This Atheist’s Twelve Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe we couldn’t solve the problem on our own, but that the group power of our 12 step fellowship and the rest of our program could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to entrust our will and our lives to the care of the collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us. We agreed there are things bigger than ourselves and not to play god – then we began to let go of self-will.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to ourselves without reservation, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were ready to accept help in letting go of all our defects of character.
  7. With humility and openness sought to eliminate our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through introspection and meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our understanding of life and to discover the power to carry out a positive and more selfless way of life.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts like us, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

 

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