Step 2: Became convinced that only a Power greater than ourselves could bring us back to sanity. “I came to believe…” denotes a stage in the process.
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What are the spiritual principles of step two?
All of the 12 steps of AA are wonderful, but step two gives us hope. Step two teaches us that we are not alone and that we can overcome addiction and despair with the help of something greater than ourselves.
Being sober and free of your addictions involves regaining your sanity. We learn in AA that working the 12 steps leads to restoration in part because addiction and its attendant insanity no longer dominate our lives.
Step Two of AA: A Power Greater Than Ourselves
The language in the 12 steps are all carefully chosen, which is another aspect of working with them that I enjoy. “We came to believe in a power higher than ourselves,” the second step says, rather than “We came to think that a Power larger than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” That's the allurewe're invited to consider what our higher power might be.
The focus is on what the power can accomplish for us, rather than who or what it is. The AA group itself, as well as the spiritual concepts included in the 12 steps, undoubtedly qualify as a power bigger than ourselves (our fellowship numbers in the millions and is always rising).
At this point of recovery, the lesson is to recognize and accept that we cannot recover on our own and that we require assistance. This level is built on the spiritual concepts of open mindedness, willingness, faith, trust, and humility. It doesn't matter if we have any notion how this power bigger than ourselves will assist us; what matters is that we believe it is possible.
Step Two of AA: Questions
It's highly beneficial to ask and answer essential questions about step two, such as insanity, coming to believe, a power larger than ourselves, restoration to sanity, and spiritual principles, as part of the recovery process:
Do you have any apprehensions about believing in something bigger than yourself?
What stories regarding the process of coming to believe have you heard from other recovering addicts, and have you tried any of them in your recovery/life?
Do you find it difficult to believe that there is a power or powers bigger than yourself?
What mental and behavioral changes are required for you to regain your sanity?
Are you getting assistance from your sponsor, attending meetings, and reaching out to other addicts in recovery? If so, what were the outcomes?
Step Two of AA In Our Lives
I've come to think that by being a part of the AA fellowship and working the 12 steps, I can walk through the difficult moments of recovery knowing that an end is in sight, that this, too, shall pass, and that there is always light at the end of the tunnel as long as I stay clean and work the steps. It's vital to remember, though, that step two, like the others, is a process rather than an event.
As a native of southern California, I've come to believe in a variety of energetically spiritual things, all of which have parallels to sobriety and complement one other well. The combo of surfing and sobriety is incredible. Standing on top of a wave in the huge and strong blue water, gazing out over the horizon, and enjoying the ride…sober…doesn't get much better.
Life and sobriety are similar to surfing; there are lulls and soothing waves, and then there are the crashing savagery of massive swells! Both necessitate patience, humility, and presence, as well as forgiveness and faith in something uncontrolled and far larger than myself.
What are the 12 spiritual principles?
Acceptance, hope, faith, courage, honesty, patience, humility, willingness, brotherly-love, integrity, self-discipline, and service are the 12 spiritual principles of recovery.
What is a spiritual principle?
When one's challenges are overwhelmed by dread and anguish, the path to release from one's struggles is rarely evident. COVID-19 has caused great consternation, making this path appear hazy and dangerous. Let's clear some space for ourselves.
Spiritual principles lay out a road for us to live lives devoid of unnecessary suffering, with the fortitude and resilience to face the grief and terror that are unavoidable parts of life. At RCA, we use the 12 Step Model of addiction treatment to help patients work through the internal chaos and discover the strength they need to rise above and overcome their challenges.
While the 12 Step Model can assist those suffering from addiction discover the calm and power they need to heal, the principles that underpin it can be applied to any condition. Even in these moments of worry and anxiety, applying the principles can help to alleviate stress and promote overall wellbeing.
These principles, combined with a regular practice of pausing and thinking on them, can help us cope with anything life throws at us.
The Serenity Prayer is a prevalent theme in many recovery circles as a method to pause and allow oneself to return to the present moment and the serenity that is alight inside them, whether or not they recognize it at the time.
Let's make a version of this to think about and express (or even simply read) when we're feeling powerless in the face of the world's current conditions:
Please give me the peace of mind to accept the things I can't change, such as Nature's course.
Grant me the courage to make the changes I can, such as living by spiritual values and taking care of my health, despite how tough it may appear.
And give me the insight to recognize the difference, to understand that I have no control over my choices and that Love will guide me through any experience I may have.
Keep in mind what your life's mission is. It is not to be subjected to interminable suffering and to be at the mercy of life's events. It is to be free, to live in Love rather than fear, and to know that this experience is possible and available to you at any time and in any place, regardless of anything may obstruct your way. It is constantly present within you. Take your time to locate it, and you'll be able to bear nearly any “how” if you do.
What is the spiritual principle of Step 3?
Where do we go from here as we move forward in this new way of life and thinking? We realized and accepted that we were weak and hopeless. Is it possible for us to have power and hope? Can we break away from the madness that has haunted us for so long? As a result, we move on to Step Two, where we find hope in the belief that there is a power larger than ourselves that can bring us back to sanity. After all, we were driven insane by a force larger than ourselves.
We've reached a tipping point; we've been honest and discovered hope, and we want to keep growing.
It's time to make a choice, to let go, to believe in yourself, and to surrender.
Our next Spiritual Principle, faith, is introduced in Step Three.
We are willing to make the decision to entrust our will and life to God, as we understand him.
Now is the time to take a leap of faith and decide to let the power we discovered in Step Two to care for us, not control us, but to lead, guide, and love us in this new way of life.
To do for us what we are unable to and have failed to do for ourselves. When we hear the term “God,” we may feel overwhelmed or terrified. We must all decide for ourselves what it means to each of us individually. However, we are handing up our will and our life to a God who loves us, who wants us to fulfill our full potential and be free of active addiction.
Step Three liberates us from the grip of addiction and leads us to the path of recovery.
We no longer have to rely on our own willpower to stay sober; instead, we must surrender to God's will for our lives. We are not free from contributing to the rehabilitation process, but we are free from the dread, anxiety, and concern that comes with the outcomes.
We don't expect God to do everything for us.
“Don't expect God to open a door he has already given you the key to unlock,” a wise man once said.
Our relationship with our God develops stronger as we progress in the Spiritual Principle of Faith, and we become more inclined to do his will. Honesty, Open-Mindedness, Willingness, Trust, Surrender, and Faith are the principles by which we begin to live our lives. We try our hardest to do the right thing for the right reason as we live Step Three in our daily lives. We are looking for growth rather than perfection.
Finally, a wise man once told me, “What God Requires, Requires God,” as I endeavor to live step three in my daily life.
We can be certain that our lives will never be the same as we embark down the path of recovery and leave our will and our lives over to God, as we understand him.
What does Step 2 mean?
Step 2, “Came to think that a Power higher than ourselves could restore us to sanity,” is one of the most misunderstood steps in the 12-Steps. After you've concluded that you're powerless over substances and that your life has become unmanageable, the next step is to reclaim your sanity.
How do you do step 2?
AA encourages you to let your belief in a higher power, whatever that power may be, pervade every aspect of your life.
Allow it to assist you in replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and in accepting humility.
What is the spiritual principle of step 10?
When we are upset, as The Big Book explains, it is usually because we find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact in our existence undesirable. When we are disturbed, we often blame our feelings and reactions on other individuals. Typically, alcoholics and addicts have turned harboring resentments and finding fault into an art form! When we remark that other people have power over our lives, we usually mean that they do “make us” enraged, unhappy, or fearful In actuality, we frequently say or do something that contributes to the existence of these conflicts in our lives. The tenth step of Alcoholics Anonymous urges that we take responsibility for our actions and clean up our mess as soon as possible. This necessitates a willingness to discard selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, or fear as soon as they arise. The spiritual values of vigilance, upkeep, and endurance are put into effect in AA's tenth step.
Recognizing and appreciating what is working and balanced can also assist us in identifying what is out of balance and not working. Continuing to take personal inventory isn't only about figuring out when we're wrong; we can't figure out when we're wrong until we've also figured out when we've handled things correctly “as a starting point for a comparison Working with our sponsor to identify the moments and situations when we do things properly in Step 10 is extremely helpful in developing a personal value system. This is just as important as identifying our liabilities when completing a personal inventory.
Breaking Down Step Ten of AA Alcoholics Anonymous
“Life is 90% how you react to what occurs to you and 10% what happens to you.” Swindoll, Charles R.
Working on the Tenth Step of AA entails continuing to do what we've been doing for our recovery thus far, such as being honest, trusting and believing in ourselves, and paying attention to our behaviors and reactions. We've learnt to pay attention to how our actions influence others, and to take responsibility for the harm we do and strive to rectify it as soon as possible when the results are negative or detrimental. This is what it means to take personal inventory and recognize our mistakes as soon as possible.
Even though working the first nine steps of AA Alcoholics Anonymous has transformed our lives dramatically, we can always go back to where we were before since we have the disease of addiction. Our robust recovery comes at a cost: vigilance.
What are the 7 principles of life?
The Nolan Principles (also known as the Seven Principles of Public Life) apply to everyone who holds a public position. All people assigned to work in the Civil Service, local government, the police, courts, and probation services, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), and health, education, social, and care services are included. All public officials serve the public as both servants and stewards of public resources. The ideas also apply to people who provide public services in other fields.
What are spiritual principles in the Bible?
Spiritual principles are universally accepted underlying truths. If you throw a stone, for example, it will fall to the ground. That is a natural result governed by gravity. The same law applies to human behavior and activities. People will believe me if I regularly tell the truth; it's a natural law.
Many pressures characterize human existence, causing life to lose its meaning at times. To have a meaningful life, one must learn how to deal with pressures. The simplest approach to accomplish so is to apply life's spiritual values. These principles, according to psychologists, serve as a basis for your behaviors and assist you in achieving your goals.
Modern life is driven by materialism and a continual need for more. The spiritual principles of life enable us to find true meaning in life and strike the ideal balance between accumulating wealth and cultivating meaningful relationships. These are our guiding principles “Because they regulate how we think, behave, believe, and interact with others, they are known as “rules of engagement.” They encourage you to live in the now rather than the past “I'm on autopilot.”
So, let's talk about the nine spiritual ideas that you can use in your daily life.