This experience was one of my first and most memorable experiences with the unknown. For a little back story on me, I have a family history of "psychics." My maternal grandmother was a fortune teller and tarot card reader, and my paternal grandmother came from a family of Irish gypsies. Despite that, we didn't focus on these topics very much growing up, but I had heard stories here and there. Suffice to say, being psychic was NOT on my mind when this experience occurred.
I was 17, just graduated from High School, and was leaving my boyfriend's parent's house to go to work at around 7am. They lived out in the country in a forested area, but it wasn't too far from the city where I worked. I was driving down a windy country road -- the kind that has only one lane for each traffic direction and nowhere to pull off the road as there were steep ditches dividing the road from the dense trees. Despite this, the speed limit was relatively high so I was driving around 50mph.
Since I had just woken up and jumped straight in my car, I was in that liminal state between sleep and total alertness. Definitely safe to drive, but I have since wondered if the time of day had an effect on what happened next. I was just about to round a blind curve when all of a sudden I heard a voice say simply "A car is going to pull out in front of you." The voice was clear, calm, and distinct. I heard it very clearly but it was more in my head than in the car, although it was absolutely "out loud." It was not my own voice, that much was clear.
As soon as I received the warning, I slowed down drastically. Just as I rounded the bend, a pickup truck with an empty boat trailer -- thus making it that much longer -- pulled out of a hidden driveway and cut me off. I slammed on my brakes and had to turn the nose of my car off the road and into the ditch to avoid hitting it. By the time I stopped my car was teetering just above the edge of the ditch, which would have caused me to crash into the thick trees below. Literally there was not an inch to spare.
The truck driver jumped out and was visibly shaken. He kept saying "I could have killed you! I'm so sorry!" I had no idea what to make of the whole thing. A disembodied voice saves your life on your morning commute? I felt like there was electricity running through my body, every hair was standing on end. I sat there in my car for a minute or two and then went on about my day. So what or WHO was that voice? At the time I had no idea. Which is not to say I know now for sure, but a couple months ago I asked for some clarity while meditating.
I'm 29 now and often meditate. Not always, but often I have intense visual and audio experiences during meditation. After getting myself into a deep state, I suddenly asked "Who was it that warned me about the truck?" I had not planned to discuss this event, it just came to me in the moment. All of a sudden I was transported to a wooded area -- a forest -- with shadows jumping around on what looked like platforms near the treetops. Something came forward and said "It was me!" Next I asked "Who are you?" And it responded clearly saying "I'm a guide!" Not sure why the next question popped into my head, but I asked "Did you choose me or were you assigned?" Whatever it was, this happy shadow, laughed and said "Assigned!"
To be clear, this was a very intense meditative experience for me, and actually the only time I've ever had a Q&A session while mediating. So it's not as if this happens to me all the time. I got the sense that this wasn't my "primary" guide, just something that lived in the forest and was in the right place at the right time.
What do you think? I know very little about the concept of guides or guardian angels, or whatever they may be. All of the questions I asked just flowed naturally in the moment. What are guides? Who are they? Is it even real?