BREATHING UNDER WATER:
Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to alcoholics,
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
~ Step Twelve of the Twelve Steps
It is a karmic law of in and out, and what Jesus really meant when he sent the disciples “to cast out devils, and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness” (Matthew 10:1) or to “go out to the world and proclaim the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:16). He knew you had to hand the message over before you really understood it or could appreciate it yourself.
A person will suffocate if she just keeps breathing in. The Jewish name for the Holy One, literally unspeakable, is “Yahweh,” an imitation of the sound of breathing in and breathing out. It could not be uttered, only breathed. The sacred name of God reveals the deepest pattern of all reality—the cycle of taking in and giving back out. It is the shape of all creation and of God, a Trinitarian circle of indwelling and outpouring.
From Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps,
By Richard Rohr: pp. 105, 107, 109