Endigar 705 ~ Our Paths Are Our Own

From the Daily Reflections of February 18;

. . . there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 25).

My first attempt at the Steps was one of obligation and necessity, which resulted in a deep feeling of discouragement in the face of all those adverbs: courageously; completely; humbly; directly; and only. I considered Bill W. fortunate to have gone through such a major, even sensational, spiritual experience. I had to discover, as time went on, that my path was my own. After a few twenty-four hours in the A.A. Fellowship, thanks especially to the sharing of members in the meetings, I understood that everyone gradually finds his or her own pace in moving through the Steps. Through progressive means, I try to live according to these suggested principles. As a result of these Steps, I can say today that my attitude towards life, people, and towards anything having to do with God, has been transformed and improved.

 

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I am persuaded that an instantaneous spiritual experience is not the property of the individual who encounters it. That experience belongs to a community and the individual provides an injection of inspiration and guidance for them. I believe this is why such experiences are far less common than the demand for work toward spiritual progress. My Higher Power seems to value my individual work rather than obtaining a perfect supernatural experience. We see a burning bush and exclaim, “miracle!” The God of my understanding sees a burning heart and replies, “No, that is the miracle.”

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