SPIRITUALITY

Definition of Spiritualty: relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
Synonyms of Spiritualty: communion, devotion, reverence, higher power, fidelity, sincerity, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.
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Contemplative meditation primes the spiritual pump. Our only reason for being on the spiritual path is to build spiritual consciousness –Joel Goldsmith | More…

 

Four traditional paths in western spirituality to find a God of our understanding.

1, Learning God-consciousness:  that is, learning to become aware of God’s presence
2, The spirit of the tables:  the spirit of divine love, linking one human heart to another.
3, G.O.D. = Good Orderly Direction, the moral law as the face of God unveiled.
4, The Truth Itself: the sunlight of the spirit granting illumination and insight.

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Spirituality sees beyond the problems into the solution. Hope is a feeling that is based on a spiritual perception of life that shuns apathy and negativity. –Father Leo | More…

The hope that stems from our ability to change requires a realistic understanding of what has happened. No aspect of life should be wasted because it can point to a glorious tomorrow. –Father Leo | More…

Not only are race and language barriers overcome by spirituality, but all things are overcome by spirituality. Inside every human being is the spirit. When see/look at others, we can choose to look at their outside or we can choose to look at their inside.
Spirituality resides inside of others, we must be able to look at our own inside. — Elders Meditations | More…

The essence of my spirituality, and my sobriety, rests on a round-the-clock faith in a Higher Power. Without this omnipotent force in my every activity, I would again fall into the depths of my disease — and death.  –Daily Reflections | More…

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When you find yourself thinking that your Prayer cannot be answered for any reason whatever – treat that reason. When something says to you that you cannot demonstrate “because” – treat the because.

When you think, I cannot demonstrate because I have not enough understanding – treat for understanding. When you think, I cannot treat because I have a Headache – treat the headache.

When you think, I cannot demonstrate because I am full of doubts – treat the doubts.
When you think I cannot demonstrate because it is now too late – treat against the time illusion.

When you think, I cannot demonstrate in this part of the country – treat against the space illusion. When you think, I cannot demonstrate this thing because of my age – treat your age belief.

When you think, I cannot demonstrate because someone else will hinder me, treat the belief in a power other than God. –Emmet Fox / Treat The Treatment | More…

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First focus on decisions that will be good for all people and then for yourself.
Righteousness means “to think right.” Our way is to consider the good of all first.

This helps our minds to be unselfish and pure. This it he spiritual way. –Elders Meditations | More…

You are a child of God. You are a child of Light. The Soul that is your true identity resides naturally in love and joy. –Way Out Book by John-Roger | More…

No one can determine our behavior and how we act.
It’s not what’s going on but how we look at what’s going on. | More…

We found we could not place money first. For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded. –Big Book p.127 | More…

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My main business now is keeping sober.
Making a living or keeping a house is no longer my main business. –24Hours | More…

Our spiritual awakening is partly a process of becoming real. We are developing a real relationship with ourselves, we are becoming more aware of our values.

As we work the Steps, as we are true to our inner voice, as we keep returning to conscious contact with our Higher Power, as we get closer to our friends, we become more real to ourselves. –Touchstones | More…

We can become more and more selfish and practically extinguish the Divine Spark within us or we can become more unselfish and develop our spirituality until it becomes the most important thing in our lives.. –24Hours | More…

May I recognize that we are all spiritual beings.
Today I will remember, to each his own spirituality. –A Day at a Time | More…

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Spiritual tradition shows us the way to live in harmony, balance and respect. We are spiritual beings trying to be human, not human beings trying to be spiritual. It is said, Know thyself. –Elders Meditations | More…

Spiritual laws allow healing; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it’s hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World. –Elder’s Meditation | More…

Most of us awaken spiritually very slowly. We can’t do what belongs to God to do. Our job is simply to move aside. Life is often only as hard and painful as we in our self-centeredness make it. –Karen Casey | More…

As we practice spiritual principles, we find strength and freedom, both in ourselves and in those around us. We are set free to be ourselves and to enjoy the company of our fellows –Just For Today | More…

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Spirituality is full of life. When we seek it we become alive. If we look outside ourselves, we will not find life; if we look inside, we will find life. –Elders Meditations | More…

John Welwood, the psychotherapist and spiritual practioner who originated the term spiritual bypassing, defined it as ‘using spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep personal, emotional ‘unfinished business,’ or to shore up a shaky sense of self, or to belittle basic needs, feelings, developmental tasks, all in the name of enlightenment.’ –Recovering Spirituality | More…

The spirituality of imperfection is a spirituality of ‘not having all the answers.’ For those who have come to expect an answer to every question, a solution to every problem, and an end to every beginning, such an approach may be disconcerting at first. Disjointed wandering is the way of imperfection blending into sometimes off-key voices harmonizing as a whole… not perfect harmony, but harmony nonetheless.

Spirituality is, above all, a way of life. We don’t just think about it or feel it or sense it around us-we live it. In the experience of spirituality, three essential elements are always at play: what we see, how we feel, and why we choose. — The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum | More…

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Facing the truth of our circumstances means accepting ‘life on life’s terms’. We can erroneously have an expectation that we would be relieved of unwanted situations and that we are entitled to a life that continually looked and felt better. Our relationship with our Higher Power can be an attempt to anesthetize our feelings. –Recovering Spirituality/Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. p.103-108 | More…

Spirituality brings with it a sense of priority in my life: first things first. Unless I discover me and have a love and respect for me, I have nothing to offer in this world.

My spiritual program reminds me that my love of self is shown in my refusal of the first drink. If I am healthy, I can have the world; without me, I can have nothing! –Father Leo’s Meditations | More…

Spirituality is an opportunity to connect with our spiritual nature. It is not a panacea that promises to connect us with material wealth or psychological health

We are made up of mind, body, and spirit, interconnected aspects of the human condition that cannot be simply fused. –Recovering Spirituality/Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. p.103-108 | More…

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There is always a need for a message to enhance self-esteem, shed resentments, or increase spirituality. With the program, much more comes along. Therefore, any thought about recovery can have a great effect. — Dr. Abraham Twerski | More…

 Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to affect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.

Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach. That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere.  So we used our own conception, however limited it was. –Big Book p.47 | More…

As humans, we do not ‘have’ limits; we are limited. Something is wrong and it cannot be ‘fixed’. Whenever that reality of limitation is denied or rejected, spirituality suffers. — The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.45-47 | More…

We are a part of an interconnected system. Words in themselves have no meaning. It is the spirit and intent behind the words that really show the meaning. –Elders Meditations | More…

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The mind is in spinning wheels at the navel, heart, throat, head.
The connecting shaft is emptiness.

Without an unobstructed route, energy cannot flow….
People search for the sacred and are told it is within themselves.

The concept of void is central to many philosophies including that of Tao. The pathway connecting the energy centers of the mind is like a long shaft beginning from the perineum and ending at the top of the head.

If not for emptiness, or hollowness of this shaft, the sacred energy of the body could not be conducted. –Daily Tao | More…

We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable. –Daily Reflections | More…

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Spirituality brings with it a sense of priority in my life: first things first. Unless I discover me and have a love and respect for me, I have nothing to offer in this world.

My spiritual program reminds me that my love of self is shown in my refusal of the first drink. If I am healthy, I can have the world; without me, I can have nothing! –Father Leo | More…

Spirituality is, above all, a way of life. We don’t just think about it or feel it or sense it around us-we live it. In the experience of spirituality, three essential elements are always at play: what we see, how we feel, and why we choose.

Of the three essential elements, ‘feeling’ (an episode of rapture, a warm sensation of belonging, ‘willing’ (the act of choosing),  ‘seeing’ holds a kind of necessary priority. As Jesuit priest Jean-Pierre Caussade suggested, we must first learn ‘the proper way of viewing things.’

He did not mean seeing with our physical eyes but with an inner vision that looks at the world in a way that sees ‘self’ in context. — The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.68-70 | More…

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Spirituality is, above all, a way of life.
We don’t just think about it or feel it or sense it around us-we live it.

In the experience of spirituality, three essential elements are always at play: what we see, how we feel, and why we choose. The sensations of taste and smell, which thrive in spiritual tradition, especially in the East, are also part of the ‘vision’ that is spirituality.

Efforts to capture the fullness of the experience of spirituality frequently appeal to the sense of ‘sweetness.’ ‘Good’ can be understood intellectually, but ‘sweet’ is a sense experience which even a child can appreciate.

In all spiritual traditions the, words ‘thirst’ and ‘hunger’ appear again and again. Smell, taste, sight, and hearing… the most fundamental spiritual experience involves all these senses, and more.

In fact, the experience of spirituality perhaps comes closest to the final sense of touch, for it is ultimately a kind of kinaesthetic experience: an awareness that flows from a sense of the positioning of the whole being. — The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.70-72 | More…

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Righteous can mean having the ‘right idea’ of supply, or God. Our lack of understanding of God is responsible for any difficulties in our current situation.

 What we know of God are Truth and answers of our own knowledge. Frequently we quote ideas of God that are quotes of others and not of our own knowledge.

God is the I of my being, the I am – not my personal mind or power or understanding – the I am of me, the very I or spiritual selfhood of me. God is part of each human being. All of God’s spirit is the human spirit.

All of God’s supply is the human supply. All of God’s love is human love.
Why?… Because I and he Father are one, and all that the Father has is mine.

It is that oneness that constitutes the infinity of our being. This ‘Allness’ constitutes individual being, our good does not come to us from outside; it has to be contacted from inside. –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith | More…

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The world seeks its good in the external realm IE peace, joy, satisfaction, home, companionship, or supply from the outer world of people and things. But the Master said ‘My Kingdom is not of this world’

When we turn to the spiritual path we learn the world’s weapons will not do for us. When considering the statement ‘The Kingdom of God is within you’ it immediately becomes clear that going outside to find our good will not work.

The place to seek is within.
Spiritual revelators of all time agree on this.

Spiritual living is based on the ability to contact God. God is at hand, our mystical poet (Tennyson) tells us ‘He is closer than breathing nearer than hand or feet. –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith | More…

When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, he/she has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.85)

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Traditionally, spirituality refers to a process of re-formation of the personality to live a life according to divine will. Some other terms for spirituality are “Hasidism, contemplation, kabbala, asceticism, mysticism, perfection, devotion and piety”

Spirituality is, above all, a way of life. We don’t just think about it or feel it or sense it around us-we live it. In the experience of spirituality, three essential elements are always at play: what we see, how we feel, and why we choose. –The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.110-117 | More…

Supply is spirit and it is within you. Outwardly supply takes the form of money, food, clothing, housing, transportation, business capital etc. Spiritual discernment will tell you this is true.

Later you will see the proof of it – not by ever seeing supply but by seeing the forms supply assumes. Truth like supply is invisible is inaudible.

You will never see Truth, nor will you ever hear Truth. Truth is within you. Truth is spirit, and Truth is God. –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith | More…

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Tangibles and intangibles of Supply. Supply is spirit and it is within you. Outwardly supply takes the form of money, food, clothing, housing, transportation, business capital etc. Spiritual discernment will tell you this is true.

Later you will see the proof of it – not by ever seeing supply but by seeing the forms supply assumes. Fruit of trees, crops in fields, are symbols of supply. They are not supply itself, because supply is invisible and it is within you.

So it is with poets, authors, sculptors, painters, composers. Their invisible talents are the substance of what becomes poems, books, paintings, teachings, or other forms of art. Their supply is their inner light, their inspiration.  –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith  | More…

Whatever our path to spirituality, the Twelve Step program has enriched our understanding.

Before we practiced the Twelve Steps, we had allowed ourselves to forget the strength and nurture that are always at hand. Now we are grateful to be reminded that God is with us, within us, and all is well. –Each Day A New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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God is Spirit, God is love, God is Infinite, GOD IS Universal. Can an Infinite, Universal Love withhold itself? No more so than the law of gravity.

If you drop an object the law of gravity operates regardless of the value of the object. The law of gravity is no respecter of value. It operates for all.

So it is with the Grace of god. The Grace of God has no more power to discriminate saint from sinner than the law of gravity can discriminate a one-dollar object from a thousand-dollar object –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith | More…

Spirituality may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity, personal growth, or blissful experience. It is often separated from organized religious institutions, as in the phrase “spiritual but not religious”.

Spiritual matters are difficult to explain
To know something we must become one with it. –Elders Meditations | More…

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Refilling with the spirit is something you need every day. For this refilling with the spirit, you need these times of quiet communion, away, alone, without noise, without activity.

You need this dwelling apart, this shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being, away alone with your Maker. From these times of communion you come forth with new power.

This refilling is the best preparation for effective work.  –24Hours | More…

Conscious separation: 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…

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The more serendipity we have in our life, the more spiritually connected we are. We’re tuned in, attentive, aware, and detached.

We’re getting responses to questions and meeting the people we need to be with at just the right moments. We couldn’t have planned it better. We couldn’t have planned it at all.

Serendipity is a sign that we’re letting the universe organize the events that lead to answered questions and fulfilled dreams. Life becomes a process of unravelling a mystery. –Letting Go of Debt/Karen Casanova | More…

Spirituality for me is not a question of feeling good. Instead it is a matter of finding from prayer and meditation, the power to do what is good, what is healthy, what brings joy and healing to myself and others. –West Henrietta, N.Y., September 1990/Grapevine | More…

Spirituality involves not magic but miracle and mystery; not wilfulness but willingness. Dr Leslie Farber suggests we live in an age of ‘disordered will’

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Goals and directions are distorted, even destroyed by attempts to control them. Attempting to treat directions as if they were objects – leads first to anxiety and then, inevitably to, addiction.

Anxiety occurs because the confusion of objects with directions is doomed to failure; The split between the will and its impossible goal deepens with each futile attempt to will what cannot be willed.

Addiction results not in ‘better living through chemistry’, but in the self-destructive ‘location of divinity in drugs/alcohol’. The problem with ‘willing what cannot be willed’ is that we step into a territory that is not ours – we stake the claim to be God.

Seeking to control what cannot be controlled destroys precisely what we are trying to control. To will what cannot be willed is to become in Farber’s memorable phrase, ‘addicted to addiction’ –The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.125-127 | More…

“How can you pass on an ‘honest program’ if you aren’t honest yourself? Honesty is indivisible. Spirituality is a reality that must touch all of one’s life or it touches none of one’s life.

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Spirituality cannot be analysed; the spiritual has no parts. The ‘spiritual’ not only touches all of our surface – it penetrates our depths.

We must live it, think it, feel it, and most important, act it in our own lives, for only if we do it, only if we practice it, will we come to understand what it is. Spirituality thus resides at our center

Spirituality is not a pet project that we can take up for a month or two; it is never a hobby. Spirituality is not something spectacular.

Spirituality is a reality that must touch all of one’s life or it touches none of one’s life.
Time after time newcomers to AA have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives… ‘Almost inevitably they got drunk.’

The remedy for ‘keeping something to oneself’ is not ‘letting it all hang out,’ which is a modern-day perversion of pervasiveness. AA respects and recognizes the difference between the concealment that is part of cowardice and the modesty that is an aspect of humility.

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‘Keeping something to oneself’ is equivalent to a curtain always half-drawn; it indicates a holding back, a half-heartedness, a refusal to believe in love that leads to hiding part of the self-dom from the Twelve Steps.

Because alcoholism impacts every aspect of the alcoholics life, recovery from alcoholism has to do the same. AA’s Twelve Steps emphasise the importance of ‘pervasiveness’ to the AA way of life in stunningly clear from.

Step Four suggests ‘a searching and fearless’ inventory
Step Five speaks of the need to admit ‘the exact nature of our wrongs.’

Step Six talks of becoming ‘entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character’. Step Eight suggests making ‘ a list of all persons we had harmed’ and of becoming ‘willing to make amends to them all’.

The closing words of Step Twelve speak of practicing ‘these principles in all our affairs’. All those all’s point to the recognition grained through painful, and for some, fatal experience, that spirituality is the kind of reality that unless it touches all of your life it touches none of your life.

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It is the acceptance of imperfection that makes ‘holding nothing back’ possible. Alcoholics are not in AA to escape themselves, but to accept themselves as they are – flawed, imperfect, wounded, alcoholic And through that acceptance to be healed, to be made whole, by being integrated into the reality of their own reality.

Healing means not the elimination but the embracing of imperfection, for only thus is it possible to find wholeness. –The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.144-149 | More…

A man said, “My name is Bill, and I am an alcoholic and a recovering human being!” Then it struck me; recovery from alcohol was not simply about putting down the glass but about changing, and developing a positive lifestyle as a human being.

The same is true with spirituality. It is about finding God in my life, discovering God in the decisions and actions I take, and seeing Him in the world around me. Today I understand spirituality to be the link that unites all peoples, and is centered on what is true and real.–Father Leo | More…

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The world seeks its good in the external realm IE peace, joy, satisfaction, home, companionship, or supply from the outer world of people and things. But the Master said ‘My Kingdom is not of this world’

When we turn to the spiritual path we learn the world’s weapons will not do for us.
When considering the statement ‘The Kingdom of God is within you’ it immediately becomes clear that going outside to find our good will not work.

The place to seek is within. Spiritual revelators of all time agree on this. Spiritual living is based on the ability to contact God. God is at hand, our mystical poet (Tennyson) tells us ‘He is closer than breathing nearer than hand or feet. –Invisible Supply/Joel Goldsmith | More…

We are born into the world with free will, and we can do whatever we please. But there are civil laws and, if we disobey them, we are at risk of losing our freedom.

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The spiritual world also has laws; if we disregard them, we suffer consequences. The difference is that we are our own judges, and our consequences are personal.

We frequently bump into these spiritual boundaries. God lets us over-step them at will, but what we do always catches up with us.

If we break spiritual laws, no one knows it better than we do because unhappiness surely follows. Selfishness, dishonesty, and an unloving attitude guarantee misery.

Letting love direct our thoughts and actions assures our ultimate happiness. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

There is no need to be concerned about a conflict between science and the spiritual life. Perhaps in the very center of our humanness is a spiritual compass.

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When we disown that orientation, do we lose some of our humanness?
This program did not invent the spiritual outlook.

It only tells us recovery will come through awakening of the spiritual within us. The Steps tell us to engage with the God of our understanding, to develop a relationship of trust, total openness and humility, and to improve the contact. –Touchstones 20/11 | More…

When Ebby heard how serious my drinking was, he resolved to visit me.
He was in New York; I was in Brooklyn.

His resolve was not enough; he had to take action and he had to spend money.
He called me on the phone and then got into the subway; total cost, ten cents.

At the level of the telephone booth and subway turnstile, spirituality and money began to mix. One without the other would have amounted to nothing at all.

Right then and there, Ebby established the principle that A.A. in action calls for the sacrifice of much time and a little money. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.324)

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Race and language barriers are overcome by spirituality, all things are overcome by spirituality. Inside every human being is the spirit.

When we see people, we can choose to look at their outside or we can choose to look at their inside. Spirituality resides inside of others, we must be able to look at our own inside.

If we see spirituality inside ourselves, we will see spirituality inside others. The saying is, “what you sees is what you gets.” –Elders Meditations | More..

Our spiritual nature must be nurtured. Prayer and meditation lovingly kindle the flame that guides us from within.Some time away, even a few moments, in quiet communion with God, rekindles the flame.

We can listen to the voice of our higher power in others. We can listen, too, as we carry the message. Prayer surrounds us every moment.

We can fuel our inner flame with the messages received from others. We can let our spirit spring forth; let it warm our hearts and the hearts of others. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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Few of us came to our first meeting aching to take a personal inventory or believing that a spiritual void existed in our souls. The First Step brings us to semi-consciousness, although at this point, we may not be sure whether we want to climb out of bed or maybe sleep for just five more minutes. The gentle hand shaking our shoulders as we apply the Second and Third Steps causes us to stand up, stretch, and yawn.

We need to wipe the sleep from our eyes to write the Fourth Step and share our Fifth. But as we work the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Steps, we begin noticing a spring in our step and the start of a smile on our lips. Our spirits sing in the shower as we take the Tenth and Eleventh Steps.

And then we practice the Twelfth, leaving the house in search of others to awaken. We don’t have to spend the rest of our lives in a spiritual coma. We may not like to get up in the morning but, once out of bed, we’re almost always glad we did. –Just For Today | More…

What keeps me sober and serene is the very act of letting go of resentments, self-pity, fear of others, and whatever else keeps my thoughts going in circles about myself. –Galveston, TX, September 1995/”The Uncertainty Principle,” Spiritual Awakenings II/Grapevine

We arrived at the doors of NA with more than just a drug problem. The influence of addiction had warped our whole pattern of living beyond recognition. Our disease slowly influenced our spiritual development for the worse.

Recovery introduces a ‘new influence’ to our lives, a source of fellowship and spiritual strength slowly impelling us into new, healthy patterns of living. If we cooperate with the ‘new influence’ NA has brought to our lives, over time we will experience the personality change we call recovery. –Just For Today | More…

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