Step Two

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could return us to sanity.

Leader's Share and Step Questions

"Came to believe in a power greater than ourselves that could restore us to sanity."

The step two essay in the AA 12 and 12 specifically speaks to the range of religious experience that people begin with in the fellowship “Some of us won’t believe in God, others can’t and still others who do believe that God exists but have no faith that He will preform the miracle.” (AA 12/12)

They then begin to systematically speak to each one of these groups of experience. “Resign from the debating society.”

As I look at it Step two, it really has two parts. Discovering a higher power, but also admitting that we need to be restored to sanity. This is highlighted because the AA 12 &12 essay is focused almost exclusively on the need for a spiritual awakening, and underlining the different ways this can happen. The OA 12 & 12 begins by underlining the fact that a food addict is crazy. Both eventually get to the same place “OA doesn’t tell us we have to believe in God” — the only requirement is a Power greater than ourselves.

To those who, like myself, come in with a faith, the OA 12 & 12 speaks directly to our condition. We had no trouble believing in God, we simply didn't believe that God could help up with our compulsive overeating. Perhaps we didn't feel worthy, or perhaps it was that our eating problem didn't seem important enough for God to deal with. It's also a question of what we have been asking for. We're we praying to be thin, or were we ready to ask God to help us with our behavior.

To those who come in with no faith, don't panic. The program suggests that you begin with identifying what you would like a higher power to do for you. And remember that the basic question is not hard. Are you able to consider a power greater yourself? Some people begin with the power of the group. Look around you. Keep an open mind. Step 2 doesn't require belief, just a willingness to consider a possibility.

"The hoop that you have to jump through is a lot wider than you think." (AA 12&12)


Are you able to consider that a power is available that is greater than yourself?

What do you want a Higher Power to do for you?

What is the difference between religion and spirituality?

Robin Brown

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