Thank you for the useful line of questioning.
Before eating I felt hungry as usual, and before the reading I felt fine. However I hadn't had lunch (normal for me) and did the reading before dinner, so I was probably less grounded to begin the reading with. I see this as a potential warning sign, perhaps food before a reading would help me?
I intentionally left my foot in the door, actually, not fully closing myself off when leaving the reading. I thought I'd let it simmer in the background, as it were. Leaving my safe spot and going out onto the street to catch the cab while holding onto a thread of the web... leaving myself open to messages perhaps opened me to other information I picked up while on the street/in the cab. I've worked for years on my empathic shield/filter, being open and receptive while out in public was probably a dumb idea because a) I'm not used to that sort of overload of information now and b ) I know better than that.
I use intuition as well with working with spirit guides.
In terms of your next question, I very much agree with the idea of following the web to take me to the target, however it was a bit of a scatter shot as well as I only got a line of text (the reading was done online). Also I'm not sure what you mean by non-designated spirit? Do you mean the spirit guides I work with? They're always with me at least in the background. I don't really need to do anything fancy to call them (unless I'm feeling fancy, haha).
In terms of negative entities... It was brought up by another person when I mentioned my situation so I thought I'd see what those here thought. At the end of the day I was in a safe place with my guides. It's true I'm due for a clean and usually reset my protective measures after cleaning, so this will do me good (my plan is to scrub the place tomorrow). I have faith that my protective measures work even with some clutter around the place, but it will be good to reconnect with protective magick when I've been focusing on other endeavours for the past month. In terms of possession I don't know a lot on the topic beyond what Hollywood has taught me... What are true signs of possession?
Edited by ThreeCircleTarot, 10 June 2018 - 04:19 PM.