In Step Eleven we, Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our Conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the Power to carry that out. And Step Twelve talks about, Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps…
The Practice of these Steps brings us into an awakened or conscious state of being. And it is our Consciousness that must lean toward an awakened state each day if we are to have a “life beyond our wildest dreams…” So, exactly what is Consciousness and how do we maintain an awakening?
The dictionary tells us that Consciousness is, the state of being conscious (awakened); awareness of (or awake to) our thoughts and sensations. It is the collective thoughts and feelings of us individually or of an aggregate of people such as a culture. It is also an awareness of something for what it is—acute awareness. Consciousness is the mental awareness of our mental activity as opposed to living from our unconscious mental activities—unaware. So it is clear to me that our efforts in Step Eleven are for the express purpose of being Conscious. My definition of being Conscious has changed over the years. Being Conscious is, knowing exactly what I am doing and exactly why I am doing it.
To often in life we lash out at someone for example and have no idea really why we are lashing out. We think it is because of what they did. When the real reason is that we are trying to work out childhood trauma. That would be being aware of something the way it actually is—acute awareness. It is awareness of what’s really going on in our mind instead of doing the same things over and over again and having no real idea why.
So as I understand it we raise our Consciousness and Spirituality through our practice of Step Eleven. To raise our Consciousness is to improve our Conscious contact not only with our Higher Power but also with our Higher Selves and to understand of our own needs, behaviours, and attitudes. I really appreciate this opportunity to write these articles. It has had me be much more Conscious of my own understanding and gives me a chance to solidify that understanding into a more coherent set of Principles that I not only live by but they help me truly comprehend the Twelve Steps and their benefit more all the time.
The more I study the Steps the more I learn.