Step 6: Allow The Deepest Presence To Take Control

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Which comes first, grace or responsibility?

This is one of the hardest paradoxes to grasp on the spiritual journey because the answer is both. Our dualistic mind hates this answer. We want to know whether it is up to us OR if it is up to a higher power. We cannot stand to accept that maybe it is through the humility of responsibility that God acts on our behalf.

A thousand half loves
must be forsaken to take
one whole heart home.
-Rumi

No action or deed will grant you the love of the Divine and the healing you desire, but it is rare for these things to happen to someone who has not done their own shadow work. But the key is to realize that it was not you who caused the transformation through good deeds, which so much of religion like to believe, but rather in your humility of unknowing that God was able to swoop in and captivate your life.

For me, this step was hard to understand. Although I’ve never been an addict in the normal sense of the word, I’m definitely addicted to my all or nothing thinking. A dualistic mind that can make the Mystery of the Divine impossible to accept.

However, in order to move past this barrier, it was not up to me. I had to be willing to surrender and allow a power greater than myself to do the work.

It seems as this was the central teaching in most wisdom traditions. They spoke of a God who heals all “transgressions” and “evils,” not because YOU will it but because it is who you are inherently. At your essence, you are divinely good.

Believe that and allow…

Allow something much bigger than you to take you down the River of Life to a deeper meaning and complete healing.

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