Definition of Awareness:
knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
Synonyms of Awareness:
recognition, cognizance, perception, understanding, grasp, appreciation, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click the external link for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Step Eleven: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help. –12 & 12 | More… (p.98)

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We find good in situations, experiences and people when we look for it.
Generally we find just what we expect to find.

The power attaching to our attitudes is awesome.
Often it is immobilizing; too seldom is it positive.

We each create the personal environment that our soul calls home, which means that at any moment we have the power to change our perspective on life, our response to any particular experience and most of all, our feelings about ourselves. Just as we will find good in others when we decide to look for it, we’ll find good in ourselves.

What the program offers is the awareness that we are the creators of the joy in our hearts. The present is singular in its importance to our lives, now. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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What gets in the way of our awareness of God is self.
If we are narrowly focused on the concerns of ego and self-will, we ignore the presence of a Higher Power.

Then we become weak and confused in our aloneness.
To be aware of the presence of God in our lives every day, all we need is the willingness to be open to Him. –Food For Thought | More…


At certain spiritual events or happenings, it is possible for the spirits to come. Sometimes these spirits look like sparklers of light, sometimes you can feel them, sometimes they will look like live human beings.

The spirits always come for a reason.
When we deal with the spirit world, we need to be patient.

The Great Spirit will tell us the meaning of these happenings when He is ready. –Elders Meditations | More…

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Awareness is the first step toward positive change and growth.
Awareness is how life, the Universe, and our Higher Power get our attention and prepare us for change.

The process of becoming changed begins with awareness.
Awareness, acceptance, and change—that’s the cycle.  –The Language of Letting Go/Melody Beattie | More…

When we become aware of how far off our path we have strayed, we are touched by painful feelings. We feel guilty about the harm we caused. This new awareness is a spiritual place. It brings us back into contact with our Higher Power and makes us available to the words of wisdom and concern of others.

It reminds us that no man can walk this path on his own power. We all must remain open and in contact with the healing relationships around us. –Touchstones | More…

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