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O Great Spirit! We come to you for guidance. Mother Earth we honor you (turning to the four directions) to you who reside and dwell to the North-give us foresight in our deliberations this day. West-give us the knowledge to understand the matters that we are to consider this day. South-help us use good judgment. East-give us the will and the strength to fulfill our decision no matter how difficult it may be.

Great Blue Heron  Ojibway




This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code.

Big Book  pg. 84





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.

Big Book  pg. 85