Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Koan: “We and everything we perceive are woven and interwoven
And this interweaving continues on and on,
While each thing stands in its own place.”
~ Shitou Xiquan
We and every one of the Steps are woven and interwoven. What happens when our actions show that we’ve embraced the 12 Steps into our lives? This interweaving continues on and on.
Each Step stands in its own place, ready for engagement and our full attention, open with no barriers.
“We and everything we perceive are woven and interwoven” – Seeing this is the result of our “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps…”
“And this interweaving continues on and on” as we “tried to carry this message to alcoholics.” In the larger picture, we’re carrying the spirit of AA into all we meet. This weaving continues no matter what.
“While each thing stands in its own place” – ready for our attention, we “practice these principles in all our affairs”
- One day at a time
- One hour at a time
- One minute at a time
- One second at a time
- Just now
The solar system,
Early on I thought of the Steps as being linear – 1,2,3,4,5, etc. Now I know they’re not only interwoven, they build upon each other. Step 12 is the consummation of all the Steps, where all possibilities exist, ever expanding in all directions.
|From "This Floating World", Lion's Roar, August 1, 2018|
|Part of his daily morning prayer|
Near the end of the evening we talked about dreams. I know I dream, but seldom remember them. Dale said he’s been a lucid dreamer all his life. We know dreams are important; so it seems natural that the Steps are also part of our dreamscape.