Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen. ― Vernon Howard
In answering this question let me return to the poem by Goethe
The Holy Longing
poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the mass man will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.
In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you,
when you see the silent candle burning.
Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher lovemaking sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly, and you are gone.
And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.
Translated from the German by Robert Bly
Here is a poet who is a KNOWER.
The question “Do you need a person to give you spiritual guidance.” is a vast question and to answer it adequately would need another full-length blog post and even a book.
I have been on this spiritual journey from the time I was 17 years old when my mother gave me a book on yoga.
On the Winding Stair
On the winding stair
My mother gave me a book.
Inside there was a treasure I didn’t know
I had lost.
Now oft times when I think of my mother
How come she KNEW
The treasure was mine.
The treasure was the arrival of the teachings of Yoga in the West.
The Goethe poem The Holy Longing is a poem about spiritual awakening (Level 2 – Transition). Goethe says, “Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, because the mass man will mock it right away.”
The problem is how to know a wise person who has been graced the awakening to the Holy.
Most people in religious circles who I have met want you to belong to their group. The group teaching is more important than the awakening of your soul.
This happened to my sister Mary who had an awakening experience out on a Donegal beach while she was on retreat with a fundamentalist Christian group.
Her pastor who I met only once was in my view a power broker. He formed this group for his own ego aggrandisement. He assured my sister that her awakening experience was invalid.
She came to my home in Leeds shortly before her death and tentatively explored the experience, but she was caught between her need to belong to the group and her need to be true to her soul.
She chose to be true to the group.
The best advice I can give you is to find a guide who keeps pointing you to go inward and have the revelation to your quest be your direct experience.
Any mystic will keep pointing you to the Presence within you that is the best guide to living a life you love.
Recognize that 95% of so-called spiritual guidance has to do with keeping you within the flock or converting you to the flock. It isn’t about honouring the unique way in which the revelation of Love is to be expressed through you.