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Re: The Classic Tradition Guide
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 05:53:01 PM »
My first ever real sponsor  Wild Bill from Alaska put together the 1st Traditions guide you have listed for me back in 2004 and together we worked the Traditions using this guide.This is also how i take my sponcees through the traditions also researching websites about the Traditions.
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Re: The Classic Tradition Guide
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12 Traditions Study Worksheets
(not NAWS literature)
 
 
BEFORE TRADITION ONE
 
1. Read the beginning of Chapter 6 out of Basic Text, "The Twelve
Traditions of NA" to the beginning of Tradition One.
2. Get out that Good Dictionary you used for the Steps.
3. Look up the words: vigilance, unity, negotiable, understanding, application.
4. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. What is vigilance?
b. What are the ties that bind us?
c. What are some things that will tear us apart?
5. Write about "Unity". What it means to you and some examples you've
seen good and bad.
6. What does this mean to you, "The Twelve Traditions of N.A. are not
negotiable".
7. Investigate our "predecessors" hard-won experience that gave birth to
the Traditions.
8. Ask questions!
OK now you have something to go on. This is a work in progress so help me
out if you see anything I might be missing. I've always wanted to write some
working guides to the Traditions, I guess this is my "big chance". Here are
some websites to help you with #7. Don't be afraid to find more on your
own.

TRADITION ONE
 
1. Read Tradition One out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. What protects us from ourselves?
b. Do disagreements and conflicts cause disunity?
c. What does cause disunity?
4. What does this statement mean to you, “Disagree without being
disagreeable”?
5. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION TWO
 
1. Read Tradition Two out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. What are some examples in service work of leadership by example and by
selfless service?
b. What are some examples in service work of direction and manipulation?
c. Why is rotation of servants at all levels important?
4. What do these statements mean to you, “True spiritual principles are
never in conflict; they complement each other. The spiritual conscience of a
group will never contradict any of our Traditions.”
5. What things do you do to stay God centered during your Home Group’s
Business/Group Conscience meeting?
6. How do you include God into the decision process?
7. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION THREE
 
1. Read Tradition Three out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. What is a caste system?
4. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. In what ways have you shown your desire to stop using?
b. In what ways have you shown your desire to be a member of NA?
c. What kind of prejudice have you seen?
5. What actions are required to become a member of NA?
6. This Tradition guarantees that any Addict is free to practice the NA way
of life in NA. What about other things not related to the NA way of life?
7. We can’t keep anyone out because of prejudice, but how about disruptive
behavior? Can we keep non-addicts out? How about children?
8. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
 TRADITION FOUR
 
1. Read Tradition Four out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Write a few paragraphs about the importance autonomy in NA.
4. What is part of NA and what is not?
5. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. List some things your Homegroup does to provide a suitable and reliable
environment for personal recovery.
b. Have you seen or been a part of a group that used this Tradition to
violate other Traditions? What Tradition(s) did it violate and why?
c. Have you seen others in NA try to stop a group from having the Freedom
to establish their own atmosphere of recovery even though it did not seem
to violate Traditions?
6. What is an “Open” meeting and what is a “Closed” meeting?
7. What one thing determines whether a meeting is NA or not and why?
8. If a Group wants to do something what questions should they consider?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION FIVE
 
1. Read Tradition Five out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Write a few paragraphs about the importance of having a primary
purpose.
4. How do you insure an atmosphere of recovery is maintained?
5. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. List some things your Homegroup does to make sure the meeting focuses
on recovery.
b. Have you seen or been a part of a group that violate this Tradition?
c. What is the NA message?
6. According to this Tradition how is recovery made possible?
7. How is this related to Step 12?
8. Why is the Group the most powerful vehicle we have to carry the
message of recovery?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION SIX
 
1. Read Tradition Six out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Define Non-Affiliation.
4. What is an Endorsement? What is an Implied Endorsement?
5. What is the difference between Financing an outside agency and Paying
our own way? Give some examples.
6. Give some examples of lending our name that you have seen or can think
of.
7. How would you handle a situation in which an organization asks to use our
name? How about an organization that is using our name?
8. What is a Related Facility? Give some examples.
9. What is an Outside Agency? Give some examples.
10. What are some of the things that can happen or that you have seen
happen as a result of not heeding the warnings of this Tradition?
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION SEVEN
 
1. Read Tradition Seven out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of a Home Group/NA Meeting
being self-sufficient financially.
4. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of NA Services being selfsufficient
financially.
5. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of You Personally being selfsufficient
financially.
6. How does your Home Group meet its financial obligations? Can you think
of other ways that might be better?
7. How does NA Services meet its financial obligations? Can you think of
other ways that might be better?
8. What would happen if we let one member pay more then their fair share
of the expense for running the Home Group. What is your fair share?
9. If a Home Group decides to “pass the basket” only at their business
meetings is that keeping with the spirit of the Traditions?
10. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION EIGHT
 
1. Read Tradition Eight out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. What is the difference between a professional and a special worker?
4. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of remaining non-professional.
5. Would you consider someone paid to edit an NA book a professional or a
special worker? Why?
6. Which service committee are NAWS employees responsible too? How
about employees at a Regional office?
7. How are employees of NA directly responsible to you as an NA member?
8. Should NAWS/Region/Area give preference in hiring to NA members?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION NINE
 
1. Read Tradition Nine out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Define “management” and “control”.
4. “It says that we may create service boards or committees to serve the
needs of the Fellowship.” Take all the things your local service committees
do and explain why each is a “need”. Think about your region and world
services.
5. If a service committee created by a part of the Fellowship is given
management or control does it put that part of the Fellowship in opposition
to spiritual principles? Why or Why Not?
6. Who do NA service committees serve? Give Examples.
7. Is NAWS a service committee?
8. How have the service committees in your personal experience been
directly responsible to those they serve?
9. Are service committees a part of NA? How about conventions? Why?
10. Can a Group choose not to participate in its local Area? What do you
think or have you seen are some repercussions that the Group may suffer if
it chooses not to participate? Explain in detail why it was OK or why it was
not.
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION TEN
 
1. Read Tradition Ten out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Describe the importance of being able to seek recovery openly.
4. What is our reputation and why is it important for NA to maintain a good
reputation?
5. What are some things we do or don’t do to maintain a good reputation?
6. How does “having no opinion on outside issues” help protect our
reputation?
7. Name some outside issues that you’ve seen shared in meetings or service
committees and how they could or did cause damage to NA’s reputation and
why?
8. Do we have opinions on inside issues? If so what would some of them be?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION ELEVEN
 
1. Read Tradition Eleven out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Why must we be careful with ads, circulars, or literature that may reach
the public’s hands?
4. What is Our Attraction?
5. How does maintaining personnel anonymity at the public media level
protect the membership and the reputation of the Fellowship?
6. Why do we not give out our last names to the media? Is it OK in other
areas of NA?
7. Who represents NA?
8. How does all this relate to how we do NA Public Information work?
9. Which other service work is this important to and why?
10. Write about your service experience, both good and bad, that relates to
this Tradition?
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
 
TRADITION TWELVE
 
1. Read Tradition Twelve out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the
difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says
it means.
3. Why must we be careful with ads, circulars, or literature that may reach
the public’s hands?
4. What does “pervades” mean and what pervades out Traditions and
Fellowship?
5. How do we achieve the Spirit of true anonymity?
6. What makes us all equal as members of the Group?
7. How does Anonymity render our differences and personality powerless?
8. Write about some ways that this Tradition helps us in our dealings in NA
service?
9. Write about some ways that this Tradition helps you in your everyday
life?
10. Write about your service experience, both good and bad, that relates to
this Tradition?
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything
you agree or disagree with strongly.
Now that you have a handle on the Traditions here are some websites that
deal with controversial issues past/present/future. Don’t be afraid to find
out more on your own. Dive in and put your knowledge to the test, just
remember, don’t take it too personal or you may lose the ability to look at
each issue objectively. It’s not what you feel or whose side your on that
counts, only the truth and what passes muster with Our Traditions.
 
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The Classic Tradition Guide
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The Classic Tradition Guide

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12 Traditions Workguide

BEFORE TRADITION ONE

Read the beginning of Chapter 6 out of Basic Text, "The Twelve Traditions of NA" to the beginning of Tradition One.

Get out that Good Dictionary you used for the Steps.
1. Look up the words: vigilance, unity, negotiable, understanding, application.

2. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. What is vigilance?
b. What are the ties that bind us?
c. What are some things that will tear us apart?

4. Write about "Unity". What it means to you and some examples you've seen good and bad.
5. What does this mean to you, "The Twelve Traditions of N.A. are not negotiable".

6. Investigate our "predecessors" hard-won experience that gave birth to the Traditions.

7. Ask questions!

OK now you have something to go on. This is a work in progress so help me out if you see anything I might be missing. I've always wanted to write some working guides to the Traditions, I guess this is my "big chance". Here are some websites to help you with #7. Don't be afraid to find more on your own.




TRADITION ONE

1. Read Tradition One out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. What protects us from ourselves?
b. Do disagreements and conflicts cause disunity?
c. What does cause disunity?
4. What does this statement mean to you, “Disagree without being disagreeable”?

5. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.





TRADITION TWO
1. Read Tradition Two out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a.What are some examples in service work of leadership by example and by selfless service?
b.What are some examples in service work of direction and manipulation?
c. Why is rotation of servants at all levels important? </SPAN

4. What do these statements mean to you, “True spiritual principles are never in conflict; they complement each other. The spiritual conscience of a group will never contradict any of our Traditions.”
5. What things do you do to stay God centered during your Home Group’s Business/Group Conscience meeting?

6. How do you include God into the decision process?
7. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.



TRADITION THREE
1. Read Tradition Three out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.

2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. What is a caste system?

4. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. In what ways have you shown your desire to stop using?
b. In what ways have you shown your desire to be a member of NA?
c. What kind of prejudice have you seen?

5. What actions are required to become a member of NA?

6. This Tradition guarantees that any Addict is free to practice the NA way of life in NA. What about other things not related to the NA way of life?

7. We can’t keep anyone out because of prejudice, but how about disruptive behavior? Can we keep non-addicts out? How about children?

8. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.


TRADITION FOUR

Read Tradition Four out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.

1. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

2. Write a few paragraphs about the importance autonomy in NA.

3. What is part of NA and what is not?

4. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a.List some things your Homegroup does to provide a suitable and reliable environment for personal recovery.
b.Have you seen or been a part of a group that used this Tradition to violate other Traditions? What Tradition(s) did it violate and why?
c.Have you seen others in NA try to stop a group from having the Freedom to establish their own atmosphere of recovery even though it did not seem to violate Traditions?

5. What is an “Open” meeting and what is a “Closed” meeting?

6. What one thing determines whether a meeting is NA or not and why?

7. If a Group wants to do something what questions should they consider?

8. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.


TRADITION FIVE

1. Read Tradition Five out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Write a few paragraphs about the importance of having a primary purpose.

4. How do you insure an atmosphere of recovery is maintained?

5. Answer in writing these questions from your experience:
a. List some things your Homegroup does to make sure the meeting focuses on recovery.
b.Have you seen or been a part of a group that violate this Tradition? </SPAN
c. What is the NA message?

6. According to this Tradition how is recovery made possible?

7. How is this related to Step 12?

8. Why is the Group the most powerful vehicle we have to carry the message of recovery?

9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.





TRADITION SIX

Read Tradition Six out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.

1. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

2. Define Non-Affiliation.

3. What is an Endorsement? What is an Implied Endorsement?

4. What is the difference between Financing an outside agency and Paying our own way? Give some examples.

5. Give some examples of lending our name that you have seen or can think of.
6. How would you handle a situation in which an organization asks to use our name? How about an organization that is using our name?
7. What is a Related Facility? Give some examples.
8. What is an Outside Agency? Give some examples.
9. What are some of the things that can happen or that you have seen happen as a result of not heeding the warnings of this Tradition?
10. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.


TRADITION SEVEN
1. Read Tradition Seven out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of a Home Group/NA Meeting being self-sufficient financially.
4. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of NA Services being self-sufficient financially.
5. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of You Personally being self-sufficient financially.
6. How does your Home Group meet its financial obligations? Can you think of other ways that might be better?

7. How does NA Services meet its financial obligations? Can you think of other ways that might be better?
8. What would happen if we let one member pay more then their fair share of the expense for running the Home Group. What is your fair share?
9. If a Home Group decides to “pass the basket” only at their business meetings is that keeping with the spirit of the Traditions?
10. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.



TRADITION EIGHT
1. Read Tradition Eight out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. What is the difference between a professional and a special worker?
4. Write a few paragraphs on the importance of remaining non-professional.
5. Would you consider someone paid to edit an NA book a professional or a special worker? Why?
6. Which service committee are NAWS employees responsible too? How about employees at a Regional office?
7. How are employees of NA directly responsible to you as an NA member?
8. Should NAWS/Region/Area give preference in hiring to NA members?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.






TRADITION NINE
1. Read Tradition Nine out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Define “management” and “control”.
4. “It says that we may create service boards or committees to serve the needs of the Fellowship.” Take all the things your local service committees do and explain why each is a “need”. Think about your region and world services.

5. If a service committee created by a part of the Fellowship is given management or control does it put that part of the Fellowship in opposition to spiritual principles? Why or Why Not?
6. Who do NA service committees serve? Give Examples.

7. Is NAWS a service committee?
8. How have the service committees in your personal experience been directly responsible to those they serve?
9. Are service committees a part of NA? How about conventions? Why?

10. Can a Group choose not to participate in its local Area? What do you think or have you seen are some repercussions that the Group may suffer if it chooses not to participate? Explain in detail why it was OK or why it was not.

11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.

TRADITION TEN
1. Read Tradition Ten out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.

2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Describe the importance of being able to seek recovery openly.
4. What is our reputation and why is it important for NA to maintain a good reputation?

5. What are some things we do or don’t do to maintain a good reputation?

6. How does “having no opinion on outside issues” help protect our reputation?

7. Name some outside issues that you’ve seen shared in meetings or service committees and how they could or did cause damage to NA’s reputation and why?
8. Do we have opinions on inside issues? If so what would some of them be?
9. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.



TRADITION ELEVEN
1. Read Tradition Eleven out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.
2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Why must we be careful with ads, circulars, or literature that may reach the public’s hands?
4. What is Our Attraction?
5. How does maintaining personnel anonymity at the public media level protect the membership and the reputation of the Fellowship?
6. Why do we not give out our last names to the media? Is it OK in other areas of NA?
7. Who represents NA?
8. How does all this relate to how we do NA Public Information work?

9. Which other service work is this important to and why?

10. Write about your service experience, both good and bad, that relates to this Tradition?
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.




TRADITION TWELVE
1. Read Tradition Twelve out of the Basic Text Every Day before writing.

2. Look up each word individually and write what you learn about the difference between what you thought it meant and what the Dictionary says it means.

3. Why must we be careful with ads, circulars, or literature that may reach the public’s hands?
4. What does “pervades” mean and what pervades out Traditions and Fellowship?

5. How do we achieve the Spirit of true anonymity?

6. What makes us all equal as members of the Group?
7. How does Anonymity render our differences and personality powerless?
8. Write about some ways that this Tradition helps us in our dealings in NA service?
9. Write about some ways that this Tradition helps you in your everyday life?

10. Write about your service experience, both good and bad, that relates to this Tradition?
11. Search out more information on this Tradition and write about anything you agree or disagree with strongly.
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