Re-Post: “Higher Power” version of the Twelve Steps – originally posted 01 Mar 2009
He’s a version of the 12 Steps I really like. I just substituted the word “God” for the phrase “Higher Power”, very simple. It works on many levels, for those of us who are religious, the Higher Power could still represent God-Allah-Jesus-Etc; for those of us who are not religious but believe we are all spiritually connected in some way, the “Higher Power”could represent that connection, or collective soul; and for those of us who are “Realists”, the “Higher Power” phrase could represent Reality or Sanity.
The truth is, Higher Power means whatever you personally understand it to mean.
I like this version, and wish the 12-Steps were closer to this. -MH
“Higher Power” version of the Twelve Steps
1: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction/dysfunction/behavior–that our lives had become unmanageable.
2: Came to believe that a Higher Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of that Higher Power as we understood it.
4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5: Admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6: Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all these defects of character.
7: Humbly asked our Higher Power 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 our Higher Power, as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of our Higher Power’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 “those still suffering“, and to practice these principles in all areas of our lives.