Originally Posted by Antiventurecapital
I have a friend who believes in spirit guides and regularly asks for their guidance.
If I have them as well, then they are either grossly incompetent or shirkers who never show up for work.
So my question is, is there any way to replace them?
Is there a website where you can post a job opening for a spirit guide?
I too have used my journal as a way to connect to my higher self. I often just write and write and write and then a few days or months later I go back and re-read what I wrote and (1) I totally don't remember ME writing that or even thinking that and (2) The advice or info is super accurate and useful now looking at it in hindsight.
Whether you call this connecting with spirit or not, or channeling, is up to you. If you're not comfortable with that, you can just say it's a really smart part of your brain talking.
Working with my spiritual coach, she made me aware that my journaling is how I'm currently comfortable channeling information from the spirit world. Since then I've made some progress meditating and actually meeting a few of my guides, getting their names etc.
There's no way to "prove" that they are real, and not just parts of my imagination, but (1) I *know* they are real, (2) My coach who's a psychic verified that I have made contact and (3) A totally independant psychic that doesn't know me or my coach also told me I have gotten in touch with my guides. I realize that it doesn't meet the "scientific" burden of proof, but for me, it's enough. Even if conservatively, I've just opened up a door to talking a part of my subconcious mind, it's still awesome.
The only thing I'd say is that you have to be REALLY open to the whole spiritual world concept, and psychic phenomena, and "unproven things" as some call them to even attempt doing this. If you're still stuck only believing things the general public does, it might be pretty hard to get in touch with your guides. Keep in mind, that it's not their job to tell you what to do. They just "guide".
By the way, have you ever been in a near-collision in your car, or almost died or got seriously injured and felt like some "force" saved you either by telling you to do something, or pushing you out of the way or anything like that? If so, that could be one of your guides talking to you. At times like this, they might come through a lot LOUDER and smack you in the head to make you pay attention because you're about to get hurt. That's what happened to me a few times in my life. I just didn't know it as my guides warning me. I thought it was "coincidence" at the time.
Hope this helps.