After nearly four years in AA, I finally devised a concept of "higher power" that doesn't involve a deity, the group, the "fellowship", nature, the cosmos, the laws of physics, or any other person.

As a committed atheist since the age of 4, I have always known that things were "up to me", and that I could not/would not get help from some power that was "higher" or "greater" than myself.

So one day, in a meeting, while someone was discussing his higher power, I suddenly realized that when I am sober and sane, I am my own higher power; that when I am using (and by implication, not sane,) that I am my own "lower power".

This concept dovetails neatly into the idea that things were always up to me. I decided to have children; I decided to divorce; I decided to pick up a drink; I decided to drink while drunk; I decided that I was powerless over alcohol; and I decided to go to AA.

When I am sober and sane I am my own higher power.

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Comment by Kelly on December 29, 2015 at 5:36pm
I like this. Excellent! I think I just found a way to try to make it through the aa literature. I 'll substitute 'higher power' with me. The concept of dog I'll replace with myself. The book I have in front of me is 'How Al-anon works for families and friends of alcoholics' by Al-Anon Family Groups 2008
Comment by Laura on November 8, 2009 at 12:00am
congrats on being sober and finding your higher power! :)
Comment by Rita D on November 7, 2009 at 10:20pm

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