Its funny this thread should come back to the top. I gave up on connecting with my guides but got back into it a few days back, determined more than ever to do it.
I am reading Sonia Choquette's Ask your Guides and taking it step by step.
Today I was able to discern between Archangels Michael and Gabriel's vibrations. I was delighted because I described them quite accurately! It feels amazing when you think about it... Archangels in my home.