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Post Info TOPIC: 3/7/23 ODAT Lesson to be Learned from Faith

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3/7/23 ODAT Lesson to be Learned from Faith

This page comments on the role of faith in allowing some Alanon newcomers to more quickly grasp and benefit from the Higher Power concept than those without or that have lost faith. 

A practiced faith in something greater than ourselves from previous spiritual endeavors can offer a great start, but those without that may also benefit even before they are convinced or believe in ALanon. 

Such persons could simulate faith as it were by truly accepting, without reservation, and with full expectation of success. In this way, we can become aware of the power for good that Alanon points to, that does turn into a true faith.

Reminder: 'Surrender' to a more wise and powerful entity than ourselves lends steadiness and order to our lives as it becomes our guide. 

"For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" - Romans
I was raised extremely religious, developed and lived by a strong faith. I then dismantled that faith and built a more insistent atheistic faith in data and supposed reason.

Blessed with the gift of desperation but a high skepticism of faith, I was willing to try on this ALanon faith simulation with a self chosen, self created higher power. The key was that Alanon had tools that I was able to choose, that worked, that I truly accepted and chose to buy into 100%.

I would argue that my faith is more 'true', and strong, than what I thought was my spiritual faith of my younger self. Alanon helped me take the lessons from religious faith and turn them into something immensely more beneficial and not based upon concepts that divide peoples, cultures and countries...

Grateful for the wisdom and guidance of Alanon




"...when we try to control others, we lose the ability to manage our own lives."  - Paths to Recovery 

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Thanks Paul for your service and share. I do have faith in an HP I call God, but I also have faith in alanon. Additionally I have faith in the power of positive thinking, being optimistic, and I believe that our thoughts determine our feelings. Alanon gives us the option to find an HP in whatever way can help us recover from the effects of alcoholism. I had faith in my sponsor who helped me. There are many forces in life greater than me. :)



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Thank you as well from me Paul for your service and today's reading reminder.

Both yours and Lyne's ESH is very much appreciated and thank you both for sharing it.

I too was raised in a very religious environment and as I got older my encounters with that particular

church of thought went head to head so to speak when I first got married. I did not give up though

and joined a different church and my faith was not shaken. What I believe is that when a person

experiences the benefits of Al-Anon and it's membership you can't help thinking that this program

is a God send!! Grateful as always!!


"Forgiveness doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it

does prevent bad behavior from destroying your heart". ~ unknown


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Thanks Lyne for the reading and to you and Paul and all who share. Grateful discussion of religion is not part of Al-anon. When others bring it up at meetings, I keep in mind that Al-anon is a take what you like and leave the rest program. In my humble opinion, discussion of religion and particularly outward bashing of particular religions creates an unsafe and unwelcoming atmosphere and diverts us from our primary purpose aim as a non religious support group for family and and friends of alcoholics. Whatever my higher power or lack thereof, my faith as it pertains to Al-anon is based on trust in the process of recovery and that it works when I work it.


Surround yourself with people and elements that support your destiny, not just your history.

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