Twelve Steps Revised

  1. Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.39.48 PMWe admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. I keep acknowledging that I had lost connection with the part of me that was more than my addiction.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. I am deciding to perceive that my connection to the wholeness of the universe is a path toward remembering that I am more than my addiction. It is a path where I am making choices not dictated by my addiction.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him. I am deciding to allow myself to embrace a wholeness that exceeds, yet contains, separateness and to live in balance between these two perspectives.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. I am choosing to allow my unconditional commitment to living in complete and microscopic truth, to myself as well as within my relationships with others. And to a continued commitment to choose to continue taking complete responsibility for my thoughts and actions.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I am deciding to invite others to witness my commitment to my truth and to my taking complete responsibility for my thoughts and actions.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. I am deciding to journey towards getting better at transcending the acting out of my wounds, and to allow others to support me on this journey.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. With much self-compassion, I am forgiving the abuse that was directed toward me, and thus the abuse I directed toward others, with a continued desire to re-decide who I want to be in response to my attempted survival behaviors.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. I am acknowledging all of the invitations I made to others to participate in my self-abuse and am making myself available to share with them the full extent of my participation in these processes.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I am inviting myself to take ownership to my previous abusive thoughts and behaviors, and to invite others whom I have no needs of , to experience this process, if they choose.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. I am continuing to be mindful of the choices I make in relation to others and in acknowledging and admitting to myself and others, the choices that are leading me toward my highest positive intention.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. I am continuing to commit to my journey or mindfulness and recovery through any methods that encourages a continued connectedness to my internal expanded consciousness.
  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. While moving toward internal expanded consciousness in my relationship with everything, I am deciding to share my experiences with others as a way of fulfilling the cycle of receiving and sharing, and thus experiencing fulfillment in my life as I invite others to experience fulfillment in theirs.