Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principals in all of our affairs.
I'm sure we all have our own definition of a spiritual awakening, to me it's a feeling of contentment, happiness, and inner peace that develops over time.
What an amazing experience to get to the point in our lives where we are able to see and admit our faults, take responsibility for our thoughts and actions, stop judging others, and be able to help someone else with what we've learned.
This is not to say that it's been easy, it takes a lot of hard work, determination, knowledge and support to work through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The changes that take place in our lives are gradual but when we do accomplish a step, it's rewarding and healing both mentally and spiritually.
The most important thing I can say is to attend meetings as often as you can, in the beginning daily if at all possible. Listen, observe and even if you're not quite ready to break through that denial, keep going to the meetings. Finding a sponsor that you can connect with and that you're comfortable with is very important. Choosing a sponsor that's already completed the 12 steps can help you understand and work on yours with a much better understanding of what they mean.
There's nothing more rewarding than to have accomplished the 12 steps, incorporate them in our daily lives, reflect on our day to make sure we're staying on track, and helping others reach their goals as well. The 12 Steps are not just a guide to recovery; they're a guide to a whole new way of life which leads to happiness, contentment, and long term sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 2 - Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 7 - Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 11 - You need to stay focused maintain and strengthen your higher power while continuing your sobriety.