HIGHER POWER

The use of the phrase Higher Power—his, hers, yours, or mine—rather than the word God, reminds people in recovery of tolerance of individual differences in religious belief and spiritual inclination. The most basic understanding of the concept “Higher Power” within RECOVERY is that it is that which keeps me free of my addiction. In a sense, it is the ultimate pragmatic concept of God. For people in recovery who have tried and failed time after time to stay abstinent without a spiritual solution, who have tried and failed after using any one of innumerable techniques, that which finally does keep one away from substances or addictive actions becomes a “Higher Power”.
A psychiatrist tells this story:
A person in recovery was telling a friend that on awakening each morning he prays to his Higher Power for another day of recovery, and that each night before retiring he thanks that Power for having granted him a day of recovery.

“How do you know it was your Higher Power who gave you the day of recovery?” the friend asked.

“It had to be,” the man responded.. “My HP was the only one whom I had asked.”

The Source of Evil – Ego

Parshat Bo – Exodus

“And God said to Moses, ‘Come to Pharaoh’…”—Exodus 10:1

When God summoned Moses to confront Pharaoh, God did not say to him, “Go to Pharaoh,” but rather, “Come to Pharaoh,” as if to say that Power was already there and by approaching Pharaoh, Moses was actually approaching the Power of the Universe.

It was then revealed to Moses the secret of Pharaoh’s power and the power of all evil—that, in essence, it is truly nothing more than the audacious misappropriation of the Power. In other words, the source of evil is the independent ego and the ultimate independence of ego is not the rejection of a Power of the Universe but the belief that the Power is one’s own.

After all, who was Pharaoh—tyrant, dictator, and killer of children and oppressor of slaves? All of these were but manifestations of Pharaoh—particular character defects. But the essence of Pharaoh – that which made all of these other behaviors possible – was nothing more or less than the worship of self.
Thus, when God summons Moses, it is to see the essence of evil and confront it at its source.

So it is with us. Our inner Pharaoh is the ego that claims powers, as if we are God. It may be called by various names such as self¬-control, will-power or intelligence, but the message is always the same. We insist that our life is under control. By the time we realize that this Ego’s claims are untrue, it’s domination over us is already complete. We stand face to face with evil, and it seems that there is nothing that we can do.

But then a Spirit of the Universe beckons us, our spiritual renewal has begun, we ready ourselves to face our shortcomings as they really are. We become aware of feelings that are natural to all human beings but are not acted upon negatively when we accept a Higher Power.

The ego is not as powerful as it claims, but to the contrary, completely powerless. When you can see this – that the power of ego is nothing but a complete and total lie – it is then, and only then, that you will see true power, the power of God. We only need to be willing to accept the Power of the Universe in our lives.