September 1

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 1: “Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.”― Max Stirner

Step 9 gives me the greatest spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental freedom I will ever know. It brings me to a place of absolute freedom from Ego when I perform well in moving past those behaviors that were painful to myself and others.

Recovery allows that to happen. Working through these steps, time after time, allows for freedom from Ego-based thinking and living. Character defects become less liable to be practiced when I remember that I gave those to that Power to remove. I just step away from engaging in them ever again. This is how I heal the relationships that can be healed and begin to have healthier relationships with others. I no longer resent or hate others and can stop those thoughts when they come up.

Step 9 is the culmination of the healing process that begins with Step 4. These are the action steps, 4 through 9. With them I become free of the ISM of my addiction. Not only free of drinking and drugging, but all the associated illness that went before and during those behaviors. I can walk away from all of it and live, as the BB says, “In the sunlight of the Spirit.”

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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