· We come to EA to learn how to live a new way of life through the twelve-step
program of Emotions Anonymous which consists of Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions,
concepts, the Serenity Prayer, slogans, Just for Todays, EA literature, weekly
meetings, telephone and personal contacts, and living the program one day at
a time. We do not come for another person — we come to help ourselves and
to share our experiences, strength, and hope with others.
· We are experts only on our own stories, how we try to live the program,
how the program works for us, and what EA has done for us. No one speaks for
Emotions Anonymous as a whole.
· We respect anonymity ‹ no questions are asked. We aim for an
atmosphere of love and acceptance. We do not care who you are or what you have
done. You are welcome.
· We do not judge; we do not criticize; we do not argue. We do not give
advice regarding personal or family affairs.
· EA is not a sounding board for continually reviewing our miseries, but
a way to learn to detach ourselves from them. Part of our serenity comes from
being able to live at peace with unsolved problems.
· We never discuss religion, politics, national or international issues,
or other belief systems or policies. EA has no opinion on outside issues.
· Emotions Anonymous is a spiritual program, not a religious program.
We do not advocate any particular belief system.
· The steps suggest a belief in a Power greater than ourselves. This can
be human love, a force for good, the group, nature, the universe, God, or any
entity a member chooses as a personal Higher Power.
· We utilize the program ‹ we do not analyze it. Understanding
comes with experience. Each day we apply some part of the program to our personal
· We have not found it helpful to place labels on any degree of illness
or health. We may have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the
same or similar. We discover we are not unique in our difficulties and illnesses.
· Each person is entitled to his or her own opinions and may express them
at a meeting within the guidelines of EA. We are all equal ‹ no one is
more important than another.
· Part of the beauty and wonder of the EA program is that at meetings
we can say anything and know it stays there. Anything we hear at a meeting, on
the telephone, or from another member is confidential and is not to be repeated
to anyone ‹ EA members, mates, families, relatives or friends.
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