From the March 2000 magazine.

The Quest for Spirituality

A good number of years ago, I found myself bewildered and uncertain about the meaning of spirituality and how one achieves it. After a rather frantic search, I fell upon an idea that presented a solution. I realized that by combining Step Twelve, Tradition Twelve, and the last sentence of the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, I had discovered my answer. Let me explain. Step Twelve says: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."

To me, Step Twelve says that a thorough digestion of the previous eleven Steps constitutes a concept that could be considered "spiritual." I reviewed each Step and, indeed, found that by embracing all of these Twelve Steps, I obtained a feeling which I call spiritual.

-- Earle M.

Walnut Creek, California

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