"Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is a sense of belonging that comes to us We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth justice and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that God loving watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter." ~ Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 105).
Keep It Simple!
We have taken the steps that put us in conscious contact with the God of our Understanding. We continue to keep up that contact with Step 10, and now with Step 11 we improve our conscious contact.
There is no step that is more important than this one nor more simple. We are told exactly what to do.
We pray ONLY for God's will for us and the power to carry it out.....I love simple uncomplicated directions.
The question for me is how do I know what is God's Will and what is my own? It has taken awhile for me
to get clear about this. I know that my answers come through my meditation practice and praying as instructed. Here is what I know: 1. I check with others. 2. I check in with myself, is ego involved? If so, I know it is my will. 3. I know if ego is involved when I get honest about what I am feeling. Is there a feeling of grandiosity or a feeling of deminishment......then I know it's my will. 4. If get past these feelings, am I left (after awhile) with peace of mind and body? Now, this part can sometimes take awhile if my over large ego is going full blast. But if peace comes, I know I'm in God's will.
Here is the good news. When I see this through I have no doubt about what do or say (or not do or not say) and the indicated next step is obvious and simple. Ego has less power over me.....until the next time and then again, I don't jump into my usual pattern and repeat my new behavior. Some days I am better at this than other days.
Due to my meditation practice and and prayer, I am able to be conscious and awake in this way. The Spiritual life must be lived. Step 11 tells me how to do that.......very clearly.
The Eleventh Step Prayers
Derived from the text found page 86 of Alcoholics Anonymous
- the Big Book:
God, direct my thinking today so that it be empty of self pity, dishonesty, self-will, selfseeking and fear. God, inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God, show me what I need to do to take care of any problems. I ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man. In the spirit of the Steps I pray. AMEN
God, forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person - show me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream of life, God. Free me of worry, remorse or morbid (sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others. AMEN
SOME MEMBERS USE THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me a channel of Thy peace - that where there is hatred, I may bring love - that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness - that where there is discord, I may bring harmony - that where there is error, I may bring truth - that where there is doubt, I may bring faith - that where there is despair, I may bring hope - that where there are shadows, I may bring light - that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in the giving that we receive; it is in the pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
My Favorite Prayer:
Thy will, not mine, Be Done.
Please read pages 85-88 in the AABB and Step 11 in the 12 and 12.
1. Do you have a meditation practice? If not, is it something you are interested in? What does that look like for you?
2. How do you know if you are doing God's will?
3. What prayers do you use?
If you have any questions, as always, you can contact me via phone (number below) or email. I am
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All my love,
The Twelve Steps