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Step 2 Al Anon


Step 2 - Came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

I came to this program with a lot of doubt. The god of my childhood was judgmental and punishing. There was no way I was going to use that as my higher power. So for a little while I just spoke the words with no meaning. I did listen a lot. I did listen to what others said about their own higher powers. I came to realize that my higher power could be anything but me (or another person). I could use nature. I could use the energy in the room. Someone once said if need be, use the door knob. And so I began picturing nature as my higher power. I love nature. I love the outdoors. I have often felt such peace when outdoors.

As time has gone on, my belief in a higher power has changed and I imagine it will continue to change. Today, I am comfortable with the higher power I have.

Just this morning in a meeting I heard for not the first time, to write a job description for your higher power. What exactly do you want?

On a different tangent, I've heard step two broken down. First we came...we came to meetings, we came to literature....then we came to believe...we began to believe that maybe, just maybe there was hope and we held onto that hope and finally we came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

My final thoughts on step two - It was suggested that I journal on what sanity looked like to me, what it meant to me. I was to journal on what exactly I wanted to be restored to. I was not allowed to use the words "don't" or "not" Meaning I could not say "I don't want to be angry" but I could say "I want to be restored to happiness.

Ok, who else would like to share on step 2?

In gratitude,

Audrey



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  aww I went to church- because my parents joked about going to "sunday school". That was an illegal drinking school in the pub down by the river. I thought that is was mean and crazy that they would not want to spend time with their kids.

[Mum still did a fair bit, but dad did not]. And so I learned that The Bible was an old man with a beard who sat up in the clouds somewhere. Because the song said so.

So I found it easy to adapt and to grow my faith. To knock the rough edges off my thinking... biggrin ...



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David,

As always, thank you so much for sharing.

In gratitude

Audrey



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