Me get anyone sober, let alone a psychic change???
Heck, I couldn't even get myself
sober, & who wants to change any way? "I'm fine, I just drink too much."
But, the doctor's opinion tells us that without an ENTIRE psychic change, there is very little hope of recovery. Maybe it'd be a good thing to pay attention?
Can't recall how much time I had when a very old-timer told me, "You give me hope that there really is
such a thing as a psychic change." I had no idea what he was talking about. I did know that at the 7th step I felt like I was falling apart. Sharing about this, & the assurance of others that it would pass, helped me hang in there.
The doctor's opinion also says that something more than human power is needed to produce the essential
psychic change. So, even though I need to do the work & take the actions (cooperate!), it's God's job. What a relief!
The change came for me as a result of the steps. It happened without me realizing it, until I was surprised at my behavior one day (for the better!)
What changed? Selfishness, primarily. I threw myself into service work from day one & encourage others to do the same. And in the morning I ask how I may best serve that day.
Honesty, open mindedness & willingness are the essentials, and it just happens. But, I need to be willing to go to any lengths & not cop out when it gets too lengthy!
So they're not interested in a psychic change?
Take the steps & it'll show up, like Ed McMahon with the publisher's clearinghouse winnings.
That's how it is for me. The paradox & balance of - my work/God's work, grace & guts.