By Phillip Z.
What number people have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better energy. In A Skeptic's consultant to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper realizing of a better strength. He examines what could appear like "unsettling" innovations to us together with surrendering one's will and existence to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the religious trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.
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She told stories about stealing food from supermarkets and friends' cupboards. She laughed as she related her endless search for the magic diet that would bring permanent thinness. She explained that in OA she had come to understand that she had always used food to avoid feelings that seemed unbearable. She had come to realize and admit how secretive, controlling, and dishonest she had been in her relationships with others. Her frankness and honesty amazed me. I had never heard anyone acknowledge doing things I thought only I had done.
The theory seemed sound and the workshop was interesting, but the experience brought no changes either in my ability to control my eating or in my weight. At another workshop, I learned behavioral techniques for controlling food consumption. I was taught to eat my meals more slowly by putting down my fork between bites, eating only when seated, and chewing each forkful of food a certain number of times before swallowing. These workshops were fun. I met wonderful people. But the experiences did not solve my weight problem.
He was expressing a view I have often heard in meetings, that success comes only through following the suggestions of those with more experience in the program. I am always disturbed by such views, having always valued and depended on my ability and willingness to think independently and to question and investigate new ideas. My recovery has come through maintaining a skeptical, but inquiring mind. I have not found it necessary to suspend my capacity to think criticallyto question the ideas and opinions of othersin order to grow emotionally and spiritually.
A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z.