Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment – Clearing the Path

by Mark Stavish


The fundamentals of esoteric practice can be summed up in twelve basic steps. These steps are in part found in the methods detailed in Israel Regardie’s small monograph, Twelves Steps to Enlightenment (also known as The One Year Manual). However, we most commonly hear the phrase “twelve steps” prescribed within the addiction recovery community and it would do many a budding student of esotericism to hear them and realize that they also apply to their life and practice.

At its core, the personal path to recovery is described in Twelve Steps which are:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

As practicing esotericists these twelve steps or actions formulate karmas or energies which carry us along a specific course of action and thereby experience. They are designed to free us through carefully considered thought carried out into the world and thereby change the course of our existence for our betterment and that of those around us. They are a practical synopsis of the role karma has in our lives and how we can use it for our well-being.

The following is a look at these twelve steps along with a slight modification of them and an explanation of how they apply to the esoteric practice.

  1. We admitted that our limited sense of self is powerless over the vicissitudes of life -that our lives have become unmanageable by trying to control what we cannot control through our limited self-concept.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than our self-created and imposed limited sense of self could restore us to our natural state of sanity or wholeness.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our Higher Self, Holy Guardian Angel, Inner Master or however we understand this Higher Power to exist as the foundational source at the core of our Being.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our values, choices, and actions.
  5. Admitted to ourselves, our concept of the Indwelling Power of God, and another human being the exact nature of our errors and our understanding of their source and impact on ourselves and others.
  6. We are entirely ready to have God as we conceive, understand, and experience it to remove these defects of character.
  7. We relax into our inner nature, our natural sanity, and allow our Inner Self to remove these defects of character bringing us into greater wholeness.
  8. Made a list of the persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all knowing full well that the weight of our actions will bear fruit in this or future lives.
  9. Made direct amends to such persons whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. In that instance, a suitable substitute was found and utilized to the best of our capacity and the energy of the act dedicated to the healing of our relationships – the karma we have with the other party or parties.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admitted it knowing that failure to do so is the Vice of Pride, the worst of all sins, and the greatest stumbling block on our journey of Awakening.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with the deepest part of our Being as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of its will for and the power to carry that out in daily life, and in any possible future lives no matter where or in what form they may be expressed.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, made a sincere effort to carry this message to my fellow practitioners, anyone of a spiritual nature, and to practice these principles in all my daily affairs. That is, I turn all aspects of my life – daily – over the divine powers within my being for aid in their resolution, encourage others to do so as well, and act in a manner that strengthens and affirms any realizations I may have.

And for elaboration:


“To these ends I recognize that guilt can be a very good thing if it causes me to change my life’s course and do what is healthy and beneficial for myself and others. With this, I understand that if I wish to change my life I must change the energy of my experiences.

Today, I make the firm decision (not an effort, but a commitment that must be done) that I will think three positive thoughts about others, say three complimentary things to others, and do three helpful acts for others. These can summarized in this: I will be happy for the successes of those around me and will be helpful and encouraging towards them.

In addition, I will make sacrifice to the forces, entities, and intelligences that rule the pathways between the visible and invisible worlds. Demonstrating that I am are worthy of their goodwill because I have and express goodwill within myself. This is done to overcome my selfishness and limited sense of self that it creates and reinforces.

This is first and foremost done by confessing my errors, mistakes, and sins to myself, my deity, and another person – maybe even a stranger if that makes it easier. This is to be done verbally, even if I am alone, to invoke the full force of the power of the Word. I will then resolve to not commit those errors again, and to focus on their solution. If no solution is known to me, then I will simply move on to the next phase: commit my life with confidence into the power of my Inner Self, my Holy Guardian Angel, and resolve to make amends to all those I have harmed and to whom I have done injury, by accident or design. I will do this regardless, either now or in the future, so I chose to get it done now – pay the price for living and take responsibility for myself. That means my thoughts, words, and deeds and their effects on myself and others (as far as it is possible to do, as they have responsibility for their responses as well).”

In performing the above actions we recognize that we are responsible for our life, our choices, and the fruits of our actions – in a word, our karma. As Eliphas Levi said, “We are the Sons of our deeds” so we must understand that on the Path of Return there are no rights, only consequences of our actions. In accepting responsibility for our actions we are able to grow fully into the Being we choose to be and prepare ourselves for genuine Initiation. Only with proper preparation can initiation on the interior or lasting level be had, and the steps previously detailed do that for us. Once done we are then able to enter into the realms of magic, alchemy, or other areas of practice free of the psychic burdens that would otherwise lurk in our mind waiting to manifest (often spontaneously and without warning) and thereby disrupting our efforts at Wholeness.

When we adopt the practice of humility, confession, and general kindness towards ourselves and others it becomes easier to undertake the “Three Necessities” or:

Work for Initiation.

  1. Learn to work on the energy we need and not just any energy.
  2. Learn how to direct the energy onto a specific point.
  3. Be aware of the spots where the energy should be reinforced or modified.

Putting the energy currents back in order automatically puts the energy structures [our various bodies and modes of experience] back in order. ( – From Jean Dubuis, Philosophers of Nature, Qabala Course)

Wishing you the best on the Path of Return.



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