“For you see I still rebelled against the idea that there would be a God who could save me; who could enable me to do what I couldn’t do myself. But presently my rebellion ceased and in an agony, I cried out, “If there is a God, will He show Himself? “And then came an experience which, of course, is the great event of my whole life. I had a very sudden experience in which it seemed that the room lightened up. I was caught into a great ecstasy. It seemed as though I were on top of the mountain and a great wind blew. And I knew it was Spirit. And at length I found myself still on the bed, now surrounded by a Presence. And I thought to myself, “So this is the God of the preachers.” “You yourselves have had exactly the same kind of things happen to you, excepting that it took longer. But all of you sitting out there are now conscious that there is a Higher Power. There is One on whom you can depend. “So I pondered there, after this experience. I thought about the very simple terms on which it had come. I thought about its profound simplicity and yet its deep mystery. For indeed, I did feel released. And it seemed to me that other alcoholics could find a kindred experience.”

-Bill W.