The best known way to communicate with spirit guides is to allow them to come to you when they feel necessary and listen to them. Meditate and speak, nothing more to it. You can take some steps if you wish, prepare yourself for such experience you are going to have. I have to give some remarks here because it seems that recently many people misunderstand what communication with spirits and spirit guides is.
You can make this very simple, just meditate or let your guides to communicate when they feel you are ready. But since you have some materials, such as candles, I'd recommend you to make some protection since not only positive energies are floating in your place.
You can light the candles you've bought, say a prayer to whatever deity you believe in or follow to bless your journey and guide you to your spirit guide with no harm come to you. This does not need to be complex, a simple blessing and asking of protection will do fine. This is done because you are, after all, reaching out to the spirit world and asking for guidance, and don't want to risk getting a guide who is not there to help you.
The second step, then, is meditation. If you don't know how to do this, begin by teaching yourself the basic techniques, and find one that works for you. There are countless tips on this site, and if you can't find something here that works, you can always turn to google for help. Try to find a peaceful quiet place in your mind where you can do work while meditating. For me, it is a peaceful forest grove. For you it may be by a stream, in front of a fire, your childhood bedroom, a tree fort, complete blackness...the possibilities are endless, it needs merely be somewhere you can envision and retreat to where you can shut out all other thoughts and focus on a single goal. Reach the ability to do this and sustain this for a good period of time.
Now as I said, the communicating is about meditation and desire. So the third thing you can do is asking. The third step is asking. Sounds pretty simple, right? That's because it is. Ask your spirit guide to appear before you (and be polite, this is someone who will be helping you, not someone you get to order around like a slave!) or appear to you in some manner. You may get it right away. Or, you may sit there and nothing happens. Maybe when you fall asleep that night, you dream of your spirit guide. Or perhaps, nothing. Spirits guides may basically appear in various ways, but do not expect this to be very quick or immediate as most of the people expect.
If you don't get this too quickly , the thing I personally recommend you to do is simply patience. Spirit guides will come on their own time, when they believe you are ready, as I told you from the first time.
You may realize, after time passes, that you keep seeing the same woman or man in your dreams, or hearing the same voice when you meditate or perform rituals giving advice. Once you figure it out, don't be afraid to ask what their name is, what they can teach you, what their purpose is, etc. They might be your guide.
Re: Spirit Guides
By: Vanitys_Fire Moderator / Knowledgeable Nov 06, 2012
Post # 3
Aside from what Manifest said, you could also find your spirit guide in two other methods: dreams and astral projection.
In astral you may call out to your unknown spirit guide to reveal it self to you.
In dreams your guide may be present by you, but not necessarily reveal it self to being your guide. For the sake of explanation I'll name an animal: in this scenario it is often told to be that a wolf will be present in your dreams more so any other animal. This could be the wolf is present in most dreams or multiple wolves are in your dreams, whether it be most dreams or not. With the help of learning to control your dreams you could potentially confront said potential spirit guide about being your guide.
Know that your guide could be any thing. Animal. Mythical creature. A bright light. Or even an exact replica of your own self. Your guide will most likely take form of what represents you, however little or a lot (after all the spirit guide is a part of you). Or it could merely take form of what would be comforting for you. However, your guide could take on any form it pleases to at any given moment. You may even have more than one spirit guide; you are not limited to merely one guide.
Excuse me for my last post here, I was tired and I forgot to drink my daily coffee so I didn't have enough patience to type all the required information =)
Let me cover the other possible methods.
I agree, spirit guides often reveal themselves to us through our subconscious during sleep and meditation. During these sessions, the guides indicate valuable information about our past, present and future, as well as help us with situations we are dealing with in our lives.
The spirit guidesalso show themselves in our dreams and meditations to simply identify themselves as our spiritual guide
Spirit guides come to people in many ways. - Spirit quest. Usually part of a full ritual that requires preparing yourself with cleansing, meditation and in some cases fasting. Followed by entering a deep meditative (trance) state, and doing a true search. This sometimes requires you to pass some sort of test (physical or mental), after which your spirit animal/guide will make themselves known to you.
Happen chance. Many people find throughout their lives they are frequently aware of, or in contact with a specific animal. This is frequently your spirit animal/guide making themselves known to you. The difficulty here is that many people fail to see the spirit. Most of us would happily recognise an eagle or a wolf or even a bear as our spirit animal/guide, but reject the idea of a mouse, a spider or a snake. Spirit guides come in all sizes, shapes and perceived importance, do not be fooled into thinking your spirit animal/guide has to be some big exotic creature. If you are constantly seeing or interacting with one such animal, the next time you see it, stop, turn toward it and ask (out loud), "Are you here to tell me something?" If the animal does not run away at the sound of your voice, or approaches you, you may well have found and accepted one another.
- Spiritual seeking. This is for those who feel they want/need/ or already have a spirit animal/guide but want to formally "find" them. Take time to prepare yourself. - Cleanse your body, a bath or shower works well, if you so choose add a drop or two of your favourite cleansing oil or a pinch of salt to the water. If this is not possible/desirable, smudge yourself with a cleansing smudge. - Quiet your mind, ground, center and do some basic breathing exercises. If you do basic meditation, then focus your mind on finding a spirit animal/guide (be careful here not focus on a specific creature, but on the help they will provide for you. - Light a candle, and ask your personal deities or the Universe for help to find your spirit animal/guide. - Sit quietly with your mind a calm and open as you can and wait for an image to appear. Do not be discouraged if nothing come to you at this time. - When you have finished your request, put out the candle, clean up the things you have taken out and if possible get to bed. - Before you fall asleep, tell yourself you are leaving the door open for your spirit animal/guide to make itself known to you. - The next morning carefully try to remember your dreams, your spirit most likely was there, you just need to recognise it. If you have no idea from your dreams, keep your eyes open over the next several days, and make note of any images you see "a lot of" this could also be a sign. Do not give up, there are spirit guides aplenty out there, it just takes time to recognise and learn to work with them