Those resources are valuable and not emptying the mind seems to be key. While I understand and agree that Holy Spirit filled life is evident through our transformation, developing discernment of the Holy Spirit’s guidance may be the means. There have been instances in my own life where I have experienced being guided by the Holy spirit in specific situations like being enabled to have more faith than usual during a crisis, an urge to share the gospel to a specific person, being prompted in my spirit to pray for someone who was in an accident, being warned of someone, suddenly being reminded of a verse or song to calm my anxious thoughts, certain verses jumping off bible text as an answer to a specific situation etc. Its moments like these that confirm to me on difficult days that God has his eye on me, that Jesus is alive and that Holy Spirit is truly a Comforter and Counselor.
The pattern I see in my own experience about the guidance of Holy Spirit is - its initiated by God and not dependent on my effort, it requires obedience on my part, its God glorifying, it strengthens my faith in Jesus, it’s not in opposition to the revealed Word. A few times, I have wondered if I actually heard from the Holy Spirit when the words I felt compelled to share were met with much resistance. After hearing of false Christs, for my own assurance, so that I am not influenced by any other spirit, I specifically pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. I think there may be a chance of being influenced by other spirits if we unknowingly open ourself to following some of the teachings that are not founded in the Bible similar to how Adam and Eve came under Satan’s authority on agreeing with him in Genesis.
In practice, being still and knowing He is God to me has been about checking if my attitude is in submission to God after I have done what I know to do, as much as I can. It’s not about silence or emptying of mind or chanting as that’s a voluntary act of losing control of self to be influenced by anything out there. In contrast, the process may be actually reverse in Christian practice. It’s the encounter and understanding of God’s love that causes us to cease in our self striving or in other words give control of self to God.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on discerning the Holy Spirit. Thanks @SeanO for the books you recommended on this. Thank you!