Conscious Contact with God
means AWARE; known or felt by one’s inner self; mentally awake or alert.
(Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
The key words
aware, inner self and mentally awake are essential parts
of conscious contact with God.
in the Big Book section on “Spiritual Experience” it
states “most of us think this “awareness” of a Power greater than
ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.” p.570 AA (3rd
ed). They mean that they know that God is “doing things for us we
could not do for ourselves” (p. 83AA) When we experience
God we feel peace, hope, love, happiness, joy, serenity, confidence,
alertness, intuition and many other positive states of mind. We are
“conscious” or “aware” of His Presence.
is where God resides. The writers of
the Big Book of which many originally were agnostic tell us "We
found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it
is only there that He may be found.
It was so with us.” (p.55AA) And in the back of the
Big Book in “Spiritual Experience” it tells us “With few exceptions our
members tell us that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource
which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater
than themselves.” (p. 570 3rd Ed) And the 12 Steps are
actions which bring us into contact with our Higher Power. Especially
prayer and meditation. Prayer is looking for God and finding Him. And
meditation is about being in contact within ourselves. Inside of us is where
we can experience hope, faith, peace, warmth, love, and other positive
states of mind. The 12 Steps open the channel to God (Steps
1,4,5,8,9,10) and make contact with Him (Steps 2,3,6,7,11)
“having had a spiritual awakening
as a result of these steps” A
spiritual awakening is simply being “mentally awake or alert.” We are aware
of reality, of others, and of God. We are mentally alert. “Awake”!
Our intuitive powers are alive. We begin to see things around us
and often wonder, “how come I didn’t see that before?” We begin to accept
life on life’s terms. We begin to take responsibility for the outcome
of our lives because we can accurately see our assets and liabilities.
means communicating with; connection; in touch with body to body.
Prayer is communicating
with God; talking to Him or thinking of Him.
Meditation is being in
connection with God. “Body to body” contact.
Since meditation is the act of closing one’s eyes and becoming silent. Then
we are going to God within. And when we are silent He can speak to us.
“In meditation we ask God what we should do about each specific matter.
The right answer will come if we want it.” (p. 69 AA) Meditation is real
2 way communication with God.
After each contact we are
changed no matter how obvious or subtle the change is. Our reaction
and outlook on someone or something will have changed because we have been
in communication (talking and listening to God who has advised us.
He, She, It is the Employer, Director, Father, Conscious, Divine
Intelligence, Master, Teacher, Physician, etc…). This connection with
the Highest Power gives us confidence, intuition, new awareness, peace,
serenity, understanding, Love, happiness, hope, and other secure states of
being. With each meeting (conscious contact) with God we become more and
more confident. God realigns us! We “get
it together”. We’re at peace with ourselves knowing that God does
speak. And if we obey Him, we find that His Plan does work. We get what we
need and we feel secure.
If we are unable to feel peace
or concentrate on God, then we have lost contact (our connection)! What’s
interfering or bothering us? Steps 10, 4 & 5 are the actions
which will open the channel. (Worry, resentment, fears, guilt,
anxieties, and other defects of character are causing us irritability, and
discouragement. Obviously drinking will cause loss of contact) Once we
identify the trouble, talk about it with someone, we are able to pray and
meditate – to reconnect with our Higher Power.
Since God is always
there. Why do we experience negativity or the loss of God? Has God abandoned
us? Well, if we’re still here physically then He’s still here because God’s
within us. So what’s missing? Our minds! Preoccupied with
the past or the future. Focused on resentment. Full of fear,
worry, or guilt! We’ve “lost our minds” getting caught up with people and
things outside of ourselves real or imagined which we have no control over. We
lose our minds each time we become dependent on someone or something outside
ourselves for approval or our happiness, sobriety and peace. Losing our minds
is “insanity”. So Step 2 states, “a Power greater than ourselves could restore
us to sanity…if He were sought!”
GOD a POWER GREATER
THAN OURSELVES (is it possible to have
conscious contact with God?)
Here’s what they say in AA.
“See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and
great events will come to pass for you and countless others.”
(p.164 AA) Conscious contact means to have a relationship with someone or
something. Since we are communicating and contacting this Power Greater than
ourselves, doesn’t it stand to reason that we have a relationship going on
What is our relationship with the God of our understanding?
We are not one and the same. “First of all, we had to quit playing God.
God was going to be our Director. We are His agents. He is the Father and we
are the children. We had a new Employer. Being all Powerful, He
provided what we needed provided we kept close to Him (CONSCIOUS
CONTACT).” (p.62-3 AA)
If He is the Employer, then we go to Him to find out what needs to be done.
If He’s the Father we go to Him for care and protection and guidance. “We
trust infinite God rather than our finite (limited) selves.” If
He’s the Director then “we are in the world to play the role He assigns.”
(p.68 AA) “When agitated or doubtful, we ask God for the
right thought or action. We constantly remind
ourselves we are no longer running the show.” (p.87 AA) “How can
I be helpful to him? God, save me from being angry.” (p. 67 AA)
God is “All knowing” Wouldn’t you want to
seek out the One with All the right information?
God is “My Creator” Then who knows how we operate
and how we need fixing?
And once we know what our relationship with our Higher
Power is, “Established on such a footing we became less and less
interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. As we became
CONSCIOUS of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or
the hereafter. We were reborn. (p.63 AA)
How do we continue conscious contact?
Alcoholics Anonymous suggests 3 things to
Clear out the mind. BE HONEST
WITH OURSELVES! (Steps 1,4,5,10)
PRAY and MEDITATE (Steps 3,7,
HELP ANOTHER person (Step 12)
“keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you
unharmed.” (p. 102 AA)
THANK YOU GOD!