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Big Book Musings: The God Issue

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The chapter that gives most addicts and alcoholics fits is:  We Agnostics, chapter 4 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Maybe I am going to be in for a rude awakening when I finally do enter the “real world,” because this recovery business is fairly straightforward to me.  The following paragraph is CRITICAL in understanding how I remain sober, especially the “came to believe…”

Don’t drink, “came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity,” and “made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as we understood Him.  The rest of the Steps of A.A. are elementary to me.  That’s the Higher Power component for me.  Replace “me” with “our” for the Big Book wording.

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People are like “Omg, this A.A. business is so religious.”  “I don’t believe in God.”  “I don’t know what a Higher Power looks like.”  Well, good thing you have me, right?  LOL, I’m going to spell this out very plainly and simply for you–and, of course, these are just my opinionsThis is what works for me:  A Higher Power can be anything that is greater than yourself that will help keep you sober.  Period.

As Chapter 4 points out:

If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago.”

So, we can’t do it alone!  The cornerstone of any 12 Step Program is this concept of a Higher Power.  Without a spiritual awakening, in whatever form you choose it to be, we will continue to relapse and be lost.  The Big Book goes on to say:

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Lack of power, that was our dilemma.  We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.  Obviously.  But where and how were we to find this Power?

Yes, in the Big Book it walks about a “Supreme Being.”  It talks about a “Creative Intelligence.”  It talks about a “Spirit of the Universe.”  I would argue that we are all from the same spirit.  What keeps me alive–exclusive of physical anatomy–is what keeps you alive.

Do you honestly believe that when you die that’s the end of the show?  People who believe in God believe they are going to heaven.  People who believe in Buddhism believe that

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death is not the end of life, it is merely the end of the body we inhabit in this life, but our spirit will still remain and seek out through the need of attachment, attachment to a new body and new life. Where they will be born is a result of the past and the accumulation of positive and negative action, and the resultant karma (cause and effect) is a result of ones past actions.”  (source).

I believe that spirit does not die.  I believe spirit is remade in some higher form or another.  We cannot possibly have all this commonality, only to end up as worm food.  My point is that this is some of my Higher Power.  This belief that we are all connected.  This belief that there is this awesome force controlling us; therefore, I rely on this wellspring to give me strength when I am weak.  There is an awesome power that connects us folks, “they ain’t no de-ni-in dat.”

Chapter 4 suggests:

Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.

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There is much more to cover from Chapter 4.  We will surely be covering more down the road.  Contemplate your beliefs and contemplate what the Highest possible Power is that you can imagine controlling the universe.  I don’t care if you think that it is a frog that lives in the Rain Forest.  Then, simply tap into that power for your strength.  Voila, Higher Power.

There are those that say anything can be your Higher Power until you can tap into one that is greatest–God, Buddha, Allah, whatever.  Your Higher Power could be your children.  It could be, like me, a combination of things:  The Great Oneness, Writing, Nature Contemplations.  Some have suggested that A.A. (or any 12 Step Program) can be your Higher Power.

It doesn’t have to be this gigantic gorilla you have to wrestle down and kill.  Simplify it to the highest force possible.  Then, hang on for dear life until you have your legs under you.  YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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A.A. Today: Always Took The Drink

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 27, 2017

When we came into A.A., the first thing we did was to admit that we couldn’t do anything about our drinking.  We admitted that alcohol had us licked and that we were helpless against it.  We never could decide whether or not to take a drink.  We always took the drink.

And since we couldn’t do anything about it ourselves, we put our whole drink problem into the hands of God.  We turned the whole thing over to that Power greater than ourselves.  And we have nothing more to do about it, except to trust God to take care of the problem for us.  Have I done this honestly and fully?

Meditation for the Day

This is the time for my spirit to touch the spirit of God.  I know that the feeling of the spirit-touch is more important than all the sensations of material things.  I must seek a silence of spirit-touching with God.  Just a moment’s contact and all the fever of life leaves me.  Then I am well, whole, calm, and able to rise and minister to others.  God’s touch is a potent healer.  I must feel that touch and sense God’s presence.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that the fever or resentment, worry, and fear may melt into nothingness.  I pray that health, joy, peace, and serenity may take its place.

A.A. Today: Divine Principle

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 26, 2016

When we came into A.A., we came to believe in a Power greater than ourselves.  We came to believe in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, and to whom we can turn for help.  Each morning we have a quiet time.

We ask God for the power to stay sober for the next twenty-four hours.  And each night we thank Him for helping us to keep sober that day.  Do I believe that each man or woman I see in A.A. is a demonstration of the power of God to change a human being from a drunkard to a sober person?

Meditation for the Day

I should pray for faith as a thirsty person prays for water in a desert.  Do I know what it means to feel sure that God will never fail me?  Am I sure of this as I am sure that I still breath?  I should pray daily and most diligently that my faith may increase.

There is nothing lacking in my life because, really, all I need is mine, only I lack the faith to know it.  I am like a rich person’s child who sits in rags when all around me are stores of all I could desire.

Prayer for the Day

I pray for the realization that God has everything I need.  I pray that I may know that His power is always available.

A.A. Today: Purpose And Destiny

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 25, 2016

Some people find it hard to believe in a Power greater than themselves.  But not to believe in such a Power forces us to atheism.  It has been said that atheism is blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere.

That’s practically impossible to believe.  I think we all can agree that alcohol is a power greater than ourselves.  It certainly was in my case.  Do I remember the things that happened to me because of the power of alcohol?

Meditation for the Day

The spiritual and moral will eventually overcome the material and unmoral.  That is the purpose and destiny of the human race.  Gradually the spiritual is overcoming the material in our minds.  Gradually the moral is overcoming the unmoral.  Faith, fellowship, and service are cures for most of the ills of the world.  There is nothing in the filed of personal relationships that they cannot do.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may do my share in making a better world.  I pray that I may be part of the cure for the ills of the world.

A.A. Today: All You Can

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 24, 2016

When we came to our first A.A. meeting, we looked up at the wall at the end of the room and saw the sign:  “But for the grace of God.”  We knew right then and there that we would have to call on the grace of God in order to get sober and get over our soul-sickness.

We heard speakers tell how they had come to depend on a Power greater than themselves.  That made sense to us and we made up our minds to try it.  Am I depending on the grace of God to help me stay sober?

Meditation for the Day

Share your love, your joy, your happiness, your time, your food, your money gladly with all.  Give out all the love you can with a glad, free heart and hand.  Do all you can for others and back will come countless stores of blessings.  Sharing draws others to you.  Take all who come as sent by God and give them a royal welcome.  You may never see the results of your sharing.  Today they may not need you, but tomorrow may bring results from the sharing you did today.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may make each visitor desire to return.  I pray that I may never make anyone repulsed or unwanted.

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