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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 61 – We have become God conscious – Step 10-11 – Page 85

The authors state that by doing steps 1-9 and working step 10 on a daily basis that we have become God conscious on page 85. Conscious means aware of or having knowledge of something. To become awake. So I come to AA as an agnostic. They use the term agnostic to mean those without knowledge of God. Those not awake to God’s power. By taking the action of these steps I am now awake to a power that can do for me what I cannot do for my self. This power will allow me to intuitively handle situations that used to baffle me.

“Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power.” They tell us that if I have carefully followed directions I have
begun to sense the flow of His spirit into me. I have now become God conscious. This is a process and the more effectively I work step 10 the more I rely on it. They call this the sixth sense.

Now that I have made conscious contact they tell me I must go further to improve it. In the 12 and 12 it states that if I interweave daily inventory , prayer, and meditation I will have an unshakable foundation for living. So in addition to daily inventory I have to develop a life of prayer and meditation. The purpose is to improve my conscious contact with God. Not to satisfy my will for me but only to obtain knowledge of his will for me and the power to carry it out. As I discussed in the previous thought I must carry a vision of God’s will for me into all my activities. I focused in that thought on how God wants me to be and with the addition of prayer and meditation I can improve that vision and knowledge of his plans for me. I want my plans for the day to be God directed. My real purpose is to fit myself to be of maximal service to God and others. I accomplish this through daily inventory, prayer, and meditation. This is how I stay close to God and perform his work well. It says on page 63 if I do this that God will provide everything I need!

In the next several thoughts we will look at the powerful pages 86-88 where we are given definite and valuable suggestions. Like to hear from you at mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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