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When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own
conception of God. This
too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book.
Do not let any
you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly
asking yourself what they
mean to you. At the start, this was all we needed to commence
to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood
we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed
entirely out of reach.
That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin
somewhere. So we used our
own conception, however limited it was.
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. -
"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?"
As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure
him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple
cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.
-A.A. Big Book p.47
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Step 2 is a step of hope, faith and realization. It is a big
step towards God. In spite
of all of the
failures in my own life - all of the broken promises, hard
failures, destructive behavior, hatred, anxiety, depression or
guilt in my life
- there is still hope. There is hope because there is a Power
greater than myself.
And this Power has the ability to restore my life to a life
where there is freedom
from the insanity of addictive behaviors. I begin to realize
that such a Power
exists and this Power is able to set me on the road to recovery
- From 12Step.org
Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether
agnostic, atheist, or
former believer, we can
stand together on this Step. True humility and an open mind can
lead us to faith, and
meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we
ourselves to Him.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 33
Through believing that a Higher Power can help, a man or a woman
formerly eaten up with
raging fear, anger,
shame, doubt, guilt, and frustration may become calm and begin
to grow spiritually by
focusing on doing some
simple steps, going to meetings, reading the Big Book, and
talking to a sponsor. This
person is not alone; there
are other caring brothers and sisters who really do understand
because they are dealing
with the same problems
the newcomer has. The simple act of believing that a Higher
Power can restore us to
sanity leads us into a
family and into a new life where we can begin to see and
experience a little sanity.
- A Hunger for Healing, p. 35
The process of coming to believe is something that we seem to
experience in similar
ways. One thing most
of us lacked was a working relationship with a Higher Power. We
begin to develop this
simply admitting to the possibility of a Power greater than
ourselves. Most of us have
admitting that addiction had become a destructive force in our
lives. Our best efforts
ever greater destruction and despair. At some point we realized
we needed the help of
greater than our addiction. Our understanding of a Higher Power
is up to us. No one is
going to decide
for us. We can call it the group, the program, or we can call it
God. The only suggested
that this Power be loving, caring and greater than ourselves. We
don't have to be
religious to accept
this idea. The point is that we open our minds to believe. We
may have difficulty with
this, but by
keeping an open mind, sooner or later, we find the help we need.
- Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, Chapter 4/Step 2
The Step 2 phrase "came to believe" suggests a process and a
progression of faith that
time. A portion of A.A.'s oral tradition defines this as a
three-part unfolding: First,
that is, we showed up and stumbled in the door. Second, we
came to, that is, we
came to our senses, and began to experience emotional sobriety.
Third, we came to
We began our real recovery process and our spiritual growth.
- Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 29
True relationships teach us that we can trust others, that we
are lovable and that
sometimes we must
take care of ourselves. As we gain friends who can help us get
through and even enjoy
most days, we
feel ready to trust ourselves again.
As you keep faith with this process you will discover the joys
of finding common ground,
love, and a magical sense of connectedness that will leave you
as high as any drug,
drink or new dress.
- The Twelve Step Journal, p. 69