Something asked of me by a student of mine got me to thinking. He asked "if you clearly hear a guide, are you really hearing anyone, or merely what you want to hear?" That was a wonderful thought, and I hope this brief jotting of my learnings will help others in their communications. I’m going to share some of my experiences in speaking to my guide, Set, and others including my soul/spirit brothers who have already passed over in this life. My soul/spirit brothers are not yet guides for they are still on the path of enlightenment and shall be reborn again. They share lives with my mate and I in the flesh every life. We are linked and learn together. One passed 2 years ago, and one a month ago. They have business at "home" to do that called them back, I’ve sense found out. At any rate, I only speak of them to mark the difference in my speaking to the ‘guides or to spirits on our level who have passed over. I’m in no way a natural medium, so the only ordinary spirits I can speak with are my spirit brothers.
Of course there are many ways to talk to those in the other realm/astral, and I, like most, have a few that work best for me. I do it in 3 ways.
1. trance channeling, which I do rarely with my guides, Set and Cernunnos.
2. By way of personal links which I have to my spirit brothers as we are soul linked. Of course this form is only used with them, but mediums probably hear spirits in close to the same way.
3. By meditating and astral projecting out of my body to go to them and chat. All 3 ways yield the same results in the way that the actual messages come across to me.
When I get a message from them, how do I know that it isn’t something in my own mind that I simply want or need to hear? This is something that indeed should be asked of anyone who does anything along these lines, for I’m sure it has happened to many in that way. Sometimes, in fact, when I first started doing this sort of thing, I’d actually have my sister go and ask Set things due to my fear that I was too emotionally involved to properly hear him. I’ve learned that if I’m not perfectly calm and centered that it is harder to receive most messages. Or if they are received, they can be misunderstood. If one then does need to know something right away, and does not feel they are in the proper state to understand or receive, they should send someone else to do it, if they’re lucky enough to have someone else round who can do the same type of work. I’m blessed to have my sister who is a natural medium. When I am in the proper state, however, which is most of the time, how then do I know the message is right or even real?
When I receive such messages(the right and real ones) they are not as thoughts from me. I think inside my own head every moment of every day, thus know very well how it feels. When Set, or one of my spirit brothers gives me a thought or message, they use concepts rather than words. I can get a whole idea or message in perhaps 2 seconds or less where as if it were my own thought, it would come in the form of words and take me longer to work through or process. Also many of the messages I’ve gotten from my guides or spirit brothers have been things that totally shocked or stunned me. If I were giving these messages to myself, they’d tend to go along with the way I see things already. I’d not go about stunning myself. I don’t even think I could.
Another good question that most channelers should ask themselves is this:
How do I know that my guide is who he or she says they are?
My sister had that experience, actually, where someone came to her in a dream pretending to be Set. She said the energy was dark like Sets, and so almost fooled her, but it wasn’t quite right. So she looked "under" and saw another layer. She didn’t know who was pretending to be Set, but the important thing was that it was not Set. She then shut out the entity by shielding herself and telling them that she knew they were not Set. That worked, as they no longer had their illusion of power over her. Always remember that any result is all about our intent.
Now I must touch upon the clarity of ghosts, spirits, or guides when we are speaking to them. Each ghost, spirit, or guide, no matter what level they are on are much like us in the fact that they all communicate differently. My sister, for example, would have presented this information to you in a different way than I would. You may understand hers more or less than you understand mine. If you communicate in the way she does, you’d understand her better, and likewise for me. So therefore it is in the interaction and compatibility of the 2 who are talking be they mortal and mortal, guide and guide, spirit and mortal, ghost and medium, guide and mortal, or so on.
In my experiences I’ve found my guide, set the most clear to communicate with. My sister believes this to be because he does a lot of work on the lower level of astral, so is therefore closer to earth and easier to hear. I believe it is because he is strong, clear and concise when he wishes to be heard. I suppose we both have the right of it.
When I meditate and come upon my sister’s guide, Ra I’ve heard him rather well, though never as clearly as Set, so that lends to my theory of their own strength being at least part of it as Ra is obviously quite strong. They, like people, as I said, have their own unique style of getting something across. Sometimes when I wish to see one of them in meditation, they don’t show. They could be busy. They could know that I don’t really NEED to talk to them. They could want me to figure "IT" what ever it may be, out for myself. It could be all or none of these.
At any rate, those have been some of my experiences, and I hope it may help someone in their work or at least lend an interesting perspective.