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- April 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm #3716131
From my experience, Step 2 is where you go immediately after a Step 1 experience.
For the alcoholic, there’s but one choice; God or booze.
We become very open about the idea of a God that’s personal to us, One we can tap into and experience, once we come to terms with our experience and perhaps future with booze, and our willingness to “become willing” to consider our own conception of God.
The book tells us where our “conception” of God is… deep down within ourselves is the “fundamental idea of God”.
AA does not corner the market on God. There are many paths. It is said that AA doesn’t even corner the market to sobriety. But it’s the most successful solution to recover drunks on the planet. It’s not the only show in town. It’s just the best show in town. 😎
Some people go to church and perhaps get it there. Church is wonderful for some. In fact, the book says that you should stay active in any religious denominations that we are accustomed to or were attending. The religous view of AA is that it should not interfere with any prior or current affiliations whatsoever. AA does not exclude Christians, Muslems, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. AA is just not allied with any particular one. AA is for alcoholics who want to recover. The problem with religion for an alcoholic like me is the fact that… at the end of the day, when they stub their toe, they don’t drink. I drink.
So no matter what, I stay plugged into AA. It’s that simple for me.
Booze drives me to God. And it’s not a fun trip. 😎August 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm #4470896
Another thing that Step 1 gives me in order to open the door a bit to God… is to consider my life right now on my own power. How’s that working?
Now… my life with or without God. Is this all there is? Is there anything past here?
Maybe this is it. This is the edge of the cliff and God will take me no further. There is no God… for me. There is God for you and you, but He’s done with me.
Or… maybe… just maybe God can and will take me further in all areas of my life… if I let Him. Maybe there’s a whole new dimension out there for me… with God.
“Who am I to say there’s no God?”
God is!September 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm #4470899
I am grateful that I could utilize my religious backround to rely on God, HP to lean on while entering AA and started to work the steps.
God did not keep me sober. The walls of AA do contribute to my sobriety and recovery, one day at a time.
I leaned on the incredible members of AA as my HP, along with God, to restore me to sanity. I still fell crazy some days and thank God/HP for meetings and the steps to align my thinking.
When I came into AA, after Rehab, I witnessed and wanted what the you had…that was and is my hope.
I cannot thank God/HP/AA for the courage to be honest, open and willing to admit/accept my alcoholism.
This drunk and pill popper’s gratitude is immeasurable. Thank you!
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