Fort Wayne Inner Group’s annual New Year Eve’s dance was a huge success. The smashing good time was due to the Waynedale and Inwood groups’ unbridled exuberance and unselfish efforts to unconditionally serve fellow alcoholics. Fort Wayne Inner Group’s treasurer Bernie G. was all smiles as the temple filled to capacity and rocked to the tunes of local legend, “Doctor Feelgood.”
As the Temple rocked James and Mary Ross partially lifted the veil of Freemasonry secrecy and conducted exclusive tours for the dance participants. At the end of the evening several friends of Bill and Bob confided in Barleycorn that they experienced intense spiritual feeling in one of the Temple’s most sacred rooms. This can be easily explained because of a little known spiritual connection between the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous 70 years ago and the ancient mystical history of Freemasonry. The diagnosis for alcoholism Bill Wilson published in his famous book, “Alcoholics Anonymous,” came from Switzerland and a famous Swiss doctor named Carl Gustav Jung. In 1931 Carl Jung (CGJ) treated an American alcoholic named Rowland Hazard and after Rowland left CGJ’s care he relapsed in Paris and was returned to CGJ’s study where he was told the bad news, “Rowland you are going to die, I have never seen a “chronic alcoholic,” of your description recover!” Rowland reportedly said, “Oh Doctor is there no hope?” CGJ replied, “I’m going to go outside my profession (psychiatry) and tell you what I believe is your correct diagnosis, your alcoholism is, but a symptom of a greater malady. You’re suffering from a spiritual malady or spirit disharmony and modern medicine has no solution for this malady; your solution must come from some sort of religious or spiritual awakening, or a complete psychic change. And, although I’ve heard of these rare events, I’ve never before documented one.”
AA archive’s is aware of where Rowland’s diagnosis came from, but they do not know from whence CGJ obtained it? After many years of writing case histories at the Zurich Mental Institute CGJ was baffled by (alcoholism and addiction) that were seemingly incurable and which modern medicine held no diagnosis or solution for. Around 1925 CGJ had reoccurring dreams about his grandfather C. G. Jung the elder, an excellent medical doctor, professor of medicine, university rector and also a Grand Master of the Society of Swiss Freemasonry. After the younger CGJ’s 1925 dreams, he discovered several thousand Rosicrucian or alchemy texts that had formerly belonged to his grandfather and in them he discovered a diagnosis for alcoholism and other spiritual maladies for which modern science had no explanation.
In the early 1960s Bill Wilson sent a letter to CGJ in which he said, “There’s no doubt in our mind that AA’s spirituality began in your Zurich study with Rowland Hazard.” CGJ responded in a short hand written letter, “Yes, I remember Rowland and his diagnosis,” but, before CGJ answered Bill’s second letter he passed from this world to that of the spirits. It seems altogether fitting and proper to share one of CGJ’s final correspondences…Just as man, as a social being, cannot live in the long run without being connected with the community, so too the individual finds the real justification for his existence, and his own spiritual as well as moral autonomy, nowhere but in an extramundane principle that is capable of revitalizing the overpowering influence of external factors. The individual who is not anchored in God can offer no resistance, on the strength of his own resources, to the physical and moral sway of the world. For this man needs the evidence of his own inner, transcendent experience.