Thank you for all the insightful posts!
Guides may drop in some hints here and there in our dreams, physical coincidences, and intuition. The most intricate task is to sort out what points you to the direction you truly want to head to. Even intuition or dreams offer multiple impressions on the same matter. For example, once I dreamed of happily married to an ex-boyfriend, then another day I had a vividly devastating dream where he was about to die of asthma.
I couldn't identify my true mentality and confidence towards the relationship. Therefore, conflicting moments like these have made me sought "ah-ha" moments from my guides.
Addition to that, I usually seek guides' opinion on solution-based questions, not preference-based questions. Sometimes I was already determined to walk down a path I've chosen but didn't know how to improve or manifest certain situations. Guides may still fall silent on me at this point. Some time may pass. Then they will start offering advice again when I steered myself towards another road.
And usually the newer road seems to be the better road for my growth (still can't comment accurately on that right now), may it be very distinct from my original desire.
It still somewhat confuses me how guides don't always offer retrospection, prediction, and clarification on less favorable paths. But timing is a powerful tool for tests, isn't it?