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Step 2 & 3 Workguide for Athiests (?)

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:33 pm
by MorganF
Trying this out with a sponsee. It is based on my own experience with using a principle to keep me from harming others during an intense period of my life earlier this year. Interested to see others test them out or, if you have experience with something similar to this, sharing it below. This is a hasty rough draft.

1. What are traits of your ideal version of you? This can be moral or principled in nature, such as "honesty", "integrity", "kindness"; or they can be based more in personality or emotions, such as "happy" or "funny".

2. Can/do you embody any of these traits while in active gaming addiction? Which of these are lost when actively gaming? (alt. version: Can you play video games while maintaining these traits?)

3. Do you believe that you could embody these traits one day?

4. Do you trust these traits such that if you turned your will and your life over to them, your life would be better? (alt. version: Do you trust you will be ok if you turn the will of your life over to these traits?)

5. Can you decide to turn your will and your life over to this vision of your higher self?

Step 2 & 3 Workguide for Athiests (?)

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 2:26 am
by Jeff
This is interesting, Morgan.  Thanks for sharing it.

It seems like it could be a very viable approach to looking at Steps 2 and 3 for the right person.  For myself, my hope for being my best/highest self wouldn't be powerful enough by itself, but I can certainly see how this could work for someone. Also, when I think about it, even though it wouldn't be enough for me, I think that's a meaningful idea to me, and it probably plays some role in things for me. 

I'm wondering if it might have more "oomph" if it was incorporated into (or incorporated into itself) some other items--the idea of utilizing the connections with fellowship and the principles of the program being possible sources of higher power as well..  

There's a story in the NA book called something like "Atheists recover too' (I think) which has a really interesting approach that this one guy took to build his recovery using the principles of the steps. I don't remember his approach right now exactly, so I won't say more, but it worked well for him. 

I'm posting in a separate thread some initial work that 4 or 5 of us have done on something like a step 2 working guide which could be used by anyone with any belief system (at least that was one of our objectives).