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What is “Conscious Contact” with a Higher Power?

The 11th Step of 12-Step Recovery states: “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.” The concept of “conscious contact” implies a personal relationship with a Higher Power of our understanding and the ability to develop an awareness of the will of our Higher Power rather than our own.

Our spiritual growth in recovery allows us to stop attempting to assert our own will over situations in our lives and instead take direction for a Higher Power of our own understanding. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests utilizing prayer and meditation as a means of consciously contacting our Higher Power and asking for direction. As our day begins, we “think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.” Through prayer, we find that we are able to strengthen our reliance on our Higher Power. Serenity: A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, states: “Over time, as we become comfortable with God, we will talk with Him as with a trusted friend. He will be the Person with whom we can conduct our daily inventories of grief and confession issues. And we will begin to sense His answers to our prayers…”

Along with prayer, we are suggested to meditate. Our meditation can be seen as the “listening” portion of our conversation with out Higher Power. After all, we cannot have a productive conversation without both talking and listening. Overtime, we will find that our Higher Power gives us “inspiration, an intuitive thought or decision” throughout our day. The Big Book explains, “Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we will be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.” As we continue the process of spiritual growth in recovery, we will find that we can maintain a sense of conscious contact with our Higher Power, and we will be in much less danger of making decisions that could be risky for our sobriety.

Recovery is possible. Once we concede to the fact that our addiction is a problem and we require help to overcome it, we can begin the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients develop all the necessary tools to achieve a fulfilling life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431