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Step 12 - It's Not Just Carrying The Message

Step 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.

Part 2 - Carrying the Message

When talk turns to Step 12, it usually is about carrying the message. Not surprising, since one recovered addict talking to another practicing addict is how the 12 Step programs have grown and how most of us came to recovery.

Twelve Step work can be exciting and rewarding – and it's easier to talk about, and experience, than the rest of the 12th Step.

Step 12 actually has four parts:

  1. A spiritual awakening
  2. Working all 12 Steps
  3. Carrying the message
  4. Practicing the principles

Parts 1, 2 and 4 are often ignored in favor of 3, but it's precisely those three parts that make becoming Powerfully Recovered possible – even likely.

Step 12 is the major promise of the Program – a spiritual awakening as a result of practicing the Steps – simple (not easy) and straightforward. But notice – it requires all the steps - that's what as a result of these steps means. There's nothing in this step (or any other, for that matter, that allows for delay - nothing about getting ready for an inventory or hedging on amends. In the strict sense the promised spiritual awakening is the result of all the Steps.

Practicing the principles is simply the continuing use of the Steps, particularly Steps 10, 11 and 12 - the so-called maintenance steps, to keep us on an even keel, more or less. It's a daily practice, formal and informal. Over time, it becomes a part of us, acting as our ground of being.

It is this awakening and practice that gives us not only freedom from our addiction, but the serenity we want and the Program promises. It is this awakening and practice that let's us move in our world with confidence, knowing that our skin fits and we can deal with all that life hands us – sometimes well, sometimes not so well, but always learning and growing… becoming and staying Powerfully Recovered!       

Love, peace and abundance,

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