Promises as seen from a Neurobiological Perspective

Purpose of this web-page.

This page discusses the possibility of the Promises of the 12-step programs as a result of changes of our Autonomic Nervous Systems

Request for Honesty, Open Mindness and Willingness

Twelve Step aficionado’s are asked to re-read the Big Book on pages ?->? before reading more of this page. Please be Willing to read it in an Open Mindednesss fashion and then look inside and be Honest with yourself as to whether it may/or may not be relevant to your recovery

Big Book page??Neurobiological Perspective as seen from
the Autonomic Nervous System
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway throughIf we take the necessary actions (e.g. meditation, slow deep breathing, etc) to activate the Para Sympathetic Nervous) we will start experiencing more peace, calm, connectedness our lives but it may take a while, maybe 30 days.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will start experiencing more peace, calm, connectedness and less fear. Less fear means more freedom and more happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. With an activated Para Sympathetic Nervous System comes more acceptance of what is/was and so we are less upset when we remember the past.
We will comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peaceThat’s the result of activating the Para Sympathetic Nervous System/Relaxation Response. See for some ideas on how to do it
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. We get feel more connected when our Para Sympathetic Nervous Systems are active and start contributing to others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.We get to accept ourselves more and concern our selves less with our ego’s as our Sympathetic Nervous System get lets active.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. We get to accept ourselves more and concern our selves less with our ego’s as our Sympathetic Nervous System get lets active.
Self-seeking will slip away.We get to accept ourselves more and concern our selves less with our ego’s as our Sympathetic Nervous System get lets active.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.As we shift our Autonomic System from an active Sympathetic Nervous System to more active Para Sympathetic , we can shift our attitudes, get more accepting, less complaining and maybe even get into humility and gratitude !!!
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave usOf course it will as fear goes down as we move out of the Sympathetic Nervous System (which is characterized by fear , anger and flight) into a more active Sympathetic Nervous System where there is less anxiety .
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle usWhen we were into an active Sympathetic Nervous System, we experienced a lot of fear and our blood flow went from our brains to our muscles. When we relax as the Para Sympathetic Nervous System gets activated, more blood goes to our Pre Frontal Cortex and we can think better. (This may actually true )
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.Yes, our ego’s could not make this change as our ego’s happen when were are in the Sympathetic Nervous Systems. But if we (usually unwillingly and forced into it by circumstances) work the 12-steps, each of the steps forces me/us to become a little more humble. As humility is a characteristic of the Para Sympathetic , by acting as if me/we are humble (when me/we DO the steps) me/we gradually slide into a more active Para Sympathetic Nervous system with more peace, calm, connectedness and less anxiety. (Isn’t that nice!)
Of course our ego’s can’t understand this process at all and so invents a Higher Power/God/Allah /Jehovah to blame it all on!!!
See for a discussion on this idea
Parsing the 12-steo promises as seen through the perspective of the Autonomic Nervous System


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