The 12 & 12 statement is in the step five instructions, put to convince us that we should discuss our step four writings with another human in five. It states that those of this high spiritual development check with others that they are interpreting the message they received from God correctly, if I need this yes I will ask someone with experience in such spiritual matters.
Another member ‘Stepchild’ made these comments earlier today in another discussion –
And this --I also believe that somewhere along the growth of this wonderful program of recovery the words "sponsor" and "meetings" have taken on a life of their own. I hear way too much misinformation regarding these two things for my comfort. Like maintaining sobriety without one or the other can't be done. But I don't see that anywhere in the book.
Life would be easier for me and I expect members like Stepchild, if we didn’t see the need to bring things like this up here, or the more difficult proposition of saying it in meetings. But I remember some of the excuses I made on the two occasions I tried AA years ago, and the same ones which scared me this time before I learnt the truth. Everywhere the voice of old timers who newcomers will look up to, say they think a sponsor, especially long term as in this case is a requirement for them, I want someone else to let them understand that many of us do not have this need. Because I expect there will be others like myself, who might not accept the program if that was a requirement.....86 to 88. How we let God discipline us. We've already turned our will and our lives over to God's care. Here is where we get out our knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Nowhere do they mention going to more meetings or consulting with our sponsor.