"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
This step covers the first 11 steps in their entirety. It is a three part step: Part 1, Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps...the main goal of the 12 sties is to give us a spiritual awakening that we are powerless over alcohol, but there is One that has all power, that One is God, may you find Him now. If I have kidded myself into believing I am living in according to the 12 steps, and still do not have a Higher Power, I'm only whistling in the dark.
Next, "We tried to carry this message to alcoholics..." What is the message we are trying to carry? It is that God could do for us that which we could not do for ourselves. If we can stay dry without the spiritual awakening, we were probably not real alcoholics to begin with.
Lastly, "And practice these principles in all our affairs."
What are the principles of the 12 steps? They are called the Absolutes: Love, Honesty, Purity, and Unselfishness.
We are told on page 62 of the Big Book, "The root of our troubles are selfishness and self-centeredness..."obviously those roots are in complete opposite to the Absolutes.
Furthermore, page 19 of the Big Book tells us, "The elimination of our drinking is but a beginning..." if quitting drinking was a simple thing we could do it on our own, there would be no AA.
The 12 steps are the only proven method or recovery from alcoholism. Why, because they work on the real problem of alcoholism, our thinking.
The Living Steps help keep me spiritually fit so that for today I don't have to take the first drink.