I'm sort of surprized no one has responded here, TaoPath.
I get this question all the time, and truth be known, my answer changes every five years. And I am of the idea that no two people have the same "kind" of guide spirits.
Very simplified, we can imagine a universe where the older and wiser that have gone before us return in a service position; those of us on the spiritual path do the same thing. We exchange our experiences in hopes of assisting a fellow sojourner. In the higher realms, service isn't required as much as it is necessary for the individual. It's contributing to the general health of the universes.
- How do you ‘meet’ yours?
Difficult to answer, because I'm an OOOOOOLD soul, and they've been with me for eons. My best advice is to invite them, and yes: be careful and discerning. I've always said that your guide spirits EXPECT you to be wary, cautious and nit-picky. Even after a good establishing of communication, we all watch out for the wolves.
- Is there a relationship between you and them (similar to the ones that we have in everyday life)?
I am starting to wonder how personally involved I am with my guides...if in fact they're my chakras, or I'm one of THEIR chakras, etc. Ponder all you want, the basics are still there: they see what you can't, and have experienced everything you have. You can't find better friends.
- When people say they are being told something by a spirit guide, is not really just themselves saying it? How do you tell the difference?
Inside our minds we have a definite frequency we recognise as our own thoughts. Spirit guides are define-ably seperate yet access the inside of our minds...their frequency is different. Sometimes we have almost the idea, and they nudge it to fruition. In this case, it IS us, with guidance. It has long been my speculation that a completed, healthy mind is at least five entities.
- Can you have bad/naughty spirit guides?
I think not. You have mischeivious ghosts, demons and the like, but guide spirits have to adhere to some pretty stringent rules. They are, after all, entrusted with our well-being, which affects their well-being.
- What are the benefits of having one compared to not having one?
Good navigation, avoiding pitfalls, they remind you of stuff...they are sort of like the missing part of your brain.
- What's in it for them? Are they bored or something?
I'm confident my guides are NEVER bored. Their pay-back is of little use for us to know; they're giving back what they, themselves, have been given.
- What are some experiences people have had with theirs?
Mine have been right-on-the-money countless times, an "inner radar" that has helped me not only steer clear of danger, but point out things i would have obliviously missed.