HP’s Don’t “Do” Punishment

Recieved this email today and thought I’d share.  The wonderful thing about spirituality, for me, is that he/she/it doesn’t have to be defined, (which is why I disfavor organized religion).  I can try to describe how my Higher Power lives in and around me, but in my opinioin it does’t matter.  I think the message is the same, and my understanding is something along these lines:

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
–Woody Allen

If our introduction to religion and God was filled with threats of punishment and hell it would make perfect sense for us not to want to believe in something so scary. Even though we may have been taught that God is love, we may not have witnessed a lot of God’s love in action.

All we are asked to do in recovery is to believe in a Higher Power. That could mean God, or it could simply mean the sober people who are helping us to recover. Our Higher Power is there, watching over us, ready to be seen in any way we are willing and able to see.

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2 thoughts on “HP’s Don’t “Do” Punishment

  1. Michelle says:

    I really love this!

  2. Richard says:

    A lot of people in the program have a real problem with the whole higher power concept, which has led to other recovery movements like rational recovery, smart recovery, etc. But those groups never caught on and spread the way AA has. I think that’s because we have been spiritually damaged by our addictions and some form of spiritual healing supports successful recovery. I saw some people really hit a wall in recovery because accepting a HP was so difficult for them.

    I also think the whole HP concept is useful in that it expands our focus beyond just ourselves. We are social beings who exist in a larger matrix than ourselves.

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