Step 2 Alcoholics Anonymous Explained And Worksheet: Step Two: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” https://youtu.be/783OAWk848A
Link to Full Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps Program: http://sobercoach1.com/12-steps/
Let’s look more deeply at the wording of this statement.
What is that “Power”?
It is the goal of AA to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself to solve your problem. Do not be disconcerted if, at first, you do not believe God is that higher Power, for many people enter the AA fellowship as doubters or agnostics or atheists. It is absolutely acceptable to honor your own conception of God, or even, to consider the fellowship your higher Power, until God enters your life. It’s important here not to let your own prejudice or feelings against a higher Power keep you from embracing this step, for God will give you the strength and courage to push past your obsession to peace, or remove the obsession and give you strength, day to day, to stay sober.
What is “sanity”?
Your sanity, or ability to think clearly, will come once you have pushed past the obsession. By contrast, insanity, as we are defining it here, is a lack of proportion, an inability to think straight, and an appalling lack of perspective. If you drink to oblivion and exhibit outrageously drunken behavior toward those around you, that is our version of behaving insanely.
I want you to know that living on a spiritual basis does not have to happen overnight: In most cases, spiritual awakening occurs over time. As AA’s Big Book puts it, “With few exceptions, our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves. Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.”
To regain your sanity, therefore, you may embrace this Power as you push past your obsession. Importantly, this is daily work, which can be achieved through prayer or meditation. If you are reading my blogs, you will know that I engage in what I call my Daily Practices during the time I set aside every day to meditate upon what I know I must do to stay sober, and that is: beat the obsession by asking a higher Power, during quiet contemplation, for the strength and courage to do that.
The Big Book continues: “Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. . . We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty, and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.”
Step 2 Alcoholics Anonymous Explained And Worksheet: https://youtu.be/783OAWk848A