Saying that we “came to believe” suggest a process. Belief is the result of consideration, doubt, reasoning, and concluding. The ability to form beliefs is part of what it means to be made in our Higher Power’s image. It involves emotion and logic. It leads to action. What, then, is the process that leads us to solid belief and changes our life?
We start with our own experience, and we see what doesn’t work. Looking at the conditions of our life, we realize that we don’t have enough will power to overcome our dependency. We try with all our might, but to no avail. When we are quiet enough to listen, we hear that still, small voice inside us saying, “there is a Power greater than ourselves, and that Power is willing to help us.”
Recognizing our internal weaknesses is the first step toward recovery. When we look beyond our-self we see that there are others that have struggled with an addiction and have recovered. We know that they too, were unable to heal themselves yet they now live free of their addictive behaviours. We conclude that there must be a greater Power that helped them. Since we can see the similarities between their struggles and our own, we come to believe that our Higher Power can restore us to sanity. This is where many people are when they get to Step Two, and it’s a good place to be on the way to recovery.
Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself. We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us. BB page 55 (copyright A.A.W.S)