A Non-God Centered Spirituality?

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April 22, 2020

By Andy F

Categories: Spirituality

It is with a tremendous sense of excitement that I write my first blog post. As I have already explained on my website, my name is Andy and I am an alcoholic. I created this website to promote my book which will be available soon. The book is called “The twelve steps for agnostics.” I do hope that it will be a useful resource for agnostic alcoholics.

Most of us struggle with the concept of a higher power that we can use in our recovery. What could a non-divine notion of a higher power be? It is true that most alcoholics have lost the power of choice when it comes to alcohol. Their alcoholism renders them powerless to stop drinking. Therefore, they will need a power greater than themselves to help them with their powerlessness

My book. “The twelve steps for agnostics”

Through my own experiences as an agnostic in AA, I have written a book. It’s about how to go through the steps successfully with a belief in God. Nor a divine notion of an unseen higher power. The steps have transformed my life. I was taught by my agnostic friendly sponsors on how to find and use practical higher powers. They helped me with my powerlessness over alcohol.

These higher powers certainly helped me to stop drinking. They also guided me towards a tangible spiritual awakening. It was in no way dependent on a belief in God. I was shown how to take the steps as an unbeliever. This journey has had dramatic and life-changing results. I suffered more than a decade of life-threatening relapse in AA. I am very grateful to say, that I am now approaching twenty years of contented sobriety as an agnostic alcoholic.

Defining a higher power

Today AA is a worldwide fellowship that embraces every alcoholic, no matter what they believe or don’t believe. The emphasis continues to be a dependence upon a power greater than themselves. We need to be very clear here. The AA program is completely open to personal interpretation.

This higher power does not have to be God for it to help us stop drinking and transform our lives. Each alcoholic can choose a power of their own understanding. All it needs to be is a power greater than themselves that is based on new ideas These new ideas will offer the alcoholic solutions to his/her problems that they do not presently have.

For most non-believers, it is initially the power of the group. Gradually their spirituality grows in a direction that works for them. My book is about helping newcomers to not be daunted by the God word. I attempt to explain, that the spiritual awakening promised in step 12 and a belief in God are by no means mutually inclusive. It is possible to have a deep and life-changing spiritual awakening without a belief in the traditional religious idea of God

Starting a lively discussion

I would like to start a discussion about how to make AA and the twelve steps more user friendly for non-believers. Every agnostic or atheist recovering alcoholic is welcome to share their own thoughts, ideas and experiences about their experience of working AA’s 12 steps. Do the twelve steps work for unbelievers as effectively as they seem to work for believers? What are the higher powers that are working for you? Please click on the link to my Facebook page.

My book will be published sometime in early 2021. If you would like a copy, please subscribe to my website and I will let you know when the book is available on Amazo. For your information, any income generated from the book will go to fund low-income alcoholics to get treatment in a 12 step rehab

With  love and fellowship,

Andy F

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