Before the 12 Steps of A.A.'s Program of Recovery had finally been written down by Bill Wilson, some of the alcoholics in the Akron and Cleveland areas who became pioneers of A.A. practiced what they referred to as prayer and quiet time to seek the guidance of God in their daily lives. And, the main idea was to actually receive guidance from God.
Often, some of the pioneers would start their day with a morning prayer, some type of devotional reading, and then they would have paper and pen ready while they practiced "the quiet time." At the end of the quiet time, they would write down what they believed to be as "their guidance that they had received from God." They often used a procedure, or process -- to measure it and check it out -- to discover if the guidance was just coming from their heads (self-will) -- or, if it was really God communicating ideas to them (God's will). And, this is what Bill was familiar with and was referring to as he was writing down Steps 10 & 11 and the instructions for Steps 10 & 11, as it appears in the Big Book, on pages 84 through 88.
Step 11 calls for prayer and meditation. Prayer would be considered as communication to God --- and meditation -- as a time of receiving communication from God.
When I turn back to page 72 (Big Book), it's explains what all this activity and action is focused towards -- "We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path."
Can you imagine -- (or, perhaps you've experienced) -- a relationship where only one party to the relationship is doing all of the talking?
I discovered that if I desired to establish a conscious contact -- a relationship -- with God, as I understand God -- it was just important for me to be listening ---- and observing -- and inspecting -- as it was for me to be doing the talking!
Also, I needed a sure-fire way of deciding, and checking it out -- these "intuitive thoughts" -- to determine if I was only listening to my own head (motivated by my self-will) -- or if what I thought that I was receiving -- had sufficient merit for me to believe that "yes... this really could be God's guidance and God's will for me in this situation."
One day -- after doing this process for several days in a row -- I eventually came to believe in how very possible that it really was for God to be communicating His will and guidance to me through these intuitive experiences.
After I had several days of experiences written down, and as I looked over my Daily Inventories -- to inspect and observe the results of implementing the ideas and considering this as guidance in my daily actions, circumstances and situations (all my affairs)... I can honestly say that it appears that when I use this method to tap into my own inner-resource -- it works well when I work it.