61: Step Twelve: Having Had a Spiritual Awakening as a Result of These Steps, We Tried to Carry This Message to Addicts, and to Practice These Principles in All Our Affairs (Sort Of)

12/13/20 Step 12, the 12th step, Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. We talk about what it means for your spirit to be awakened, how the evidence exists for this happening, ways in which we carry the message, and how to practice these principles, and this step, outside of the 12 step fellowship world.

55: Step Eleven – 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 (Sort Of)

11/1/20 Step Eleven – 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. Step 11, the 11th Step, where we seek to increase our relationship with our higher power. We also stop trying to attain certain outcomes in our life. Further, we ask for guidance to do our higher power’s will, not ours. We talk about what this looks like in someone’s daily life, how they can apply the meaning of this step to further their peace and serenity. What is god’s will for us? How do we pray? We talk about all of these and more.

51: Step Ten – Continued to Take Personal Inventory and When We Were Wrong Promptly Admitted It (Sort Of)

10/4/20 Step 10 conversation that gets to the reasoning for doing the 10th Step. Why do we continue to look at ourselves, actions, emotions and attitudes regularly? How do we take this look? What types of things do we look at? What is the purpose of the Tenth Step? Do we keep working the steps again if we have Step 10 to keep us in check? We talk about all these topics and more.

47: Step Nine – Made Direct Amends to Such People Wherever Possible, Except When to Do So Would Injure Them or Others (Sort Of)

9/6/20 We talk step 9 and everything we know about the amends process.  The 9th step involves lots of creative thinking about how to repair the harm we have done in the world.  We look at the 3 R’s of amends: restoration, restitution, and resolution.  These are the goals of amends, to try to make whole again what we have had a hand in harming.  Also, the continued amends of living differently because we don’t like the person we were when we harmed people.   We explore what is the sponsor’s responsibility or influence in this process.

42: Step Eight – Made a List of All Persons We Had Harmed and Became Willing to Make Amends to Them All (Sort Of)

8/2/20 Step 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all (Sort Of). We talk about the 8th step in this episode, and attempt to see if there is more to it than just making a list of people. We look at how to become willing. We look at our actions and decide we are not okay with how we acted towards or treated others. We use this humility to assist with changing our defects from the previous step.

38: Step Seven – Humbly Asked Him to Remove Our Shortcomings (Sort Of)

7/5/20 We talk about Step 7, Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings, how we apply it in our lives, how we work the 7th step, how it might apply to someone not in a 12 step program. We use some of the literature to point out what has worked for us and what hasn’t. We focus on the spiritual principle of humility, self-compassion, being who you are on purpose, and receiving criticism.

35: We Were Entirely Ready to Talk About Step 6 Some More (Sort Of)

6/14/20 One is never enough! We enjoyed the comments about our Step 6 episode on social media so much that we had to recognize and talk about them. So we continue the discussion on the 6th Step about becoming entirely to have our defects of character removed.

34: Step Six – Were Entirely Ready to Have God Remove All These Defects of Character (Sort Of)

6/7/20 Step 6. Were entirely ready to have god remove all these defects of character. We discuss aspects of becoming entirely ready, share our experience with working the step, and talk about the practical ways this presents itself in our daily lives. We attempt to explain what step 6 would look like for someone who is not in recovery.

29: Step Five – Admitted to God, to Ourselves, and to Another Human Being the Exact Nature of Our Wrongs (Sort Of)

5/3/20 If you want to skip to Step 5 go to around the 45 minute mark. We discuss what exactly is the “exact nature of our wrongs.” From there, we talk about character defects, the reasons we did the things we did in addiction, and what’s behind the patterns of our acting out. We discuss the importance of admitting our wrongs to 3 distinct entities. We further explore if all actions come from either love or fear. Also some recap from last week and some conversation about breaking quarantine.

25: Step Four – Made a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory of Ourselves (Sort Of)

4/6/20 We explore the fourth step in most 12 step programs. What does it mean to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves? Why moral? Whose morals are we following? Whose morals do we need to follow? Are we supposed to be free of fear? How do we deal with the guilt and shame? Who do we share our 4th step with? We talk about some of the mysteries of Step 4 and put to rest some of the confusion and contradiction in our understanding of the 4th step.