Central Ohio Area of Narcotics Anonymous

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Reflections on Steps Six Through Nine

Feb 2016

STEP SIX – We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

My first sixth step was actually quite simple. My sponsor and I had spent an evening together going over my fourth and fifth step, uncovering the useless patterns I'd come to know as “defects if character” or shortcommings..These defects became apparent by doing an inventory of past and present relationships and sharing my findings with my sponsor and the god of my understanding.

Afterwards, I went home and meditated on the these shortcomings, asking myself, “Do I truly want to hold onto any of these? Have any of them been useful to me or others?” It dawned on me by doing the previous steps and being willing to allow change in my life I was already practicing my Sixth Step. I continued to pray for the willingness to let go of my shortcomings, as they occurred, until I was able to meet my sponsor again. It was later revealed to me that my willingness for change would remain a practice for the rest of my life. I do not need to overthink this step. The willingness I have at any given moment is all the willingness I need to go on to Step Seven.

STEP SEVEN – We humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.

The next time I spoke with my sponsor he asked me if I was willing to have God remove all of my shortcomings. If I wasn't, I could pray for the willingness. I was ready! Although I wasn't certain where this step would lead me, I was certain I didn't want to go back to my old ways of dealing with the world. We said a prayer together, asking God to remove my shortcomings so that I may be of service.

Afterwards my sponsor made a suggestion that I might want to remain quiet over the next week, and pay attention to my thoughts instead of reacting. This really helped me to see that my awareness of myself corrosponded to my awareness towards other people. When I reacted negatively towards someone I was hurting myself as well. Both they and I deserve better.

My seventh step can be used anytime I become aware of a useless behavior and become willing to have it removed. All I have to do is pray. Although it wasn't clear to me what I was truly praying for, I now know that it was necessary for me to amend past and present relationships.

STEP EIGHT – We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

I had worked my fourth step with my sponsor in a way that had left me with a list. A list of people I had harmed, sculpted from my inventory of past and present relationships. So when I came to Step Eight, I was ready and definitely willing. I was unsure and a little nervous about setting out to make some amends but I knew that with the help of my sponsor and the people in my support group, all of whom had been through this process before, I would be fine. I wrote action plans for the people on my list. Before I set out to make any actual amends, I shared them with my sponsor.

STEP NINE – We made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.

After sharing my action plans with my sponsor and asking the experience of others I felt it time to make some direct amends. It was explained to me simply: if I took something from someone, I had to pay them back. If I was unable at the time, I had to remain willing and the means would eventually happen. Additionally, I shouldn't make amends to someone only to make me feel better. Amends aren't only for me. I don't have the right to wash myself of guilt at the expense of another; for example, old girlfriends I'd wronged. Lastly, most of my amends are a lifelong journey to be a part of the solution and not the problem. It's this part that has helped me improve immensely in my relationships and my reactions to the world.

Life has gotten better in the last six years after taking these first steps. My relationships are a reflection of this. The humility that comes as a result of working steps six through nine was something that I lacked, but by continuing and practicing the remaining steps I learn how to keep it in my life. By taking inventory of my actions and reactions, praying, meditating and sharing I word to remain humble. So, thank you for letting me share.

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