Welcome to Peoples Anonymous. Herein lies one of the most profound spiritual healing recipes ever entrusted to the human race. This Twelve-Step technology has the capacity to heal your life beyond anything you may have previously imagined. Millions are currently living happy, joyous, and free by simply applying this program to their daily lives.
We consider the twelve-step recipe outlined in this book to be the spiritual alchemy of the 21st Century. It transforms the lives of those who are willing to follow the directions precisely into gold.
Peoples Anonymous proposes that anyone can significantly improve the quality of his or her life by applying the spiritual principles of the Twelve-Step Recovery Program originally given to the world by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.
You need not be an alcoholic or an addict to experience a powerful spiritual awakening. With this recipe for healing, radical transformation is now within your reach, no matter your current challenges or what point you’re starting from.
Many of us in the human race suffer from some form of our own internal spiritual malady, such as always feeling apart from, “different” or simply never good enough. This feature of the human experience can show up as a lack of self-confidence, a sense of depression, anxiety, or merely being restless, irritable, and discontented.
At times, the human condition swings to the other extreme, creating those apparent egomaniacs that are usually covertly suffering from an extreme inferiority complex.
We often feel as though we are aimlessly moving through life devoid of a deep sense of purpose and meaning.
We of Peoples Anonymous feel that the majority of the frustration inherent in the human condition comes from (a) futilely searching for things where they are not, and (b) primarily being consumed with self (ego).
To medicate this internal dis-ease, many of us have tried some of the following: yoga, self-help books, going to counseling, seeking the “guru,” retail therapy, going to ashrams, going to churches, getting sprinkled with water, taking communion, acupuncture, going to therapy, exercise, using drugs and alcohol, overeating, transcendental meditation, materialism, attention seeking, gossip, plastic surgery, neurolinguistic programming, studying theologies, taking a trip, not taking a trip … ad infinitum.
We are, at times, unable to bring into our lives the true desires of our hearts. We have been operating out of a sense of scarcity, although we live in a universe of abundance. As Auntie Mame says, “Life’s a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death!”
By working the Twelve Steps in our lives, we begin to seek things where they are. Coincidentally, they are much more easily found there. Applying this spiritual surgery to our life, we genuinely gain freedom from the bondage of the false self and discover our authentic Self.
We of Peoples Anonymous have found this work heals our suffering from the human condition at the causational level. Simply put, we now live joy-filled, abundant lives of tremendous meaning and purpose.
Peoples Anonymous has come to the world to help remove all degrees of separation in the twelve-step movement of transformation. Prior to PA, one could gain access to the twelve steps through a variety of different special interest groups. As beautiful and powerful as these individual gatherings are, they were born in an atmosphere of separation, believing they needed to identify with a specific form of dis-ease for healing.
PA proposes we all struggle with some form of the human condition and we are all in this together. Our interests do not lie separate nor does our Healing.
The Twelve Steps of Peoples Anonymous
We admitted we were powerless—that our lives had become unmanageable.
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong we promptly admitted it.
We 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 had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
This book is a beginning, not an end. Always keep an open mind to experience strength and hope from those who have been working these steps successfully with regard to the various ways you can continue to apply them to your life. The exercises enclosed merely scratch the surface of a lifelong journey. I honestly do not believe that this book will ultimately become the basic text for Peoples Anonymous, but it is my hope that this chip of a book will be a spark that the world will fan into a flame that becomes a movement where, finally, all are welcome.
Some day, the first hundred members of PA, like the first hundred members of AA, may get together and construct their own volume. Until then, you are welcome to use mine.
PA is not a marriage between a Course in Miracles and the Twelve Steps, but it is assuredly an intimate relationship. May this union of these two incredibly beautiful spiritual technologies help bring healing and recovery into the twenty-first century.