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The Spirit of the Traditions

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Before program, I considered God a slot machine. I kept playing because once in a while a few coins dribbled out. But my fruitless quest for happiness felt like the extension of a drunken dream. If someone had asked me about HP, I would have given a boilerplate statement about “following my bliss,” or I might have said I didn’t have a place for God in my life.

When I entered the OA rooms, I followed a suggestion and adopted “the underlying spirit of the Traditions” as my Higher Power. I committed to learning God’s will for me, and I’ve experienced unconditional love as a result.

I once heard it said that we have to get broken so we can be remade. I would amend this to say: our old ideas have to be proven faulty, so we can acquire the willingness to surrender to the guidance of Higher Power.

— I.B., Los Angeles, California USA

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