Spiritual Proclamations of Step Three

Step 3:  “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

The following proclamations were inspired by my reading of the 4th Edition of the Big Book in pages 60 through 63, where it discusses the third step.  I have divided the term self-will into a bad and good type.  The bad type I call self-enthronement and the good one I call self-manifestation.  They both involve the power of our wills. 

Proclamation One:  Any life run on self-enthronement can hardly be a success.

Proclamation Two:  The fruit of self-enthronement is frustrated illusions of control and an inevitable collision with social retaliation.

Proclamation Three:  Self-enthronement is a general human flaw that produces life by frantic and futile self-propulsion and is the reason for most of our personal and societal ills.

Proclamation Four:  The alcoholic / addict is an extreme example of self-enthronement run riot.

Proclamation Five:  We have to have Gomu’s help because our will is fluid and subject to change while Gomu’s will is stable, steadfast, and a bulwark of sanity.

Proclamation Six:  Gomu is all powerful and willing to share His power with the powerless ones who have dethroned themselves and willingly enthroned Him.  He loves us.

Proclamation Seven:  Trusting Gomu with our care and surrendering to His direction in our life results in a transformation in us that goes beyond abstinent sobriety.  It is the way to rebirth, the ticket for the rocket ride to the fourth dimension, the beginning of the Vital Spiritual Experience.  It might even be called a resurrection of that being we were created to be, but had lost hope in ever seeing.

Quoted Prayer from Thomas Merton – Thoughts in Solitude

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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