• Step 8 - Forgiveness
  • Step 8 - Forgiveness
Step 8 - Forgiveness

Step 8 - Forgiveness

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Forgiveness - Step Eight is a social housecleaning, just as Step Four was our personal housecleaning. In Step Eight we're setting out to clean up all the bruised relationships and the pockets of guilt, pain, fear, resentment, and sadness that are stored inside, stuck to our shameful past deeds. For this undealt-with material blocks us from loving other people, ourselves, and God in the present. The spiritual principle involved is that of forgiveness, not only from others, but forgiveness of self, which can bring healing to both parties.This step is not about judging others. We pull back out humility and learn to replace judgment with attitudes of mercy and forgiveness.. We demonstrate a spirit of good will. In this spirit, we assume that no one has harmed us on purpose, that any pain inflicted on us was an accident of circumstance. We give them the benefit of the doubt. It is not our job or our concern to mention their transgressions or faults. Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.Each Stepping Stone has the principle of the step on one side and the recovery symbol of the circle-triangle on the other.