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By someone who wishes to be Anonymous

The 12 steps and 12 slogans of AA and Al-Anon are good psychologically and intellectually, but without divine scripture to supplement them, something is lacking. Many 12 steppers repeat the addiction. Without a spiritual cure, it cannot be lasting. Not to say some 12 steppers don’t awaken spiritually. Indeed, a spiritual awakening is part of the 12 step program. But the spirituality in the 12 step program is intellectualized and personalized to the point that it can even become pantheistic and can lose the power of the covenant, which comes only through divine Manifestations and Their Scripture. This is what led me to put the Writings to the slogans.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the All-sufficing! In Him let the trusting trust.  (The Báb, The Dawnbreakers, p. 631)

BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD
Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic 27)

EASY DOES IT
Be patient under all conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence in God.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, p. 296)

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Forget all save Me and commune with My spirit. This is of the essence of My command, therefore turn unto it.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 16)

JUST FOR TODAY
Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Persian 40)

LET IT BEGIN WITH ME
How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me. (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 26)

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?
Sorrow not save that thou art far from Us. Rejoice not save that thou art drawing near and returning unto Us.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 35)

THINK!
At the outset of every endeavour, it is incumbent to look to the end of it.  (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 168)

ONE DAY AT A TIME
Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 40)

KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Persian 12)

LIVE AND LET LIVE
Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 22)

LET GO AND LET GOD
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 27)

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Bahá’í Serenity Prayer:

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 150)

 

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