Questions about hearing your spirit guides?

Carl Jung

Carl Jung (Photo credit: o admirador secreto)


I get a lot of questions about spirit guides. I think the topic could use some clarification.

Question: I’ve never heard my spirit guides. I keep asking for them to speak to me but, I don’t seem to hear anything.

Answer: You don’t have to “hear” your spirit guides to benefit from their guidance.

Not everyone has clairaudient ability. Clairaudience is the ability to “hear” within the mind. Some who are exceptionally gifted with clairaudience actually hear the spirit world with their physical ears but, this is one of the rarest of the psychic abilities. So, do not beat yourself up if you don’t “hear” anything.

Question: What can I do to hear my spirit guides?

Answer: To develop clairaudience you can sit in the silence and listen. Practice active listening to attune your mind to listening to the ambient noise around you. See if you can hear the sound of the electrical hum in your home or a train whistle from a distant town. Sharpen your hearing and focus your attention to hearing all sounds around you.

Meditate daily. Learn to listen to your internal dialogue. Most of the time our intuition comes through via our own thoughts in our own voice. This is why we get so hung up on thinking we cannot “hear” our guides. We expect that we will hear a voice that is different from our own inner voice.

Question: Am I doing something wrong? I never seem to get anything.

Answer: No, you’re not doing anything “wrong.”

If you are getting “feelings” about decisions you need to make then “Higher Intelligence” is guiding you.

I believe most of the intuitive guidance we get is from “Higher Intelligence” or what we call our “higher selves.” (To read more on this topic see the section devoted to this in, “The Intuition Principle.”)

Carl Jung talked about what he called the “Collective Unconscious.” He likened the collective unconscious to “a universal library of human knowledge, or the sage in man, the very transcendental wisdom that guides mankind.”

We are no different than Dorothy was in the Wizard of Oz – we have always had the power within us to connect directly to the source of all wisdom and higher states of consciousness. That is why we have our intuition. It is the inner technology that connects us as physical beings to Higher Intelligence/Collective Unconscious/God/Spirit Realm. (Patti Foy of Lightspirited Being. has a great article on this topic).

As Jung pointed out, all the answers can be found in “Higher Intelligence.” So, don’t focus so much on where the answers are coming from but, on the information itself.

Ask yourself, “Is this information helpful? Does it solve my problem?” If so, that is really all that matters.

Questions: I’m confused about the subject of spirit guides. What is the best way to work with a guide?

It is confusing to many people because in the last 20 years or so there’s been this huge influx of information about working with your guides. The trend it established is that we should contact them whenever we need help in our lives.

I actually do not agree with this. Looking to something outside of yourself for all the answers is a way of deferring responsibility for your decisions. It also reinforces the notion that we are all “separate beings.”

I believe that since we are all ONE – and interconnected – even a guide’s consciousness is part of your own consciousness. So, whether the information comes from one entity or the collective unconscious is immaterial because it’s all the same consciousness.

Deferring to a guide also creates a barrier between people and the source of all knowledge. It’s like saying that we cannot speak to God directly but, must go through an intermediary. (Melody Fletcher of Deliberate Blog has a great article on this topic.)

My assessment is this: If you believe that you need a guide to get the answers – you will.

And, if you believe that you can obtain the guidance you desire directly from Higher Intelligence – you will.

Scientific studies over the last thirty years point to the fact that our experience of reality is malleable. We are, in fact, creating what we experience through our beliefs and this applies to our belief in guides as well.

The best way to work with guides is to decide for yourself which way you feel most comfortable and make a personal choice. If you find that working with a guide works for you then, by all means, work with your guides. If you are happy just asking for guidance and trusting what you get then that is what you ought to do.

I produced “The Intuition Principle Guided Meditations,” to help readers get intuitive guidance to solve problems in their lives.

The Intuition Principle album contains guided meditations to help you connect to your guides and meditations to teach you how to get intuitive wisdom directly.

The reason I created both types of guided meditations is because, I believe very strongly that some people are better able to get intuitive guidance directly from Higher Intelligence and other people feel more comfortable using a guide. There is no right or wrong.

Question: How can I tell the difference between my own intuitive guidance that of a guide?

I agree with Anna Conlan of Psychic but Sane on this; many times you will not know the difference between “guidance” that comes from your own intuition/Higher Intelligence or from your guides.

If you’re in meditation and ask for an answer and then an hour later while driving to work are “struck” with a lightening bolt of an idea that solves your problem – who is to say that this came from a “guide” or your own connection to “Higher Intelligence?”

That is why it’s best not to get so hung up on “labels.”

Focus on the results not the mechanics of where the info is coming from.

Question: Sometimes I just feel as if I’m making all this stuff up. How can I change that?

Answer: That’s very common especially in the beginning of working with guides/intuition. You have to trust what you get and relax.

If you notice I use guides/intuition interchangeably. This is because I don’t want you to get so obsessed over where the information comes from.

Answers can come from anywhere. They can manifest through signs and even through the miraculous works of other people as Julie Barrett from A Clear Sign points out in her hilarious article.

You can grow past the feelings of “making it all up” with practice and experience. The more you practice with your intuition the more you will learn to discern between when it’s your imagination and when it is intuition.

Also, stop judging yourself. Allow yourself to experience whatever you experience. When you judge yourself to be “making it all up” you inhibit the flow of intuitive guidance. Don’t worry about being wrong, try to have fun with it and not take it so seriously.

What questions do you have about working with spirit guides? Share them with us. Are you more drawn to developing a direct connection to your intuition or would you rather work with a “guide?”

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P.S. If you’d like to learn how to develop your intuition to get answers for your life – click here.

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