“To be helpful is our only aim.”
~The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Working with Others
“The greatest adventure of your life lies in your conscious use of this power.”
~Ernest Holmes, “This Thing Called You”
Having an ongoing and ever-deepening spiritual awakening and expansion as a result of these programs, I desire to carry this message to others who seek serenity through spirituality and 12-step work. And as promised, it becomes another pathway to help me stay rooted in my own sobriety and to practice the spiritual principles of AA and universal law in all my affairs, activities, and relationships.
I deeply respect and honor the program and personally strive to do the things that are suggested as a course of action. At some meetings though, I hear what I interpret as a very strict fundamentalist approach and adherence to the program and the traditions.
I feel a touch of unease when I think that my sharing about my way of melding my two programs might offend or cause anyone to balk. Is it my alcoholic thinking, a character defect, or just my humanity that runs doubt through my system? Not doubt about my spiritual awakening, connection, and conviction but the self doubt of ‘is this OK to do? Should I?’
Encouraging conversations in a public forum may not set well with some. I am not a fan of confrontations. What if somebody objects, loudly even? Maybe I should just keep it to myself and try to blend in. Wait – that was the old weaker me – this new recovering me welcomes conversations and hearing others’ thoughts as I explore my own. I am learning to stand in my own resolve and not require approval from others.
I have always stayed pretty hidden within the neutrality of things – never seeking to stand up or stand out or take a controversial stance in any extreme. (unless of course I was under the influence at the time and then it would be hard to shut me up.) My default preference was to stay in my head, working with what I knew … or believed I knew…
As a Science of Mind student I well know to focus on the many people that have confirmed they love this concept and enjoy discussing the parallels and compatibility of Recovery with New Thought and Science of Mind. Even with some who don’t know much about either, the discussions have been interesting, enlightening, open-minded, and open-ended.
Though my religious upbringing was not extensive, I grew up as a Reform Jew. I am therefore comfortable with general guidelines and not strict literal interpretation. Wikipedia says the Reform Jews’ approach is that: traditions should be modernized and compatible with participation in the surrounding culture.”
Makes sense to me in all things including my program – hold dear the traditions that stand the test of time, and where necessary, modernize my practice of them so I can embrace them right here and right now. I am not limited by history, but expanded by it.
As much of a visionary as Bill W was, could even he have dreamed that today conversations are being held hourly in tens of thousands of rooms worldwide? Valuable information is shared via social media, emails and blogs that help connect people in conversations in one giant room without walls. I believe Bill W would be in favor of whatever works, as long as Higher Power and honest human inner-actions and interactions are involved.
Something in me (my Higher Power?) tells me that this is absolutely the perfect way for me to share what I am learning and realizing, as long as I stay in constant conscious contact.
To thine own self be true. I know we can all just get along. And so it is!
In gratitude, harmony and support,