Originally Posted by mikeschu
I've connected with them on a few occasions.
The first time I connected with one was when I received an image of a falcon while I was trying to meditate on Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona. It was a clear picture of the mountain in front of me with a falcon hovering close by.
The falcon was confirmed when I had a hypnotherapy session suited towards spirit guides a couple of days later. During the middle of it I had a second guide take over that sounded like the voice in my head that I had been carrying around for a while.
I also have a rather imposing Native American spirit guide when he showed up in a reading done in Feburary. I think I've felt him call on the trip to Sedona, but that was more of a "big tap on the shoulder" and a very intuitive voice. Apparently I get to meet him and get his name "when I'm ready".
I had a reading from Erin in August 2006 and nothing of this sort came up - then again, I believe I wasn't ready for this kind of conversation. I was a different person then and I was looking for a different direction than what I am getting now.
If you asked me eight months ago about this, I'd never believe you for an instant. Now I'm convinced that people have guides and something is out beyond the physical space.
Ditto to what Erin said; congratulations Mike!
For me, connecting to and communicating with my Guides on a regular basis has helped me to feel connected. I never feel "lonely" anymore. I know all I have to do is quiet my mind and ask my questions and they're there - just about as excited as it's possible to be that I'm simply aware of them, acknowledging them and seeking their help.
I connect through prayer, meditation, and sacred ceremony, but the bulk of the "nuts and bolts" of my process mirrors what Mags said except that I don't write. My communication is silent. Most of the time, I do it while I'm commuting to and from work. Apparantly driving is a great way to quiet my mind.
But I totally understand what Mags is saying about it feeling like you're talking to yourself or just "making stuff up." One thing that helped me get past that was the realization that my guides have been with me since before I was born. They've been communicating and talking to me since before "I" was "me".
It's just natural that we think of those "voices in our heads" as nothing more than a figment or manifestation of our imagination. You've never NOT had your Guides talking to you, so how would you know the difference?
But again, as Mags pointed out, once you let yourself trust that it IS your Guides and not you, then you can start to differentiate between their styles and their energies.