Tony A. Version of Step 12 as found in his book, The Laundry List

We have had a spiritual awakening as a result of taking these steps, and we continue to love ourselves and to practice these principles in all our affairs

from page 62 of The Laundry List:

“Self-love and self-acceptance inevitably lead us to feel connected with a larger universe.  When we were victims in an alcoholic household we lost our authentic self to the demands of the disease.  Throughout our adult lives, and especially in ACoA, we have been attempting to recover and cherish our authentic, spontaneous self.  Through working these steps to the best of our ability and developing a relationship with our Higher Power, we can gain a wonderful new awareness and an opportunity to truly change.  We can find a happiness and an opportunity to truly change.  We can find a happiness and contentment beyond anything we could imagine.  This does not mean that our life will always be trouble-free, only that we can readily and confidently deal with life’s problems. 

There is a solution beyond ourselves.  By working the program daily and admitting we are powerless over the effects of living with alcoholism, we can learn to love ourselves.  And when we do we are free to love others in a new, healthy way.

By sharing with each other we act as a mirror, reflecting our new growth and love.  By using this program in all our affairs we can dispel the old destructive personality that so crippled our enjoyment of life.  No longer do we imitate a normal life.  Now we embrace it.”

ACA Official Step 12

Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

Alanon Step 12

Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

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