Test the Spirits
Are there other non-physical beings, besides your spiritual self, from which you can gather psychic information? You bet, and many of these entities are all too eager to tell you how to run your life even though they are completely unqualified to do so.
Like humans, spirits are: nice, not-so-nice, neutral, and can be a combination of all the above. It's imperative to vet all psychic information to make sure it's coming from a credible source like your higher self.
You need discernment in the spiritual realm just as much as you do in your physical life. You wouldn't walk up to a stranger on the street and ask if it's a good idea to marry someone and then take whatever they say as absolute truth – would you? Nope. You would go to your own heart, experience, trusted experts, and loved ones for this information – same in the spirit world. When you make decisions and need guidance, you don't want to take the advice from the first disembodied voice that comes your way. No, thank you! Please don't do it without investigating the source.
My spiritual teachers have taught me to "test the spirits" to see where they are from and check the validity of what they are communicating. One way to test a spirit is simply by asking. Ask if they are of the light and to back-up what they are saying. If they get offended or fight back by your line of questioning, tell them no thanks and send them on their way.
Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you consider the validity and helpfulness of psychic information coming from an outside source. Helpful spirits and your higher self will never feel intrusive or demanding. Also, truly helpful spirits are never panicked, and they don't bargain or give ultimatums. Watch out for those who say you must do something now, or it will never happen, etc. It's most likely a trick to get you to make rash and unhelpful decisions. As a rule of thumb, watch closely the energies that come in when receiving psychic information. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Remember, you are the best person to go to make decisions about your life. Why? Because, by birthright, you come with your unique built-in path and purpose. Your soul and Creator know your purpose and what it will take for you to grow into a more authentic version of yourself.
We all need help and advice from time-to-time, but the best mentors and teachers will always lead you back to your truth and hold you 100% accountable for your own life. Taking full responsibility for your life is where your real power lies as a human, and where you can make the most positive impact on yourself and your world.
Don't worry about the benign and darker forces that are at play in this world. All you need to do is be aware. As a human in a physical body, you have tremendous power. Don't give your authority to anyone or anything by being physically and spiritually absent from your life either by, for example, extreme apathy or severe drug abuse.
It is a gift from God to own and embody all of you by being "you" to your fullest potential. Essentially what I'm saying here is the more loving and accepting of yourself as a human, the safer you are spiritually.
Being grounded while listening for intuitive information will also keep you spiritually safe. Learn more by reading, [Read: Get Grounded – Running Physical and Spiritual Energies]