We’re entirely ready to have Allah remove all these defects of character.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart… Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” –Carl Jung
Recover from Your Eating Disorder By Taking Step 6 today. Step 6 is beautiful and focuses on transformation of the heart. In Islam the matter and purification of heart takes precedence over everything else. Great spiritual scholars like Al-Ghazali spent lifetime unraveling the mysteries of heart. Rumi wandered around Konya trying to satisfy the call of his heart. As the process of change takes hold in your heart, you will find the false beliefs that fueled negative thoughts and feelings gradually replaced by truth and peace. Inshallah You will grow in strength as you continue to embark on a journey of peace and inner-self, a new disposition or character will grow out of your willing heart. A growing desire to be free from all addictive behaviors negative thoughts will make you ready for a change in your very nature.
KEY PRINCIPLE: Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weaknesses.
Congratulations on Completing Step 5
In Step 5 we had a chance to see our lives unfold, scene after scene, in a flowing narrative. As we did, we began to recognize patterns of weaknesses that had influenced our choices. We started to understand our tendencies toward negative thoughts and emotions (self-will, fear, pride, self-pity, jealousy, self-righteousness, anger, resentment, unbridled passions and desires, and so on). These thoughts and emotions were truly the exact nature of our wrongs.
In completing Step 5, we demonstrated before Allah, ourselves, and another witness our commitment to a new life based firmly on telling and living the truth.
Clearly, isolation promotes the eating disorder and is often a necessary component thereof. Alone in the world of their eating disorder, a person may be consumed by obsessive thoughts about food and calories, weight and fat grams, exercise and self-hatred. Nothing remains to divert their misplaced attention. It’s sad but the fact is an odd, distorted solipsism results.
Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.
Jalal Ud Deen Muhammad Rumi
Step 6, like the steps before it, may feel like an overwhelming challenge. As painful as it may be, you may have to admit, that recognizing and confessing your character weaknesses in steps 4 and 5 did not necessarily mean you were ready to give them up. You may realize that you still cling to old ways of reacting to and coping with stresses in life—maybe even more so now that you have let go of your addictions.
Probably the most humbling thing to acknowledge is that you still harbor a prideful desire to change without the help of God. Step 6 means surrendering to God all remnants of pride and self-will. Like steps 1 and 2, step 6 requires you to humble yourself and admit your need for the redeeming and turning everything to Allah. After all, it’s with Allah’s mercy you have come this far in completing rest of the steps. Step 6 is no exception. In Step 6 you can come to realize that it all began in your mind and heart. Healing also begins in your mind and heart.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Who already own’s your breath and your moments.
– R U M I
I had to be honest and ask myself what benefits I was getting from each character defect. Although I may suffer a great deal with some defects and they may cause me much pain, some of them are comfortable,give me an excuse to stay stuck or are just downright toodelicious to give up. For example, I was not ready to maintain a healthy weight until I admitted that I wanted extra weight for protection from people, feeling my feelings and facing some truths about my life. I also struggle with people pleasing and although it’spainful, I fear giving it up because I believe I have to do something or be some ideal person I imagine people want me to be in order to be liked. Another one is feeling like a victim. I like putting myself in situations where I may be the victim because I was to be congratulated for suffering, like it is noble and Godly. Until I am honest with myself about the nature of my defects and how they are useful to me, I cannot let the sunlight of the spirit come into my life and be a channel of peace and love.
Step Six Exercises
Dive Today From The Cliff Of What You Know
Into What You Can’t Know!
– R U M I
Welcome to the end of step 6!