Step Eleven

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God,
as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us,
and the power to carry that out.

Leader's Share and Step Questions

“Meditation is our way of quieting our minds so we can get better acquainted with this Higher Power of ours.” OA 12&12

For a long time I have looked at this step and said "No problem!" I am in pretty constant contact with my God.
What I missed was the second part of the step, pretty specific directions about what we should pray for.
If I step back and really look at this step, it's a refresh of step 2.
We are once again called to work on a relationship with a power greater than ourselves.
Step 11 in the OA 12 & 12 reminds us that we are not told what the nature of the power needs to be.
"The freedom to experience this healing force directly, and express our beliefs however we choose."

Step 11 is, in essence, a regular daily practice.
If you do not come from a faith tradition, this may be an odd idea.
Call it something else, but please recognize that like any other relationship, this one needs work.

The quality time of step 11 has two parts.
We ask (for knowledge, and power) and then get quiet and breathe.
We need to both talk and listen.

My experience has been that even though the step tells us what to pray for, we can actually say anything.
God wants it all. So if you are furious, tell Him. If you are filled with gratitude, tell Him.

“Step eleven implies that through the practice of prayer and meditation we will come to know God’s will for us.” (OA 12&12)

How do we tell the difference between God’s directions and our own impulses?
Sometimes it’s very difficult, but it is possible with practice.
When in doubt, wait to act upon the impulse until you have a chance to share it with your sponsor, or other trusted advisor.
There is a tool that is often mentioned in the rooms and is described in the OA 12 & 12:

“Our sponsor or OA friend might suggest that we pray about it, asking God to increase our desire to take action that we are supposed to take,
or decrease our desire if we are not supposed to take it.”

It works.
Have you integrated step 11 into your life?


Robin B

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