Saturday, January 17, 2009

Spirit Guides, Part 2

It’s important to remember not to use your spirit guides as a crutch for every problem that comes your way. Call on them for the big things or when you have used up all your resources and nothing has come of your efforts. Don’t become too dependent on them. They have to rest too.

Your guides aren't there to tell you how to live or to tell you how to deal with every situation. They are there to give you advice and to guide you spiritually. They will not be answering questions about every worldly situation you have. You are the one here to experience physical life and learn life’s lessons. You can't grow if someone else is telling you every move to make. You should be able to feel when the time is right to ask your spirit guides for advice.

In time you will develop your own ways of contacting and becoming aware of your guides. There are so many methods of contacting your guides but here are some simple methods you can use to practice with. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

I believe that learning to concentrate and be in tune with the spirit realm is very important. Not only for the purpose of contacting spirit guides and other entities but its used in any and all areas of magic, self empowerment and spiritually.

The easiest way for beginners to contact spirit guides is through meditation. If you’ve never meditated before it can be difficult but you can learn with practice and determination. Wipe that sneer off your face....meditation is needed to accomplish many things including your intentions in spellwork.....without focus you get nowhere.

Meditation is a process that slows down mental activity and focuses the mind on a particular outcome. The particular outcome here is to make contact with your guide. For the beginner you probably won’t make contact your first time, probably not your second or third time either. This is something you will need to continually work at to develop and be successful.

When we meditate, we often enter into an altered state of consciousness. There we are able to contact and visualize the spirit realm. In the beginning it’s normal that your thoughts wander. This is why you need practice and patience. You are on the right track when you are able to block out outside noises and keep your mind focused and free from wandering. You can light a candle and some incense and say a prayer if this helps you to relax.

When you are ready to meditate choose a place where you will not be disturbed, either lay down on your back or sit upright with your legs crossed. If you chose to sit, make sure your back is straight so that you can breathe properly. First, begin breathing slowly, with deep, even breaths. Concentrate on your breathing for a while until you are relaxed.

Begin to visualize your astral home. Your astral home will be a place you return to each time you meditate. Your astral home should be a place that is visually stimulating to you. It can be a real place or one you create in your mind. As you begin to visualize your astral home, concentrate on the surroundings and what they look like in detail. When your astral home is visually complete in your mind, begin to walk around and enjoy it for a moment. Look at everything and touch everything. Next, walk to the center of your astral home and sit down. Take in the surroundings and breathe deeply. Begin focusing on the reason you are meditating. Silently, call in your spirit guide.

Start to open up your awareness of their presence. You may see them, feel their presence, hear them, or somehow just know they are there. When you get a sign that they are with you just remain calm and silently be in their presence for several minutes before you begin talking. In your mind ask your guide if they have a message for you. here you can begin asking simple questions like their name, how many guides you have, etc. the first couple of times you make contact keep it simple, short and to the point. Later when you are more experienced you can go into more detailed questions.

When you are ready to end your meeting go back to your astral home and stay there for a few minutes before opening your eyes.

Once you have found your astral home it can be used for many purposes such as remembering dreams, meditation, a bridge to other worlds, spiritual clearing and self empowerment.

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