Feb 13, 2020
One of the cornerstones of Alcoholics Anonymous' effectiveness
is the freedom it offers to choose your own conception of a Higher
Power. The phrase "God as we understood Him" is an invitation to
discover a personal relationship with your connection to Divine
Mystery. It's a lifelong journey in my opinion. Once we've begun to
"come to believe", we're encouraged to turn our will and life over
to the care of our Higher Power.
The subject of God's Will is referenced directly in Steps 3
and 11. What does that mean? It's another individual invitation to
inquire within and discover your own ever-evolving idea of
understanding. My hope with this meditation is to offer my own
experience along with a personal story and some questions for
reflection that help you grow in recovery.
Practicing these steps with a willingness to be "an instrument
of Thy peace" as the prayer of St Francis says - has been worth the
effort. Today I've transitioned my perspective from "God's Will" as
instructions or directions to a notion of "God's Desire" for me to
grow into my best self through simple loving living. The choice is
always mine and I imagine God as the ultimate Friend.
Thanks for meditating with me.
Matt Kelly is an aspiring mystic and meditation
teacher in long term recovery (since 1983). His website
RecoverYourPeace.com is a source of meditation tools for all
who desire to improve their ability to create peace of
Matt and his beautiful wife Ada live in the Midwest
with their two dogs Joe and Gabe. Together they practice a
lifestyle of daily conscious contact with Divine Mystery (aka “God
as we experience Him”). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org