This week, we are delighted to welcome back our dear friend, Carol Davis, who has written an insightful post about Recovery Consciousness. Carol is the author of Changeless Change, a book we encourage you to read––and use––to deepen your process. You may visit Carol at www.ChangelessChange.com.
In gratitude, harmony, and support,
Recovery Consciousness One Day At a Time
by Carol Davis
I have been sober for over 45 years, and a student of Science of Mind for 40 years, so when I was invited to write about Recovery Consciousness, I thought, “Sure, that will be way cool!” But then, when I sat down to actually write, my thought was, “What the heck is recovery consciousness?” In fact, what is consciousness––period? I hear that word often in New Thought circles, often posed as the question: “What is your level of spiritual consciousness?”
The word is written multiple times in the New Thought text, The Science of Mind, as well as the recovery text, Alcoholics Anonymous (also called “the Big Book”).
Webster’s Dictionary defines consciousness as: “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself.”
One of my favorite lines in the Big Book is on page 98: “Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone.”
In support of this New Thought/Recovery blog, page 51 in the Big Book states: “When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.”
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, tells us our mind is consciousness (p. 28 SOM).
From multiple sources, we see that consciousness is a state of awareness; therefore, “Recovery Consciousness” is an awareness of what we are doing, or not doing, to maintain our recovery. It is our abstinence––one day at a time. The Big Book states, “What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition” (p. 85).
In my opinion, Recovery Consciousness is an awareness of and participation in a daily spiritual practice of our choosing. After working the first nine steps, the daily practice of steps 10- 12 keep us in the consciousness of recovery––it IS recovery. The consciousness of recovery is about walking out of the darkness of despair and into the joy of the sunlight.
There is a nursery rhyme that asks, “How does your garden grow?” This is a good question we can ask of ourselves about our recovery. I talk about the garden of my recovery in my book, Changeless Change, (p. 13). It is another piece of Recovery Consciousness when we pay attention to how we are growing our gardens. Are we pulling the weeds before they get too big? Are we staying in charge of the water faucet (Changeless Change, p. 23) and letting a little sun in? Do we accept the fertilizer of life as part of the growth process?
The process of growth––the journey of Recovery Consciousness––is never over. It is ever unfolding, One Day At a Time.