Twelve step programs and addiction to taking thought as true

 
  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol thought – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

I notice that these three steps are at play when I do The Work, and also in my life in general.

When I do The Work, it’s from an acknowledgment that (a) mind is identified with a thought, it’s taken as true, what I take myself to be is powerless over it, and my life has become unmanageable. (c) Through inquiry, through a sincere seeing of what’s here, I turn it all over to a higher power, to a higher intelligence and love. And (b) trust that power to be able to restore sanity.

And that’s how it is in my life in general. I see that “I” – what I take myself to be – is powerless over the tendency to take thought as true, and that my life has become unmanageable. I see that there is a higher power – a higher wisdom and love – that can restore sanity (Spirit, Big Mind/Heart etc.). And I make the decision to turn it all – my will and my life – over to the care of God as I understand him. I do that whenever I remember, whenever it comes to me to do it.

I turn my life over to God. I turn my will over to God. I turn my body and mind over to God. I turn whatever appears as me and I over to God. I turn whatever surfaces – wounds, feelings, confusion, hangups – over to God.

Note: I read in Agents of Grace by Barry and Karen last night, and I see they are using the same analogy.

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