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Big Book on Step Two

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    Directions for taking Step Two 47:8-9

    We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?

    This is the second step. If we have admitted that we are alcoholic then we clearly see that we must find a Power greater than ourselves. To move towards recovery, from our seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, we need to ask ourselves this question.



    Just as biased as the ancients 51:12

    We asked ourselves this: are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?

    Once again it is pointed out that judgment of spirituality prior to investigation is unreasonable. All that is suggested is that we be willing to explore this new way of life and come to our own conclusions based on our experience rather than our biases.



    What was our choice to be 53:8-10

    When we become alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?

    The self-imposed crisis is the failure of our current way of life. Where are we to turn for help? We have arrived at the point where only a Power greater than ourselves can help us. If we continue on the way we are going we are doomed. We are forced under the lash of alcoholism to turn to God. Here we must decide if we are willing to seek God’s help.

    Our answer to this question will be the foundation from which we base our future decisions and actions. If we decide there is no God then we will act as if we are on our own and have only our own resources to draw upon. If on the other hand we decide that there is a God then we will adopt attitudes and actions to access the Power that can solve our problems.

    A decision to act as if there is a God will give us the opportunity to develop first hand experience with spiritually based life. When we are confronted with a choice of which way to turn we can draw upon our foundation of willingness to help us determine which course to take. Having a firm base for our decisions helps us to do the right thing in all situations.

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