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Spiritually Awake

A member reviews how practicing the Twelfth Step influences his life

The Twelfth Step states, "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps…" When I was new to AA, I read the Steps on the wall and thought to myself, is that going to be enough? My back was against the wall and I was severely beat down.

I must admit that I did not know the meaning of a spiritual awakening. I had read the appendix in the back of the Big Book and I was working the Steps, but I was still a little confused. The book says that it starts after the Fifth Step, and looking back, I can see that is exactly when I started to feel the program begin to work in my life.

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