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Title: WE ARE NOT RECOVERED Step Eleven practice. It is allowing the overlapping, practical spiritual principles of Steps Ten and Eleven to override wilful thought and ambitious efforts to feel recovered and “saved”.
Author: Fraser Trevor
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Excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, even our own foolish decisions all deplete our stores of energy. It is no wonder that so many r...
Excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, even our own foolish decisions all deplete our stores of energy. It is no wonder that so many recovered alkies, sober as judges, as knowledgeable about the program of action as the heaviest hitting Big Book thumper - are still racked with depression, physical ailments and disorder in our personal relationships, romantic or otherwise .

"Had this power originated in him? Obviously it had not.
There had been no more power in him than there was
in me at the minute; and this was none at all."
A Yiddish proverb says, “A half truth is a whole lie.” Believing when someone tells us to “Go inside” to find God prompt many to do just that, only to become depressed and even more upset when what they discover is only their own bitterness, resentment, inability to forgive others and even self-loathing.

That is not because they are evil people. It is because they have failed to recognize the other half of the same truth; that before God can be found inside we first must let Him flow into us - followed by doing whatever is necessary to maintain that grace; to stay awakened. That is included in the spiritual awakening process and spiritual maintenance tools proposed in the Twelve Steps, by Jesus Christ and by anyone carrying the complete message of truth.
All problems emanate out of one thing: The unwillingness of somethinginside to stop playing God; to not sit in judgment of others, but to instead allow the protective armor that simply being in the present moment provides. It is our solid foothold onto what is real, good and healthy. There is nothing else to know in order to see that only God is God, and "we" are not.
Through practicing this state of awareness we can carry our consciousnesses with us wherever we go. That is what it means to walk in the Sunlight of the Spirit.
 Then our attitude will naturally and automatically be, "Thy will, not mine" - not because we have been mesmerized to say those beautiful words; not because we have installed the idea into our brain through mantras, reading or being preached to, but because the humble attitude behind the words is really ours to have. That is the expression of the only true humility that there really is.
"But all problems will not be solved at once. Seed
has started to sprout in a new soil, but growth has only begun."
The spiritually awakened and recovered folks who wrote “Alcoholics Anonymous” observed that, "It works. It really does” (88:1). And that is true; it does. But what is this it?
It is the technique of staying awake and aware in the Stream of Life; found though the continued ardent practice of a Big Book, Twelve Step compatible, Judeo Christian-friendly Step Eleven practice. It is allowing the overlapping, practical spiritual principles of Steps Ten and Eleven to override willful thought and ambitious efforts to feel recovered and “saved”. That is when the dangers of the emotional stresses consuming us diminish and instead we grow, having endured all cruelty with patience, tolerance and love.
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