Meeting Your Spirit Guide(s) - Self-Guided Meditation
NOTE: This blog post is part of a series on psychic development. Find the index for the series here.
I wrote this "how to meet your spirit guide" post a long while ago, and while some people have liked the guided meditation format with the YouTube video, it hasn't worked for everyone. I recently received a request for a written, self-guided meditation, and this is what I came up with. This is basically the exact process I use to do readings, except that my intention statement (step 3) changes when I'm doing a reading for someone else, and my step 9 is quite a bit different, whichI'll talk a lot more aboutin the "Beyond the Pillars" segment of this workshop.
- For this meditation,you will need about an hour in which you will not be disturbed. Turn off the ringer on your telephone and put your computer to sleep. If you are using music, try to keep the volume low so that you will not be disturbed by the change of one song to another.
- Sit in an upright position in a comfortable chair. Keep your legs uncrossed and your feet flat on the floor. Do what feels right with your hands. You might want to lace your fingers together, or press them together as in prayer, or leave them apart with palms up (not down)either in your lap or on the arms of your chair.
- Before entering meditation, announce your intention. It works best if you actually say it out loud, but focusedthoughts work also. You might say something like, "I enter this meditation because I desire to meet my spirit guides (or spiritual guidance council, or guardian angels, or whatever you want to call them). I ask that only (this word is what will protect you from lower energies) my highest and best guidance be with me today. I ask to be able to perceive my guidesclearly, so that I may begin a conscious relationship with them (or whatever your intentions are for that day)."
- Enter meditation. Start by letting yourself relax. Focus your attention on relaxing each part of your body, starting with your head. I like to imagine that the light of the universe is raining down on me, and I follow it down my body as it soaks into all of my muscles. Relax the muscles in your scalp, then your forehead, then your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw, your mouth, your neck, your shoulders, and so on to your toes.
- During the scan of your body, you might notice that you have some energetic blockages, some places on your body that just feel a little weird. If you know some techniques for clearing blockages, clear them at this time. You might try the basic cleansing and clearing meditation.
- When you are totally relaxed and your body's energy is clean and clear, focus on your breath. Just observe yourself breathing. Don't try to breathe, just breathe. If you feel like taking a deep breath, do so. Allow your body to do what it does. If you are having trouble focusing on your breath, try counting your breaths. Counting backwards usually works the best. I generally, when I need to, count backwards from 12. If I'm not deep enough in meditation by the end of 12 breaths, I start back at 12 again. This isbasically just simple self-hypnosis.
- At some point, you'll sort of start feeling around in your no-thought space. A good metaphor is that you've dropped something on the floor in a dark room, and you're on your knees, feeling around for it with your hands. It's the same idea, except that you're feeling around for something with your mind, looking for "something" in your meditational space. It sometimes helps to call out to your guides by sending a focused thought into the darkness that you'd like your guides to please step forward now. If you ever played the swimming pool game "Marco Polo" as a kid,you can trysomething like that - call out your request, wait for an answer, move toward the answer, call out again, repeat.
- Once you've found something - it may take a while, so relax and focus on your breath while you're poking around - focus your attention on it. Ask yourself basic questions about it. Is it a male presence, or a female presence? Does it feel young, or old? Is it big, or small? Is it cold, or hot? Is it light, or dark? Greet the presence. Introduce yourself and tell the presence about what you're doing there, what your intention is. How does the presence respond to you? What kind of thoughts pop into your head after you introduce yourself? Do you see pictures? (I don't actually "see" anything, by the way- it's more like I just suddenly know whatthings looks like, if that makes sense.) Do you hear words or music? See memories from your life? How does being with this presence make you feel?
- One of the difficulties in getting in touch with our own guides is that their presence feels a lot like our own, so we can tend to dismiss their presence as being nothing more than our imaginations,our own thoughts. Ironically, maybe, Iactually find it easier to have conversations with other people's guides, because it's easier for me to tell their thoughts apart from mine. A good way to start is to ask yes or no questions of our guides. After we figure out what "yes" feels like and what "no" feels like, we can move on to short answer questions. It's a lot like learning a new language, so don't become concerned if you can't communicate clearly right away. It will get better with practice. And remember that it's perfectly okay to tell your guides that you're not getting it and ask that the message be made more clearfor you. They are happy to go over things as many times as it takes you to get it. They want you to know them.
- If you are able to enter and leave meditation easily, it can be very helpful to write down your questions and their answers. It helps to solidify the connection and let them knowhow clearlyyou're getting their messages so that they can adjust their approach, either speeding up if you're getting it all very well, or possiblytrying a different type of communication if things are still a little muddy. If you can't write or type while still in a meditative state, writing things down as soon as you finish your meditation works fine too.
- When you're ready to end your meditation, be sure to thank your guides for being with you today and every day, for all of their love and support. We all like to feel appreciated.
- When you come back to normal waking awareness, give yourself a few minutes to adjust before going about your day.