12 Steps to the Moon
I actually began thinking about this metaphor in the shower this morning and even chuckled a bit.
During break time during my para-educator substitute shift at preschool today, I expanded on this correlation.
“A spiritual awakening through recovery is like a space mission to the Moon.”
Do you know what it’s like to walk in the surface of the Moon? No, because I haven’t been there.
Do you know what it’s like to live in conscious contact with the Spirit of the Universe; to have a spiritual awakening? No, because I’ve never made such contact with the Spirit before.
We don’t have sufficient personal references to know anything about what it really looks and feels like to be on the surface of the Moon. We might try to have a conception of what it’s like, much like the idea of the spiritual awakening promised by Step 12 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
Until we go through the proper steps to prepare us for lift off, space travel, and the eventual lunar landing, we are without any real experience or understanding to give us meaningful context. We really don’t know what we’re talking about, because whatever we might think we know does not yet come from personal contact.
And astronauts have to take certain steps to be qualified and prepared for a lunar expedition — probably more than 12.