Friday, November 1, 2013
Step 11: The Source of Inspiration
Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
A few weeks ago a speaker at our “Moment of Silence” 12 Step Meeting said something that really stirred me, something that has meandered in and out of my thoughts ever since. He spoke of the word inspire, that its early meaning comes from the Latin word spiro, to breathe. We know how important the breath is in our meditation practice – when distractions arise, we come back to the breath. And to breathe was also referring to blow into or upon, as in the Devine is blowing into us – “to influence, move, or guide us.”
On page 86 of the Big Book, “…we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought,” this is our prayer. This is how we verbalize our request; but it's only half the equation. When I return to my breath, this is the other half, to open the channel between my Higher Power and me. It’s a two-way channel now. Through this channel God can breathe inspiration into me. To have a conscious contact with God begins with my breathing … patient breathing.
Here is the November Koan I offer to go along with Step Eleven. It comes from Issa, an 18th Century Japanese poet:
This dewdrop world
It is but a dewdrop world
And yet – and yet
May inspiration come your way today.