The phrase is often translated to mean ‘Spirit against the effects of spirits.’ Spiritus in latin is the word for both alcohol and the highest religious experience.
This phrase is referenced in Carl Jung’s letter response to Bill W. in 1961. Jung states that ” craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness, expressed in medieval language: the union with God .(” As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul aftter Thee O God” – Psalm 42:1)
This is well said and ties in nicely with BB p 164 ” We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of happy destiny.” I feel that destiny is union with God as Christ prayed for same for His believers in John 17:20-26.
I received a photocopy of those letters from Jung to Bill W. from the NYC GSO on Thursday 9-27-13, along with an article on the Oxford group- also known as the First Century Christian Fellowship- and their influence on AA . The article concludes by saying “But He (God) apparently used Frank Buckman and the Oxford Group (to bring AA into existence)”.
If that bothers you, take comfort in the fact that it bothered Bill W. when Ebby first presented the Group message -that is, the Christian Oxford Group message -to him. But didn’t it all work out in a wonderful way!
Paul R ,Tucson.