Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we learned to respond to life from love instead of reacting to it from our I Self. In this process we become a benefit to all beings by expressing Universal Love in everything we do.
If you don’t understand why you do what you do, your behavior will never change, so be content with judging others and justifying everything you do. Ignorance may seem to be bliss, but it causes suffering.
At Step Twelve we’ve had a spiritual awakening as a result of the previous steps which have taught us to respond to life from the stillness of love instead of reacting to it from our ego; we have been transformed into a new being, at one with the Spirit. To be one with the Spirit doesn’t mean we’re not human and everything goes our way, it means being conscious of our human manifestation moment by moment and accepting life as it is. Our transformation allows us to not be controlled by our ego anymore. We come to understand our ego and how it works in our life and we cut the strings that have kept us in bondage, these are the ties to all our suffering. We have freedoms we have never experienced before.
Step Twelve is the essence of life. We become a benefit to all beings by expressing love in everything we do. We learn to stop acting like a self-centered baby who is always looking for internal fulfillment from an outside source and we cooperate with life by not being controlled by our Conditioned Mind; this is done by looking inward. As we awaken, we become a benefit to whomever we come in contact with, even if they’re not aware of it. We no longer struggle with life as we once did. We have an inner peace which seems to come about almost by itself, almost, but it doesn’t happen that way. Actually, we’ve consciously put ourselves in alignment with the actions and behaviors that are necessary to transform our self-centered energy to the energy of love, it’s then that our transforming energy of love replaces our selfish energy induced by our ego. That is how we become a person transformed.
Our outlook undergoes a profound change and our understanding will continue to expand as long as we remain willing to keep the channel to our heart open. Our mind expands when our heart remains open. Nothing else needs to be done. Nothing can block our expansion unless we become unwilling to practice, which will bring us back to our self- centered blocks, but by this point in our process we are well aware of these blocks so we recognize them when they occur. We say a prayer or use a developed tool to allow them to pass through us, this way our heart remains open, in harmony with life, and our mind continues to expand.
Life happens whether we’re here or not, it isn’t negative or positive, it just is. It’s the direction of energy that makes a particular life what it is so doing what’s necessary to establish love as the default setting of our mind will allow us to become a benefit to all beings by expressing that love in everything we do. What I have written is one person’s experience, it shouldn’t be taken as the ultimate truth. You will need to do your own investigation to discover truth, which will help get over some of the barriers that have been blocking you from a happy, joyous, and free life. Free from what? The bondage of our I Self; the ego, after all that’s truly the only freedom there is.