Tony A. Version of Step 11 as found in his book, The Laundry List

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power, praying only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry it out

from page 61-62 of The Laundry List:

The primary goal of our spiritual efforts is to become open and receptive to our Higher Power.  Our emotional well-being can be greatly enhanced through prayer and meditation.  Becoming a channel for the will of a Higher Power can bring us to a new understanding of who we are and how we can lead a full and happy life. 

Spirituality and faith are very personal matters.  The ways in which individuals make contact with a Higher Power are limitless.  There are many different prayers, many approaches to prayer and numerous forms of meditation.

Many people do not approach meditation and prayer eagerly.  Some find it very difficult to sit quietly in a contemplative mood;  they are much more comfortable with momentum and action.  Others have long-standing resistance to the idea of prayer, which they confuse with supplication and pleading.  A few people have difficulty with the idea of spiritual intelligence.  People with these kinds of resistances are asked only to be willing to consider some actions that may bring them closer to a spiritual path or truth.

When I become open to my Higher Power, I strengthen my sense of well-being and feel in tune with my spiritual self.  In such a posture I go beyond my self-centered demands and actually experience life on a more giving and sensitive plane.

A small note of caution:  When I first began to actively pray, my conversation and appeals were focused on what I wanted and needed in my life.  I was unable to get beyond the “I want” for some time.  Slowly, however, I began to sit quietly and listen as well as pray.  As I developed this “deep listening,” which I consider to be the heart of true prayer and meditation, a new, richer peace and contentment entered me.  I had begun to accept the simple concept, “Thy will, not mine, be done.:  And in so doing I freed myself from blinding self-concern and self-indulgence.”

ACA Official Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out

Alanon Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out

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