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Steps to the house

A friend in Program says:

We sometimes forget in Program that we are working Steps. "Steps" are supposed to lead somewhere. We would think it odd if someone constructed a series of steps to a house and then continued to walk up and down them instead of going into the house.

The Steps of Program lead to a spiritual awakening. In particular, the first nine Steps are a preparation for that awakening. Only when we get to Step 10 do words like "continued to" or "improve" or "tried to" start to appear in the Steps, suggesting some sort of continuous practice. If you like, Steps 10, 11 and 12 are "in the house" -- in fact, they are the house that the first nine Steps lead to. Steps 1 through 9 are simply the ladder. The goal, the "house," our home is Steps 10, 11 and 12.

"The spiritual life is never one of achievement:
it is always one of letting go."

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