Step Twp - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
From: Paths to Recovery pg. 18 (copyright 1997, by Al-Anon
Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Limited use by express written permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.)
As we consider Step Two, it is often helpful to remember that "Came to Believe" is written in the past tense. Like all the Steps, Step Two tells the experience of those who have gone before us and shows that over time we can find the answers to our delimmsa. Few of us walked into our first meeting firmly convinced that there was a Power greater tham ourselves that could bring good int our lives. If there was, why were we so unhappy and confused? Belief grows as we open our minds enough to consider that a spiritual resource could help us with our problems. We listen to the experience of oters and want what they have: peace, serenity, happiness, faith and joy. Many members, though filled with plenty of doubts, are willing to seek other possibilities. Willingness to listen and consider an alternative - even a Higher Power
- that others have tried opens the door to Step two.
Love you all and thanks to John for posting for me - Dot
I can relate to this paragraph from our book. I came into Al-Anon with no spiritual program and no idea of having one. My "higher power" had been drinking for 30 years and our lives were very insane. I didn't want to hear talk of God and was not too keen on the Lord's Prayer even though I knew it. But I felt better after a meeting and no one told me I had to believe to come back. When I got a sponsor she told me all I had to do was be willing - that I could use whatever I was comfortable with as my Higher Power. I could live with that. The tables became that Power for me and for a long time that's all I could handle.
Slowly as I worked through the Steps I began to realize that there was a Power greater than ourselves working in my life and to believe in that Power. The Higher Power in my life is not neccessarily the same as yours but that's ok. We don't have to believe the same - we only need to know that we each have a Higher Power that we can turn to for guidance each day.
Love and hugs - Dot
I have to do step Two, one word at a time. "Came" (show up! a meeting with step 2.Then "Came to". (to come to, to become, [to become ready?] ) Then "Came to Believe" To have a belief that something (HP, creator) bigger than I ---did not want me to be so unhappy and in so much pain, and wanted something better for me---That's what I truly felt in my heart at the time, and still do today.Over time, "Came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.""Ahhhhh...........all I had to do was Believe! This was a step of Hope for me. All I had to do was take care of those first 3 words, and many good things (sanity) would follow (with having belief, time and patience.)And the word "sanity" I had to study, too. What the dictionary definition was, what Alanon's definition of sanity was, and what I perceived sanity to be, what did my HP want my sanity to be?Peace, mental health, physical health, no more soul sickness, quietness, stillness, being human, not a human doing all the time! A life of more consistency, less confusion, chaos, turmoil, tumultuous times. This was a process, and did not take place overnight as was mentioned above. : )