Recognize that we are spiritual beings and decide to turn our lives over to “that which is greater than self” referred to in these steps as “The Divine.”
Instruction: Recognize the spiritual.
Atheists and agnostics might struggle with this Step, but for most people this is a simple acceptance of who we are. Without the spirit, we would not be different than rocks or trees — and perhaps more specifically consciousness — for it is Spirit or Consciousness that makes us self-aware. It is the spiritual/consciousness aspect of our beings that gives us pause to think there is something more to this life than a few years of physical existence followed by eternal death. For some, it is a leap to go from being a spiritual being to accepting there is a Higher Power that rules the universe.
If there is Something or Someone who has set the wheels of our existence into motion and is somehow interested and involved in our lives, wouldn’t it make sense to want to know who that is and what that Great Mystery wants from us — if anything? Religions have tried to name it and define it, but, ultimately, the names fall short and the definitions don’t always agree.
Nevertheless, once we accept a Higher Power, it doesn’t seem like much of a leap to go from acceptance to wanting that divine being to be involved with our lives. When we recognize the spiritual aspect of our nature, then we begin to see more than chaos in the universe and in our lives.
Today’s Assignment is to ask yourself this question: “Is there is a specific way I want The Divine to be involved in my life?” If the answer is “yes,” then ask The Divine to be involved in that area and then look for the subtle signs of divine presence.
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