Expansion by Contraction

Most people look at the addicted person and see a waste of life; others see lost potential.  As for me, I see a person who is moments away from a spiritual awakening that can change not only their life, but possibly the world.  Does this sound like and outrageous claim to you?  Well, let me back it up.

Let’s go all the way back to the early 1930s.  There you will find a man, a drunkard named Bill Wilson (later in life to become famously known as Bill W.)  This man could not stop drinking, or if he could stop, it would not be for long.  And each time he started again, his drinking became worse and worse.  He was in and out of hospitals four times and was at the end of his rope.  His family and friends were fed up with his antics.  His drinking ruined his reputation at work, and it was known that he could not be relied upon.  By all accounts, this man was the living example of a wasted life, sure to die a premature, painful, and lonely death.

Enter the unknown, the unforeseen, and the miracle, if you will.  This is where the unexpected comes in to play and why, as humans, we should always hold the space for our reality to change and our consciousness to expand.  Bill, the life long drunkard, found sobriety; he also found a way to keep it.   According to Wilson, while lying in bed, depressed and despairing, he cried out, “I’ll do anything! Anything at all! If there be a God, let Him show Himself!”  He then had the sensation of a bright light, a feeling of ecstasy, and a new serenity. He never drank again for the remainder of his life.

Does this story sound similar to anyone we know?

In finding his own sobriety, he also co-created the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, hence changing not only his life and the lives a few people around him, but actually changing the lives of millions around world.  The 12 steps have long since been the most effective method for those suffering from “hard” addiction to achieve sobriety.  Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the 12 steps, many members have achieved a level of freedom that many without an addiction in their lives  may never experience.

The Bill W. story is a glaring example of how, by eliminating a detrimental aspect of one’s life, you can then open up the space for something truly transformational to take place in the world.  This is available to all of us, as we were all created in the image and likeness of God.

God does not reserve greatness for only a select few, and we all have had or will have opportunities presented in our lifetime to do great things.  For me, I choose to seek the path that will enrich the lives of those who are presented to me.  It would bring great joy to my life if what I have learned and experienced through the messages of Conversations with God and the 12 steps could be given to those to whom happiness, joy, and  freedom have not frequented.

What gift could you bring to the world?  And what would have to change in your life to make that happen?  Are you ready to take those steps today?  What is your greatness potential?

(Kevin McCormack is a Conversations with God Life Coach, a Spiritual helper on www.changingchange.net, addictions & recovery advisor.  To connect with Kevin, please email him at Kevin@theglobalconversation.com.)

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  • Laura Pringle

    Very nice way of turning something seemingly hopeless into an opportunity for improvement. Thanks for the nice article! 🙂

  • Charlotte

    As someone who has worked in the addictions field for 20 plus years – I appreciate that view. I have seen people have a spiritual awakening when they are almost lost to those around them. I have seen people leave this world -at least for me- before their time. I have now come to believe people leave at their time for a reason….but I struggle with it somedays.
    I believe we all have a potential to give or take, it’s a choice we make.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • John Holloway

    that’s I nice story and I’m also a member of AA however it is also true that during is life after getting sober Bill Wilson also had affairs and even left provisions for his last mistress to receive royalties from the sales of the Big Book.(source – Getting Better: Inside Alcoholics Anonymous, Nan Robertson) I think it is important to point this out because many people in AA after getting sober from alcohol just switch to another addiction usually taking the form of relationship dependence or sexual addiction.