Endigar 472 ~ . . . And Letting Go of It

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

. . . primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 76)

Peace is possible for me only when I let go of expectations. When I’m trapped in thoughts about what I want and what should be coming to me, I’m in a state of fear or anxious anticipation and this is not conducive to emotional sobriety. I must surrender – over and over – to the reality of my dependence on God, for then I find peace, gratitude and spiritual security.

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I think it is important to see the difference between experiencing fear and living in a state of fear.

“The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.”

Under the state of fear I make demands and create overwhelming expectations.  When I experience fear and process it with the inventory, I can make a simple request to Gomu (God of my understanding), to those around me, for help in whatever form that needs to be.  I can connect without crushing or being crushed.

In this process my faith in myself, my Gomu, and my support fellowship grows.  The heart that can release fear can grow in faith, which is the mysterious knowing that invisible forces are working in my behalf.  Something out there gives a damn about us, and that is a good reason to let go.  Good enough for me, anyway.

We are in this together.  Be prospered in your path.

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