STEP 2 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Is IT REAL

It was explained to me as this.....  
PLEASE Note that this is not the definitive approach to this step.
But it was how my sponsor introduced it to me years ago.   

  First rather than give you the answers.. I'll point you to the book ---->
Read the following pages first.
12 n 12 pages 25 - 33 has the basics on step 2.  

What does this statement realy say to us?
Came to believe that a Power greater than "us"/ME/ AND MOST importantly
that singular word "I"
could restore us to sanity.

  First things first.. we need to look up some key words here in the dictionary
so we have a concise picture of what these words mean.
1] powerless: Lacking strength or power; helpless and totally ineffectual
2] believe: To accept as true or real, To expect or suppose, or to credit with veracity: I believe you,
3] Power "Greater" than us: Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude
4] Sanity: Soundness of judgment or reason.
 

Well now that we know what they mean, we can look at it again
This time substitute the meanings for the key words and see if they can help
us to understand what it's realy trying to say to us now.  

We must first accept and admit that we are LACKING STRENGTH OR POWER
to make a sound judgment in step one. Then when we've fully surrendered our emotions,
and our control we begin to see we have to give it to something beyond our realm of intellect and emotions.

  * there's a half step that's not mentioned but should be noted....
WHO ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE IT TO? AND WHY?

ok you got your "source" identified, and you've agreed to hand it off.. Now let's continue.

  We came to ACCEPT AS TRUE that a power that's REMARKABLE OR OUTSTANDING IN MAGNITUDE
could BRING us BACK TO AN ORIGINAL CONDITION of Soundness of judgment or reason.  

What would it take to convince you that this could be possible? 

How much evidence do you or would you need that this "source of power" is truly in your life and at work today? 

What are some of the things that this "thing" has done for you so far? 

Are you convinced yet it's real? If so how Or why  

So we’re both on the same sheet of music…
Who or what are you calling your higher power?
Step 2 - I come to believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity

What was the religion that your family of origin practiced or claimed to be a part of?

How often did you and your family attend a church?

List the positive and negative aspects as you see it of your family’s religion.

Have you made a break with your family's religion or have you stayed with it?

Explain why you have taken your particular course of action.

What other people have helped you to see the unmanageability of your life?

Do they believe in a Higher Power and if so describe their belief as far as you know of it?

Recall some of your best friends from childhood or adolescence.
Describe what you liked best about them and what they liked best about you?

Names My Likes Thier Likes

Do you think that these qualities have any relationship to a Higher Power? Explain.

From the following list of groups, write Yes or No according to whether you could share
in their values or beliefs or not?

Group Share Values?
Twelve Step Group
Conservative Christian church
Liberal Christian church
Synagogue
Mosque
Hindu temple
Buddhist temple
Unitarian or non-Christian church
Non-religious ethical organization
Activist Humanitarian group (a.g. Amnesty Intl)
Environmental Organization (e.g., Sierra Club)

If you said no to any of the above describe why not

Describe events; situations or people who have helped you to understand what a
"Higher Power" or God is all about. Both in the program and not

Describe any dreams that you have had about a "Higher Power" or God, and what they mean to you.

What has been your previous experiences with religion

How do think that this does or does not relate to your experience with God as you understand God.

What were your religious expectations for help prior to finding the program?

Do you feel as if your higher power let you down until now? If so how.

If you were to see Your Higher Power right this very second what would you tell them?

{BELOW ARE SOME PERSONAL NOTES TO SPONSEE’S OTHERS HAVE SHARED AT THE TABLES}

CREATING A GRATITUDE LIST:
Part of working the steps includes creating a daily Gratitude list of at least 10 items a day.
The trick to doing this successfully is to NOT repeat the items from an earlier list.
Each list is separate from the other with no repeats.

CREATING A GOD CAN OR BOX: Save an old coffee can or use a box of some kind to store your personal requests made in writing
to your Higher Power. Feel Free to decorate the container in any fashion you choose.
When you have a request or prayer for your Higher Power regardless how trivial it is,
write it down on paper and place it in the container.

Once a month, open the container and empty all your requests out and go thru them
making a note of which prayers or requests have been answered. If they have been
share them with your sponsor and make a note of the date of the request and completion time it took.

Remember we work on God’s time table not ours and this will help us to see
that even our littlest needs can often be met in time.

WITH THIS STEP, YOU WILL BE EXPERIENCING A LOT MORE ZEAL AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT.
BE CAREFUL OF THE DRY DRUNK SYNDROME THOUGH!
THE ANGER AND OLD HABBITS ARE STILL THERE, AND MAY SURFACE WITH OUT YOUR BEING AWARE OF THEM.

IF YOU SHOULD FIND YOUR ANGER LEVEL STARTING TO RISE, STOP AND CALM DOWN AND APPRAISE THE SITUATION AND MAKE AMMENDS TO THOSE YOU ARE ANGERY WITH AFTER CALLING YOUR SPONSOR FOR HELP AND IDIEAS.

This week increase your meetings by at least 3 meetings a week preferably one every other day if you can.
This will help you to stay focused and hear the message and then be able to use it in your life proactively
and constructively. Remember we went to any length to get drunk, now let’s use that same rule to keep sober.

Let me know what days / times you are going, and where so that we may come and join you one night.

If you can find someone in a local meeting you are close to, ask him or her to help you as a face-to-face
sponsor. I will continue to guide you as best as I can here, but you need the strength from here on with a
face-to-face support as well.

Some sponsors suggest reading the Bible to support our inital contact with the God of our Understanding.
James 1 : 12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the Crown of Life that God has promised to those who love Him.