I've followed this thread with great interest...
But. I've now come to think that maybe keeping mum is not so much about keeping it secret, but keeping others from "tainting" it. Say, you talk about your spiritual messages to people who don't believe it or see them in a sinister light, and their doubtfulness makes you doubt too. So you won't take it in as you consciously or subconsciously hesitate or disregard it.
And that, is exactly part of the power of "To keep silent". ("the 4th 'power'...*she says with posh accent and and palm raised, finger over lips in drama*).
Re: how to get guides to appear.
I've never gone looking - ideas/views of them just sort of 'pop' into my head.
Usually this has been when I've been engaged in some sort of meditative practice, or been receiving treatment which has a meditative/energetic element to it.
So for example - one guide appeared during a Reiki 2 initiation years ago. Just there out of the corner of my eye and I'm thinking - "What the?...am I mad?". I kept it to myself and wondered - and it just never went away. So eventually I decided "Well this must be a guide thingy that everyone talks about right?...so ahh - *now directly addressing the vision* - who the H are you and what do you want?".
Another appeared when I was having moxa on my acupuncture needles. Now - granted, moxa does have psychoactive effects Lol. Moxa - is mugwort. (and then again, it's in the altered state that such things are sometimes accessed, whatever the modality to get to that state. I prefer meditation myself).
Apparently one can meet them deliberately by path working to find them...(sort of as in Shamanic practice I think. You go on a journey and who you meet - is your guide).
Walk along your favourite sacred path in your head to a personal sanctuary and wait there and see who you meet.
You could try - meditating with invitation for them to appear, whilst you peacefully wait...
Or... programming yourself before you go to sleep to meet them in your dreams - if you're into that.
Expect lots of repetition before anything happens that you can intuitively feel - "that's the one". (I think...I don't know. I'm just yammering with ideas here really... )
Yes! Especially when you are about to reveal private stuff between them and yourself!
I remember this one time when I had to g...
Betrayer! Shock! Horror! reveal "private stuff between them and yourself???