Turning Over to a Higher Power
The concept of turning control over to a higher power is a fundamental aspect of the Twelve Steps. The idea is rooted in spiritual and personal development, helping us overcome addiction by recognizing our limitations and seeking support from a higher power. Here's a brief overview of how this is approached can be done in the Twelve Steps:
Admitting Powerlessness (Step One):
The first step involves acknowledging that we are powerless over our addiction and that our life has become unmanageable. This admission of powerlessness is the foundation for recognizing the need for external help.
Believing in a Higher Power (Step Two):
Step 2 involves coming to believe in a power greater than us can restore sanity. This higher power is subjective and can be interpreted in a way that is meaningful to us, whether it's a traditional religious deity, a spiritual force, or a collective power within a group.
Turning Control Over (Step Three):
Step Three is a pivotal point where we make a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of a higher power as we understand it. This step emphasizes surrender and the willingness to trust in something beyond personal control.
The actual Step Three statement in Alcoholics Anonymous is: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."
Inventory and Reflection (Steps Four-Nine):
Following Step Three, we engage in a thorough moral and personal inventory (Steps Four and Five) and then make amends to those we have harmed (Steps Eight and Nine). These steps involve self-reflection, honesty, and a commitment to change with the support of the higher power.
Continued Spiritual Growth (Steps Ten-Twelve):
Steps Ten-Twelve involve ongoing personal inventory, spiritual growth, and helping others. We continue to turn to our higher power for guidance and strength as we navigate the challenges of life.
It's important to note that the Twelve Steps are not prescriptive or dogmatic; we are encouraged to interpret the concept of a higher power in a way that aligns with our beliefs and values. The focus is on spiritual and personal development as a means to overcome addiction and maintain recovery.