Ive had similar experiences and I will pass along what Ive learned. Before I continue, let me add my disclaimer that everything I write is my opinion based on my actual experiences, the teachings of my guides and physical teachers and from what Ive read. So, it's just my beliefs.
With that said: I believe that most of us have Spirit Guides, (there could be some exceptions but thats not relevant, at the moment). The information that you got from the book is correct and you are on the right track. When we open up our abilities, its like our light gets brighter and that can attract various negative beings. They know that we can sense their presence and they enjoy creating fear; thats what they feed off of. This topic has come up numerous times on other threads and some people have mentioned that they never experience this stuff but some of us do. I dont know why, it just happens. And once you realize what you are dealing with, its not so scary.
I learned about Spirit Guides from the psychic who became my teacher. I assumed that when she saw and heard them that she actually physically did. But she did so by reading clairvoyantly (the minds eye) and clairaudiently. It took time for me to realize that Spirit speaks very quietly; its not a big Hollywood production.
But as my abilities starting opening; I started waking up on the astral plane at night and that was scary. Those negative beings had some fun at my expense. And like you, my first thought was is this my spirit guide. Sometimes with my eyes shut, I could feel something peering down at me trying to get me to open my eyes, or a presence very close, or loud bursts of noise. There was nothing calming or peaceful about this. I called my teacher and told her what was going on and she told me what I just wrote above that these experiences do happen to some individuals.
Her first suggest was to start meditating. As we calm our thoughts and relax our analytical side, we will receive information from our Guides. How we receive is based on our abilities. Some people might have images that come to mind or thoughts that pop into our head. For others, the information will come through physical sources like a friend telling us about a book. Spirit is very efficient and will always provide an answer; its just sometimes the answer doesnt look like what we expect.
As to your question about John; when we first start opening up, its difficult to discern these situations. In my experience, I didnt trust what I was seeing when I woke up at night, so I started meditating and thats how I started receiving information from my Guides. There were times during meditation, that I felt a gentle air pressure near me, but nothing that felt fearful.
When I work with my guides or do a reading for someone where I connect with their guides; I always feel a sense of unconditional love. From my experiences, I dont feel from them, the emotions that are part of the human experience such as fear, sadness, grief, lust, romantic. Its a feeling of complete peace and being loved regardless of what you say, think or do. And, they always see the bigger picture. This is also true of angels and ascended masters but I love guides because they really get you. They know better than anyone, what youre going through ; and even if the information is not always pleasant, they will show you the bigger picture of how this works out.
It might help if you ask your guides for more clarity and information about John. Im not confident that he is a guide, as there was fear around this but I could be wrong. In addition to meditation, you can ask your guides, that if they appear to you on the astral plane, to do so at the edges of your energy field. Its very disturbing to wake up and something is right in your face; so you can ask them to pull back so that its not so startling. Also, it's been my experience that guides aren't really hung up on names. They are spirit and have had many names; which are important to us but not so much to them. They do have a specific frequency that can correspond to a name, often it's a name that we can't pronounce but if you ask, they will give you one. It might be a name that you may see frequently or during meditation, it might come to mind. But not to worry, as you have asked for them to make themselves known; they will; just give it time. And, again; just ask for more clarification about John.
updated by @pat-starbridge: 03/15/17 03:20:20AM