Do we need spirit guides or can we just tune into our spirit ourselves?
There is a path that can be walked as a self-initiate through study, self guided rites of passage, trial and error, and careful observation.
The path of the apprentice is a guided one that allows the student to interact with a depth of information and experience beyond their current sphere of knowledge.
Spirit guides come in various forms. There are earthly spiritual guides, sometimes as ministers, pastors, shamans, gurus, Babalawos, Iyanifas, and community Elders. Earthly guides come into our lives for various reasons but, are usually introduced into our lives as a result of a traumatic ordeal. Many times individuals in the midst of an unpleasant situation will seek counsel from a spiritual guide. Often times this leads one down the path of a new religion or even occupation in the spiritual field.
Through renewed or beginning faith in a new set of spiritual values or norms a new spiritual way is introduced to the individual in need based on the effectiveness of the guidance prescribed.
On the contrary the introduction to an unearthly spirit guide usually begins with a more euphoric experience; although some will report occurrences of frightful exchanges with spirit entities. This type of relationship usually begins during ones childhood and is strengthen by the purity of youth. That spiritual, emotional, and mental purity of youthful naturalness is the place that the adult individual hopes to return to once a spiritual path is embarked on.