“It is not about alcohol, the symbol of the misuse of a spiritual drink and the collapse of an inner meaning may be endlessly debated, what the collective sacrifice of abstinence in AA over eighty years is really about is the undeniable unlocking of the Universal Spanner that is capable of loosening any kind of nut.” AJ Dettman© from Squaring the Circle on https://lifeisreturning.com
Always makes me laugh out loud when I see that analogy, rich and layered about the Universal Spanner …. I of course see myself delivering its efficacy to nuts in the Middle East, in Ukraine, Korea …. The Vatican, Davos, Lambeth Palace, Westminster Palace, The Whitehouse, Europe …. anywhere where the nuts have lost the thread and can’t seem to do what nuts are designed to do on the eternal lightning bolts of creativity, to turn, turn and keep on turning …. not slam their misunderstood bolts across their makeshift locks that are welded with fear upon the closed doors of their armour plated hearts.
My wife, on the other hand …. who knows me so very well …. listens to my grand designs, and smiles …. and with her own inimitable version, seeming more as a wrench to me, asks “but, can you see it in yourself?”
All over the World, religious folks are poring over the ancient texts, trying to emulate the lives of Saints who lived in different times. Many have given up on finding contemporary portals of Spiritual efficacy, overwhelmed by the collapse and infighting of the only global religious vehicles seemingly available to them.
The movement which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love.
(Ibn ‘Arabi, Fusûs al-Hikam)
The 12 Step vehicle has cohered within a great inner spiritual jihad over the last eighty years. It has arrived “like a thief in the night”. It redeems and sanctifies the life of anyone, from any cultural background, who truly follows its simple tenets, it rarely fails. (Link added 4th August 2019)
This global vehicle may now be the only place that a truly ecumenical message from the Unseen might land. Any other landing site is now hopelessly destroyed by the raging disease of stuck-addiction© which has brought Mankind’s spiritual constitution across the realms of that word’s wider meaning, i.e. physical, corporate and national/political, to the point of utter collapse.
Even the many millions of participants currently working upon themselves within their particular 12 Step Fellowship are perhaps not fully aware of the magnificent global spiritual achievement that they have collectively achieved and are upholding.
Both inside the anonymity of their 12 Step Programmes and outside within the principled application their daily spiritual victory, a message of good news is extended to everyone by these Fellowship members both past and present, within the undeniable success of their global spiritual endeavour.
The many millions of people who are currently in a 12 Step lifestyle are urged to seek ways to pray and meditate. The more deeply world events impact upon the exoteric religious vehicles, the harder it becomes for particular people to truly tune into the Transmission Mast of Indivisible Love that is the wellspring of our existence.
People personalise their Inner Craft, through Step Eleven of the 12 Steps, that powers them upon their further personal journey.
These further personal journeys can then correlate within established collectives to be a catalyst to further and deepen their transformation.
“The last shall be first and the first last.” Matthew 20:16