Spirit Guides are our individual protectors, helpers, healers and teachers that reside in the etheric or Spiritual realms. They are incredibly compassionate beings who have committed to assist us in multiple ways throughout our lifetime. Some of them have even been with us throughout multiple lifetimes!
Not everyone can see their Spirit Guides, and that's okay. Many people have sensed or felt them, especially during times of need. Whether you talk to your Spiritual Team daily, or whether you've never even thought about it, don't worry. Your Guides are always with you, they're always listening to your prayers, they're always teaching you lessons, and they're always assisting you.
Our Guides have each gone through extensive training and have agreed to help us in our life's journey. Spirit Guides have all lived at least one incarnation on Earth before, so they understand the challenges that we face as humans. They know our Soul's deepest purpose and longing, and they help to guide us in the right direction. They love us very deeply and they want nothing more for us to have an abundant and beautiful life.
How many Spirit Guides do each of us have?
I've learned that this number varies from person to person. But, on average, most people have around 4 to 8 primary Guides who will be with them from their incarnation until death.
We also have a handful of temporary or "guest" Guides who come and go throughout our life. These are Guides who will come in and assist us for a particular lesson or life event and then leave once their work is done. For example, we may have a Guide who's purpose is to help us during our adolescent years and while we are in school. Once we grow up, we may have another Guide step in and take over to assist us in whatever career path we choose. Once the lesson or period is over, then the Guide leaves to assist others.
Some Guides will also come to specifically help us through a difficult moment or time in our life. When I lost my baby in 2014, I had all kinds of spiritual assistance helping me with my grief. Even when I was buried in deep sadness and grief, I could sense a strong blanket of love and support with me that lasted for many months. So, if you're going through a particularly difficult moment in your life right now, consider asking for more assistance. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the amount of support that is available to you.
It's important to remember that not one of our guides is more important than the other. There's no such thing as a "hierarchy" when it comes to our Spiritual Team. They're all equally important.
What are the Spirit Guide's role and purpose?
They have many purposes. Some of them are talented protectors and can intervene, if necessary, in order to keep us safe and healthy. You may have read incredible stories before where a person who was in a horrific accident had walked away with barely a scratch. This is Divine Intervention at it's finest, and can most likely be chalked up to a Spirit Guide stepping in and saving the day.
A Gatekeeper is another type of Spirit Guide whose primary purpose is to protect us energetically. My Gatekeeper guide makes sure that only compassionate and loving Spirits enter my field. I've made it clear to my Gatekeeper that I don't want to interact with lower-vibration Spirits such as ghosts or demons unless I'm meant to help them on their way to transformation. So, he helps ensure that I connect with only helpful Spirits. I also ask my Gatekeeper to protect my home from unwanted energies. Sometimes, when I'm driving a long distance, I'll see or sense that my Gatekeeper is a few feet in front of my vehicle. He's protecting me and my family around the clock and I always call on him when I feel unsafe or scared.
Our Spirit Team also helps and assists us throughout our life. They didn't get the name "Guides" for nothing. They're always sending us signs, messages, and synchronicities that are showing us the way. They're assisting us in making big decisions. They're also making sure that the right person walks into our lives at the right moment. Yes, sometimes, they're even match makers! They'll bring people and opportunities into our lives that can teach us powerful lessons. And, they even can orchestrate difficult situations and relationships into our lives to help us learn powerful lessons.
Spirit Guides are also powerful healers. They can help bring balance to our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. They can help to raise our vibration when it's low. They can assist us in releasing, clearing or letting go of toxic energies, patterns or behaviors. They are also incredibly wise and can access all sorts of information and answer questions for us.
Finally, we have Spirit Guides who's job is to help teach us. We have specific Guides who are assisting us in our spiritual growth, personal development, enlightenment and self-actualization. They help open us up to our highest potential. When we grow and develop our abilities, the Spirit Guides grow with us, so they're always asking us to learn and better ourselves.
What's the most important thing you've learned about working with Spirit Guides?
You have to ASK for help if you want help! Spirit Guides have to honor our free will. And, rarely, will they intervene unless you ask them to. Our Guides can only interact when permission is given, so it's important that you develop regular communication with them.
So, my best advice is to learn to check-in with your team on a regular basis. I usually check-in with them right before I fall asleep and often before or after my meditation practice. I let them know what went great during my day (more of that, please!) and what didn't go so well. I try to speak clearly, openly and honestly about my challenges and things I want to work on. I always ask for help and am constantly giving my team permission to assist me in all areas of my life. The more clear that I am with them about what I want and need, the easier it is for them to deliver.
If you need help in your life, ask for it. If you need help healing from a recent injury, ask for it. If you would like some extra comfort and protection on your next big trip, ask for it. And, then, let your Spiritual Team do their job and trust that whatever happens is for your highest good. They always know exactly what it is that you need.
Are there different types of Spirit Guides?
Yes! And, I believe that most of us have one or more in each category. We are surrounded by all kinds of compassionate and helpful Spirits including Ancestors, Ascended Masters, Angels, Elemental Beings (i.e. Fairies, Gnomes, Dragons, Mermaids, etc.). Nature Spirits, Power Animals and even Cosmic or Galactic Beings.
They will show themselves to us in a form that won't scare us. They know that when we first make contact with Spirit, it can be a bit scary and challenging, so they will often appear to us in form that is comforting to our psyches. I once worked with a Galactic Healer that wore a surgeon's mask over his face because he didn't want to scare me with his non-human facial features. He eventually showed me what was behind his mask, but only after we first developed a trusting relationship.
Many Spirit Guides are also incredible shape-shifters. They can take many forms, including earthly forms such as plants, animals, and other people.
How can I strengthen my relationship with my Guides?
The relationship that you have with the Spirit World grows stronger the more that you trust your helpers and connect with them. They want to connect with you just as much as you want to connect with them.
Remember to have patience with them and their processes. Trust and believe that your Spirit Guides always have your best interest and highest good at heart. Your faith feeds them. So, even if you ask for something and don't get it, you have to believe that there's a good reason! Often times, we sabotage our ability to connect with Spirit because of our own self-doubt and unrealistic expectations.
Each of us connects with Spirit differently. Some of us can see them, while others have better hearing. Some of us can only feel or sense them. Others of us just simply know they are there and don't need any other "proof". There are many resources out there that can help you to begin connecting with them such as guided meditations and Shamanic journeying. If you're interested, you can try this guided meditation for meeting your personal Spirit Guide.
Your Spiritual Team will also connect to you on the earthly realm by sending you signs, Angel numbers, colors, feathers, coins, birds, animals and symbols. It's important to pay attention to what is trying to be conveyed to you when you get a sign from Spirit. Sometimes, I'll even hear a song lyric or a quote from a movie and I'll get full-body chills, which always means that Spirit is communicating to me via the radio or television! If you like working with spiritual tools, such as Tarot cards or a pendulum, you can also ask your Spirit Guides to help give you clear and truthful messages via your tools.
If you're new to connecting with Spirit and are unsure if your Team is trying to tell you something, ask them to send you the message in three different ways over the coming days. I do this all of the time and it works! For example, a few months ago I had a new Snake Spirit that wanted to connect with me, but I didn't know it. First, I found a shedded snake skin right outside of my bedroom window. A day later, I almost ran a snake over that crossed the street right in front of me. Later that afternoon, a friend on social media posted a picture of her daughter holding a snake. Later, I journeyed to meet the Spirit of the Snake that wanted to connect with me and I ended up experiencing a very profound healing from this incredibly wise being! I would have not known to do that if it hadn't been for the three signs I received.
Invite your Spirit Guides into your prayers, daily rituals, spiritual practices and meditations. Invite them into an important meeting, a doctor's appointment or any time you want them to be with you. You can invoke them by simply saying out loud or in your mind, "Spirit Guides, please be with me." It doesn't have to be elaborate or formal. I usually just start by saying, "Okay, team..." and begin talking to them.
No matter how you connect with your Spirit Allies, make sure you express gratitude for their continuous work. They're always giving us so much, and they never ask for anything in return. But, it's always a good idea to make sure that the flow of energy isn't always one way. You can give to them by simply saying, "thank you" and speaking to them with love and kindness. Gratitude and respect is more than enough! But, if you really want to show some appreciation you can make them offerings, light a candle for them, sing or chant to them, create art for them, or whatever you feel called to do.
The simplest way to connect to your Guides is to pray and talk to them like you would a good friend. My mentor, Jenny Schiltz, recommends that you pick a time to connect with your Guides every day:
Tell them what you need assistance with or what you'd like to accomplish.
Tell them what you notice changing within you or what you'd like to change.
Tell them what you'd like to have healed in your life - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Ask them to provide you with clarity or direction around a difficult situation, opportunity or relationship.
Ask them to help clear/remove toxic or stagnant energy and to fill you up with light.
Talk about things you are grateful for, including them.
Your Spirit Guides are your magical allies and spiritual besties waiting to help you at all times. They want to provide you with more joy and purpose in your life. Explore and have fun connecting to your Guides!
With Love, Kelsey