CONSCIOUS CONTACT

Definition of Conscious contact:
Being spiritually awake is conscious contact with God.
Synonyms of Conscious contact:
mindful, watchful, recognizing, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and 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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The decision to ask for God’s help is our greatest source of strength and courage. By working the program, we’ve found the tools we need to successfully meet any challenge.

We’ve come to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, a Power that cares for our will and our lives.

We’ve asked that Power to remove our character defects, those things that made our lives unmanageable. We’ve taken action to improve our conscious contact with that Higher Power.–Just for Today | More…

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Let’s quit digging up the bones of old regrettable experiences. All they do is cloud our minds when we’re trying to respond to today’s opportunities. –Keepers of the Wisdom/Karen Casey | More…

The nature of our belief will determine the manner of our prayers and meditation. Just as our definition of a Power greater than ourselves differs from person to person, so does our manner of achieving a “conscious contact.”   –Just For Today | More…

We need to know that we matter in this life. Respectful recognition of another’s presence blesses them, God, and ourselves. We help one another grow, in important ways, each time we pay the compliment of acknowledgment. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey 29/07 | More…

Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas.

Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. –Big Book p.87 | More…

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My Creator, today let me remember the reason I’m here on Mother Earth. Let me have good thoughts. Being is not the colour of my skin.

Being is to listen to my heart, to think only the things You have taught, to watch nature, and live in harmony. Being is to walk in prayer, to talk to You constantly during the day.

Being is to act and to walk in a sacred way. Let me think in beauty, let me walk in beauty, let me pray in beauty –Elders Meditations | More…

We have to educate ourselves to know who we are.
That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Teach the children.

It is only by knowing ourselves that we can get in touch with our power. As we increase knowledge of ourselves, as we choose to grow spiritually, then we can teach the children. –Elders Meditations | More…

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Just as our definition of a Power greater than ourselves differs, so does our manner of achieving a “conscious contact.” Some attend religious services; some chant; some sit quietly or talk with whatever is out there; some find a spiritual connection by communing with nature.

The “right way” to pray and meditate is whatever way helps us improve our conscious contact with our own Higher Power. –Just For Today | More…

When we’re edgy and critical or perhaps feeling inadequate or depressed, we’ve lost our attunement with God. And when acting the way God would have us act is no longer our priority, our character defects once again emerge and, in time, grow ever more numerous.

We can make the simple decision to always check out our proposed behavior against the behavior we know is from God. There’s really no mystery to having a rewarding and peaceful life.

Those we notice who do, have likely made a more frequent companion of God than we.
The decision to work more on our own friendship with God is an easy one to make. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

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Acknowledging the presence of God
We have not/do not become separated from God.

There is therefore no need to seek or find God (he is not lost/has not departed).
Our (bad/negative) experiences have us believe we become separated from God.

We become victims of that (our) belief because entertaining a sense of separation from God can be as disastrous and devastating as actual separation. In other words, the moment we accept the sense of separation from God, it is as if we had not God.

The thing to overcome is the sense of separation, not the actual separation. –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith  | More…

A consciousness of God releases the greatest power of all. Just thinking of God as we go into situations we’re uncomfortable with or perhaps even fearful of will relieve our troubled mind and lessen our anxiety.

Carrying God in our thoughts means we don’t have to, for that moment or hour or day, feel alone. Quite miraculously, we’ll know that God can help us handle what we could not handle alone

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Most of us dwell more on negative thoughts than on thoughts of God.
And our life is far more confused and complicated than it needs to be as a result.

To replace one thought with another is really quite simple.
A quiet reminder to stop negative thinking and remember God is all that’s necessary.

We may have to repeat the process many, many times, but patience brings the result we want. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

Self-consciousness is a form of pride.
It is a fear that something may happen to you.

What happens to you is not very important.
The impression you make on others does not depend so much on the kind of job you do as on your sincerity and honesty of purpose.

Look to God for the true power that will make you effective.
Failures come from depending too much on your own strength.  –24Hours | More…

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Prayer and meditation are our principal means of conscious contact with God. –Step 11 | More…

Today I have a healthy respect for what the majority may feel but I also trust and follow my conscience. I know that to be in the minority is not necessarily to be in the wrong.

My recovery insists that I listen to my conscience, that inner self that is based on a program of honesty, that spiritual cornerstone of my life that I have come to trust. –Father Leo | More…

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