It is a spiritual axiom that every time I am disturbed there is something wrong with Me. Notice it says every time. Do you think this is true for you? If you are brand new to AA you may think there are exceptions but if you start working the steps, especially when you have worked step 4 to 9 , you will see the spiritual truth of this statement. This is the essence of trying to live a spiritual life. I can’t blame people or circumstances any more for being disturbed. I think the perfect spiritual life would be to never get disturbed. Unfortunately we are not perfect and the steps are designed to help me get undisturbed. Step 10 is designed to enable us to be undisturbed.
I gave some thoughts on the World of the Spirit. That is where God is and is in the now, the moment. If I am disturbed what is the problem? The problem is I am disturbed. Why is that a problem? If I am disturbed there is no contact with God and I am on my own. Separated from God. Then I react self centered, my character defects are triggered and I make decisions and take actions that harm myself and others.
Therefore the steps are designed for me to see through a new pair of glasses. When I am disturbed I am seeing things through self centered glasses and I see problems. Then I need to take off those glasses and put God centered glasses on. The result is I then see a situation not a problem. I take the label off of what is happening. So whenever disturbed I turn to God and say with your power and direction help me see it differently so I can utilize the serenity prayer then I can either accept or change. When disturbed I am not spiritually fit and I can never react appropriately.
I wrote this 2 years ago. If you go to episodes and choose Saturday you will see I did several recent podcasts on step 10 and 11 and in particular episode year 3 no.28 is devoted entirely to the spiritual axiom. Hope you find these helpful. Welcome any comments firstname.lastname@example.org