Everyone talks about applying the steps and spiritual principles in our lives and in our programs. I mean the twelfth step even says, “practice these principles in all our affairs”. But where do I find these principles?
In our Al-anon group discussion tonight, yes folks, double winner right here, it was a point of conversation on how there is a pretty limited printing of the principles. The only place in literature we could come up with a list of principles was Drop the Rock (great job Kathy!).
Drop the Rock is non-conference approved literature, but it is a really great book on Steps 6 and 7 (more on that later). The introduction includes a list which links a spiritual principle to each step:
- Step One – Honesty
- Step Two – Hope
- Step Three – Faith
- Step Four – Courage
- Step Five – Integrity
- Step Six – Willingness
- Step Seven – Humility
- Step Eight – Brotherly Love
- Step Nine- Justice
- Step Ten – Perserverance
- Step Eleven – Spiritual Awareness
- Step Twelve – Service
Learning the principles for each of the steps has offered another dimension of meditation and prayer to my step work. Right now, my focus is on Step 4 and in connecting it to the spiritual principle of courage certainly puts things a little more in perspective.
I hope the list provides you the same!