12 Steps of Recovery


Capital [W]ith great respect and love, I welcome you with all my heart. When I contemplated the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps of Recovery, several questions and answers appeared in my enquiring mind. Why does twelve steps work for people recovering from addictions? What similarities does the twelve steps have with the eastern psychology and Qi meditation principles and practices? Could these 12 steps of recovery the same 12 steps of enlightenment? What is the implication of the twelve steps to people other than alcoholics and addicts toward recovery from our egos?

Let me quote the following Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps of Recovery with my interpretation from the Oriental and western psychology perspective:

1. Admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable. Changing from a losing attitude to a winning attitude. Because people are sick and tired of being sick and tired, out of desperation, people will try anything positive to take a leap of faith.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Positive self-dimension is at work here where a belief that we are all connected to a Greater Healer which represents Mother Earth, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Qi or the One.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Surrender to a Higher Power which loosens the hold of our negative egos and frees us which is a path to freedom from the Oriental philosophy.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Total cleansing of our vessel (mind) has to be done before it can be filled up with the Holy Spirit or Qi.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. This admittance of our wrongs is the opposite of denial which opens or lets go of our negative addictions hold on us.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Again, surrender to a Higher Power is a necessary act to open our mind to its cleansing power before positive transformation of character becomes a reality.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. A positive Self-talk with our soul affirming its power to connect with our Great Healer from above where healing originates and the healing source of addictions of the ego.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Forgiveness from the people we had harmed is a neccessary act to neutralize negative karma before recovery happens.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. We have to use descrimination to avoid more harm than good.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. No time to lose to ask for forgiveness right away now instead of procastinating it for some other time that might never come.

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. The Qi meditation practices which connect the practitioner to the Great Healer from above to experience inner love which heals all addictions completely.

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. After the spiritual enlightenment which results from Qi meditation practices, the enlightened ones become messengers of Truth to share what they had experienced for the good of the whole.

What is your personal understanding of the 12 steps of recovery or enlightenment?

I believe that the 12 steps of recovery is applicable not only to people with addictions (who hasn't?) but also is another way to self-fulfillment (enlightenment) and another set of guidelines to become winners in life's challenges.

For more information about recovery from addictions thru Meditation, please read my articles A Path to Freedom, and Bond of Power.

May the (Qi) force be with you.

Ricardo B. Serrano, DAc, MH, ADS, Last Update January 31, 1998

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