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Step 11 of Alcoholics Anonymous: Connect With a Higher Power

What Is Step 11 of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.”1

What Is the Purpose of AA Step 11?

Step 11 of Alcoholics Anonymous helps to create a solid foundation for a life of serenity thanks to a deeper connection with the higher power of your choosing. A daily spiritual practice can help to promote emotional balance and stability.

How Do You Complete Step 11 of AA?

  • Choose some type of spiritual practice that resonates with you.
  • Remember your intention to improve “conscious contact” with your higher power.
  • Create a relaxing environment free of distractions.
  • Focus on your higher power’s will for you.

What Is a Common Myth About Step 11 of AA?

One common myth about Step 11 of Alcoholics Anonymous might be:

  • You have to pray to a specific God.

Step 11 of AA is about opening your mind. You get to decide how you feel most comfortable achieving this. What’s important is that you clear yourself of unwanted defects and make room for care, compassion, love, and empathy.

What Are Some Tips for Completing Step 11 of AA?

  • If you choose to pray, don’t make specific demands of your higher power.
  • Be open to a higher power.
  • Practice releasing expectations.

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