Originally Posted by GreenTea
However, I've still got this lingering question in my mind about the relationship of all this to being present. Being truly present is supposed to activate a deeper intelligence so that you know what to do in each moment--how does this relate to communication with spirit guides?
Also, how does all this fit in with the concepts of non-duality? If we're all connected and the sense of a separate "I" is ultimately an illusion, then isn't the sense of separate spirit guides also an illusion? Isn't it ultimately all one consciousness experiencing itself through different forms?
I really like your post because it points out what I consider to be the deeper truth, and that is how we rest in a state of perpetual oneness. This is often forgotten.
Since you brought it up, I highly recommend Joel Goldsmith to you. He goes into this in so much excellent detail. Specifically I would say you should read, "Invisible Supply" which talks about stuff like the metaphorical armor of oneness.
IMO these teachings are the deeper teachings, with the spirit world, the astral world, etc, just being another series of illusions with their own various laws. Just like the physical world they are Godly illusions, they are valuable illusions, but they are still illusions and by penetrating these levels we don't necessarily penetrate to deeper truth.
Give Goldsmith a read, I'm betting you'll really like it and have your questions answered better than you could have ever hoped them to be.