As Teri pointed out yesterday, as we discuss these 12-Steps, keep in mind that the Steps do not only have to be applied to addictions. These can be applied to anything creating chaos, disorder or upheaval in your life. Whether that be a job, person, marriage or poor habit. Today we're discussing Step 2. Step 2: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
The goal of Step 2 is to create peace with God, your higher power, or your spirituality. Whether you're agnostic, atheist, or religious, your spirituality is what you make of it. Don't let your predispositions or prejudices get in the way of allowing this step to happen, because this is one of many important steps in the recovery process. Step 2 is a step of growth. It allows a person to start accepting things which before seemed entirely out of reach, be it ways of thinking, ways of acting, and ways of being. It's a place to begin anew. A person begins to ask, "Am I willing to believe there is something larger than myself?"
When working the 12-Steps, and in this Step in particular, one has to realize they will only get so far on their own merit. A person has to acknowledge their own limitations and humanness, and trust there is something out there much greater and larger that can help. Once a person believes in a larger power, faith is born.
Please check back in as Natalie & Joleen cover Steps 3 & 4 on Thursday & Friday. Thank you for reading.
Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.