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    Bill W. becomes willing to believe. 12:9-19

    My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?
    That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. It stood in the sunlight at last.
    It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start form that point. Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would!

    The melting of our own “icy intellectual mountains” allows us to move away from an intellectual conception of our Higher Power to direct conscious contact with this Power. The authors are not asking “blind faith” of us. They are not saying “believe this and you will be all right.” They are merely asking us to try this new way of living, which begins with a willingness to look in a spiritual direction and see for ourselves if it works or not.

    An intellectual understanding of spiritual matters does not equal the vital spiritual experience we require to overcome alcoholism. Our very best thinking got us where we are now. We seek direct personal experience with our Higher Power through working the twelve steps.



    We saw it work 25:5

    But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.

    Here are millions of people who say that this new way of life is better than anything they have ever tried. If we really are powerless over alcohol, if our lives are unmanageable, if we really are beyond human aid, what then do we have to lose? This solution is being offered to us, not forced upon us. We can pick up these tools and begin to use them to reconstruct our shattered lives.



    Even a willingness 46:9

    We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.

    We agnostics are reluctant to subscribe to any spiritual philosophy because of the unfathomable nature of God. Adopting a willingness to act as if there is a God coupled with the application of certain principles will produce spiritual experience even for agnostics.

    The directions are clear-cut; lay aside prejudice and express a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves. The promise is given; we will begin to get results.

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