We need to stay as connected to God as we possibly can. This helps us on our journey of recovery. We stay consciously connected to God in the same way that we stay consciously connected to our own thoughts and feelings. By improving our conscious contact with God we begin to rely on God's will for us and less on our unreliable willpower.
Our intuition grows as we sense the presence of our Higher Power in every step we take. But to help our intuition grow and solidify, we must hand our life and our will over to our Higher Power on a daily, hourly and sometimes minute-by-minute basis.
A Program Of Miracles is a spiritual program which teaches us that we can lean into God and rest. Each time we do this we experience greater levels of trust and safety, which allows emotional maturity to grow and prosper. As our emotional maturity grows we begin to leave behind the damaging effects of our childhoods.
We begin to understand what freedom from a dysfunctional childhood's looks like. We begin to see freedom as a light at the end of the tunnel. We start to understand that there is another way. And we also begin to recognize how God has worked in our life.
We often hear how improving a conscious contact with God has helped other people in their lives but we find it difficult to see it working in our life. The promise of A Program Of Miracles is that it will work if we work it. We no longer wait for something to happen without having undertaken the work first.
We start by praying on a daily basis, twice a day. We introduce a meditation into our daily practice. These are the two ways we improve our conscious contact with God. This is the bare minimum we undertake. In prayer we ask God for what we want and we include the sentiment that we ask God to take our control/will and our lives into God's care.
We also ask God to show us his path for us together with the power to carry out his will. When things go well in our lives we implement a committed practice ensuring we undertake daily prayer and meditation. When we hit a crisis we are open and prepared to turn to God for extra help.
Our meditation may change as we change and grow. There are many types of meditation available to us ranging from a simple mindfulness practice to organized meditation fellowships that require us to be taught by a qualified teacher. We choose what ever meditation works for us and, it makes no difference which one we use, but that we practice daily.
By implementing prayer and meditation we will find peacefulness each time we close our eyes. Answers will come and provide solutions in our lives. A road will clear when we hit the fork and doors will open that we thought were locked. Our hearts will relax and be calm.
Relationships with others will change as we begin to trust in our practice to heal us and furnish our needs. Mutual respect and an ability to easily express our feelings will teach us we can trust in our Higher Power. This practice will nourish us in a new way leaving us less vulnerable to demanding that I must take care of us. We begin to be more authentic selves in all our relationships rather than feeling the pain of unhealthy dependence.
As our practice grows and strengthens we seek less excitement and chaos that previously we needed to feel alive. We are better able to sit still and be with our true self and our real feelings. We begin to hear how our thoughts are going crazy in our mind and we get a perspective on the mind racing.
In growing our connection to our Higher Power it's as if we turn down the hum of the refrigerator. We embrace the silence, which gives us more clarity on background noise in our minds. We may tussle with the conflict between our growing stillness and our racing minds but if we continue our prayer and meditation the mind will become quieter.
We have all been spiritual seekers, looking for a way out of our suffering. Finally we have found what we were looking for. We learn what God wants for us because he leaves his footprints in the sand. Our path is to follow God’s footprints and place our feet in each of his footprints day-by-day hour by our minute by minute.
For many of us this comes with essential relief together with disbelief. Only evidence in the Miracles of trusting our Higher Power will prove that God is there. The only way we can receive that evidence is by implementing a strong spiritual practice.
Each day pray at least twice to God. You can ask God what ever you want from him. And he your prayer with these words: I turn my will and my life over to you. I ask you to show me your will for me and the power to carry it out.
Each day meditate for at least 10 minutes. Using the mindfulness suggestion in step whatever is a good start to a meditating practice