Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Twelve Steps From a Woman’s Perspective by Patricia Lynn Reilly

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Step 1: Caught in the swirl of my habits of behavior, I’ve lost touch with myself and my life has become unmanageable. I reach out for support. This is a brave action on my own behalf.

Step 2: I have come to believe in the deep wisdom of my own inner life. I stop flailing and am restored to the sanity of a loving and respectful relationship with myself.

Step 3: I turn my current situation over to the deep wisdom that flows in and through my life. One self-caring step at a time, I unravel my harmful habits of behavior and the thoughts that hold them in place.

Step 4: Turning a merciful eye toward myself, I inventory both my life-affirming and ineffective habits of behaviors, and identify the habits of thought that inspire them.

Step 5: In the company of trustworthy allies, I celebrate my life-affirming behaviors, accept responsibility for my ineffective behaviors, and make a commitment to my transformation.

Step 6: I am entirely ready to deepen my inner well-being by relinquishing negative habits of behavior and cultivating new thoughts to inspire healthier behaviors and outcomes.

Step 7: My life journey is orchestrated by my own inner wisdom. In the fullness of time, I am transformed at a deeper level of my being. I actively participate in this process.

Step 8: Certain that I love myself, I welcome clarity in my relationships. I acknowledge those who were hurt by my ineffective habits of behavior.

Step 9: Having forgiven myself, I take active responsibility by making amends to those I harmed except when to do so would further injure them or others.

Step 10: Choosing to be present in my own life, I acknowledge the gifts and challenges of the day, celebrate my life-affirming behaviors, and take responsibility for my ineffective ones.

Step 11: Through mindful reflection, I place myself in the stream of wisdom flowing through my life. I make conscious contact with my truest self and clearest thought.

Step 12: Having had an awakening as a result of these Steps, I practice these principles in all my affairs by living in harmony with my deepest wisdom, truest self, and clearest thought.

from A Deeper Wisdom: The 12 Steps from a Woman’s Perspective by Patricia Lynn Reilly.


9 comments:

  1. Just today I had the clear realization that the 12 Steps were caught in duality and patriarchy and I was finding it difficult to relate to them for assistance anymore. This woman's perspective has opened them back up for me and provided a way for me to continue my journey with them. Thank you

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    1. Love, light, peace and healing to you on your journey.

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    2. I love the words but my brain won't follow I welcome the change and when I was there I was the happiest I have ever been but my brain and body defies me. I feel as if my world as in my body and soul is ruled by a demon. And my already demented brain keeps happiness away from me.

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  2. Yes, these are the steps I follow today, sprung from a firm foundation in AA, I had to reconcile my own wisdom with that wisdom that has saved many like me.

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  3. This is brilliant. The world, and this program needs to evolve and these are written beautifully towards that end.

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  4. This is BEAUTIFUL. And just what I needed today. Thank you!

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  5. This is BEAUTIFUL. And just what I needed today.

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  6. 'The Little Book' has a whole lot of wonderful versions for those who find the original limiting or old fashioned. Can be downloaded via iBooks or other places.

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  7. I'm very exited about this book...The 12 steps grabbed me as something I can learn from. thank you for sharing.

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