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Michelle Rosenthal

social worker, Dr Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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Help me begin a 12 Step fellowship for Peace to overcome our addictions and compulsive behaviors leading to war, conflict & self destruction

It may be helpful if we collectively say the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!

Lets start a global 12 Step Anonymous Fellowship for Peace: Let's collectively utilize Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step program as a guide. It has been used and modified to help millions of people around the world to recover from all sorts of compulsions such as drinking, overeating, smoking, gambling, etc. We can adapt it on a global level so we can sooth our hearts, put our dukes down and put our weapons down so we can begin saving our own lives striving 4 nonviolent interactions between any two people.
We may :
1) Admit we were powerless over conflict, fighting, war, greed, power, control etc and that our lives became unmanageable.
2) Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God/Higher Power as we understood Him.
4) Made a Searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5) Admitted to God/Higher Power, to ourselves and to another Human Being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6) Were entirely ready to have God/Higher Power remove all these defects of character.
7) Humbly ask God/ Higher Power to remove our shortcomings.
8) Made a list of all the persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9) Make direct amends to such people when ever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
10) Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God/Higher Power as we understand Him.
12) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive fighters/warriors and to practice these principals in all our affairs.

Can a global 12 step fellowship for peace be effective?

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    Sep 5 2011: The concept of a higher power in the 12 step fellowship does not necessarily have to be God but rather anything that the person feels is his or her higher power. It can be the strength he or she gets from a source outside of him or herself. For many people their higher power may be their understanding of God but it does not have to be. There is no right or wrong concept of a higher power any one can select their own, atheists and agnostics may fully participate without changing their belief or non belief in GOD. The concept of a higher power may be difficult for some people to get at times but this idea has been helpful to millions of people participating in the various annonymous programs. People of any religion from anywhere in the world can participate together since no one concept of GOD or a Higher Power is ever selected for you. You pick your own higher power. It is what ever works for you!
    • Sep 7 2011: Michelle I would like to help you. I understand what you are trying to do. Maybe that's because I was raised in Brooklyn! :) If you are on FaceBook friend me at Joanee A. Tarshis -- my avatar is The Creative the first hexagram from the I Ching. There are just too many women with your name....or I'd try to friend you.
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        Sep 8 2011: I sent a friend request to someone with your name. I hope it is you!

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