There was a time when I had five spirit guides.
Over the eight years I was a medium, I went to psychic development classes, read many books on witchcraft (and other occult beliefs), and practiced Eastern meditation and visualization techniques. All of these activities served to draw me deeper into occult practice and strengthened my resolve to expand my abilities.
One recurring concept which was encouraged in many of the books I read on psychic development was getting to know and working with spirit guides.
Spirit guides (or "unseen helpers") are considered by those in the New Age and other occult belief systems to be benevolent spirits who are meant to assist people find their "higher selves" or advance in spiritual awareness through life. Various activities associated with spirit guides can include automatic writing, meditation, hypnotism, centering, self-actualization, etc.
Honestly, I was resistant to the idea of contacting spirit guides. Never mind the fact I had been in deep communion (through meditation) for three years with various goddesses. Forget that I consulted a pendulum (which is similar in function to an Ouija Board) for the bulk of my important decisions. For some reason, the idea of acknowledging spirit guides was difficult for me.
Personally, I believe it was the presence of the Holy Spirit (who never left me no matter how far I strayed from Him those eight years) which prevented me from seeking spirit guides for so long. However, in the end I decided to do it.
I would "meet" my guides.
I wanted to increase my abilities as a medium and had finished a book by a spiritualist who recommended an exercise for meeting personal spirit guides. What the exercise required was an extended visualization exercise where you purposefully seek your spirit guides. I had spent years learning how to meditate and use visualization techniques for spell casting. By the time I decided to take the plunge and meet my guides I was more than prepared.
The process took several weeks. The first spirit guide was the one I would meet with the most often in meditation. He called himself "Brother Marcus", claiming to be a monk who had lived many years in the past and who had taken an interest in helping me "advance in my spiritual journey".
As time went by I met the others one by one. They each had a different function in my life as a guide. One specifically helped me communicate with other spirits when I did readings while ghost hunting. Another was a "Shaman" who would assist me with spiritual or metaphysical concerns. One presented itself as the Archangel Michael, who promised to protect me during spiritual confrontations (again while ghost hunting).
Over time, these "guides" were the ones I sought whenever I had a spiritual need to address. When I began to experience paranormal phenomena in my home with increasing frequency and intensity I asked them for help. Their silence led me to believe that as a medium (and ghost hunter) these types of experiences were to be expected.
A "spiritual hazard" of the job, so to speak.
What I did not acknowledge was who those (deceptive) spirit beings actually were. Only when I was confronted with an audio file of a demon's scream and realized I had a choice to make. Only when I re-dedicated my life to Christ, renouncing all my occult activities, and rebuking the demonic spirits I had allowed into my life as "guides". Those spirit beings who had been deceiving and harassing me. Those spirit beings who were compelled to obey JESUS because of WHO HE IS.
Spirit guides are not benevolent. Spirit guides are not "ascended masters", "angels", or "advanced human spirits". They are demonic spirits bent on deception. They are what the Bible calls "familiar spirits" who pretend at being "angels of light" but dwell in spiritual darkness.
In 1 John 4:1 (ESV) we are told "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." If we examine what people write, teach, or believe based on "the guidance of spirits", it is discovered to be at odds with what the Bible teaches. For instance, these "guides" insist there are many paths to God or that truth is relative. The Bible teaches that there is only one way of salvation for man and only one truth—-JESUS. Spirit guides represent a worldview that is in opposition to the Gospel.
Throughout scripture we are warned not to dabble or seek out the spirit realm. Whether through mediums, psychics, necromancers, diviners, or seeking personal insight from "spirit guides", we are to have nothing to do with these practices or beliefs. Doing so leads us into deception and the realm of spiritual darkness.
As Christians, we are called to live in the light of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the only "guide" we should ever need.
"This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:5-7 (NLT)