In step one we surrendered to the reality of being powerless. Such admissions require a support system. The base for this support system is getting in touch with a higher power. We have come to believe that a Power higher than ours can restore us to sanity. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Does this remind you of addictive behavior? It is reminiscent of how those that are addicted may want to stop their destructive behavior but are powerless to do things differently.
Step 2 of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program is “Find a Power Greater Than Yourself”.
After one admits powerlessness, one will need hope to carry on. Step two is made to give us this hope. The belief in something greater allows us to take the focus off of ourselves and turn it to conquering the addiction. AA will not tell you what Power to believe in. Having an open mind is important. This is a big step because the old life involving addiction is over and the new life committed to your chosen higher Power is begun.
Step 2 is the rallying point for us all. Whether agnostic, atheist, or believer, we stand together on this. We must maintain humility for recovery to work. Accepting the Power greater than you handles this quite nicely. One of the biggest misconceptions about this is the higher power must be God, or someone else’s conception of God. You can believe in the universe, nature, Buddha, music, love, Allah, humanity or even AA itself. Any higher force will do, so long as it is something you are a part of but is greater than your own existence. The point is to take the focus off of you and stay humble.
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all. The roadblocks of indifference, fancied self-sufficiency, prejudice, and defiance often prove more solid and formidable for these people than any erected by the unconvinced agnostic or even the militant atheist. We must take the focus off of ourselves. Pride is the issue but dispute over the higher Power’s name or identity. Since any Power will do, these details should not be an issue. In the rebuilding process we need help. Help filters from our higher Powers.
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