I would like to start by saying I am in no way an authority on all things spiritual. The perspective I give however is that of a seasoned Medium; giving it a bit more clout than the average bear’s. Here are some things I have learned over the years through stories told to me by the dead and through my incessant questioning of personal guides.
Spirit Guides are not angels, at least not in most cases. Angels are powerful, often misunderstood beings. If you do any reading of the Bible you will quickly be reminded that Angels often carried swords and had flaming eyes. They are big business & generally don’t stop by to talk to just anybody…no offense, but I think most of us are really not existing in the visitation from Angels club. I do believe some people work with Angels, but this is deep work that requires commitment and lots of trust. What most people refer to as Guardian Angels are really ancestral spirits; Beloved Dead from our blood or spirit line who have agreed to work with them from the other side. I refer to these lifetime spirit companions as our the ‘Main Guides’. ‘Main Guides’ generally connect to us by the time we are toddlers. It is common for well-adjusted people to become Main (Spirit) Guides shortly after dying. This happens most often when there is a birth shortly before or after someone’s death. If grandma or Uncle Ted didn’t have a lot of unfinished baggage from life, they often want to stay connected to their family line and help in what way they can, often by looking over a living loved one.
Another common form of Spirit Guide is the Healing Guide. Healing Guides are spirits of people who were Healers in life, Masters, Shamans, Doctors, and Magi who continue to teach from beyond the veil. These guides often come forward when a person takes a serious step onto the path of the Healer. [It is believed in Reiki circles that after a person becomes a Reiki 2 their healing guide will start to make themselves known.] There are however those who are pulled onto the path of the healer, those people might find that their Healing Guide shows their presence in desperate times of need, particularly related to health (mental/physical). Healing guides may come and go throughout one’s life, sometimes only staying long enough to share knowledge, other times forming life long partnerships with the living healer.
For those that seek a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them, guides can come in many forms. For many animals spirits (totems/power animals) are a big part of their spiritual tribe, and more so, there are those among us who have relationships with otherworldly beings. Guides such as this are similar to the friendships we form with the living, some last but a short time, others last a lifetime. As someone who identifies as a Mediums, the community of Spirit Guides I work with is as vast a circle as that of my living friends.
When we are looking to make contact with our Spirit Guide the first thing we want to remember is these spirits care about us, they would not speak to us in demeaning ways, or abuse us in any way. This is important to remember as most of us have garbage reels we play in our head that talk trash to us. We don’t want to confuse the voice of the garbage reel with a guide. Our guides are trying to help us evolve, grow & heal. Remember in most cases these guides are ancestors who love you. When we keep this thought straight in our head it helps us relax into the connection with our Spirit Guides.
For most people, the easiest place to meet up with our Spirit Guide is in the world of dreams. This world is accessed both while we are asleep and when we are on spiritual journeys & guided meditations. This world of visions is as real as the world we live in, it is a place where deep soul growth can take place, and it is accessible to everyone with practice. Some people are naturals to the art of dreaming, others have more resistance to get through. For those of you wanting to do guided journey work, there are a lot of good journeys on YouTube, try out a few, until you find someone you like. For those of you in the Northeast Kingdom, there is a guided journey class weekly on Mondays at my shop https://www.facebook.com/grindstonecafe/.