Posted 02 June 2016 - 07:56 PM
Starting with ones ancestors is an awesome suggestion, as several here have pointed out. One of the biggest reasons is that what they were is literally inside you as well in your DNA. You are also the living legacy of all of their hard work. Everything they did in life, all the joys, all the struggles, everything was left in the hands of their children, and then the process continued until you were born. You are the accumulation of generations of lives all wrapped in to one living, breathing package. Which means your ancestors have your best interests at heart as guides, teachers and protectors. They are also the spirits closest to you by means of your inherited DNA from every one of them.
Hence the reason they are approached first in many practices. Working with spirits can attract those who are unwanted, and your ancestors are your first, and strongest, line of defense and protection.
Another very strong aide in spirit work are the spirits of nature. If they are local to your area (or the property where you live), then that will make the link with them even that much more potent. Also, working with them, as well as with your ancestors, helps to open up your abilities to communicate with spirits. To start just find a place in nature as close to your home as possible (your actual home being ideal but not required, not everyone lives in the wild), and talk to them asking for a relationship and leave an offering.
Aside from that, focus on dream recall, as a common vehicle spirits use for communication is your own dreams. But if you can't remember them, then the benefit is minimal. So write down every dream every morning, as this is one of the best methods, and most simple, I've found for remembering dreams in vivid detail (It's also the first step to lucid dreaming).