It was mentioned today at a 12-Step meeting I was attending, that if you are having a problem with the “concept of God” or “higher power”, that you can use the term “G.O.D. = Good Orderly Direction” as you work the twelve steps.
I was intrigued by this “concept”, and immediately decided I would substitute the term “Good Orderly Direction” where “God , Power greater than ourselves, Him, and His” were found within the 12 Steps, much like what was done with an earlier post: The 12 Steps of Santa.
Twelve Steps of Good Orderly Direction:
1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
2: Came to believe that Good Orderly Direction could restore us to sanity.
3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to Good Orderly Direction as we understood Good Orderly Direction.
4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5: Admitted to Good Orderly Direction, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6: Were entirely ready to have Good Orderly Direction remove all these defects of character.
7: Humbly asked Good Orderly Direction to remove our shortcomings.
8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Good Orderly Direction, as we understood Good Orderly Direction, praying only for knowledge of Good Orderly Direction ‘s will for us and the power to carry that out.
12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Still doesn’t quite work for me within the 12-Step format. It would need a complete re-write of the Twelve Steps, much like I did with my very first post, in order for me to understand this concept. Steps 1 to 4 actually kinda work this way, but Steps 5,6,7 and 11 read very awkwardly and would need some kind of re-write to work for me. I feel like re-posting my re-writing of the 12 Steps next just to see how they compare.