The term Spirit Guide generally makes reference to one or more entities who watch, teach, heal, and help you on your physical journey into spiritual awareness. They are above in higher frequency, while you experience the physical below. Spirit guides can go by many names. Often they connect with more than one person at a time, using identities that are comfortable to those they communicate with.
Spirit guides may be viewed as any type of non-physical being... Each guide generally comes to you for a specific purpose - creative abilities, healing issues, spiritual development, etc.
I have discovered that people who live in balance have humorous spirit guides and manifest positively in the physical, faster now than ever before, and in a healthy way. Those with mental illnesses, even unrecognized, yet sensed, will attract negative experiences and blame it on their guides or dark forces. Not true in most cases. Guides ... are there to do just that ... guide you to the positive. If the voices in your head confuse you, place you in conflict, and drive you crazy, please seek professional help and get evaluated, especially if you deal with substance abuse.
To help get a point across, spirit guides work with you 'above' to create viable synchronicities that occur below. Synchronicities, in general, are experiences created by your soul to bring you into greater awareness.
Communication is generally telepathic, clairaudience, clairvoyance, observed during meditation, dream time, or just learning how to focus, look and listen to messages received. Some people call this method of connection, Channeling. The more you practice, the easier it gets. In order to be a clear channel there's a process each person must go through. You must first learn how to release blocks from your Chakras and Auric Fields otherwise you'll continue to block guidance. Something else that is very important is that if you attempt to Channel a guide and are full of negative energy you can attract Negative Entities. Like attracts Like. We all have positive and negative energy but the goal is to release your negative patterns in order to introduce positive energy therefore attracting a highly evolved and positive Spirit Guide. There's lots of material on how to balance the chakras, so I wont go any further in this subject.
Before I opened to channel in 2006 my teacher/ guru ( Amelia De Pazos ) had given me Chakra, Aura, and Meditation Techniques to do daily for an hour. I gotta admit, at first it was difficult to keep the focus and concentration, it was my first taste of meditation. But since we are creatures of habit, I finally got into the habit of meditating and continue to do so on a daily basis to keep my chakras balanced. By now I have also increased the length of time, Thank God!
Channeling has been a Blessing! I can't express the feelings, reassurance, and peace that comes from channeling Spirit Guides. When I speak of Spirit Guides, I speak of beings that are vibrating within a much higher rate then any human here on earth, for example Buddha, Jesus, Isis, the Pleidians, Archangel Miguel, etc...
Channeling is a tool I use when I need help understanding everyday situations and when I need guidance or simply when I need reassurance when making a major decision. Guides will never tell you what to do, what they will do is help you see situations from a higher perspective, as well as giving you possible scenarios on to what may or may not happen depending on the actions you take.
Guides are also here to help you in many ways to heal your wounds, your relationships, and your physical body. You see, as you channel a guide or several guides, your also channeling their energy into your aura and chakras which is very healing ( It's similar to having a Reiki session without the Reiki practitioner ) Their energy should leave you feeling elevated and balanced. Everyone senses energy differently so I'm speaking from my own experiences.