These principles– spiritual in nature.

The same is true of human life. It too has its principles. If not followed, life doesn’t work, and may even collapse or crash. While we may acknowledge this about those aspects of our lives that have to do with our physical health, we are less likely to do so when it...

Dealing with character defects

Character defects are described in the Big Book as “flaws in our make-up which caused our failure” and as manifestations of “self,” expressions of our spiritual disease of selfishness and self-centeredness. Reaffirming that they are “the primary cause of [our]...

Practice and Habit in Recovery

Personal transformation in practicing 12 steps comes about by the grace of God through a twin process of spiritual awakening and the practice of spiritual principles. The awakening enables the practice, and the practice furthers the awakening. Both issue from...

Step Three- Understanding and Accepting

Understanding and Accepting "There is another attitude that works against acceptance, particularly in our relations with those close to us, and it has to do with the role of the intellect. We assume, tacitly, that if we are to accept people, we have to understand them...

step 3 – the right dependence

Right Dependence, True Freedom Acknowledging and accepting our dependence on God is to Step 3 what admitting and accepting powerlessness is to Step 1. The two are closely linked. We are powerless because we are dependent. The power we need to live originates in a...

Step 3 and the turning point

  With Step 3 we come to a turning point in our recovery. Our ability to work the rest of the Steps and to practice the principles of the program in all our affairs rests upon the choice that we make here. In Step 2 we come to believe. In Step 3 we act upon that...

The seeing eye–A new perspective

The goal of the 12 Steps is to take us through a process of spiritual awakening that will radically change who we are. Central to this awakening is a transformational change in perception: the way we see ourselves, other people, God, and the world. As we go through...