As we, I, end my shares on Step 11, consider how the ‘big book’ asks us to begin each day,

‘On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Be¬ fore we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these condi¬tions we can employ our mental faculties with as¬surance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.

In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.

What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made con¬scious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of in¬spiration. We come to rely upon it.’

I like the way the ‘big book’ separates in¬spiration. Our step, our works, in – spire is, in spirits us.

Recently, per the leading/writings of the Greek Bishop Anthony Bloom, I have been using the ending of the Lord’s Prayer to begin my day, ‘ Deliver us from evil.’ ( book “Living Prayer” )

His point: prayer and mediations are dangerous and difficult work. We are asking our Higher Power, God, to deliver.

Step 11 is a danger filled step. Yet, not to take it is to enter, to stay in, even a more dangerous place. Our, my self.



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