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Alcoholics Anonymous Step 11: Commit to a Spiritual Practice

What Is Step 11 of AA?

“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.”

What Is the Purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 11?

Step 11 helps to create a solid foundation for a peaceful and fulfilled life and to develop a more positive way of thinking, which will better serve you moving forward. A daily spiritual practice can help to promote emotional balance and stability.

How Do You Complete Alcoholics Anonymous Step 11?

  • Choose whether you’d like to pray, meditate or practice some other kind of spiritual activity.
  • Envision your spiritual objective, which is improved conscious contact, whether it be with a higher power or your higher self.
  • Create a relaxing environment free of distractions.
  • Focus on your higher power’s will for you and let go of preconceived notions.

What Are Some Tips for Completing This Step?

  • If you choose to pray, don’t make specific demands of your higher power: That communicates that you would like things done your way, instead of through its will.

What Are Some Myths About Step 11?

  • You have to pray to a specific God: This step is about opening your mind. You 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.

References

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. (1981). New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. Available at: www.aa.org/assets/en_US/en_step11.pdf