Interesting article, Erin.
I did my first meditation to connect with my guides about 3 weeks ago. I saw one who appeared as male with a magenta colour, who seemed very much like he was my life guide. His energy kind of felt tatty: I didn't exactly feel like I was in the presence of a fantastic being of light, but he was just an average joe guide.
Then I saw another, who looked like a medieval princess (name of Victoria), and this one felt like she had multiple people down on Earth. She actually presented me with a gift; she said it had been meant for me when I was very young but I could take it anytime I want. It was in a cute little gift box and everything
I opened the box and it was a translucent ring to put on my finger. Not sure what it could represent specifically, but it was a nice thing to have/experience.
My method to connect is to sit down, close my eyes, say out loud "I wish to connect with my spirit guides", cross myself for protection, and feel in my heart chakra when a connection is made. Then the visual projection of my main guide manifests.
Couple of questions:
-Could my main guide be like an average-joe guide, or was the impression I got more reflective of my own life situation? It felt like he shared my negativities.
-Any other ideas on connecting? Does opening chakras before connecting and closing them after help?