Originally Posted by maggieG
I've been an atheist since I was about 9, so I'm not comfortable with bringing "God" or any "higher power" into my life. I know the site says atheists are accepted, but they mention spirituality and greater powers a whole lot.
Well, your higher power could be your commitment to the ethical treatment of animals, your feelings of oneness with the universe, your love for family & culture, your path to wellness, your discipline or desire, love of art or nature, etc. I think of God as a kind of shorthand for many things-- It is definately frustrating to think of turning yourself over to Zeus in the clouds with a lightning bolt-- when really, you are the one saving or destroying yourself. (The concept of a supernatural being running the world as a puppet theater is too Twilight Zone to me). I don't like 7 step groups because I feel they teach a kind of helpless co-dependence on similarly screwed up people (aka: the blind leading the blind), but often half the people there are just there for the chance to drink coffee and chat, and try to discover how to get out from under their problem. (Aka: helpless, lonely people trying to remain stable). If their vocabulary includes the word God, it is no big deal either way. My Dad was an Alchoholic, and I went to Ala-teen for a while, and those people were whacked out (back then I think their gole was to get as many young kids hooked on booze as possible
). They sat around whining, boasting, self loathing etc. It was not pretty. It might however help you a bit to lurk, spy, gather intellegence, and see if it could help you at all. Personally I would call myself "normal but challenged" and take an appitite supressent as a crutch till you re-train yourself (which has really helped me with my constant mouth stuffing). Make sure you get at least 3 meals a day that will last you longer than a half-hour to digest. I think that quitting anything takes practice (apologies to the person who wrote that commercial). I quit smoking 3 years ago, after trying for quit for many years. I learned the trick is you have to learn to overcome your own self-conditioning. Helplessly falling for a Guru is one way to go-- but does it make you stronger? or does it make you dependent. It is not easy to rule your own passion-- sometimes I think this is because we know what kind of frauds we really are deep down. But once you get into the hard-fact mode, you know what your doing is bad for you. You just need to put your knowledge into action. I think 7 step programs give you a road map to put your knowledge into action. All you need is the map, and the will. Good luck!