Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Koan: “Coming and going we are never astray.”
From the Heart Sutra
- In Step 2 we came to believe. This would be like sitting in a new and different car, looking around, then realizing where the gear selector is.
- In Step 3 “we made a decision. In taking this new car out for a spin, we release the brake.
- In Step 6, we’re entirely ready to go and put the car into DRIVE.
Isn’t our readiness for Step 6 totally contingent upon working the first five Steps? Every so often I hear about our AA toolbox at meetings, meaning the 12 Steps are our tools for success. Being at Step 6 now, we have at least some experience with these first five. Our toolbox isn’t fully stocked so we have to use what we have in order to go on. What we have is adequate.
Not only do we have these five new tools, we are realizing that they are available to us no matter where we are or what we’re going through. I still, in all these years, forget this. Mired in what to do, back and forth conversations with myself, angst as a result of my own actions, then it will dawn on me, “I forgot my Higher Power today!” There’s a tool in my toolbox that I forgot was there – it’s Step 6.
Recently I read about the new U.S. computer called Summit, now the speediest computer in the world. It can do mathematical calculations at the rate of 200 hundred quadrillion per second, or 200 petaflops.
________ = RSN (Really Small Number)
The point I’m trying to make is … I may have wandered off the path; but I’m never astray from my HP… Step 6 is always near at hand. How near at hand?
Closer than RSN.