Power of Belief
My false self is an unconscious social construct. I define myself through an amalgam of survival reactions to parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, employers, etc. From these reactions I create a story about who I am, who they are, and how the world works. This is my “belief” system – the lenses through which I look and interpret all reality. I don’t see reality as it is, I see reality as I am. I can only see my projection on reality. My beliefs color how and what I see. This determines all my reactions: how I think, feel and behave.
My story becomes my life style and my prison.
I am asleep, dreaming that I’m awake.
I am truly in bondage – fettered to my beliefs. But I don’t know that I don’t know; I can’t see that I can’t see.
For each of us there are many moments of Grace that stimulate and support our willingness to respond to the invitation of Grace. This mysterious meeting of Grace and willingness is the alchemy that begins to transform our bondage into freedom.
Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.
He has authored three books to help people access the instructions and confirm the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11 (2017), Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His books are available on Amazon and other locations.