Made a searching and fearless
moral inventory of ourselves.

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My name is Shlomo I am a food addict and compulsive overeater.

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Step Four: "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."

We will do step four according to the directions in the Big Book. Those directions are similar to the written directions you get on assembling a kit. There is a general drawing and then there are step by step directions. You read the first direction, then do what it says. After that you read the second direction, do what it says, and so on. In the end you get the assembled kit. That is what we will do with the step four directions. Before we actually begin the inventory itself there are some reading and sharing assignments.


1. The first edition of the Big Book came out in 1939 That was quite a long time ago and the meaning of words may change with time. For example "gay crowd," page 160, meant then a 'merry crowd' today it may mean a 'homosexual crowd.'

The meaning of some key words in the Big Book is given according to the 1939 Webster dictionary, in the following link: Click on 'Big Book Definitions' on the left side of the page and read the definitions of the different words. Copy the definitions of the following words: inventory, moral, resentment, selfish, self-centered, self-seeking. Do the definitions in this link teach you something new? Share with us.

2. Read page 63 last paragraph in the Big Book and continue with page 64 till the sentence: "When the spiritual malady is overcome we straighten out mentally and physically." Pay special attention to the following: We don't wait and we don't go back after step three, comparison between a business inventory and step four inventory, resentment as the root of all forms of spiritual disease. Mark the sentences that resonate with you. Reflect and share with us.

At the top of the page there are support files copied from different sites. Click on Inventory Comparison and copy the table"

3. Read Step Four in the AA 12&12 . It is an essay on step four. If you don't have the book read it online here.

A) Pay special attention to the following: the basic instincts of life, misdirected and warped instincts and their consequences, excuses for avoiding inventory, different personality defects and their effect on us. Mark the sentences that resonate with you and the sentences that describe you. Share with us.

B) There is a link at the top of the page to an instinct diagram, Basic Instincts. Click on it." Study the diagram carefully. It shows us how the use of our misdirected self will to fulfill those instincts leads to liabilities like resentments, fears and harm or hurts. Does this resonate with you or describe you? Share with us.


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