Universal Application ….
Over the last nearly 80 years, there has been a collective beachhead of sanity and practical mindful calm established by individual people within the ferocious storms of their disease of addiction, a disease that has now become such a global pandemic.
This Programme of recovery has proved itself on the inner battlefields of countless millions of sensitive men and women as they have bequeathed to mankind the only effective remedy for the catastrophe that now threatens to erupt upon the exterior battlefields of our global culture.
“In as much as collectives are mere accumulations of individuals, their problems are also accumulations of individual problems … Such problems are never solved by legislation or tricks. They are only solved by a general change of attitude. And the change does not begin with propaganda and mass meetings, or with violence. It begins with a change in individuals. It will continue as a transformation of their personal likes and dislikes, of their outlook on life and of their values, and only the accumulation of such individual changes will produce a collective solution.” (C. G. Jung, Psychology & Religion (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1938) 95.)
Offered is a simple rendition of the principles of recovery that the 12 Step Programme contains as an introduction for you as individuals or collectives, to further investigate and adapt for yourselves. The rendition is from a book that I wrote in 1997.
For any particular personal problem, I would strongly advise that whatever problem appears appropriate to you can be inserted into Step One, then an Internet Search should be done on that word plus ‘addiction’ to find information on the specific 12 Step Fellowship that can help and support you.
12 Step Pyramid Building (©AJDettman 1997)
- We admitted we were powerless over ***********—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message appropriately, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (Modified – Originally from AA)
As these triangles come together upon the square base to form a pyramid, the key words also quite naturally come together to form their therapeutic identifications for the Steps themselves and their inter-relationships. If one takes a bird’s-eye view of the pyramid the following relationships transpire, with four words meeting at the apex and two words meeting at the four corners of the pyramid’s base.