Step Nine

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others.




STEP NINE, PART 2

Hi friends.

My name is Shlomo and I am a food addict and compulsive overeater.

By taking step 9 we have moved into the recovery phase of our life. We have a spiritual awakening and a new beginning of sane living of the spiritual principles that are the 12 steps.

The Big Book describes the results of taking steps 1-9 by the ninth step promises.

"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

"Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them." pages 83-64.

These promises are the direct result of our working steps 1-9. They describe the change we went through by working the steps. They come true as a result of our own commitment, and our action and our developing conscious contact with our Higher Power.

These promises never fail. The Big Book guarantees that they will always come true if we work for them.

It is interesting and very encouraging to note that the promises materialize even before we finished taking half of step 9. Just beginning to take step 9 and being committed to make all the amends on our list without unnecessary delay is enough for the promises to materialize.

The promises describe the following changes in our life:

Hope instead of desperation.

Faith instead of despair.

Courage instead of fear.

Peace of mind instead of confusion.

Self-respect instead of self-contempt.

Self-confidence instead of helplessness.

The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.

A clean conscience instead of a sense of guilt.

Real friendships instead of loneliness.

A clean pattern of life instead of a purposeless existence.

The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears.

The freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an eating obsession


Our situation before taking the steps is described in the Big Book by the bedevilments.

"We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people." page 52.

Let us list the promises versus the bedevilments one by one, and call it:

"From illness to recovery by working the steps:"

BEDEVILMENT: We were having trouble with personal relationships. PROMISE: We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away.

BEDEVILMENT: We couldn't control our emotional natures. PROMISE: We will comprehend the word serenity and we know peace.

BEDEVILMENT: We were a prey to misery and depression. PROMISE: Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

BEDEVILMENT: We couldn't make a living. PROMISE: Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

BEDEVILMENT: We had a feeling of uselessness. PROMISE: That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

BEDEVILMENT: We were full of fear. PROMISE: We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

BEDEVILMENT: We were unhappy. PROMISE: We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

BEDEVILMENT: We couldn't seem to be of real help to other people. PROMISE: No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

CULMINATION OF PROMISES: We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.


SHARING SUBJECT:

If you have begun making your amends and are committed to finish taking step nine without unnecessary delay, you begin to feel the promises materialize in your life.

Compare your life just before taking the 9 steps to your life now.

Share on the physical, emotional and spiritual changes that are the essence of your recovery (spiritual awakening) from the disease of compulsive eating.

See you in step 10.

Have a nice day.
Shlomo




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