Did the God language in the 12 steps put you off? How have you worked this program of recovery in that case?

Spencer and 3 listeners contribute their experience of working the twelve steps of recovery, even though the God language was not “working” for us.

We share the ways in which we were able to understand the concept of a “higher power” working in our lives, so that we could recover more fully. Higher powers that we turn to include the program itself, our recovery groups, nature and the universe, and for many of us, the power of love.

For some of us, we came to understand that the language was not important, and that language is, at best, an imperfect attempt to name, describe, and comprehend something that might not be comprehensible. But something that we could experience. One listener likens it to a blind person experiencing a sunset. The colors that are the biggest part of a sunset to a sighted person are meaningless, but that doesn't mean that the sunset can't be experienced by all the other senses.

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Our topic for next week is boundaries. Have you had to set new boundaries while staying at home? How are you enforcing your boundaries differently? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the Show

Alanis Morissette – Guardian
Indigo Girls – I Believe in Love
k.d. lang – Constant Craving

1 comment on “The God Word – 329

  1. Tania says:

    Hi Spencer:
    Thank you for your continued service. I live in NYC, the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis. The first boundary I set was before the governor put NY on PAUSE I was able to stand up for myself and my team to get permission to work for home. This is a brand new role for me at work, my first time as a supervisor, and we had never worked remotely before. I would have never had the courage to honestly tell my boss about the fear I felt surrounding coming into the office without my program tools. I’ve had to continually set new boundaries about performance expectations with both myself and others as the situation unfolds. Knowing what I am, and not responsible for is a daily exercise. I am happy to share further if that would be of service to the Recovery Show community. In the meantime, I would like to be added to your mailing list.
    Take good care,

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