Spiritual Not Religious

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is Spiritual. “Having had a spiritual awakening [experience] as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, [sharing a little love] and to practice these [Spiritual] principles in all our affairs.” When I first awakened through the gift of grace as an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous everyone who thought they knew me could not understand what had happened to me. My then wife wanted to know what I was going to do with all that religious stuff. I told her it was not religious but Spiritual, having no idea what that meant. The people, places and things that once held my interest did not any longer. Alcohol is sometimes called spirits. My awakening Spiritual experience was replacing the spirit of alcohol. Our Father Created life so that we have to have others, sharing is an expression of love. The second part of Step Twelve is the spirit of love, replacing the selfish user path I have been on. Practicing the third part of Step Twelve lets us demonstrate the love we are in all our affairs. There comes a time when we are to worship our Father in Spirit [our awakening consciousness] and Truth [His Reality, His Love, His Will]. “Pay Forward” by letting your Spiritual awakening flow silently from your heart out into the world. Thy Love, Thy Will be done. 

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