What are "Spiritual Principles?"

Principles

Principles are deep fundamental truths, classic truths, generic common denominators. They are tightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty and strength through the fabric of life…


We can be secure in the knowledge that principles are bigger than people or circumstances, and that thousands of years of history have seen them triumph, time and time again. Even more important, we can be secure in the knowledge that we can validate them in our own lives, by our own experience.”

-- Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.”  Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 15

“… to practice these principles in all our affairs.” – Step 12

“… ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” – Tradition 12

Some Important Spiritual Principles

Abundance Forgivness
Justice
Self-Acceptance
Acceptance
Freedom
Love
Service
Awareness
Gratitude
Open-Mindedness
Spirituality
Balance
Honesty
Order
Tolerance
Beauty
Hope
Patience
Unity
Courage
Humility
Peace
Wholeness
Discipline
Integrity
Perserverance
Willingness
Faith
Joy
Power
Wisdom

The 12 Spiritual Principles Embodied in the 12 Steps

As we begin to work the 12 Steps, we learn how to practice vital spiritual principles in our lives. In Step 1, for example, we learn how to practice "Honesty" by admitting our powerlessness. In Step 2, we learn how to practice "Hope" -- hope that if we do what others do, we too may gain the sobriety they have -- and so on.


By "practicing these principles in all our affairs," the hole in our soul is gradually healed and the obsession to drink is expelled.

Step 1
Honesty
Step 2
Hope
Step 3
Faith
Step 4
Courage
Step 5
Integrity
Step 6
Willingness
Step 7
Humility
Step 8
Love
Step 9
Justice/Discipline
Step 10
Patience/Perseverance
Step 11
Awareness/Spirituallity
Step 12
Service

Click here for a talk on the "12 Principles Behind the 12 Steps" from Mike R., Biloxi, MS, given at the Central Florida Men's Workshop in Leesburg, FL on Feb. 2, 2019.