"We were entirely ready to
have God remove all these defects of character."
sole purpose of working the steps is to attain spiritual growth. The
introduction section of the Basic Text speaks to the necessity of applying
spiritual principles in our lives in order to treat the disease of addiction
and find a new way to live.
“Based on our experience, we
believe that every addict, including the potential addict, suffers from an
incurable disease of body, mind, and spirit.
We were in the grip of a hopeless dilemma, the solution of which is
spiritual in nature. Therefore, this book will deal in spiritual matters”.
Have you ever found yourself in a hopeless
Explain the time when you did, and did
not. What was the outcome of both experiences?
Clean: A Spiritual Path
“There is no
separation between the “spiritual part” and the rest of our program. Just as
the facets of a diamond are not separate from the stone, the spiritual aspects
of our program are not separate parts; they are perspectives on the whole. It’s
all spiritual. Our understanding of what that means may change over time”.
Working Guide: Moving On
“We may have had fleeting glimpses in the past
of what we could become - maybe during childhood, maybe during our active
addiction. “We probably thought either
that life didn't put us in a place where we could become what we dreamed of, or
that we were just innately incapable of rising to a higher place. We may once
have dreamed of money, or status, or position”.
“In the spiritual program of Narcotics Anonymous, we're more concerned
with spiritual growth”.
How have you short circuited yourself from
fulfilling your dreams?
What did you believe that prevented you
from fulfilling it? What do you believe now?
working guide step six..
“If we have been thorough, we have
also developed some humility. In Step Six, "humility" means that
we're able to see ourselves more clearly. We've seen the exact nature of our
wrongs. We've seen how we've harmed ourselves and others by acting on our defects
of character. We've seen
the patterns of our behavior, and we've come to understand how we are likely to
act on the same defects over and over. Now we have to become entirely
ready to have our defects of character removed”
Identify a repeated pattern of behavior
that causes you to act on the same defect(s) of character over and over. Name
three and explain.
Step Six states…..
“The insight we gained in Step Five
regarding the exact nature of our wrongs, while valuable, is only the beginning
of the striking changes that take place in our lives as we move on to step six.
The admission we made of the nature of our wrongs, our character defects, is
necessary if we are to be ready to have them removed. Deeply shaken by our part in our past, we can expect our attitudes to
be profoundly changed by working the sixth step”
Upon working the sixth step, and or this
sixth step assignment, has your attitude changed? Explain
Clean: A Spiritual Path
“Sometimes we think of spiritual
principles as separate from the actions we need to take, but in fact they are
connected. Spiritual principles give us a language through which we develop our
values and learn to live by them. The principles describe our beliefs, our actions, and the reasons we
act. Our relationship to the principles we practice is creative. We learn from
day to day to use them in new ways, in new combinations, to better express who
we are and to help the people around us. When we understand them better, we are
able to act more consistently with what we believe. As we practice
spiritual principles, we discover that this doesn’t “make us spiritual” at all.
Instead, we are awakening to what has been going on inside us our whole lives.
Spirituality is our natural state”.
Question for the night.
principles in the sixth step are commitment, perseverance, willingness, faith
and trust, and self acceptance. How does
living the principles connect us to the actions we need to take, express who we
are and help people around us?
Step working guide
(Step 6), Basic Text (Introduction), Living Clean (A Spiritual Path)