We are multidimensional beings living in a multidimensional world with multidimensional illnesses. Wow. What does this mean and how does it relate to my life and my spiritual program? I’d like to invite you to join us on a journey to explore what this means, how this perspective relates to me and the 12 Step program of recovery as outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous, and how this paradigm and meditation can help heal us from many of our defects.
In 1935 the program of Alcoholics Anonymous was started with 2 alcoholics helping each other to recover a seemingly hopeless spiritual malady. From the depths of the Great Depression of our country and their personal bottoms they helped innovate a spiritual program of recovery that today has help millions of people recovery from addiction. In 1999 Time listed him as “Bill W.: The Healer” in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.[
The success of an innovating idea is the amount of spin-offs and adaptions an idea has to solve other related problems. This simple 12 Step healing process as outlined by the founders of AA has morphed into close to 100 related Anonymous groups to help with other types of addictions.
Human have multiple operating systems that must be seamlessly integrated with each other to work at it was ultimately designed to work. These human operating systems are our:
- Physical bodies
- Emotional bodies
- Mental systems
- Spiritual systems
- Universal systems
We usually strive to heal and correct our immediate problem but we can reach into the root systems that helped cause the problem. Not only did I need to stop drinking but I need to heal my way of thinking, feeling, and interacting with others and our world.
I got sober in 1998 and immediately was drawn to the meditation aspect of the program. The 11th Step of AA’s Step Steps states “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.”
Today we are learning to innovate once again within the 12 step program by applying meditation to each of the 12 Steps. We have discovered that the spiritual perspective and action of each step can be practiced and enhanced with meditation techniques and practices.
We invite you to join us on a year long journey of spiritual exploration through meditation of the 12 steps. Here is the first Blog Post on the 1st Step in this journey.