Step Eleven

Sought through prayer and meditation our conscience contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

“Prayer and meditation are the principal means of our conscious contact with God.”

“We A.A.’s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along. So it isn’t surprising that we tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary. To be sure, we feel it is something that might help us to meet an occasional emergency, but at first many of us are apt to regard it as a somewhat mysterious skill of clergymen, from which we may hoppe to get a secondhand benefit. Or perhaps we don’t believe i these things at all.”

Whether we A.A.’s believe in a God of the Atom or the God of the Christians, Muslims and Jews, we’ve often come to doubt our connection. Sure, we’ve seen the miracles brought about A.A. But we likely attribute such miracles to the will and the efforts of the alcoholic himself.

“Those of us who have made regular use of prayer, however, would no more do without it than we would refuse food, air and sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of much needed support. As the body can fail in its purpose due to lack of nourishment, so can the soul.”

There’s a direct link between self-examination, meditation and prayer. Individually, they can bring about much needed benefit and relief. Taken in tandem, the three can give us a new foundation for life. That is what we find in Step Eleven.

That brings us to:

Tradition Eleven

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

That anonymity, of course, includes the Internet. A.A.’s “have to soberly face the fact that being in the public eye is hazardous, especially for us.” It is also hazardous for A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous is stronger without self-promoters bandying about the A.A. brand.

Recovery Boot Camp faithfully work all the Steps, and we adhere to each and every A.A. Tradition. We know the power of prayer found in Step Eleven. We’re also particularly keen on anonymity. Sure we’re proud of our individual successes. But those successes came about as a part of a fellowship that cares not to recklessly speak its name. Besides, if anonymity is good enough for A.A., it most certainly is good enough for RBC.

(Inspired by -- and taken from -- Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.)

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