Step 5: Admitted…The True Nature


Acrylic on 36″ x 48″ canvas – Original painting $2800.

Step 5 in the 12 step tradition reads, “We admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” This is only possible after accomplishing the four previous steps, which begins with the honesty and humility of first admitting powerlessness over anything that does not originate from within ourselves.  This is followed up by a searching and truthful moral inventory of ourselves, digging down to the core reasons behind our behavior.
In this abstract pictograph, the individual in question reveals to the God of their understanding and another person the results of this inventory. The “wrongs” are still with the confessor, as they have yet to be removed. In later steps the individual must first become ready for their removal and then, humbly ask the God of their understanding for help in the form of doing for them what they cannot do themselves; i.e. removing these exposed character defects.

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