The distinctive novelty is that each person in a 12 Step program is allowed to choose their own concept of God. There is full liberty of belief and no end to the varieties of belief. Therein AA, NA, CA, and other 12 Step Programs, differs from the churches that require belief in certain sets of dogma. If an addict refuses to accept these ready-made: they’re free to make their own. In A.A., NA, CA, they’re encouraged to do so, with this rider, that they obey the Higher Power, as they understand it. Each belief is to be respected as it relates to their understanding and respect of fellow members.
The Knots Prayer
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and mind.
Remove the have nots,
The can nots, and the do nots
that I have in my mine.
Erase the will nots, may nots,
might nots, that might find a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots, would nots,
And should nots, that obstruct my life.
And most of all, God, I ask you to remove my mind,
My heart, my life and all the ‘am nots’ that have allowed me to hold back,
Especially the thought I am not good enough. Amen
By George Premkumar, Bangalore,India
Known to God