STEPS OF RECOVERY - VARIATIONS  

 13 STEPS FOR WISE-WOMEN

1. We admitted that we gave our power to the dysfunctional ways
of the world - that our lives became dysfunctional as a result...

2.  Knew deep within ourselves
that we could be restored to wholeness...

3.  Made a decision to reclaim our authenticity and integrity
   by returning to the collective wisdom of community; honoring our uniqueness as women;
 living in harmony with the laws of Nature.

4.  Looked deeply and honestly at our lives, 
naming each fear that prevented us from living our truth
and following the 
inner promptings of our soul...

5.  Shared all discoveries with a trusted mentor,
while remaining teachable and open to council...

6.  Became entirely ready to stop all self-defeating behaviors;
to strive for progress rather than perfection;
and to heal at the deepest levels...

7.  Evoked the divine Source within to banish all barriers to
 our healing so we could live in balance and harmony with Nature, ourselves, and all others in the great web of life...

8.  Examined all the ways we betrayed our true spirits
and became 
willing to make amends to ourselves and others

9.  Righted all wrongs to the best of our ability

10.  Continued uncovering, discovering, discarding and amending
while reclaiming the desires of our heart and soul,
and living in the
present with gratitude...

11.  Continued deepening our connection with our inner spirit
through spiritual or magical practices of our choice 
while fulfilling our soul's unique gifts, talents and purpose.

12. Being restored to our authentic nature,  
we share our experience, strength and hope with others 
while being of maximum service
to humanity.

13.  We honor ourselves, above all, as co-creators of life;
Celebrate the seasons and cycles of Nature;  
Honor our unique mysteries and rites of passage;
 
respect all beings in the great web of life;
and do as we will, with harm to none!

Blessed Be

Traditional 12-Steps Revised

1. Admitted we were powerless
over people, places, things or substances --
that our lives had become unmanageable

2. Came to believe that powers greater than ourselves
could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
over to the care & direction of  a  greater power 

of our own understanding

4. Took a fearless and moral inventory of ourselves

5.  Admitted to ourselves and another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs

6. Became entirely ready to stop all destructive behaviors
and initiate healthier ones as we evolved

7.  Remained humble, teachable, and willing to improve our life

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, including ourselves, 
and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends wherever possible,
except when to do so would injure ourselves or others

10. Continued to take personal inventory
and when wrong promptly admitted it

11. Sought through practices of our choice 
to improve our conscious contact with  greater powers,  
asking for the right way of life to be revealed
 
and for the power to carry it out

12. Having had a restoration as a result of these steps 
 we tried to carry this message to others
and to practice these principles in all of our affairs. 

 13 Shamanic Steps

1. Admitted I was miserable; that my soul was unfulfilled;
that I gave my personal power away to outside forces
that they were wrong or destructive to my life....

2. Came to believe that the power of the Great Spirit could
restore me to inner wholeness, balance and harmony

3. Made a decision to heal my life with assistance
from my spiritual guides, in this world & beyond,
& by opening up to the healing powers of Mother Nature

4. Took a personal inventory of myself to honestly
evaluate my ways of thinking, feeling and behaving
& to examine the root causes of my problems.

5. Shared my new awareness with the Great Mystery,
along with a human being or elder whom I trusted,
and became receptive to good counsel and direction.

6. Became ready to let go of all that no longer served me
& willing to make the changes necessary to be true to myself

7. Asked my spirit guides to reveal my sacred path,
by removing all barriers to my recovery and healing,
so I could walk with dignity and live in a good way

8. Took an honest look at how I related with other beings on Earth;
became willing to amend the harms I caused myself and others
as well as heal from any harm done to me.

9. Took action to heal my life, to do what is right for me,
to mend my relationship with all beings I am not in harmony with,
making sure I didn't cause further harm in the process.

10. Continued to examine my life and make progress;
to take counsel when needed and correct my mistakes,
so I can walk in a sacred way on our Earth Mother.

11. Seek through prayers, ceremonies and ancient traditions
to improve my spiritual life, asking only to live with good purpose

12. Out of gratitude for my healing and transformation...
I will share my experience, strength and hope with others,
strive to be of service to all my relations on earth...
offering love, understanding and assistance when it is needed.

13. I will continue honoring the spiritual traditions of my ancestors
the power of the four directions and path of the sacred hoop;
while striving to live in peace with all of my relations.

 13 Simple Steps of Recovery

1. We admitted we gave our power away to people, places, things,  substances, and the dysfunctional ways of the world; 
that our lives became unmanageable because of it. 

                        2. We believe we could be restored to wholeness

                         3. We acknowledge we are spiritual beings and 
trust the powers of the universe & others  for restoration.

4. We take action to uncover, discover and discard
all that causes our dysfunctional behavior

5. We share our discoveries with trusted mentors
who have been through this process

6. We become willing to stop all dysfunctional behaviors;
take the necessary actions to produce harmony within,
& make progress as we go along

7. We learn to follow the guidance of our inner wisdom and others around us... while creating new and fulfilling ways to live our life.

8. We become willing to mend all wrongs 
& to follow the desires of our heart

9. We take action to clean up the past,
righting all wrongs to ourselves and others
so we can live freely in the present

10. We continue to mend, learn, change and grow,
while living in the NOW with gratitude

11. We continue to improve our life on all levels,
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual,
so we can live in balance and harmony, 
with ourselves and others around us.

12. We continue sharing our stories & our progress
with others in our recovering community

13. We continue to love ourselves, above all,
while honoring the Earth and all living things

~ by Silverwitch ~

Twelve Steps of a Buddhist

1. We admitted our addictive craving over all drugs;
and recognized its consequences in our lives.

2. Came to believe that a power other than SELF 
could restore us to wholeness

3.  Made a decision to seek refuge
in a greater power as we understood it.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory 
of ourselves

5. Admitted to ourselves and another human being
the exact nature of our past

6. Became entirely ready to work at transforming ourselves.

7. With the assistance of others and our own firm resolve,
we transformed unskillful aspects of ourselves
and cultivated positive ones

8. Make a list of all persons we had harmed

9. Made direct amends to such people where possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others. 
In addition, made a conscientious effort to forgive
all those who had harmed us.

10. Continued to maintain awareness of our actions
and motives, and when we acted unskillfully
promptly admitted it. 

11. Engages through the practice of meditation
to improve our conscious contact with our true selves, 
and seeking that which is beyond the self.  
Also used prayer as a means to cultivate
positive attitudes and states of mind.

12. Having gained spiritual insight as a result
of these steps, we practice these principles
in all areas of our lives and make this message
available to others in need of recovery. 


AA's 12 Steps for Agnostics

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--
that our lives had become unmanageable. 

2. Came to believe that we needed extra strength,
support 
and power from others to restore us to sanity.  

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our life over
to the care, collective power, and wisdom of our  AA Group
along with others 
who have walked this path before us

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to ourselves and another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. We became ready to accept help from others
in letting go of our defects of character

7.  With humility and open mindedness,
we sought  positive ways to eliminate our shortcomings

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, including ourselves,
and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever 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 contemplation,  meditation, and guidance
from others who had walked this path before us,
to improve our spiritual awareness, along with a deeper
understanding of our AA way of life;  asking only for 
direction, assistance and power to carry out that way of life.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps;
we tried to carry this message to  other alcoholics,
 and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.


 12 STEPS for Atheists

1. We admitted we were powerless over our problem--
that our lives had become unmanageable as a result

2.  Accepted that we couldn't solve this problem on our own;
 that the collective power of others who had solved the problem
could offer us the help and direction that we needed to heal.

3. Made a decision to surrender to a new life in recovery;  
relying strictly on the collective direction, experience, wisdom
and guidance of those who had recovered before us. 

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 

5. Admitted to ourselves and to another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Became willing to change our self-defeating behaviors.

7.  Took new actions to improve our behavior
relying on progress rather than perfection. 

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed,  including ourselves,
and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people whenever 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 inner reflection or meditation to improve 
our awareness and daily practices; asking only for the
right way to be revealed and for the power to carry it out.

12. Having a change of consciousness as the result of these steps, 
we tried to carry this message to others in need and 
to practice these principles in all of our affairs.