You can tap into the strength of your Higher Power.
In fact, there are three steps that will introduce you to this power:
The first step is perhaps the hardest, and certainly the biggest. Without the first step, we will never know or experience “higher power.” If you are unable to admit and recognize your powerlessness, your attempts at receiving this “higher power” will never materialize. If you refuse to ‘own’ this part of your condition, you will remain in your addiction forever. If you think that you can make it on your own, you won’t have any need for a higher power. If, on the other hand, you know that you are hopelessly lost in your addiction, and powerlessly enslaved to it, you will become willing to believe.
Belief in a “higher power” isn’t something we were born with. What we were born with is a human condition called “powerlessness.” Left to our own means, we will try to get our own needs met in whatever way we can. It’s how we learned to survive. And most of us (actually, all of us) fall into some form of addiction.
You will never know or believe in something greater than yourself – not until you are faced with your own personal defects, and the insanity that results from a “will run riot.” For it is our imperfections that cause us to realize – and believe – that we need a higher power. It is our own hopeless condition – our human condition – that causes us to accept the fact that there is a power greater than ourselves that can strengthen and sustain us.
It’s been said that insanity is repeating the same thing, over and over, expecting a different result. The addictive cycle – the cycle of shame – is the insane repetition of an action that will never bring about any change… just more of the same. In order to experience significant transformation, you need to change what you are doing. This may seem obvious, but so many of us fail to understand this simple truth.
In Sunday school, I was taught the word “repentance.” It means to turn around 180 degrees and walk in the opposite direction. And that is what is expected of you if you take step three: You hand over the controls of your life – your will – to your higher power. This leads to massive change, not just some subtle shift in attitude.
When you have taken all three steps – admit, believe and surrender – the stage is set for you to experience higher power.