egos, once so large and dominant, now take a back seat because we are in
harmony with a loving God. We
find that we lead richer, happier, and much fuller lives when we lose
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and self-will go hand in hand. The
unmanageability that we admitted to in Step One was as much a product of
our self-will as it was of our chronic drug abuse.
And today, living on self-will can make our lives just as
unmanageable as they were when we were using.
When our ideas, our desires, our demands take
first place in our lives, we find ourselves in constant conflict with
everyone and everything around us.
reflects our reliance on ego. The
only thing that will free us from self-will and the conflict it generates
in our lives is to break our reliance on ego, coming to rely instead on
the guidance and power offered us by a loving God.
taught to consult spiritual principles, not our selfish desires, in making
our decisions. We are taught
to seek guidance from a Higher Power, one with a larger vision of things
than our own. In doing this,
we find our lives meshing more and more easily with the order of things
around us. No longer do we
exclude ourselves from the flow of life; we become a part of it, and
discover the fullness of what recovery has to offer.
I seek freedom from ego and the conflicts generated by self-will. I will try to improve my conscious contact with the God of my
understanding, seeking the guidance and power I need to live in harmony
with my world.