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... Every time we do Step 11, we find that Step 12 seems to follow automaticall ...

... After all, Step 12 is merely doing what our Higher Power suggests that we do, and enables us to do, in Step 11 ...

... Step 12 is about two things: doing what our Higher Power suggests in our practice of Step 11, and practicing Steps 10 and 11 in everything we do ...

... It's the natural result of working Steps 10 and 11. As we have continued to practice them, we've found that Step 12 happens all by itself ...

... Most members of Program may practice some form of Step 12, while regarding Steps 10 and 11 as the so-called "maintenance Steps." But for a small number of members, Steps 10 and 11 are, and have to be, the very goal, the very heart of Program. If this minority of members don't do Steps 10 and 11 as a constant practice, they can encounter problems - sometimes severe problems ...

... Step 11 offers the solution to the second and third problems. Once we have done Step 10 and the fear has been removed (or lessened), we can use the various suggestions on pages 86-87 of the Big Book to find out what we should do and where to get the strength to do it. Actually doing it is what Step 12 is really all about ...

... Our practice of Steps 10 and 11 is a spiritual practice. It is not about self-improvement, a better self-image, a positive outlook on life. It is about removing our fears (Step 10), asking our Higher Power for guidance and strength (Step 11), and then doing what that Higher Power suggests (Step 12) ...

... What happened to Step 12 ...

... Why do we say so little about Step 12? Isn't Step 12 what Program is all about ...

... For us, Step 12 is simply the natural result of working Steps 10 and 11. In Step 10 we ask whatever Higher Power we may have to remove the fear that distorts our view of ourselves, of other people, and of the world. In Step 11, we ask that same Higher Power what we should do, and for the power to do it ...

... In Step 12, we do it ...

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