April 5, 2024 The Mystery of Recovery

I desire honesty in my inner being; therefore, Recovery teach me wisdom in my heart. If this is something you look for it may take “repentance” which comes from the Greek word ‘metania’, which means a change of thinking. The change in thinking will change our behavior. Repentance signifies that we are open to change.

The heart of what the 12 steps bring to Recovery are mercy, love, strength, and grace for us. The heart of what we bring to Recovery is a genuine desire to change. For this reason we this reason we use steps 8, 9, & 11 (see below)

I harbored a lot of anger toward my parents when I was in my 30s & 40s. Attending therapy and a support group I began to realize my anger was holding me back from embracing healing and granting mercy to them. My thought process was, “They did not deserve to have a relationship with me.” I decided to change my thinking as I worked the 12-step program. My thought process moved to, “I need to let go of the anger and hurt and reconcile with them.” That is exactly what I did.

Utilizing the 12 steps is essential for gaining wisdom in our hearts. We can ask ourselves:

  1. Recovery where do you want us to change?
  2. Where do we need forgiveness in our lives?
  3. Where have we said no not allowing the steps of Recovery to transform us?
  4. Who must we forgive for actions against us?

Recovery is a beautiful mystery we can experience despite sadness, anger, anxiety, and a host of other feelings. Recovery occurs throughout the year. This can be achieved as a result of daily meditation time, reading material focusing on Recovery (Example-“Boundaries Made Easy”, by Abby Medcalf, PH.D.), and developing healthy relationships (attending a support group is a good place to start, https://superhumanbeing.net/thursday-zoom-event/). Are we ready to live the mystery of Recovery? Joy and hope of Recovery occur daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. When we take action to change, our heart softens, we are filled with compassion, and a heart burns bright within us.

12 Steps to Health

Hope ≈ Healing ≈ Health

  1. We dedicate ourselves to a lifestyle of Recovery; our lives have purpose and meaning.
  2. We believe a Power greater than ourselves is the path to hope, healing, and health.
  3. We choose to contemplate daily, how faith in our Higher Power and Recovery Community can bring us peace.
  4. We choose to educate ourselves and find the courage to strive for the highest level of health and well-being.
  5. We communicate our Plan of Recovery with our Higher Power, with ourselves, and with another human being.
  6. We allow our Higher Power to be the lighthouse in our lives.
  7. We humbly ask our Higher Power to reveal his unconditional love and ongoing presence within us.
  8. We acknowledge our behaviors have impacted our relationships. We list those affected by our behavior and whenever possible become willing to reconcile or thank them for their support during a relapse or mental health crisis.
  9. We seek mutual reconciliation for a harmful action we committed and seek forgiveness from those we harmed or were impacted by our behavior. Then, let go of our shame because it no longer serves a purpose in our lives, we understand we were designed because we are loved and to be in relationships with other people.
  10. We continually review our Plan of Recovery with our Higher Power, support team, and those we trust.
  11. We come to recognize our shortcomings during recovery, while discovering our Higher Power is the source of our strength and mercy, we learn to rely on our Higher Power for the courage to heal through prayer, reflection, mindfulness, and when necessary seek professional support.
  12. We gain insight into our recovery through our Higher Power as we model these steps, and share our journey toward hope, healing, and health with people.

Adapted From 12 Steps of Alcoholic/Depressed Anonymous by Larry Winter and Collene Spaeth

Revised: 6/5/20

Peace

Larry

email: ljw@superhumanbeing.net

website: https://superhumanbeing.net/

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