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Step 4: We stopped and thought about our strengths and our weaknesses and thought about ourselves.

Principle: Courage

Self-examination has always been part of Native culture because the cultural definition of success is centered on building character. Before we can build character, we must know our shortcomings, weaknesses and character defects. Self-examination takes a warrior's courage. To have courage means to have heart. This step is about finding your heart.

Text or Verse

Creator, protect me from my worst enemy - myself.
I ask that you guide me into the badlands of self,
that I may know you better.
Please protect my spirit as I relive the past
in order to recover.
Great Spirit, guide me as I face
the self-examination of the South.

Practice

There are several ways to do this step: through the solitude of the Vision Quest, prayer and reflection in a sweat lodge, spending a night in a Tipi with brothers and sisters with the Medicine of the Native American Church, or participating in a sobriety pow-wow. Use the 4th Step inventory guidelines for resentments, fears, and sexual harms.

Resources

Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Men
Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Women
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Native American Rehab Center
Indigenous Path
www.stopyouraddiction.com (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American Way
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

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