12: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these
Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice
these principles in all our affairs."
One of the indications that you have had a genuine spiritual awakening
is that you want to share this experience with others. You want
them to be as happy as you are. You want to help them have a similar
experience. This step suggests that we do just that, that we "carry
the message." It is also a well known spiritual principle
that to keep our own spirituality strong and fresh we must "pass
it on." So what we call 12th step work is for you as well
as for others.
carry the message is up to you. Any kind of service helps. You
may donate your time and money to LAA. You may sponsor someone.
Every time you answer a post on the message board you are practicing
the 12th step.
is about change. Sometimes the changes are obvious when you are
in a support group. But the support group is like a hot house
protecting delicate flowers. The real test is when you go out
into the world. Can you practice what you have learned in LAA
when you go to work or socialize with your friends? Can your recovery
stand up against your next romantic relationship? This is the
back to step