Having 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 lives.
spiritual awakening – refers to a profound shift in an individual’s perception, understanding, or experience of spirituality or their connection to a higher power, divine essence, or transcendent reality. It is often associated with a deepening of one’s spiritual consciousness, a heightened sense of awareness, and a transformative change in one’s beliefs, values, and perspectives.
carry the message – refers to the act of sharing one’s experience, strength, and hope with others who are struggling with addiction or any other life challenge.
practicing these principles – entails being aware of the Twelve Step core values, consistently integrating them into your life, upholding ethical standards, using them as a guide in decision-making, pursuing personal growth, and positively influencing others.
Step Twelve encourages those of us who have successfully completed the previous steps and experienced a spiritual awakening to help others who are still struggling with addiction or similar issues. It emphasizes the importance of sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others who may benefit from it.
In this step, we are encouraged to engage in service work by carrying the message of recovery to those in need. This can take various forms, such as sponsoring newcomers, participating in support group meetings, sharing personal stories, offering guidance and support, and being available to listen and provide encouragement.
Additionally, Step Twelve emphasizes the need to apply the principles and values learned throughout the recovery process to all aspects of our life. This includes practicing honesty, accountability, self-reflection, and self-improvement in all relationships and endeavors. By doing so, we can maintain our own recovery while also contributing positively to the world around us.
Step Twelve signifies a shift from being solely focused on personal recovery to actively participating in the recovery of others and embodying the principles of the program on a daily basis. It serves as a reminder that sustained sobriety and personal growth are best achieved through ongoing service and continued practice of the spiritual principles inherent in the Twelve Steps.