A common rebuff by newcomers to AA or those looking at the programme is the “God Thing”. Alcohol is mentioned only once in the 12 steps in Step One… God or Him meaning God makes several more experiences… by my counting. “God” – four, “Him/His” – four and “Power” – once.
Now people in AA or following the 12 steps are often quick to point out that it states in Step three that this is “as we understood him“. That is your own concept of God – whatever you choose that to be.
I was at a step meeting recently where God was talked about – or at least a Higher Power… etc. In the 12steps and 12traditions book in the essay on Step 3 there is a part where electricity is discussed as this strange power we rely on. It isn’t a bad analogy but for me still isn’t quiet good enough since the electricity in the sockets and switches I use in my daily life is created by man through power stations.
So I like to think of gravity. Think about it – you rely on gravity every single second of every single day without thinking about it. But without it where would we be? Floating aimlessly in space… well we wouldn’t exist as the Sun wouldn’t have formed as the gravity of the dust particles that stuck together wouldn’t have been there to form the sun … or the solar system … and all the planets we have. Earth is held in an orbit around the sun that is ideal for life to exist on this luckily blue planet due to gravity. The water we have here whether it came from ice bearing comets millennia ago when Jupiter and Saturn using their gravity hoovered around the solar system or not stays here and allows us to be alive because of gravity. I stick to the earth due to gravity which is a bit handy.
So there you go – a power greater than me that I rely on all the time, and have had to rely on for billions of years before I existed just to allow me to exist at all. Now… tell me there isn’t capacity for anyone to find some power greater than themselves they can just put some trust in?