Tradition 2: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.

1. Read the section on Tradition 2 in Sex Addicts Anonymous pagess. 79-81.
What are my first reactions to the words of this tradition and what I read?

2. Read the paragraph starting with "The Second Tradition".
  1. Where does the wisdom of the fellowship come from?
  2. What principle does this tradition build upon?
  3. On what are our best group decisions guided by?
  4. What do we discover in SAA about authority?

  1. What does this paragraph say about individuals dominating the group or one person doing all the work for the group?
  2. What does this paragraph say about looking to spiritual principles for group direction?
  3. What does this mean for authority over others?
  4. How does this tradition affect sponsor-sponsee relationships and the purpose of such a relationship?

3. Read the paragraph starting with "We all have opinions".
  1. What focus are we to have?
  2. What raises us above the personal level?
  3. What question do we need to ask when trying to deal with an issue in the group?
  4. In the spirit of SAA unity, what balance do we try to strike?

This paragraph introduces a concept called "a group conscience." Note that what "a group conscience" means is not fully spelled out.
  1. Is my group having regular meetings to find such a "group conscience"?
  2. What is my group doing to find such a group conscience?
  3. What has been my experience in looking for what is right?
  4. What are we striving to do?
  5. How do I feel when not on the winning side?
  6. In what spirit and what are we balancing when accepting the group?s decision?

4. Read the paragraph starting with "Group conscience is not the same".
  1. What is a "group conscience" not the same as?
  2. What "will" are we looking for?
  3. More typically, what do we need sift through to find a group conscience?
  4. What is our responsibility when participating in a group conscience?

  1. Have you come into a group conscience meeting with strong opinions about which way the decision should go and after the discussion, agreeing that a different way than either side originally proposed is correct?
  2. What does that teach you about the nature of a Higher Power directing the group?

5. Read the paragraph starting with "Learning to seek the will".
  1. What does it take to learn to seek the will?
  2. What is the force we use in such situations?
  3. Why would I want to take control of the group and the decisions?
  4. What principle do we need to practice and what can we trust?

Trusting that the group conscience process will result in the correct answer for today can be very difficult for those of us who have been betrayed in the past.
  1. How have I seen love expressed in the group - as the group seeks what is right?
  2. What experiences have I had in letting go, trusting, and seeing how it works out?
  3. If I am used to others deferring to my opinions, how has submitting to the group been a way to learn love and humility?

6. Read the paragraph starting with "Those of us who are chosen".
  1. What do we call people who carry out group decisions?
  2. How have I seen the members of the group take on service positions?
  3. What relationship does such a position put someone in?
  4. According to what principles are people in those positions supposed to act?

  1. How does the "trusted servant" concept change how I see the leaders of the group and my willingness to serve?
  2. Am I a "tourist" simply "visiting" this group (pg. 99) or am I willing to serve?
  3. Since we are looking to a Higher Power for direction for the group, have I complained about what the trusted servants are doing or not doing?
  4. What do earlier paragraphs suggest we do about issues we see in the group?
  5. How can we be loving towards those who fail the trust?

7. Read the paragraph starting with "This concept of service".
  1. What is this concept of trusted service distinct from?
  2. What are "trusted servants" supposed to do?
  3. How much responsibility and power come with those positions?
  4. What power do those positions lack?
  5. Where does the mutual trust spring from?

  1. How does willing service with responsibility for my part, but no control over others or the outcome help my recovery?
  2. What are we ultimately relying upon?

  1. How can I use this concept of a "group conscience" in other aspects of life?
  2. What would it mean to be a "trusted servant" in the family, in work, and elsewhere?
  3. What implications for spirituality do I find in this Tradition?
  4. How can I apply these principles in all of my life?