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Breathing Underwater Liturgy & Conversation Series

Another night of binging Netflix.

Another drink.

Another absent-minded reach for your phone.

And afterward, you’re left feeling worse, not better, than you did before.

In 2022, we embarked on a 12-week study of Richard Rohr’s Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the 12 Steps. We’ve collected this content here to create a journey you can now take at your own pace.

Break free from the habits, the thinking, and the addictions that have sucked the joy out of life. Start living fully awake.

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Introduction to "Breathing Underwater"

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Chapter 1: Powerlessness

Step 1 – “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”

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Step 1 Mantrasong – “New Level of Let Go”

Chapter 2: Desperate Desiring

Step 2 – “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

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Step 2 Mantrasong – “Make Me Whole Again”

Chapter 3: Sweet Surrender

Step 3 – “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.”

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Step 3 Mantrasong – “To Know What Is”

Chapter 4: A Good Lamp

Step 4 – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

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Step 4 Mantrasong – “Freedom In The Light”

Chapter 5: Accountability IS Sustainability

Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

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Step 5 Mantrasong – “Out of Hiding”

Chapter 6: The Chicken or The Egg: Which Comes First?

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

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Step 6 Mantrasong

Chapter 7: Why Do We Need To Ask?

Humbly asked [God] to remove our shortcomings.

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Step 7 Mantrasong

Chapter 8: Payback Time

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

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Chapter 9: Skillful Means

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

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Step 9 Mantrasong

Chapter 10: Is This Overkill?

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

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Step 10 Mantrasong

Chapter 11: An Alternative Mind

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

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Step 11 Mantrasong

Chapter 12: What Comes Around Must Go Around

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

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Step 12 Mantrasong

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