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                                 react sanely and normally, and we will find that this
                                 has happened automatically. We will see that our new
                                 attitude toward liquor has been given us without any
                                 thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is
                                 the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are
                                 we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had
                                 been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and
                                 protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the
                                 problem has been removed. It does not exist for us.
                                 We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our
                                 experience. That is how we react so long as we keep
                                 in fit spiritual condition.
                                    It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action
                                 and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if
                                 we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of
                                 alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve
                                 contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condi­
                                 tion. Every day is a day when we must carry the
                                 vision of God’s will into all of our activities. “How
                                 can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done.’’
                                 These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.
                                 We can exercise our will power along this line all we
                                 wish. It is the proper use of the will.
                                    Much has already been said about receiving
                                 strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who
                                 has all knowledge and power. If we have carefully
                                 followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow
                                 of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become
                                 God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital
                                 sixth sense. But we must go further and that means
                                 more action.
                                    Step Eleven  suggests prayer and meditation. We
                                 shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men
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