10 | Step 12
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious
contact with our Higher Power, praying only for knowledge of our Higher
Power's will for us and the power to carry that out."
|A core principle behind the
Eleventh Step is to continue to live in the solution by making sure
our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and values, are inline with what
our higher or helping power wants for us.
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Eleventh Step
me the Eleventh Step is about asking for God's guidance and then listening
for His answers. It's teaching me how to create calm in the face of chaos.
I take several small timeouts every day for Step Eleven. Sometimes it's as
short and simple as, "Thank you, Thy will, not mine, be done."
Step Eleven reminds me that this
is a "we" program. I can't do it alone even though I am sober
and symptom free now. I have to seek the continued guidance and strength
of my Higher Power. The Big Book says that what we really have is a daily
reprieve contingent upon the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Steps
Ten through Twelve are how we maintain that spiritual condition. Some
patriot once said something like, the price of freedom is eternal
vigilance. I think that sums up recovery too. You just can't let your
guard down because our illnesses are still right there just waiting to
take control again.
got more time in dual recovery and more time clean and sober, my need to
see my treatment team, psychiatrist, and counselor decreased. My meds were
working fine and I was back at work. Since I'm an agnostic, I had to put
extra effort into making sure I was following my treatment plan and doing
everything I could for my dual recovery. It's really easy after awhile to
get sort of complacent, especially when things are all going well. I
started going to an early morning AA meeting before work. It was just the
ticket and I still go to my weekend DRA meetings where I can freely share
about my dual recovery. But that early morning meeting focuses me on
recovery when I need it most and sustains me throughout the day.
I had problems concentrating and
staying focused and every time I'd try to meditate I'd either fall asleep
or forget why I was sitting there and start daydreaming. My sponsor
suggested I read a page out of The Twelve Steps and Dual Disorders book
and one page out of the Big Book every day no matter what. That would be
my personal way to seek my Higher Powers guidance.
Eleven is where I began to make a really personal relationship with my
Higher Power. When I first came to DRA I didn't really know what I thought
about God so I just used the Group. But over time--well this is hard to
explain--I still don't know what God really is exactly, but when I
meditate I find a place inside me that is at peace and I feel connected
and loved. When I have a problem or a big decision to make, I seem
to come up with pretty good answers during or after meditation.
I do the same prayer and
meditation for my dual recovery that I do for my religion. To me it's all
the same. My faith, my program of recovery, my DRA Group, my church
activities, all these are my Higher Power's will for me to make me the
best person I can be. These are the activities that give me strength,
courage, and guidance and give meaning and purpose to my life.
10 | Step 12
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THE ELEVENTH STEP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS* 11. Sought thorough prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
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