The 12-Steps from a Non Dual Perspective
Note: These 12 principles are not a suggested replacement for the traditional 12-Step program, but are offered to complement it.
The classic 12 steps for addiction recovery has been a proven process to transcend addictive suffering over the past decades. Originally from a Christian orientation, through these guiding steps millions of people have overcome their debilitating addictions to find peace from craving. There could be another Interpretation of the 12 steps; one that is oriented to Non Dual Awareness . Rather than presented as Steps, it is presented as Principles to live by.
Your comments (at the bottom of this blog post) about these principles would be appreciated.
First Principle: Acceptance. We admitted we were powerless over our EGO (Illusory self concept)–and because of attachment to our Illusory Self as who we really were, our lives had become unmanageable.
Second Principle: Confidence. We came to believe that Awareness of who we really are (Pure Consciousness) restores us to true “sanity”.
Third Principle: Surrender. We made a decision to release our Ego self, and therefore our will and our lives, over to Pure Awareness.
Fourth Principle: Self Examination. We made a searching and fearless inquiry into our Ego selves
Fifth Principle: Self Honesty: We admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our unskillful actions we mistakenly did when we were not aware of who we really were.
Sixth Principle: Willingness. We became ready to live in Pure Awareness which removes unskillful aspects of our character.
Seventh Principle: Humility. We humbly realize that by living in Pure Awareness, we are shedding the foolishness within ourselves; our belief that we are a unique identity separate from the Whole.
Eighth Principle: Forgiveness. We made a list of all persons we had harmed as we acted from our Ego state and became willing to make amends to them all.
Ninth Principle: Restitution. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Tenth Principle: Admission. We continued to make a personal inquiry, recognizing when we are reacting from our Illusory Ego self, and when we became aware of this, promptly admitted it.
Eleventh Principle: Awareness. We sought through deep hearing, and meditation to be in Awareness; our inner reservoir of wisdom, and compassion.
Twelfth Principle: Unconditional Love. Having had an Awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others that suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs one breath at a time.