Actually, I don’t. I don’t know their names, voices or what they like to wear. No one is chattering in my ear all day long. In fact, it is more like a vast landscape of quiet.
Clients ask me how to connect to their spirit guides and often they feel frustrated at not being able to hear them. It’s one of the reasons why they go to readers and psychics. However, it’s important to note that how we experience the unseen world is unique to the person. You may never hear your guides. You may not get premonitions or see visions. You may never really know what the hell is going on but still feel connection to…something.
I used to get frustrated when Christians would go on and on about feeling Christ’s love that enveloped them. The problem was: I didn’t feel the same rosy glow, though Lord knows I tried. I loved the Jesus that they spoke of; it just wasn’t my aloof Jesus. This was not limited to my time in the church. I remember one psychic say, You don’t hear your spirit guides? in a tone that triggered me right back to those born-again days and made me doubt my connection.
So what if I don’t “hear” my spirit guides? I have enough voices running around my head that the last thing I need are more voices piled on top. I think “my people” understand and they’re clever enough to get the messages to me. They’ll nudge me through song lyrics, images, birds, crystal-clear visions that are rare but memorable. As my intuitive gifts are centered around feeling (mainly clairsentient/empathy), I have strong gut-urges that guide.
In a Tarot session, it’s a little different. The best way I can describe it is like being plugged into a computer and I’m transcribing the particular sensation, whether it be words, images or a story. It’s a stream-of-consciousness that I often have to slow down so I don’t ramble off into space. That’s why I ask so many questions!
All this to say: how you experience the unseen is how you experience the unseen — call them spirit guides, the Divine, angels, helpful beings, etc. — and there is nothing wrong with the particular way that you connect. Your “people” will know how to reach you.