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Chapter 6: Graduating from the Spiritual Kindergarten

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Sponsor’s Note: How do you respond to the perception that you have lost the power of choice (in drink)? —that you are acting a manner contrary to your imagined intentions. In this new walk though the Steps as a progressive, evolving relationship with Power, we will learn to close the gap between knowing what to do and being able to do it.

See Three Responses to Lost Power

Chapter 3: Batteries not Included (Steps 1-3)

Chapter 5: Self-Examination without Self-Obsession (Steps 4-9)

Chapter 6: Graduating from the Spiritual Kindergarten (Steps 10 & 11)
Given a perceived absence of Power in Choice—and the difficulties in just looking for More Power, and the limitations of Transmuting (perpetually occurring) Emotions into Usable Power—the Stepper comes to understand that a more powerful opponent can best be defeated by separating it from its Power source, by Neutralizing Power. In a final act of perception, they see that their alcoholism was powered, not by craving, but by their own opposing to desires to drink and not drink—the War within Self. This is the ultimate act of Self-Knowledge: to know that they are their alcoholism, they have always been their alcoholism, they have always had the freedom to choose in drink—Batteries not Required.

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“We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which people are enabled to get over their drinking and find the grace to go on living to better effect.” Each man’s theology has to be his own quest, his own affair.” (Letter 1954)

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GRADUATING FROM THE SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN

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…5.49 The primary purpose of Self-Examination is not to rid ourselves of emotional disturbances or character defects. The primary purpose of Self-Examination is to learn to transmute the energy of simple emotions into a usable power that is always available and never dissipates.

Self-examination approached in this manner neutralizes the Mental Obsession.

5.48 The primary purpose of Prayer is not to greedily seek Knowledge of God’s Will for us and the Power to carry it out. The primary purpose of Prayer is to expose the discontinuity of human will and the paradoxical force with which the momentum of past choices persist.

Prayer approached in this manner neutralizes the Phenomenon of Craving.

 5.49 The primary purpose of Meditation is not to become self-indulgently calm or reach a higher level of awareness. The primary purpose of Meditation is to expose our lack of immediate, continual self-consciousness and the paradoxical ferocity with which distorting echoes of that consciousness persist.

Meditation approached in this manner neutralizes the Mental Blank Spot…

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