An Atheists Third Step

The third step is in AA for spiritual growth is the step where we give ourselves to a power greater than ourselves. This is a comprehensive step, but is tough for athiest as the higher power is usually defined as God in A.A. Where the serenity prayer is lacking, this mantra is set to help me pick up the slack.

AS I walk through shrouded fog with the bite of cold surrounding my nose and tips of my finger tips I will be protected.

Within toil, and adversity I will find the cold tips dew covered warmed by the eminent growing of my knowledge in the universe. 

In every moment, when I feel big and am proven small, and the wind pushes cold vapor upon my face, I find elegance with thought on my own humility.

From time to time, from friend to foe, am I breathing in the cold air and dense fog to exhale the hot breath and dry eat of virtue. 

When I sit and work for hours giving the soul new dimensions of dedication, discipline and intelligence I will dedicate these hours to growth.

When I am undoubtedly wrong and almost right I shall still shift my gaze on the humility of the the defects that make me who I am.

When the world comes down on me, my rock will be the capacity of virtue I can extrude into all that come into contact with me.

Instead trying to gaze through the fog I shall concentrate on the sight around me, the only site I can see.

My disease didn't create my faults, but it attempted to bury them within the confines of my spirit and lie to my peers, telling them "i don't have any faults".

It is to this I say NO, every day, every moment, I shall stride my spirit towards the growth of the self. I will know thyself, and find my will, and my will is the guide through every foggy morning, including this one.  . . 

"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."


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