“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to Sanity.”
Sanity- The ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner ;sound mental health, reasonable and rational behavior.
Just like in step one the second step came with a packet of questions to answer. I grew up Catholic, but I haven’t been to church in years. When I would pray, before I got into recovery, I would say these foxhole prayers. Which I have learned now is NOT the way to pray. I don’t subscribe to any particular religion, but I do believe in a higher power, who I choose to call GOD. Step two for me was about reconnecting with my high power. The way I was able to reconnect with my higher power was through prayer, meditation, and nature. When I pray every morning I say thank you to God and I pray over my family and friends. I also ask that I live under Gods will, not my will.
What if you do not believe in a Higher Power? They say anything can be your higher power. Have you ever heard of the door knob as your Higher Power? If that works for you run with it! Find what you believe in. Nature, astrology, meditation, prayer, science, you can research all these topics which may help you find your Higher Power. If you are struggling with the HP concept read Chapter 4 of the Big Book, We Agnostics.
This is a quote from chapter 4 of the Big Book.
“At first some of us tried to avoid the issue, hoping against hope we were not true alcoholics. But after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life-or else. Perhaps it is going to be that way with you. But cheer up, something like half of us thought we were atheists or agnostic. Our experience shows that you need not be disconcerted.”
There is hope for anyone to find a Higher Power, you have to be willing, honest, and open-minded. You have to be willing to seek change, be honest with yourself, others, and your Higher Power. Also, keep an open mind!
Below are the questions I had to answer from my step two packet. I hope these questions will help people better understand step 2 and increase their conscious contact with a Higher Power.
How can I see a Higher power working in my life?
What characteristics does my Higher Power NOT have?
What characteristics does my Higher Power have?
Whats the point of step 2?
Can I believe that other alcoholics/addicts have found peace of mind through this process?
What is it precisely and in detail that I have worshiped?
What exactly have I experiences?
Am I willing to consider that I am not at the core of everything and hence there may be a power greater than any one of us?
Was I insane or crazy to believe the lies the alcohol/drugs told me?
In what areas of my life do I need sanity?
How does my childhood understanding of God affect my life and recovery today?
What are my grievances against a Higher Power?
What is the evidence that a Higher Power is working in my life?
How can I incorporate a Higher Power of some form into my recovery?
I hope this helped. Have a blessed Day!