Endigar 624 ~ “Suggested” Steps

From the Daily Reflections of December 1;

Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual awakening. . . . A.A.’s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pages 106 – 107)

I remember my sponsor’s answer when I told him that the Steps were “suggested.” He replied that they are “suggested” in the same way that, if you were to jump out of an airplane with a parachute, it is “suggested” that you pull the ripcord to save your life. He pointed out that it was “suggested” I practice the Twelve Steps, if I wanted to save my life. So I try to remember daily that I have a whole program of recovery based on all Twelve of the “suggested” Steps.




The Twelfth Step holds a bold promise in response to the completion of the stepwork process; whatever I experience upon completion is a “Spiritual Awakening.”  My transformation will include a desire to spread the message that the spiritual awakening is possible, and it will cause me to practice the principles of the steps in every area of my life beyond the rooms of AA.  The spiritual awakening is the goal.  It will change me.  It will spread beyond me.  I am the burning bush experience.

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