AA is a wonderful organization. In many respects, it is more like the church than the church is. But it is also the home of a misunderstanding. Yes, there is a Higher Power but, no, it is not exclusive of one’s innermost self. Believing otherwise has the effect of estranging men from their own essence, of turning divinity into a cumulonimbus. This is not a stand-alone mistake. It’s a child of the belief that we are the body.
The purple robe and the jewelled ring signify masculinity. Masculinity is the awareness of oneself as a surplus. Awareness is consciousness. The conscious male is expansive. Life flows out from him. The unconscious male is parsimonious. He has his taps turned off.