MY ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON STEP ELEVEN
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
1. In What way are Meditation and prayer main channels to our Higher Power?
When we come to make regular use of prayer we would no more do without it than we would refuse air food or sunshine When we refuse air light or food the body suffers when we turn away from prayer and meditation we likewise deprive ourselves of this needed support from our HP with out food or shelter our body suffers when we move away from God our soul suffers We all need God's light and His strength love and feeling of His grace in our lives
2. What is the Connection between self-examination and meditation and prayer?
There is a linkage to our self-examination thru our meditation and from our prayer together these practices can bring relief and the benefit of Gods will working in our lives the result is an unshakable foundation for a new way of life we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try however falteringly to find and do the will of God
3. In what way is this an unshakable foundation for our lives?
We will want the good that is in us all even in the worst of us to flower and to grow Most certainly we shall need bracing air and an abundance of food But first of all we shall want sunlight nothing much can grow in the dark Meditation is our step out into the sun
4. How shall we meditate?
Well, we might start with the prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace
That where there is hatred, I may bring love
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony
That where there is error, I may bring truth
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith
That where there is despair, I may bring hope
That where there are shadows, I may bring light
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted
To understand, than to be understood
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life Amen
This much could be a fragment of what is called meditation
5. Does Meditation have any boundaries as to how or when?
Followed by a good look at where we stand now and a further look at what might happen in our lives were we able to move closer to the ideal we have been trying to glimpse Meditation is something which can always be further developed It has no boundaries, either of width or height
6. How can we make this an individual adventure into recovery?
Our individual adventures are something each one of us has to works out in his own way praying its object is always the same to improve our conscious contact with God with His grace wisdom and love meditation is in reality intensely practical One of its first fruits is emotional balance With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him
7. How does this affect our emotional balance in our newfound lives?
Our emotional balance is greatly affected by how we act or react to a situation when we are right with Gods will for us we are in balance with how to act upon any situation that comes up the moment we use our own free will to try to control a situation then we find ourselves unbalanced emotionally so the use of pray and mediation is essential to keep us in this emotional balance in everything we do
8. What about prayer?
Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God asking for his help in our daily lives asking that his will not ours be done this day pray is a petition to God Having opened our channel as best we can we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need the whole range of our needs is well defined by that part of Step Eleven which says: "...knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." A request for this fits in any part of our day
9. How is daily prayer and meditation the seeking of understanding God's will and grace?
In the morning we pray how we can be useful and helpful to ourselves or others even when some special problem that come up needing Gods guidance to solve not to ask for specific solutions to specific problems and for the ability to help other people as we have already thought they should be helped we should consider each prayer carefully to see what its real merit is it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification if it be Thy will we ask simply God place in us the best possible understanding of His will that we can have and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.
10. Are the Actual results of prayer beyond question?
The good results of prayer are beyond question They are matters of knowledge and experience all those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own they have found wisdom beyond their usual capability and they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances for me this is all that we are seeing in our sons difficult times ahead of him with out pray I know he would have been taken home to God
11. What are the Rewards of meditation and prayer?
One of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us we no longer live in a completely hostile world we are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will the moment we begin to see truth justice and love as the real and eternal things in life we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs We know that God lovingly watches over us We know that when we turn to Him all will be well with us here and hereafter