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.

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Turning it over to God

I notice how good and right it feels to turn it all over to God, and repeat.

Whatever is here, my whole life situation (situations, experiences, thoughts, fears etc.), feel it, turn it over to God. And if there is turmoil, first bring attention to sensations – to the breath, the heart. This releases attention out of churning thoughts, and invites it to find some stability.

In my experience, turning it all over to God opens for a sense of trust. There is a sense of transparency. It’s a reminder that all is already Spirit. There is relief, a sense of returning home. I am more free to listen to guidance, and act with more ease.

This is a second person relationship with God. I – as this human self – cannot do it on my own. I never do it on my own, my life cannot exist without Spirit (reality, the wider world, Big Mind), and sometimes it’s very clear I cannot do it on my own as a human self. I don’t know the way. So when I turn it all over to God, I make myself available for guidance, and it’s a reminder that it’s all already Spirit.

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Breath, feel, turn it over

I sometimes “forget” even the simplest pointers, and was reminded of this one today.

When there is a sense of discomfort or overwhelm, I find it helpful to….

Bring attention to the breath, for instance the sensations of the breath at the nostrils, or even the movement of the chest and/or belly. This helps bring attention out of thoughts and to something simple such as sensation. It can also be helpful to bring attention to the heart area, and the sensations there.

Feel what’s here, allow it it’s life, it’s peace. I sometimes ask myself, can I be with this experience? Is it true, it’s overwhelming? Is it true, it’s too much? If I notice a thought behind the fear, I can ask myself is it true? Do I know for certain it’s true? 

Turn it over to the divine, to God.


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