"When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered."
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, page 106
I think back to the day of my own awakening and these words really take on some meaning. It was a moment when 33 years of craving and obsessing alcohol was lifted from me. It was no longer an absolute necessity for me to get drunk. I could then channel and focus on a more spiritual life. Slowly at first. To be honest, slowly now, but I am able to make a little progress through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.