Step 11 is nothing more than a continuation of the petitioning of the Lord that brings about the miracle conditional cure to be found in Steps 6&7. One needs to do no more than read the literature that describes these steps in further detail. Take some of the following quotes for example.
"It is to be hoped that every AA who has a RELIGIOUS connection which emphasizes meditation will return to the practice of that DEVOTION as never before. But what about the rest of us who, less fortunate, don't even know how to begin? Well we might start like this. First let's look at a really good PRAYER....."
Come on now, RELIGIOUS, DEVOTION AND PRAYER.......This has nothing to do with being in the now.
"We'll think now about the man who just uttered the PRAYER. First of all, he wanted to become a "CHANNEL".
Just keeps getting better doesn't it?
"Meditation is something which can always be further developed. But it's objective is always the SAME: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love."
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Then after a few meaningless common sense steps about owning shit when you fuck up and apologizing for it, you finally get to the continuation of the conditional reprieve;
Step 11: Sought through prayer and "meditation" (which we've just seen is just more prayer) to improve our conscious CONTACT WITH GOD as we understood him. PRAYING only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Prayer and petitioning the Lord with it comes down to all that AA really is, a form of faith healing offering no more than a conditional placebo effect at best. Living "one day at a time" for ETERNITY rehashing your character defective sinful past is so NOT living in the present!!!!
Peace out, Rolf
PS: The blog has been quiet for months because I was starting up a Facebook Group called "12 Steps to Dead" because I thought that there should be a PUBLIC FB group critical of all things 12 Step instead of just all of the closed groups. It was going well but I decided that I just didn't have the time to moderate it all the time along with the rest of life's goings on. So it's a dormant group right now but maybe some day I'll bring it back to life. In the meantime, I'll start posting here again occasionally :-)