...okay, a decent reply then:
You state that you are Nga Puhi me Ngati Kaingaroa...so I'm assuming that you are also Maori.
I'm not sure what your level of knowledge of our culture you may have – so my apologies if anything I say here may insult your own levels of
knowledge...thats not my intention...
However - therein lays your key to what you seek. Our own culture.
You say you're looking for your 'spirit guides'...well, as Maori, what you are potentially seeking you already have. As Maori our 'spirit guides'
are first and foremost our own tipuna/ancestors.
As such they remain present with us...all day, every day. They are there...row upon row...to awhi/assist you in your life. All you need do is
recognise that and call upon them – literally call upon them specifically for whatever specific assistance you may need at any given time.
Check that whakatauki/saying in my signature:
“Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi – engari he toa takitini ke!”
“My strength/fight is not that of ONE person – but of THOUSANDS”
That whakatauki is an acknowledgement that none of us stands alone.
When we view a person we aren't merely viewing them as a single sole entity – rather they are present and standing with ALL their tipuna/ancestors
backing them up.
Out tipuna may have passed from us physically – but they are forever joined to us in wairua/spiritually. The binds and bounds between us and them
IF what you seek is a deeper understanding and connection to Te Ao Wairua / The Spirit Worlds, then you don't need to look outside of our own
You also don't need to take anything, drugs or whatever, to 'access those realms'.
Our Tohunga of old didn't take anything to access for they simply didn't exist as separate from those realms. They existed in BOTH the physical and
the spiritual realm/s all at the same time. Hence what they were able to do and invested to do by their respective Iwi/Hapu/Whanau.
Some keys and understandings can be found within the many whakatauki/sayings, tauparapara/chants/incantations, waiata tawhito/old 'songs', karakia
tawhito / old prayers. Our knowledges are embedded in those forms for us all, as Maori, to access.
Here's a whakatauki for you:
“E kore koe e ngaro – he kakano I ruia mai I Rangiatea”
“You shall never be lost – you are a seed sown from Rangiatea”
Think about that for a moment...let it sink it...let the deeper implications and understandings of it take root within you.
“YOU are a seed sown from Rangiatea”
...YOU are sown from the upper-most realms of the Heavens themselves...thats where you, I, we come from.
We were SOWN here...where? Sown right here in Papatuanuku / Mother Earth.
Our physical bodies are NOT who we intially or originally were/are...rather we are wairua/spiritual entities merely born here upon Papatuanuku into
this physical existance.
So...we are a seed...originating from the heavenly realms...planted here in Papatuanuku.
There is a tauparapara/chant that refers to this:
Tenei au, tenei au,
Te hokai nei I taku tapuwae
Ko te hokainuku, ko te hokairangi
Ko te hokai o to tupuna
I pikitia ai ki te Rangituhaha ki te tihi I Manono
I rokohina atua ra ko Io Matua Kore anake
I riro iho ai nga Kete o te Waananga
Ko te Kete Tuauri
Ko te Kete Tuatea
Ko te Kete Aronui
Ka titiria, ka poupoua ki a Papatuanuku
Ka puta te Ira Tangata ki te Whai Ao, ki te Ao Marama,
Here am I, Here am I
Here am I swiftly moving by the power of my karakia
Swiftly moving over the earth, swiftly moving through the heavens
The swift movement of your ancestor, Tanenuiarangi,
Who climbed up to the isolated realms, to the very summit of Manono
And there found Io-The-Parentless alone
He brought back down the baskets of knowledge
The basket called Tuauri
The basket called Tuatea
The basket called Aronui
To be portioned out and planted in Papatuanuku
From whence the very life principle of Mankind came forth into the dawn, into the world of light/enlightenment
I sneeze, there is life!
...so...we are those seeds, gathered from the heavenly realms, and planted here/propogated here within this earthly realm.
Those 'baskets of knowledge' referred to are also pretty interesting. Again, I'm not sure of your levels of knowledge about our culture...so again,
my apologies if my sharing this with you is in any way insulting to the knowledge you already hold.
Those baskets – Tuauri, Tuatea and Aronui are extremely funky when you start to dig a little deeper into what each represents, means, and
....continued in next reply...ran out of room...hahaha