There is a saying in the 12 step world that a persons perception is their reality. This is true and we can not change another persons perception but we can heal our own. And this is why the program is called a selfish program.
Addiction is a disease of ego and physical dependence psychologically speaking. Spiritually it is a disease of separation.
Perception is a funny thing. Perception is not truth, it is not reality. It is a view of reality we have made. For our perception to reflect reality it must be aligned with truth. Truth can only be clearly seen when we undo ego.
Take for example the photo above. What is it? The true reality is that it is wood, held together with nails. The perception comes from our perception of what ‘I’ USE it for.
In the real world of people, emotions and healing, our perception is the basis on which we interact with others. When we turn our lives over to the love and care of our Higher Power, and align our will with His, our perception changes because our ego begins to undo. Make no mistake, this is not easy and yet it is simple.
And so this undoing of ego or perceived “ME” or “I” is healing. It allows us to see who we are and perceive through ourselves not some convoluted distorted reflection of past associations and events.
ACIM Insights on Spirituality Think About It is helpful in working through the 12 Steps of AA and Al-Anon. Why you may ask? Because the entire Course has to do with Forgiveness, forgiveness with and through our Higher Power.
May you see the day and those around you with and through the eyes of your loving caring Higher Power, though it is written as a blessing, it is inevitable. We all do see the rest of the world through the eyes of our Higher Power. Think about it.