Freedom From Bondage to Self

Freedom from bondage to self

 

The spiritual solution offered in recovery is to detach with love from our selfishness and self-seeking behaviors and to connect to God.  We cannot stay sober if we depend on people, circumstances, prestige and security to stay sober.

Barriers to my spiritual growth are self-centeredness and a materialistic focus on worldly things.  Spirituality means devotion to spiritual instead of worldly things, it means obedience to God’s will for me.  Any time I allow selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear to be a part of me, I block out spiritual things.  As I maintain my sobriety, growing spiritually becomes a lifelong process.

We discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else could.

Through practicing the principles in the 12 steps and in particular prayer and meditation, we place our dependence on God, not on self. Depending on God, and not on other people or oneself grants us the freedom to choose how we respond to what happens to us.

We develop trust and faith in God and reliance upon our intuition: the still small quiet voice inside. With heightened intuition, we diminish restlessness and worry from our minds.  We grow in understanding and acceptance of oneself and others.  We learn forgiveness which in turn will release feelings of anger.  We thereby gain contentment and overall happiness.

References:

AA 12 &12

AA BB

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