In The Beginning

In the late stages of our drinking, the will to resist has fled. Yet when we admit complete defeat and when we become entirely ready to try A.A. principles, our obsession leaves us and we enter a new dimension – freedom under God as we understand Him.
– As Bill Sees It, p. 283

The quote talks about a “new dimension.” What does that mean? In the Big Book, there is a chapter “There is a Solution.” On page 25 of that chapter it states “We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.” Admitting defeat gave me a true sense of freedom, and a life unlike anything I ever dreamed of. The willingness to believe in this “power” has given me a new existence, a life based in a “new dimension,” a dimension of faith, trust and surrender. I gave up my old life and found a new one. This “new” life is based on spiritual principles which are in opposition to the old “principles.” Instead of mistrust, I found faith. Instead of bias I found open-mindedness. Instead of dishonesty I found honesty. Instead of false pride I found humility. I developed a sense of what it means to be of service to others, and learned the true value of forgiveness. I found a willingness unknown to me before beginning my journey down my spiritual path. I accept all that is offered, I embrace the spiritual principles and have found them to be my guides to positive behavior. I am blessed beyond measure, and remain grateful for all my many blessings.


4 thoughts on “In The Beginning

  1. 21
    By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps. We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety – in other words, to all of us – this newfound peace is a priceless gift.
    I am learning to let go and let God, to have a mind that is open and a heart that is willing to receive God’s grace in all my affairs; in this way I can experience the peace and freedom that come as a result of surrender. It has been proven that an act of surrender, originating in desperation and defeat, can grow into an ongoing act of faith, and that faith means freedom and victory.
    It’s amazing how our program parallels the ageless program, God’s program.
    🙂 “The kingdom is at hand”. 🙂

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. Love the daily reflection.
    It took me a couple of years to even be able to get a glimpse what was meant by “letting go” and “turning it over” to a power greater than myself.
    And desperately hanging on to stuff too long remains my single biggest character defect, so the Third Step Prayer becomes my good friend.
    Surrendering my will to my loving God sounds so simple yet when in an emotional, egoic state it is not my innate, immediate response.
    Reminds me of when I was in boot camp- there was my way and the Marine Corps’ way; when I finally started doing things the Marine Corps’ way life got a whole lot easier.
    Gotta get back to ” instantaneous response to command”.
    Grateful for the Gift.

  3. Top of the mid day greetings family,
    When I wake up with God, I have a win/win strategy of taking Him with me today.

    In the early weeks of attending meetings, I spoke with an Alcosarus after a meeting, “I don’t think this is working for me, I’m not seeing/feeling any results.
    – He asked me if I’ve been drinking since I started coming.
    I replied, no.
    – He then stated, since you haven’t been drinking during this time; ask yourself, have I acquired more problems from drinking?!
    – Psychic ah ha moment…

    It’s a good day to be available.

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