Working Step Two
After admitting that we are powerless over others and that our lives had become unmanageable (Step One), we arrive at Step Two: “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” To me, Step One is about realizing the problem, and Step Two is beginning to find the solution. As the Codependents Anonymous book states on page 33, “We became willing to entertain the possibility there was something that could do for us what we could not do for ourselves.” In Step Two, perhaps for the first time, we get to know our Higher Power and reap the benefits of that relationship: “We experienced a sense of freedom and hope by our willingness to have a true Higher Power (Codependents Anonymous, page 34).
The questions in the Codependents Anonymous workbook help us to become acquainted with our Higher Power. We get to identify a Higher Power of our own understanding. One woman in our group shared that it was like a trip to the Build-A-Bear store. Clarification on this is offered on page 36 of Codependents Anonymous: “Our Higher Power must feel right and safe to us. Our Higher Power must be one of our own choosing and concept. As we begin placing our faith in this renewed or newly established relationship, we begin to feel relief ad a new sense of hope. We no longer need to control or avoid ourselves or others. We begin placing this relationship first to gain the strength and peace necessary to maintain recovery and live life rather than survive life.” Step Two guides us to begin or renew our relationship with our Higher Power. A strong bond here ensures success in future Steps.
As I close this blog post, I wonder:
How can you describe your Higher Power?
Is your relationship with your Higher Power new or renewed as a result of working this step?
Did you discard any previous notions or knowledge while working this step?