Endigar 545 ~ Peace of Mind

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, earnestly asking God’s help and guidance — meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes clear, cost what it may?   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 86-87)

My belief in a Higher Power is an essential part of my work on Step Nine; forgiveness, timing, and right motives are the other ingredients. My willingness to do the Step is a growing experience that opens the door for new and honest relationships with the people I have harmed. My responsible action brings me closer to the spiritual principles of the program — love and service. Peace of mind, serenity, and a stronger faith are sure to follow.

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gomu in unity

The matter that the 12 and 12 refers to when it says, “Do we lay the matter. . . ” is one in which the alcoholic could get away with if he says nothing, but almost certainly will be fired and become unemployable if he confesses it, thus accepting the consequences of his actions, but also causing his dependent family to suffer with him.  The practical wisdom of the 12 steps suggests that the matter be brought to the family and the decision be made in unison while the individual is ready, regardless of the decision, to accept the consequences of his actions.

There is one shift that must take place for this program to work.  I am not alone.  When I believed in that aloneness, I created the consequences that have been painful to face.  We are not alone, and when we give up our isolated thinking and include those who are affected by our decisions, we include those who are spiritual advisers, and we include Gomu (God of my understanding) in our decision making process, we experience the ability to let go of the past horrors, of spiritually significant timing, and the use of tested motives.

My peace of mind comes from connection with the Spiritus Mundi of recovery.

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