I want to start off with letting everyone know that I have seen one of my guides. It took weeks—months, actually, but I finally caught a glimpse of her. If I can do it so can you, and it does pay to begin to open up to this.
When I started experimenting with connecting with my guides (about eight years ago), I didn’t know what I was doing and was sure that I was blocked or that people who did claim to connect to their guides were possibly schizophrenic or delusional or seeking attention (so, in other words, I was almost as big a skeptic as James Randie—not that I’d ever heard of him at the time either).
So, why did I bother? Well, if you think about it, if there are guides out there in the ether who are there to help you through life, then wouldn’t it make sense to connect to them? Also, I don’t believe that some people are more special or holy than others, and if there is a God, and he (I’m using he simply to avoid using the unwieldy he/she, though I believe “God” is not a dude) saw fit to let us have guides, then I don’t think he’d play favorites with whom among us should be able to have contact with their own guides.
So, I thought that I’d either prove that these beings exist or I’d prove that they don’t. I figured it was a hobby that wouldn’t hurt me, unless you take into account the huge disappointment and psychological angst that would go along with realizing that we are indeed alone were I to disprove the existence of spirit guides.
Anyway, I started my quest by beginning to meditate. I downloaded a meditation from Shirley Maclaine’s website that she was sharing with the members of her site. My only criteria for the meditation track at the time was that I get a meditation that was free, short and to which I enjoyed listening. This one from Shirley’s site fit the bill.
I listened to that 25-minute track every day for months, each time setting the intent that I get an image of my guide or guides. Just to be clear, I have difficulty getting images. At the time, I was unable to visualize anything at all. Some people have told me that if they are asked to visualize an apple, for example, then they are able to “see” it in their mind’s eye with no trouble. I can’t do that. I am able to, at most, get an impression of an apple, but there is no image of it that pops into my head.
One day, as I listened to the meditation, I suddenly got a very clear image of an Egyptian woman. This was not just an impression--it was a clear image. Also, there was nothing in the meditation that talks about Egypt, I had not been reading or accessing information about Egypt before meditating, and there was nothing I had been doing that would have put this particular image into my head. But there it was.
I was pretty excited about that, and wished that I could somehow verify that this was indeed one of my spirit guides.
A few weeks later, I was at the psychic fair here in Newmarket, and decided to get a reading from one of the psychics. I approached a very kind-looking woman named Geraldine and signed up for a 30-minute reading. The reading went well, and at the end of it, as I was getting up to leave, she suddenly grabbed my arm and said, “Wait. I have to introduce you to your spirit guide.” I sat down again and waited. Geraldine said, “She is an Egyptian woman, and her name is Mara.”
She laughed when she saw the look on my face and said, “You’ve seen her, haven’t you?” I replied that I had. She then went on to say that Mara and I had been priestesses of Ra in a past life and that she was my spirit guide in this life. I was thrilled Geraldine had validated my vision and that I had a name to put to the face that I had seen. I had not told Geraldine anything about my quest to meet my guides. It hadn’t come up at all during the reading, as I was more concerned with mundane things such as to do with family and career.
There are better and faster ways of connecting with your guides, but if you are just starting out, then it’s not a bad way to go. Take 30 minutes and do a meditation, setting the intent to receive an image or some message from your spirit guides. At the time, I was going for just visual or clairvoyant messages, as I didn’t realize that there are more ways to receive messages from one’s guides than through seeing.
For more information on the different ways that you can receive messages from your guides, read my Suite101 article “Psychic Communication: Receiving Messages from Guides and Angels,” which was written long after those initial attempts at spirit communication, when I’d had more experience and even formal training on connecting with my guides.