Of possible interest to the greater, remaining shrunken readership here.
Q1: When I told an inquirer to formulate channeling questions with care, because thought energy invested in making the questions "authorizes" and brings forward the information sought, the inquirer then replied: "I tried to think of questions to ask under the given circumstance but when I try to formulate it, I already know the answer to it so I just end up not having a yes or no question."
Response from The Committee: You already "know" the answer because you have received that information telepathically however you believe it originated as your own thoughts. This leads to the answer to your question #2 ....
Q2: How does anybody know if s/he is communicating with a spirit and not their "own voice"? How can anybody tell the difference between higher self and guides and/or ET's?
C: The questions you say you tried to formulate; from where did your doubt, uncertainty, concern or simple curiosity to know, come? This part of the process originated within you; however when you tried to formulate the question - put your thoughts into words - you discovered you already knew. It seemed like you were looking up an answer in a reference book you briefly forgot you had, or didn't remember right away you have that general information. When directed to the book - in other words, when told to "formulate your questions carefully" - what happened? You realized you know the answer.
Maybe and not quite....maybe the answers were telepathically channeled BUT you perceived such incoming information to be that "you already knew."
You now see why you should formulate questions with care, because thought energy invested, authorizes the release of the information you seek and brings it to you.
Practice it; differences between your own thoughts and incoming information will gradually emerge and become more obvious.
(Sidebar comment: The Committee is ADAMANT about that buzzword, "higher self" - as common & popular as clouds & drinking water - which is blatantly incorrect. We have no higher self, there is nothing about us higher than we already are. We are not lower than ourselves, thus we have no higher self. We are ourselves. We are always complete and we are not segmented into hierarchies inside our existence. Many people beginning a spiritual journey get badly sidetracked with this erroneous notion and never recover.)
Q3: What are the ET races in the area where I live?
All of them, including the humans of which you are one, plus all others who also live there.
Seriously, alien extraterrestrial visitors are not attached to any one location on Earth; they are rapidly mobile. Your region receives frequent visits and is under almost constant observation.
Q4: What's a good book you've published that I should read if I am curious about manifesting financial freedom?
None, neither that I've published nor has anyone else. The easiest way to obtain financial freedom is not participate in the money system. Have none, give none, accept none.
How would such approach affect life and personal interactions? (Given how animals, plants, nature and so forth do not participate in the human money scheme.)
The next step is to examine money for what it is; oil. Grease. A lubricant. It cannot be eaten, swallowed or used very well for any specific purpose without another human involved in the process. Thus the word "capital" (or head; "per person" or per capita).
Money has value as a coupon or voucher; it is received solely because a recipient believes it will be accepted by someone else, as part of the large agreement.
Does a person who wants financial freedom just want lubricating grease & oil or the machinery? Which machines? For what purposes and reasons? Will such machines run better with the more or new lubrication? Many people will refuse to perform a service - i.e. they will not run their machine - no matter how much money is offered, yet others will gladly do that for legal or illegal things.
What are the limits to what money might motivate others to do, which equals your financial freedom?
You really want assurances of enough vouchers & coupons to give others, to provide you with the things - goods and services - you want now and into the future, and promises from others to eventually accept your vouchers when you choose.
Simply focus on what you want and the time you want them. Ferrari next week, huge retirement account tax free next year, gold diamond studded watch next month, fancy dinner tonight, friend's child cured of cancer as soon as possible, and so forth.
Money has limits beyond just being grease. You will realize again what you already know, many very valuable things money cannot buy.
Focus not on financial freedom but specific things you want. The energy money represents will flow where it needs to go, for you.