This post is to illustrate how a realist in recovery can no more be able to believe in a “God” or ” higher power”, than the average intellectually and emotionally mature adult can believe in “Santa Claus”.
I have been told by many persons in recovery that “you can make your higher power anything you want”.
Hopefully, by substituting the words “God” and ” higher power” for “Santa”, it becomes apparent why I needed to re-write the 12 Steps in a more realistic and rational manner and that you cannot make your higher power anything you want. (Once you grow and mature towards reality, and no longer believe in fictional fairy tales like Santa Claus, it is impossible to go back.)
12 Steps of Santa
1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
2: Came to believe that Santa could restore us to sanity.
3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Santa as we understood Santa.
4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5: Admitted to Santa, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6: Were entirely ready to have Santa remove all these defects of character.
7: Humbly asked Santa 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 Santa, as we understood Santa, praying only for knowledge of Santa’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.