Here's an odd lesson I learned recently. A little background info, I really dislike when you ask someone for advice on anything Magick related to only get back "well it's up to you/it's whatever you want it to be/it's unique to you." If you've made it this far, you probably already know this. This answer is a cop out. When someone asks a question like this they are doing research. It's perfectly acceptable to hammer home the point that they should find "their" version but only if you are also giving examples. Spark that creative flame to get them thinking. Anyways, I have had a very difficult time trying to communicate with my spirits with clarity. Or should I say in a way that does not feel like I am speaking to myself. A few nights ago I was having a Tourette's flare up. It hit me that since I don't have control over my spasms anyway I could ask questions that way. I personally jerk my head as one of my main ticks. I set the states as left = no right = yes. I started having tremendous results in communicating. The lesson to pull from this is "Invent your own method". Research is great and other methods have power. However the best method you will find is one you create. Whether you ask your spirits to tap you on other the shoulders, quick sketches, randomly singing spontaneously, or maybe flipping through channels on a tv/radio. Anything you want is likely to work as long as you set the rules and communicate them clearly. Advice on who to contact is a discussion for another time.