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Step Two

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Step Two Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] A Cherokee or Ojibwa chief is said to have asked his young braves, “Why do you spend your time in brooding? Don’t you know you are being driven by great… Continue Reading Step Two

In Need of Healing

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 In Need of Healing Sunday, May 29, 2016 I believe the Twelve-Step programs are a movement of the Spirit in our time. In creating Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, with typical American pragmatism, designed a truly practical program that really worked to change lives. That’s why… Continue Reading In Need of Healing

Step 12: Recovery

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 3 Step 12: Recovery Friday, December 4, 2015 Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. —Step 12 of the Twelve Steps The real authority that changes the world is an inner… Continue Reading Step 12: Recovery

Step 11: The Contemplative Mind

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 3 Step 11: The Contemplative Mind Thursday, December 3, 2015 We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood [God], praying only for the knowledge of [God’s] will for us and the power to carry that out. —Step 11 of the Twelve Steps The word… Continue Reading Step 11: The Contemplative Mind

Step 4: Dark Grace

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step 4: Dark Grace Wednesday, November 25, 2015 We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. —Step 4 of the Twelve Steps Moral scrutiny is not to discover how good or bad I am and regain some moral high ground, but it is to begin some honest “shadow boxing”… Continue Reading Step 4: Dark Grace

Step 2: Trusting a Higher Power

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step 2: Trusting a Higher Power Monday, November 23, 2015 We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. —Step 2 of the Twelve Steps You have probably heard it said that most of our problems tend to be psychological, but our solutions are always… Continue Reading Step 2: Trusting a Higher Power

Step 1: Admitting Our Powerlessness

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step 1: Admitting Our Powerlessness Sunday, November 22, 2015 We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. —Step 1 of the Twelve Steps The very first step of the Twelve Step program is our admission that we have come to the end of ourselves. Once again we… Continue Reading Step 1: Admitting Our Powerlessness

Experiencing Intimacy

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Experiencing Intimacy Friday, November 20, 2015 Addiction has been variously described as a moral weakness, a simple lack of willpower, a cowardly inability to face life, or a spiritual illness or disease. I agree with Alcoholics Anonymous that addiction is the latter: a disease of the soul, an illness resulting from… Continue Reading Experiencing Intimacy

Emotional Sobriety

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Emotional Sobriety Thursday, November 19, 2015 Bill Wilson saw “emotional sobriety” as the final culmination of the Twelve Steps. Full sobriety is not just to stop drinking, but to become a spiritually awakened person who has found some degree of detachment from your own narcissistic emotional responses. The word emotion comes… Continue Reading Emotional Sobriety

A Vital Spiritual Experience

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 A Vital Spiritual Experience Tuesday, November 17, 2015 The Twelve Step program helps people see that addiction is an illness which requires understanding and spiritual healing—much more than a moral failure which deserves condemnation. This is a gigantic breakthrough. Pope Francis gets this when he says that the church should be… Continue Reading A Vital Spiritual Experience

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