LETTING GO OF OUR OLD SELVES
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted
anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a
free man at last. . . . Are we now ready to let God remove from us all
the things which we have admitted are objectionable?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 75, 76
The Sixth Step is the last “preparation” Step. Although I have
already used prayer extensively, I have made no formal request of my
Higher Power in the first Six Steps.
I have identified my problem,
come to believe that there is a solution, made a decision to seek this
solution, and have “cleaned house.” I now ask: Am I willing to live a
life of sobriety, of change, to let go of my old self? I must determine if
I am truly ready to change. I review what I have done and become
willing for God to remove all my defects of character;
for in the next
Step, I will tell my Creator I am willing and will ask for help. If I have
been thorough in the preparation of my foundation and feel that I am
willing to change, I am then ready to continue with the next Step.
“If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be