Step Twelve: Assess for the Spiritual Awakening

By doubting, we come to the question. By seeking, we come to the truth.

Step Twelve says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” The first thing to do when we approach Step Twelve is to recognize the first portion of the step’s language, “having had a spiritual awaking as the result of these steps.” By the time we reach Step Twelve we’ve likely had a spiritual awakening of some sort. If you think you haven’t, take a quick inventory. Ask yourself:

  • Have I stopped my addictive behavior?
  • Am I interacting in healthier ways with family members, bosses, coworkers, neighbors, and random strangers?
  • Do I feel better about myself and my place in the world?
  • Am I more accepting of others?

If the answer to these questions is “yes” (or even “sometimes”), and it almost certainly is if you’ve diligently worked the first eleven steps, then you have indeed had a spiritual awakening.

Just for Today
Assess the depth and meaning of your spiritual awakening so far.