Spirituality: Going Deeper

An integral component of recovery is spirituality. Many people in recovery discover for the very first time the presence and love of a higher power. Often, as they grow in recovery, their relationship with God deepens. One of AA’s founders, Dr. Bob, considered his relationship with God to be the most crucial element of his own recovery. Dr. Bob believed that nurturing this relationship must be a daily priority, so every day he practiced spiritual disciplines that drew him ever closer to God. 

As in The Big Book, 11th Step instructions encourages us to, “…ask God to direct our thinking” and that “we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought… What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made concious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumptionin with all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time pases, be more on the plane of inspiration. We will come to rely upon it.”

To explore more about the daily practice of Two Way Prayer visit the website and/or listen to a podcast series on AA History, 11th step resources, and Two Way Prayer @ Father Bill W. podcast.  Questions ? Feel free to send an email to The Rev. Bill Wigmore.

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