QUICK REVIEW – TAKE “IT THROUGH THE STEPS”….
Step 1. I AM POWERLESS OVER (fill in or write as a sentence):
My feeling(s) ____________________ about (situation) ______________________ AND MY LIFE HAS BECOME UNMANAGEABLE.
Step 2. Came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity. (Fill in or write as a sentence)
Feeling(s) ________________________ about _____________________
Step 3. MADE A DECISION to turn my (feeling(s) ______________________ about (situation) ______________________ AND MY LIFE OVER TO THE CARE OF GOD AS I UNDERSTAND GOD.
Step 4. MADE A SEARCHING AND FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY (of my feelings regarding this situation)
A. I am feeling _____________________________ about ______________________
B. Because: List all the causes______________________________________________
C. This affects my: ______________________________________________________
D. 1. What is my part in it? ________________________________________________ 2.
What is my “payoff” or benefit for staying stuck in The Step 1 feelings and problem?
Step 5. ADMITTED TO GOD, TO MYSELF AND TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING THE EXACT NATURE OF MY WRONGS. Identify my defenses. List in a column, condense to 5 or less.
Step 6. WAS ENTIRELY READY TO HAVE GOD REMOVE ALL THESE “DEFECTS OF CHARACTER” (for this situation now) (go back to Step 1 if you need to)
Step 7. HUMBLY ASK GOD TO REMOVE MY SHORTCOMINGS. List the opposites for the “shortcomings” identified in Step 5.
Step 8. MADE A LIST OF ALL PERSONS WHOM I HAD HARMED (with this specific issue) AND BECAME WILLING TO MAKE AMENDS TO THEM ALL.
Step 9. MADE DIRECT AMENDS TO SUCH PEOPLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE, EXCEPT WHEN TO DO SO WOULD INJURE THEM OR OTHERS. (Within 24 hours)
Step 10. CONTINUED TO TAKE PERSONAL INVENTORY (with an awareness of this as well as other issues) AND WHEN I AM WRONG PROMPTLY ADMIT IT.
Step 11. SOUGHT THROUGH PRAYER AND MEDITATION TO IMPROVE MY CONSCIOUS CONTACT WITH GOD AS I UNDERSTAND GOD, PRAYING ONLY FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL FOR US AND THE POWER TO CARRY THAT OUT. (Prayer and meditation for more knowledge, guidance and power regarding this issue as time passes and the situation as I evolve)
Step 12. HAVING HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AS THE RESULT OF THESE STEPS I TRIED TO CARRY THIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS AND TO PRACTICE THESE PRINCIPLES IN ALL MY AFFAIRS. I need to practice using the principles of the Steps for all aspects of my life.
From the Emotional Sobriety Workshop Notes which is the inspiration for this blog and group.