The 12 Spiritual of the 12 Steps “… practice these principles in all our affairs” (Step 12) PRESENTED BY THE Institute for Learning and DevelopmentNYS OASAS Certified Education and Training Provider (#0932) www.imustnotuse.com/ild.html
Step 1We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageableAdmit: a) to concede as true or valid, b) acceptance or acknowledgement of the truth The truth about what?That you were powerless over your addiction and … your life was unmanageable!!
Step 2 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanityBelieve: to accept something as true, genuine or realRestore: to bring back to or put back into a former or original state Believe could restore what ? Your SANITY!!
Step 3Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God Decision: a determination arrived at after consideration Decision about what ? To turn your will over … to stop doing things your wayto take another path and have it be okay
Step 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves Fearless: to be brave and courageous without apprehension Brave: having or showing courage Be brave and courageous about what ?About taking a good look inside yourself and making changes
The Spiritual Principle of Step 4 is … Courage “To change those things I can”
Step 5 Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongsExact: a) exhibiting strict, particular, and complete accordance with fact b) marked by thorough consideration of small factual details Factual consideration about what ? About honestly admitting the truth about yourself; about who you really are.
The Spiritual Principle of Step 5 is … Integrity
Step 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of characterEntirely: having no element or part left out; to the full extentReady: prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action Be ready, you are prepared. For what ? To be willing to let go of all your character defects
The Spiritual Principle of Step 6 is …Willingness
Step 7Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomingsRemove: to get rid of Be careful how and what you ask God for. The Spiritual Principle is obvious …
The Spiritual Principle of Step 7 is … Humility
Step 8Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them allAmend: to put right; to change or modify for the better Became willing: refer to Step 6 Become willing for what ? Willing to ask for forgiveness Willing to forgive yourself
The Spiritual Principles of Step 9 is … Discipline
Step 10Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it Continued: lasting without interruption Personal: relating to an individual’s character, conduct, motives, or private affairs Continue to do what ? Constantly be taking your moral inventory without interruption.
The Spiritual Principle of Step 10 is…Perseverance
Step 11Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of Gods will for us and the power to carry that out Ask yourself daily: what is God’s will for me? Ask your HP daily : what is Your will for me? When you find the answers you will already have the power to carry it out.
The Spiritual Principle of Step 11 is…Awareness
Step 12Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs You now have knowledge of the spiritual principles that are referred to in this last Step 12. You are responsible to carry the message that recovery is possible and practice these principles. Not just when you feel like it or when it’s convenient but … Practice these principles in ALL your affairs!!
The Spiritual Principle of Step 12 is… Service