Working the Steps

Step Eight

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

While it is possible to clear ourselves of guilt or other negative feelings about things we've done to harm others with energy therapies, there is something powerful in clearing up with those we've wronged.  Becoming willing may require a lot of tapping.

In preparation, it might be useful to write out a script on an index card with the following:

know I have caused you this harm: (write each harm specifically and discuss with someone you trust before contacting the person)
Q: Are there any other harms I may not know about: (Listen without interrupting)
Q: Do you need to tell me how any of this hurt you? (Listen without interrupting)
Q: Is there anything I can do to correct this wrong? (Write it down!)

Step Nine

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

One point that is stressed consistently is the importance of consideration for the welfare of others.  Before contacting the person to whom you are making amends, discuss with someone the exact wrong you have done and exactly how you will make the amends.  It has been suggested that anyone who believes himself /herself capable of navigating this difficult step alone needs to repeat Steps 4 through 7 on the character defect of arrogance.  When approaching someone you have already harmed (perhaps grievously) to make amends, you need to be very certain that you do not injure this person more deeply.  This may be a wonderful place to do some surrogate tapping - as long as you are doing it in their best interest.

Step Ten

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Having cleaned up the past, we now want to keep ourselves clean.  Rather than let new issues stay in our energy system, we treat them as they come up, as well as maintain our integrity with God and those around us.  It ahs been said that Step Ten is a daily reworking of the first nine Steps.

Step Eleven

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Having made contact with a Higher Power, we now want to build this relationship on a daily basis - always moving closer, rather than farther away (which was the original problem) - and reaping the benefits.  Prayer, assisted with tapping or other energy therapies, is a great way to do this.

Step Twelve

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

'Nuff said.

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Alcoholics Anonymous ("The Big Book'). New York City, New York, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.: 2001 (Fourth Edition)

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. New York City, New York, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.: 1981

Working the Steps

Step One

Steps 2-4

Steps 5-7

Steps 8-12