Who or What is your Guide?
Your Spirit Guide can be different things to different people. Some think your guide is actually your ‘higher self’ or intuition. To some, it’s a completely separate entity. Some people’s guide is an animal or totem – each of us is different and that is reflected in our guides.
Types of Guides
An ancestral guide is one who can claim some sort of kinship with you, such as your dear Aunt Tillie who died when you were ten. It may also appear in the form of a long-dead ancestor. In some schools of thought, these entities are seen as reincarnated guides, because they are the spirits of someone who loved us during their physical lifetime, or who had some sort of blood connection to our family. Some people, depending on their religious upbringing, may see these types of guides as guardian angels.
Common Spirit Guide, or Teacher Guide:
A typical spirit guide is archetypical, symbolic or representative of something else. For example, you may find your guide appears in the form of a warrior, a storyteller, or a wise woman, and they have appeared to you for a purpose. Typically, that purpose is to teach you and guide you along a particular path. They may also introduce you to other archetypes along your journey, and help out with problem solving, based upon your needs. They are known to provide insight by way of dreams or meditation, and may only hang around as long as you need them, then move on.
Although many people claim to have animals as spirit guides, often these entities are more companions than anything else. It’s not uncommon for a deceased pet to linger around, keeping you company through the grieving process. In some spiritual traditions, such as various Native American or shamanic paths, a person may have an animal totem, which provides teaching and/or protection.
This is a guide who is there to protect your energy as you venture into the spirit realms. Your gate-keeper can sometimes be the first guide you meet, for this reason. You could think of a gate keeper like a bouncer, standing on the door and protecting the gateway !
They work more to keep the lower vibrational (some call this “negative”) energies away from an individual when they are opening up doorways to different realms, only allowing appropriate spirits to enter. These guides offer physical and psychic protection to mediums and spirit communicators -only allowing higher vibrational energies and the most appropriate spirits to work with you.
They are strong in manner and character and often have large, strong physical bodies to match. These guides are often of indigenous heritage to wherever you are living or your ancestry. In North America, many people have Native American protector guides, while others look like they may have been Vikings. While many are human, they are sometimes large animals such as elephants or panthers. These guides are called upon when you need strength, courage, and bravery . . . or to have with you all the time as a spirit mother or spirit father to watch over you. For the above reasons we shall be working on meeting our Gatekeepers tonight.
What if I don’t like my guide?
When working with spirit guides, you may occasionally be introduced to a guide that does not resonate with you – and that’s okay! You have complete control over who you interact with, both in your physical life and spiritual life, and if you find that you and a guide are not compatible, you have complete freedom to dismiss that guide. Just like developing any relationship for the first time, working with spirit guides takes time, dedication, and effort. Once you have established contact with those of true higher energies, such as Spirit Guides, is a great blessing that you will feel. Working with spirit guides will strengthen your willpower, lighten your mind and mood, assist you with self-healing work, and help you become more compassionate with those around you.
If you wish to know your spirit guides or angels, simply take the time to get to know them. If you wish to communicate with your guides and angels, take the time to speak with them in prayer and meditation. When you begin initiating contact, the rewards are endlessly beautiful!
Everyone has a Spirit Guide; before you decided to reincarnate you choose who you wanted to be as yours. Throughout our life we can have many guides; but you have a main guide who has been with you since you were born. In essence you already know your spirit guide very well from being in the realms with them or on another previous lifetime.
Spirit Guides are slightly different to Guardian Angels, yes they too do exist but are again on a much higher level and vibration than Spirit Guides
Your spirit guide truly loves you; they do not judge you in any way. They have your best interests at heart and will do what they can to assist us on present lifetime. These special spirits are your friends for life and longer!
So what are Spirit Guides? As their title tells you; they are spirits but have evolved highly to become guides. They are around to guide you; they can’t live your life for you; you have to do that, nor can they give you all the answers but they will try their best to guide you. Ever have a sudden inspirational idea? Then wonder what made you think of the idea in the first place especially as the idea actually works. You guide impressed that idea to you via thoughts.
Some people have asked me “Isn’t one my relatives my guide then”? Well the best way I can answer this is that although your relatives are around to give support they aren’t true spirit guides. As lovely as our departed relatives are they would not be evolved enough to take on the role of a true spirit guide. Most spirit guides are highly evolved souls who themselves have experienced many incarnations. From what information I have received through my own guide. Those wishing to become spirit guides do have training. It is not something that is rushed into.
Some Spirit Guides have had earthly lives at some time; some haven’t. Some guides like to keep their appearance of their last incarnation as they feel happier that way. Those that have had earth lives have long evolved and have learnt all there is to be learnt on their own journeys so they no longer need to reincarnate again. Again it is down to free will, some choose to become guides some do not. Some though highly evolved may yet again wish to reincarnate.
As I said some guides like to keep the appearance that they had on their last incarnation, these include Native American Indians, Monks from various cultures, Nuns, Scientists, Doctors, the list is endless. These types of guides once had earthly lives but are now far more evolved so have become guides. Other types of guides haven’t had an earthly existence, they are already highly evolved some of these types are so high that all you see is light, or hear a voice or sense a vibration. These types of guides are pure energy. Some guides are so highly evolved they are pure energy and light, they take no shape or form at all.
Whatever kind of guides you have know he or she is highly evolved and is present with you to serve your best interests. They will communicate to you and assist you if you so wish it. Of course it is entirely up to you whether you follow what your guide impresses upon you. You have Free Will.
As I have mentioned we have one main Spirit Guide but we also can have other guides with us as well. We will have many guides during our lifetime; they come and go as we progress along our spiritual path. Some while stay for awhile; others may only stay a short time like for instance just one day, depending on what attribute we are learning. There are guides for all skills, writing, art, healing, for most things. Quite often this guide was a master at this skill when he or she was once incarnate. For instance if you may be learning about healing you will probably have a guide that was once involved with healing like a doctor or practitioner. If you are skilled in artwork your guide also was once an artist. Learning to tap into the skill of communicating with your guide is beneficial to all.
© Sue & Michael Treanor 2014