"The important thing is not how you define a Higher Power. The important thing is that you don't consider yourself to be your own Higher Power, because your own best thinking found your bottom for you."
I have three things to say about this oft-spouted AA mantra.
1. I always thought this type of comment strange. Even if AA uses the phrase "God, as we understand him", it doesn't change the fact that they are still talking about God. The reason it is not important how you define a higher power is because God is God, regardless of your understanding! The mental construct is irrelevant.
BUt I'm not sure that AA members really get this point. "God as you understand him" doesn't mean "just pick any object, concept or whimsy and call it God". So many AA members seem to think they can just use "God" to mean anything, like language has no meaning at all!
That's not to say they prescribe the Abrahamic God, it could be the THor or Zeus, but they ARE talking about a GOD!!! Why is this so difficult for them to understand????
2. Why do AAs tend to equate a lack of belief in a God/HP with thinking yourself to be your own Higher Power? I don't believe in God, but i certainly don't think of myself as a HP. I just believe that the one who stopped me drinking was me (strange as that is to believe). What a load of rubbish!!!!
3. It was not my best thinking that found my bottom for me. My best thinking got me a degree even though i spent more time in the bar that at lectures. What has trouble with the booze got to do with my best thinking? For the life of me, i cant comprehend why AA members woudl conclude my drinking to be a result of my best thinking! Why couldn't it have been my worst thinking, or no thinknig at all????