Everyone has a Spirit Guide, sometimes you may have only one and sometimes you may have many. Some guides will change throughout your life or some will stay with you a lifetime. Our guides are very personal and are catered to our learning and even healing. Their role is to work with us on an individual basis and help us develop the skills we need to achieve our life's purpose.
People can often become confused and think a Spirit is their guide, but this is not always the case. There are in fact differences. Most Spirit Guides have incarnated on earth several times and are very advanced in both the earthly plane and the spirit planes. Spirit Guides can show up around the aura of a person in a reading. As opposed to a regular spirit that you encounter in your surroundings, they can just be passing through, or attached to a location or be a loved one.
A Spirit Guide is here for your advancement and your highest and greater good. They would not instruct you to harm yourself or to harm others. They are strictly here to guide you towards increasing your vibrations and achieving your purpose. You will often feel calmed by their presence and not scared.
Most guides have signals that they will give you when they are around you. You might be in the middle of a meditation and you keep getting an itch on your nose, or you keep getting a ringing in your ears. Some people may even get the scent of roses or flowers when their guide is present. Your guide will always personalize your experience and communicate in a way you understand. Just be willing to listen and be willing to ask for them to step forward.
The best thing you can do to prepare to meet your guides is to set your intention. Let your guides know you are wanting to be more aware of their presence and to learn more about how they communicate and guide you, so you start paying attention instead of overlooking them.
Keep a journal and makes notes of the Spirit Guides that appear to you. Notice the times that they show and what impressions you feel when they are around. Repeat the meditation and the exercises included to strengthen your connection with your guides.