When I first started to develop my psychic abilities, I heard psychic development experts talk about spirit guides, and to be perfectly honest with you, I had a hard time believing they were real.
First off, I thought – what ARE they? Are they ghosts? Spirits? Angels? Beings from another dimension?
Then, I thought – if they DO exist, why would they want to help ME?
I remembered how much time and energy I spent as a kid praying, begging God, Jesus Christ, and the whole f*$%ing pantheon of angels to heal my mom, to keep her alive, and to alleviate the horrible pain she was in when she was suffering from cancer. I didn’t think my pleas were heard, though, because not only did she endure excruciating pain for 5 long years, but she died when I was 15, leaving me to face the rest of my life alone, without her. I turned my back on God and anything else “other-worldly” for 15 years after that. So, to say I’m skeptical is a bit of an understatement.
Yet, today, through all the work I’ve done to develop my intuition and access a greater level of understanding of the whole spiritual side of things, I have to say I honestly do believe that spirit guides exist. I still tend to test them every time I ask for guidance for myself, and every heartfelt plea I put forth starts with “If you really do exist…” and then “please help me with…(xyz).” Yet when I ask my guides for help, and then quiet my mind and look for signs and listen for messages, I do get answers. I have guides who help me cook, who help me find great deals when I shop (and I love to shop), who help me get parking spaces, and who help with all sorts of other things that aren’t so mundane – like understanding why my mom suffered so much, where she is now, and what our karma together was all about.
Guides show up ALL THE TIME when I’m doing energy healings and readings for people. When my brain is in that alpha mode, and I’m looking to help others, spirit guides come through without fail. I clairvoyantly see them, I hear messages they have to deliver, and I know I’m not making it up because the advice they give is invariably greater, wiser, and even sassier than I’d ever be.
Here are the most common questions I’ve heard, along with answers I’ve gleaned, about spirit guides:
What are spirit guides?
Spirit guides are energy beings who are here to help you get through life on earth. They can appear to you as a person, an animal, or a sound, touch, or color. Your spirit guides can be ascended masters, deities, departed loved ones, or spiritual avatars like Christ, the Buddha, Quan Yin, or any of the angels or archangels.
How do I know they exist?
By trial and error, really. Just start asking for help, for guidance, for answers. And then just pay close attention to any messages you receive. You might PRETEND that when you ask, someone is listening. Once you start to really feel like you’re being heard, you can transition into a working relationship with your guides. It’s kind of like learning to ride a bike. Once you know how to do it, you know.
Why would they want to help me?
The universe consists of many, many layers and dimensions. In helping you get through your life, your guides are able to ascend as well.
How can you hear their guidance?
You can sense that your guides are with you by paying attention to signs, shifts in vibrations, and higher-level thoughts that float through your brain. Many people will hear songs on the radio, see billboards or ads that make sense, or notice hummingbirds, butterflies, or other creatures that make them feel uplifted and provide reassurance. You can tell you’re getting high-quality guidance when you ask yourself questions, then hear answers in your head that are wiser than your own voice. It takes getting used to, but with time, you’ll figure out when guidance is coming through.
What can spirit guides help me with?
You have your own set of guides who help with your particular life path and any and all problems that you have. These guides are like guardian angels, who are with you from the day you’re born til the day you die. You can also ask to connect with any other specific type of guide to help with anything you need assistance with. If you’re sick, ask for healing guides to help you. If you’re struggling with a creative project, ask for an artist guide to come through. If you’re working on spiritual growth, ask for a specific deity to guide you.
How can I strengthen my connection to my guides?
As with intuitive development, you can strengthen your connection to your guides through meditation, hypnosis, and guided imagery. When you meditate, you slow your brain waves down from the active “beta” state to the calmer “alpha” mode. That’s when guidance comes through. You may think you’re imagining things, but that’s how it all begins. Soon you’ll realize that you really are receiving messages that are useful and make practical sense to you.
If you’re interested in learning more about guides, check out this workshop I recorded that’s chock full of my own stories and experiences with learning how to connect with my guides, as well as tips for how you can connect with yours, including two guided meditations. It’s $55 and for the 90 minute class, which you can download instantly. I also recorded a fairy-tale like magical forest meditation for connecting with your guide – click here to purchase and download (it’s toward the bottom of the page).
What do you think about spirit guides? If you’ve had experiences with your guides, what are the ones that you’ve remembered the most? How do you connect? Please share your stories, tips and comments below!