12 Step Meditations
Optimize your recovery in any 12-Step program! Each guided meditation helps you stay focused on your current step, uncover the truth, and release negativity. Profoundly relaxing and deeply supportive, 12-Step Guided Meditations reinforces the positive side of your character, and strengthens your connection to your Higher Power. Anyone who approaches this material with a sincere desire to change can benefit.
Each meditation begins with a simple breathing exercise to help shift gears and settle into the meditation. Then the listener is gently led on a deeply relaxing walk through a forest, early in the morning, just before dawn. The meditations each branch off from that point, to cover the individual steps.
Here's more about the meditations for each step:
Step One: "I admit I am powerless over my addiction ó that my life has become unmanageable.Ē
Meditation for Step One: Clarity: Uncovering Your Blind Spots
The challenge in Step One is in facing the truth about ourselves, seeing what we've not been able to see. The Meditation for Step One is designed to help you uncover your own blind spots, and recognize hidden patterns in your life. Using a "Theater of the Mind" technique, you'll watch a documentary about your life, and view key scenes from a number of angles.
Step Two: "I come to believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity"
Meditation for Step Two: Opening To Help From A Higher Power
For many, the idea of a Higher Power brings up issues about religion, authority, and control, and our resistance can come up to the point where this step is a deal breaker. In this meditation, using positive scenes from your own life, youíll have the opportunity to address some of the issues, and be helped to allow for the possibility that thereís more to life than you might currently perceive. Use this meditation to go past your resistance, and begin to open up.
Step Three: "I make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand God."
Meditation for Step Three: Godís Will, 101: Beginning To Listen
In this meditation you'll find yourself on a deserted beach, overlooking the ocean. Here, youíll have the opportunity to examine the difference between your will and Godís will, and begin to make a major shift in attitude. Turning your will and your life over to God is something that you do not do once and for all, but must happen many times, as your life unfolds and each new situation present itself. Step Three, and this meditation, represent the beginning of what can become an increasingly wholesome and fulfilling life.
Step Four: "I make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself."
Meditation for Step Four: Facing Your Truth, Surviving and Thriving
For many of us, the idea of making a moral inventory is daunting, and we may either hesitate or gloss over the work, because we're afraid the process will be too painful. But it's necessary to do this step honestly and thoroughly. This meditation can help you get ready. Watching your reflection in a pool of water, and then listening to key people within the theater of your mind, you'll make new discoveries. In the process you'll learn that you can know the truth, survive, and thrive as a result.
Step Five: "I admit to God, myself and another human being the exact nature of my wrongs."
Meditation for Step Five: Learning To Open Up And Trust
The fifth step is one thatís often difficult, because it involves talking out loud about things we may feel deeply embarrassed about or ashamed of. Weíve often put a lot of effort into keeping these things secret, acting as if they never happened, and in some cases even denying their existence to ourselves, so that a lot of armor becomes built up within us around them. So in this meditation you'll prepare by meeting with a compassionate listener in a meadow setting, full of light. This preparation will ease your way into the work youíll need to do.
Step Six: "I am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."
Meditation for Step Six: Preparing To Move Forward And Be Re-Formed
The sixth step is about reflection on all thatís come before, and preparation for what is to come next. In this step, you ask yourself, in deepest sincerity, ďAm I ready to surrender control of my life, and place myself fully into Godís careĒ. Revisiting the beach from Meditation 3, this time at low tide, you'll have a chance to explore this question and others that must be deeply considered.
Step Seven: "I humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings."
Meditation for Step Seven: Allowing God to Operate
Step Seven is about putting ourself in the right relationship to God, through humility. Here we humbly recognize and acknowledge that we canít change without Godís help, and we accept that our recovery must proceed according to Godís will, in Godís timing. In this meditation, youíll have the opportunity to face God, ask for his help, explore the part youíre to play in receiving it.
Step Eight: "I make a list of all those I have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all."
Meditation for Step Eight: Preparing To Do Whatever It Takes
Step Eight involves the necessary mental and emotional preparation for the actions you will take in Step Nine. The difficulty in Step Eight is in thinking about someone we donít want to approach, and expecting the worst. But dread is not a necessary component of this step, and you can leave it out. This meditation can help prepare you, by giving you the opportunity to first meet with those on your list within a quiet inner space, in neutrality and compassion.
Step Nine: "I make direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would cause injury."
Meditation for Step Nine: Finding Neutrality Toward Those On Your List
It may be that some people on your list will present a challenge, because of your feelings that theyíve also caused injury to you. In order for you to sincerely apologize, it may be necessary for you to first release any anger or resentment you hold toward those on your list, and come into neutrality toward them. It's hard to hold a grudge against a small child, and in this meditation, you'll meet those on your list as children, making it easy to let go, and move on.
Step Ten: "I continue to take personal inventory, and when wrong, promptly admit it."
Meditation for Step Ten: Spiritual Fitness and Your Inner Climate
Step Ten requires that you continue to watch for character defects within you, and ask God to help you let them go as they appear. This meditation offers a simple technique you can use on a regular basis to help you tune in and asses how youíre responding to life, in other words, take your inventory. Youíll want to use it especially when you feel negatively triggered, to quickly identify whatís going on, and turn it over to your Higher Power.
Step Eleven: "I seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God as I understand God, praying only for knowledge of Godís will for me, and the power to carry that out."
Meditation for Step Eleven: Daily Practice: Ask, Listen, Receive
Step Eleven is part of your ďSpiritual FitnessĒ regimen, and along with Steps Ten and Twelve, something youíll want to practice on a regular, perhaps daily basis. The meditation for Step Eleven makes it easy to ask, listen, and receive. It offers an easy, heart-centered technique to meditate and pray, and provides a several minute sound track for doing so, with ocean waves by the sea.
Step Twelve: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I try to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all my affairs."
Meditation for Step Twelve: Knowing What To Say, When
Many of us at this point will question whether we are ready or qualified to help other people, and if we have anything to offer. But those are questions best left to God to decide. Asking for God's help, the meditation for Step 12 will help you adopt the attitude of openness and availability, and know what to do when the time comes.