Meditating on the symbol helps me to keep in alignment with the loving God the 12 steps brought me into a relationship with. To clarify again, this is not the God I was raised with but rather Yahweh, Elohim, the Father, Mother, "I Am," God of the Bible - and the Higher Power, Realm of Spirit, Creative Intelligence, Power, Employer, God of the Big Book. The symbol of Alcoholics Anonymous is a circle with an equilateral triangle inscribed within so that each vertex of the triangle touches the circle's circumference. The symbol itself can be interpreted in many ways. I offer one interpretation below.
The symbol centers me.
First Leg on the Left:
Am in fellowship with others on the path?
enjoying honest friendships?
Second Leg on the Bottom:
Am I l engaged in shared and truthful self-examination?
in prayer and meditation, of service?
Third Leg on the Right:
Am I passing forward the message?
Am I practicing the principles in all my affairs?
This symbol can also represent
"the maintenance steps of 10-12."
Steps 10 and 12 require fellowship.
Steps 10 and 11 require self examination, prayer, amends, and meditation.
Step 12 requires service and practicing the principles.
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"Each day, my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men." (BB page 16)
"It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in..." (Isaiah 40:22)