Thanks to AA, I found my way to sobriety. Thanks to AA, I also found my way to New Thought spirituality. For nearly three decades, these two life-giving teachings have educated and sustained me. Every day. One day at a time. And it all comes down to the steps, first and foremost. I begin my day with steps 1, 2, and 3. This simple practice is the foundation of my happy, healthy life. Whether thing are going well or I’m having the worst day in history, the steps get me going and carry me through.
Instead of a regular blog post today, I humbly invite you to partake in what feels like a Mega-Blog-Post! Today, my first eBook, Think Right Into Limitless Sobriety (Volume I), is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon. And it’s free – but only for the next 4 days! This short but idea-rich eBook is really a compilation of many blog-post-worthy ideas organized into a concise, three-chapter volume. It takes a look at the first 3 Steps in the 12 Step program, and the Spiritual Principles and New Thought philosophies with which they align.
My early sobriety was bedeviled by unnecessary struggles and overdue surrenders. Incredibly, even though I was D.O.A. at my first meeting—Defeated on Arrival—willingness and an open mind didn’t come automatically. I always wanted more than I needed; here, I needed a lot more than I wanted. A long, bumpy road lay ahead.
Chances are you have heard some of these things too – I don’t claim that they are the original utterances of the people who spoke them – but I loved hearing them. I am not attributing them to anyone, but maybe they are published somewhere… we can share.
Over the years, my old belief system has been replaced with a realization that my life belongs to the Divine and that when I am giving to others, I am participating in my own healing and the revealing of myself as a Divine being having a human experience. The poison that once “pre-occupied” my consciousness has been transmuted. It has become a new way of thinking, believing, feeling, and behaving.
I am filled with calm knowingness today. I am filled with gratitude to easily and completely release any and all substances, behaviors, mindsets, habits, and obsessions that no longer server me, or serve those I love. I stay fully present in the remarkable moment of now, using my breath to center me when I need to. It’s that easy and that available.
I think it was Mark Twain who was credited with saying, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Certainly when I think of some of the crazy-making days when I was “howling at the moon,” I can now crack a smile. On occasion I even find myself about to roll on the floor and laugh out loud when I think of some of the antics I found myself pulling off. I’ve heard it said that the problem with insanity is that it doesn’t tell you it’s insanity. Sometimes it sounds like a perfectly good idea. It’s only in hindsight that I find myself saying; “What the heck was I thinking?”
If I were in a movie, a symphonic, rock and roll, jazzy, waltzy, samba score would have played as a sound track at the very moment when I read those lines in the Big Book for the first time. Though early in my sobriety, something about those positive words sounded real, sounded possible, sounded doable. Some of them had already materialized.