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Making and Taking My Own Steps

by | Feb 1, 2024 | ACA Toolbox, ComLine

I worked the ACA Twelve Steps in a “fast” group in the first year I joined ACA. The experience was invaluable, opening my eyes to the big picture of intergenerational trauma and my childhood. Each time I worked a step in the yellow workbook, I wrote Tony A’s version of the step at the top of the first page. I was drawn to the love and acceptance in his version. Soon I learned the complicated issues about the copyright for his version of the 12 steps. 

I decided to try my hand at writing 12 steps and wrote them more like affirmations, beginning each step with “I.” I soon envisioned a staircase to accompany my words. That created the constraint of making each step more succinct than the last. For each step/level, I chose a color that resonated with that step and created a simple repeating pattern to illustrate it. 

My wording of each step is absolutely influenced by both Tony A and ACA’s versions.

  1. I accept I am powerless over the effects of alcoholism and childhood trauma.
  2. I believe the loving power of the universe can help me see clearly.
  3. I choose to love and accept myself and to trust the universe.
  4. I blamelessly inventory my intergenerational trauma.
  5. I gently share my childhood abandonment and shame.
  6. I am ready to heal with the love of the universe.
  7. I ask for help from others in my healing.
  8. I open myself to unconditional love.
  9. I learn to love myself… then others.
  10. I observe myself with love.
  11. I connect to the universe.
  12. I awaken spiritually.

Jill O

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