Step 6 of AA

Step 6 is having the willingness to ask your higher power to remove the character defects that you admitted in your 5th step.

Step 6

“We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Official Readings on Step 6

What is Step 6 of AA?

Read the full chapter on Step 6 of AA.

A big part of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and doing the steps has a lot to do with willingness. You will hear this word frequently as it’s an attitude well worth adopting to the benefit of your sobriety. If you are unable to be open to willingness, you will not be able to complete your 6th step. However, if you have made it this far, having the courage to be willing shouldn’t come as too much of a challenge.

With our sixth step, we are now ready to have our Higher Power remove from us all the things which we have admitted to our sponsor. If we have left something out or if we were not totally honest about our shortcomings, we ask our Higher Power to help us to be willing to let it go. To cling to anything we are unwilling to let go could be a death sentence to our sobriety.

How to Do Step 6

As long as you have the willingness to let go and let God remove of your shortcomings, you can complete your 6th step. To complete your 6th step, it’s recommended that you find a quiet place, either in your home or somewhere in nature, and pray the 6th step prayer.

Shortcomings and defects of character most often are associated with:

  • Lust
  • Procrastination
  • Gluttony (greed)
  • Superiority

Keep in mind that we should not expect all of our character defects to magically be lifted out of us as the desire to drink was. We must be content with patient improvement and aim at the best we know. It’s impossible to practice step 6 with perfection. AA, nor anyone, is not asking for perfection on this step. Only step 1 can be practiced perfectly, which we all do when we admit we are powerless over alcohol. To make a beginning and keep on trying is the key to step 6.

If we find ourselves saying, “No not yet, I can’t give that up just yet” or “No, never!”, we must  consult with our sponsor and try to work towards open-mindedness. Almost all of us run into this type of rebellion when it comes to asking our Higher Power to rid these character defects.

6th Step Prayer

God, help me become willing to let go of all the things to which I still cling. Help me to be ready to let you remove all of these defects, that your will and purpose may take their place. Amen.

And there you have it, you are now ready to move on to step 7 with your sponsor.

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