Staying Current

🔥 How Current is Your Work

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of working these steps”

The first part of step 12 depicts a spiritual awakening as a result of the work carried out through the steps…

The ONLY requirement to have a spiritual awakening is work…

There is no magic secret formula or state of enlightenment that has to be reached…

Good old fashioned hard work is all that is needed to experience a revolutionary internal shift away from self and movement towards a God directed life…

The spiritual awakening experienced by those who do the work can only be effective if the awakening is kept current…

This means yesterday’s breakfast doesn’t keep you fed today…

The work you did yesterday doesn’t keep you awakened today!…

The only thing that will keep you awakened today is the work you put in today…

How current is your work?

How current is your awakening?

Or have you gone back to sleep?

Paul

Faith Works

🔥 Faith Without works is Dead

“We came to realize that faith did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves”

I have an individual relationship with faith, a very simple relationship…

I do not put faith in people, money or material possessions…

I will draw faith out of the work I do today…

The works towards establishing faith each day is the only source of faith I rely on…

If I lack faith on any given day it doesn’t mean I have been let down by other people, the economy, zesa, the system, or God…

It means I haven’t carried out the works required to produce faith in my life.

The works lead to faith and faith will do for me what I cannot do for myself.

The second I appoint a person or an outside entity responsible for my faith, I am setting myself up for failure.

Faith can only come from within…

The solution to an internal problem can only come from within…

It takes discipline and a lot of work to develop the skill of allowing a higher power to remove the toxic habit of running your own life…

This skill can only be born out of faith…

Faith can only be born out of your works…

Today, every day, all day.

Paul

Regret

🔥 Getting Over Regret

My only regret in my years of sobriety is allowing my ego to dictate the terms of my perspective on life.

The ego has been one of the most self destructive manifestations of this disease I have ever experienced.

Symptoms of the ego are predictable and insipid and are the killer of spiritual growth.

A few Symptoms of the ego are as follows:

Being continuously fearful of what other people think of you…
Always having to be right…
Judgement of others and yourself…
Being quick to point out others defects of character without realizing your own…
The need to control without being aware of it…
Looking to validate and promote your own cause to others…
Existing with a gaurded and defended perspective on life…
Living in a continuous fearful state of “all is not well” …

Imagine living life without the fear of what other people think if you? The word freedom comes to mind…

Imagine feeling good about yourself when you discover how wrong you have been about so many issues…

The spiritual program of action is probably the most effective experience in ego deflation…

Here’s the thing…

You have to work at it every day…

There is no compromise here, for the ego is tenacious beyond belief and can reemerge within minutes…

Humility is not our God given right, it has to be earned to be granted…

When it comes to the ego, daily discipline to the spiritual way of life = freedom from the bondage of self.

There is no other way around it I can assure you.

Your ego will cost you dearly.

Paul

Set Aside the Problem

🔥 Every day a New Experience

The one and only reason your mind will work against you today, is if you allow it to puff-up with the things you think you know.

The set-aside prayer below is self-explanatory and an essential start to each day:

Lord help me to set aside
Everything I think I know about you
Everything I think I know about myself
Everything I think I know about others
And everything I think I know about recovery
All for a new experience In you Lord
A new experience in myself
A new experience in my fellows
And a much needed new experience in my recovery.
Amen

Paul

The Morale and Spiritual Solution

🔥 Proof of Power

The solution on offer through working the steps is both morale and spiritual…

Morale in the principles of rigorous honesty, open mindedness and willingness.

Spiritual in developing a natural faith born out of repetitive practice of the principles in the 12 Steps.

The end result of morale and spiritual intervention is a rock solid reliance on a power greater than yourself that will solve your problem.

“Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed. They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. This happened soon after they whole-heartedly met a few simple requirements.”

  • We Agnostics The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Proof of a power greater than yourself exists all around you in the people that have changed their lives by engaging that power.

Taking a certain attitude towards a power greater than yourself is a basic requirement for the solution to flow into your life.

The inventory steps point out to us that the only thing that stands in the way of ourselves and belief in a power greater than ourselves is our ego.

Simple but not easy you may say?

Your resistance to this fact makes it hard…

Willingness makes it easy…

What approach will you choose?

Paul

The Power of Wrong

The Power of Wrong

“For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.”
– Step 10 The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions

My greatest comfort comes in the realization of being wrong:

My mind would convince me that I should feel guilt and shame about my past…

I was wrong…

My past has become my greatest asset…

My mind would convince me that my future was riddled with calamity and situations that I should fear…

I was wrong…

Nothing has happened in my life that has been unsolvable, even my alcoholism.

My mind would convince me that others were wrong about me and that’s as far as I got…

I was wrong…

All those close to me ever wanted was for me to find my own truth by me finally discovering where I was wrong about them and about myself.

Wisdom can only be held by habitual self searching and admittance of the truth.

Paul

Desperation of Drowning Men

🔥 The Need for Urgency

One of the requirements to work the spiritual program of action is a willingness to go to any lengths…

But how should we go about the work that lies ahead?

“We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men.”

  • The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

The instructions are simple and depict a sense of urgency when engaging the program as a solution to your problem…

A desperate urgency to face and be rid of the pain that is destroying you.

No half-ass effort will change anything…

A deliberate Urgency changes everything…

Here’s the thing…

This disease is unrelenting, it doesn’t care about how long you have been sober…

How many meetings you attend…

How well that chat with your sponsor went…

How diligently you pray every day…

How often you read your literature…

This disease carries on progressing regardless…

All we get is a daily reprieve from our sickness based upon the intensity of our efforts to maintain spiritual health…

This is the hard truth about addiction.

I am more desperate in my efforts to maintain and grow my daily reprieve than ever before…

Anything less is doomed to failure.

Paul

This Too Shall Pass

🔥 This Too Shall Pass

To live in the world of the spirit is to view your life through the lens of reality and to practice acceptance of your reality every day.

In order to live in reality the program is designed to separate us from the lies, falseness and delusions our minds held us bondage to.

Here is a daily reality every person will have to face:

Whether you like it or not just as the good things in life will come, so will the bad…

It is entirely up to you to either accept or resist this fact…

Most chose to avoid, postpone or runaway from the hardships in life that feel uncomfortable…

This is the number one reason for misery and unhappiness…

Here’s the thing…

Good times will come to pass…
Hard times will come to pass…

No one is immune to this fact…

One fact of life you can absolutely rely on, is that everything will pass…

Even the bad times…

You can chose to accept or resist the hardships you will face and that choice will determine your happiness or misery.

The reality is this…

A lot of life sucks…

It’s how you handle the suck!

Paul

The Courage to Change

🔥 The Courage to Change

“Grant me the courage to change the things I can”

The second request in the serenity prayer is often overlooked….

The ability to change requires discipline rather than acceptance…

The ability to change requires continuous effort, diligence and hard work…

In other words it can be a lot more difficult to change the things you can, than it is to accept the things you can’t change…

And that is why courage is needed in order to affect change in your life…

Change can only come from within you…

Courage to change your bad habits…
Courage to change laziness…
Courage to change procrastination…
Courage to change dishonesty…
Courage to change judgment of others…
Courage to change gossip about others…
Courage to change negativity…

The list is endless…

And yet most won’t change a thing about themselves…

The reality is, there is a lot more to change about yourself needed, than there is to accept about others.

A hard pill to swallow but if your primary focus becomes the things you can change within yourself…

Acceptance of others for who they are and acceptance of life for what it is becomes natural.

Change can only start from within and God will take care of the rest.

Paul

How’s Your Relationship With God?

🔥 Too Much of Me

How is your relationship with God?

Good? Bad? Non existent?

The fundamental principle of establishing and maintaining a relationship with God is the bedrock of freedom from your problems…

Whatever those problems are…

My problem was too much of me on top of me…

Bondage ti self was the root…

I can never get too much of God…

In my experience the 12 Steps is the only method that has enabled me to establish conscious contact with God…

Everything else failed.

Make sure your relationship with God is right and good things will come to pass.

Paul