Endigar 364 ~ A.A.’s Freedoms

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

We trust that we already know what our several freedoms truly are;  that no future generation of AAs will ever feel compelled to limit them.  Our AA freedoms create the soil in which genuine love can grow . . .   (The Language of the Heart, page 303)

I craved freedom.  First, freedom to drink; later freedom from drink.  The A.A. program of recovery rests on a foundation of free choice.  There are no mandates, laws or commandments.  A.A.’s spiritual program, as outlined in the Twelve Steps, and by which I am offered even greater freedoms, is only suggested.  I can take it or leave it.  Sponsorship is offered, not forced, and I come and go as I will.  It is these and other freedoms that allow me to recapture the dignity that was crushed by the burden of drink, and which is so dearly needed to support an enduring sobriety.



What if freedom is an out-of-body experience?  What if the human species is a hybrid of energy and organic structure?  What if the energy manifestation of our existence establishes our self-awareness and our hunger for this true freedom?   The best dreams I have experienced are when I am flying.  I never have wings, just a strong awareness of something within.

It seems to me that all of our technology is designed to tweek the wheelchair that escorts our organic structure, so that we might experience a reality akin to flying free.

The only time these dreams of flying become a nightmare is when I consider the possibility of falling.  I remember my organic structure and its vulnerabilities.  I fear, and I begin to descend.

There is a story I remember of a Messiah walking on water.  From the pack of fearful disciples, one calls out  “If it is you, call to me so that I may come to you on the water.”

The classroom of the Universe gets quiet as he responds, “Come.”

A human mind became aware of the reality of its energy manifestation, its spirit, and stepped out on the water.  Then he remembered his organic structure and its vulnerabilities.  He feared.

The Messiah was wrought with disappointment as he rescued his student from sinking.  Almost.  Humanity almost woke up to the reality of their powerful spirits.

The freedoms of AA are protective in nature.  It protects our opportunity for sobriety.   I look at sobriety as a spiritual freedom along a path of transformation.  I wonder how many “almost” moments AA has given the Universe.


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