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LIVING STEPS 10, 11 and 12 (THE) with Bob Francis
This presentation is about "The Living Steps" and how to use them in your Sober Life, after you have done Steps 1 thru 9, with your Sponsor and are now ready to begin living life "one day at a time" with Steps 10, 11 and 12.
Continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong promptly admitting it.
This is a continuance of step four. This is done throughout the day, and continued for our lifetime. We are not saints. But we need to be willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. These are the four areas that we focused on in Step Four. This step is the beginning of the LIVING STEPS.
Steps One through Nine is the Program of Recovery. Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are living steps. We now have a program of recovery in place that we have worked and now it is time to live one day at a time in recovery. Step Ten is where this begins.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Sought: means seek, not go find. Conscious contact: not unconscious.
Knowledge of his will for us: We are alcoholics, and his will for us is these steps.
Power to carry that out: Once again, as in Step Two, we are coming to a power that fills the hole of powerlessness we once had.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Spiritual awakening as THE result - not one of the results,
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.
The Practices of The Oxford Group:
1. Admission of personal defeat.
2. Taking of personal inventory.
3. Confession of one’s sins to another person.
4. Making restitution to those one has harmed.
5. Helping others selflessly.
6. Praying to God for guidance and the power to put these
Precepts into practice.
Six Steps of "The Drunk Squad" of The Oxford Group:
1. Complete deflation.
2. Dependence and guidance from a Higher Power.
3. Moral Inventory
6. Continued work with other alcoholics.