect back to us questions, which can help bring us closer to God.


In essence, we allow the group to be a voice for God, through which, He gives us guidance for our lives.




To start off, we will read a passage from the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.


This reading should remind each of us of:

What the problem is, Who causes the problem, What the penalty is for leaving the problem unchecked,


What specific decision we made in step three, Why we are here, and Who makes our recovery possible…




As we read the 3rd Step prayer tonight, each member of the group should reaffirm their decision by joining in during the reading of the prayer…



I’ve asked _________________ to read a section out of the Big Book to help us find more focus for our meeting.



2. Let’s start the meeting off with a few minutes of silence for each of us to try to clear our minds, and then  ____________will invite God into our meeting with a set aside prayer.



(Big Book Pg62)


So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. 

They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. 


Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of the selfishness. 

We must, or it kills us! 



God makes that possible. 

And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. 




Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. 


Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. 


We had to have God's help.



This is the how and why of it. 
First of all, we had to quit playing God. 
It didn't work. 



Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. 

He is the Principal; we are His agents. 

He is the Father, and we are His children. 




Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.



When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. 


We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.


Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs.



More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. 


As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to  lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. 


We were reborn.



We were now at Step Three. 


Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: 




"God, I offer myself to Thee--to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. 

Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. 

Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.

May I do Thy will always!" 




We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him…








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