STONE ONE CONTINUED: Assert: I assert that I am responsible for my own spiritual path.
Instruction: Take control.
Take responsibility for your spiritual path, and assert that you will not give up control to anyone. We will allow ourselves to be influenced by spiritual people from time to time, but we will not allow them to make our spiritual decisions for us. We will establish that we have the final word, and we will trust our hearts, minds, and intuition to guide us to make wise, kind, loving, and forgiving choices. We might mess up at times, but we know that we can choose again whenever we recognize our mistakes. There is nothing in the Religious Recovery program that has to be done religiously. Our goal is to help people heal from abuse. If they choose to move forward and want to discover ways in which to grow spiritually, we have established the Stones to help guide them, but, they are just guides. We encourage every individual to think for themselves and make decisions for themselves. People might disagree with things we write or say, and that’s all right. The river of spiritual growth continues to change, and we might also disagree with things we said or wrote as new spiritual insights reveal themselves to us. The important concept we hope each individual will take from Stone One is to take charge of their own spiritual path. Along with that are these thoughts: Do not give up your power. Embrace the Journey. Use common sense.
What if we could create our own religion from scratch? What if we could set down rules and guidelines that would help direct people in religious worship that would complement their spiritual journey? In a way, that’s what Stone One is suggesting. Pick the parts that work for you, but instead of using them to dictate other people’s behavior, use them to guide your own journey. Take the best of the best, and leave behind anything that doesn’t seem to work for you. The kingdom of The Divine lies within each of us. It’s up to us to discover it and merge our lives with the peace and love that awaits us there.
Take a few moments today to repeat these words: “I assert that I am responsible for my own spiritual path. I will endeavor to find what works to make me a more loving, caring, forgiving, and understanding person. I seek peace with every individual and with myself.”
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