higher power

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A higher power is something or someone (such as God) that controls the destiny of those who have chosen it.

In 12-step programs the phrase “higher power” is a power greater than ourselves. In chapter 7 of the “Big Book” by Bill W., for example, the phrase is used in the following sentence:  “Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!”

Episode Reference

In episode 102.5, When Radd is playing a violin in Times Square when Ben finds him. Radd tells Ben, “For me, music is a higher power. So this music we hear, you and I together, it’s for a reason.”

Behind the Scenes

Josh Dallas, who plays Ben, believes in “a higher power that’s guiding this whole crazy world” although in the series his character has difficulty accepting a high power, and places his trust in absolutes such as math and science. (c.f. episode 105’s chaos theory).


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higher power (Wikipedia)

Higher Power is a term used in the 1930s in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and is used in other twelve-step programs. It is also sometimes referred to as a power greater than ourselves.

The term sometimes refers to a supreme being or deity, or other conceptions of God.

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