12 step program for Conscious Living
In light of a podcast where I heard Dr. Gabor Maté, a doctor and an author and an in-demand public speaker, state that everything is an addiction and the 12 step program could serve everyone in various ways. I revised this 12 step to reveal a more soulful approach in consciousness.
Part of Maté’s pull within his work is about his personal addictive tendencies and his belief that most of us meet somewhere along the addiction spectrum. He’s voiced about being a workaholic. He candidly talked about his weakness to manage the urge to go on shopping binges for classical music CDs, referring to it as an addiction in that he “wears dainty white gloves.” He voluntarily puts himself on an addiction continuum.
Step 1: We admit that we were powerless over our addiction/desires — that our lives had become unmanageable without them.
Step 2: Came to believe that Source, our Higher Self or a Universal Power that is greater than ourselves could restore us to a state of non-attachment and a more conscious state of being.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and or surrender over to the care of our higher self.
Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5: Admitted to ourselves, and to another human being the exact awareness of our behavior.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to remove all old patterns that no longer serve us or our character.
Step 7: Humbly ask ourselves to remove our own shortcomings.
Step 8: Make a list of all persons we may have affected and become willing to make amends to them all and most of all ourselves.
Step 9: Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them, ourselves, or others.
Step 10: Continue to take personal inventory, continue to learn, and when we are off track, create awareness, admitted it, and move forward.
Step 11: Seek through self-love and meditation to improve our conscious connection.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message with us, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
As you can see some of the above may seem extreme for small evolutionary processes such as, ‘I simply realized that I have a chip addiction or CD addictions or that you may want to refrain from unconsciously buying chips with palm oil in it anymore. You do not have to go telling everybody that you’re not buying chips anymore, as an example. Nor ask for forgiveness and understanding.
However, you could share the knowledge as an FYI.