A Guide to Your Guides: Meet your Spirit Guides, Angels and Ascended Masters
Life can be challenging, but fortunately, you don’t have to navigate its rocky waters alone. You have a team of guides, both on earth and in the divine realm, who work through you to help make the most of your earthly existence. They delight in providing you with protection, guidance and divine gifts – all you have to do is make yourself open and available to receive them.
How do you connect with your Guides? I’ve spoken countless times about how we are actually one with the Spirit realm, and that the idea of separateness is an illusion. There are invisible worlds all around you from which infinite streams of energy flow – moving through you and connecting you with the vast universe. Your team of guides is part of this energy, flowing through you like your breath, influencing, protecting and inspiring you from within.
You might wonder why these celestial beings spend their time guiding and protecting you. In fact, your guides are deeply invested in you – because the expansion their own spiritual awareness comes from serving the human dimension. Their mission is to help you become more spiritual and enlightened, and the way that they do that depends on their own “specialty.”
Here are some of the guides who might be part of your personal team right now.
Your Master Guide heads up your team and has actually been involved in many of your incarnations. Your Master Guide is usually a member of your soul family. The master guide teaches you soul lessons and inspires you to fulfill your destiny.
A Guardian Angel watches over you and will pull or push you out of harm’s way when necessary. It knows when your Earth life is finished and is present at the time of your death to usher you to the spiritual dimensions.
Your Relationship Guides help you deal with the lessons of love. They work with your unique energy to attract persons with whom you are karmically connected. Relationship guides are often friends and family members who are now in the Spirit realm.
Healing guides are usually doctors, nurses, and other healers throughout many of their incarnations and they influence you in matters of mental and psychical health.
Inspirational guides are evolved beings who reach out to you from the higher realms to impart higher truths. Think of them as the professors and philosophers of the spiritual dimensions.
These are just a few of the guides who might be with you at this very moment – remember, guides come and go based upon where you are in your life, and not all are celestial. Some might be members of your Soul Family who are currently in their human form – but they all have something in common. They will be more effective if you are aware of them and open to letting them work through you.
In this passage from Wisdom From Your Spirit Guides, I share a few simple techniques to help you clear your energy and invite your guides to shower you with the abundant wisdom and priceless gifts they have to offer. Enjoy!
Setting Your Intention:
From the moment you wake up every day, you must have a sense of gratitude. Thank you for giving me another day to learn. Be mindful of your thoughts. I know that a lot of you who are reading this are thinking, My body is in constant pain. I should be grateful for that? Or My child has died. I’m supposed to be happy? I don’t want to sound like I’m trivializing your battles or that I don’t have empathy for your struggles. What I’m saying is that it’s my belief that obstacles have been placed in our paths so we can learn from them. In my worldview, everything in the physical dimension is temporary; it is your soul that is perfect and immortal. Try not to drag yourself out of bed each morning and think negatively. Also, don’t walk around in a daze. Train yourself to become constantly aware and conscious. Thoughts are real—they can affect your mood and your health.
When you take a shower and the water flows over you, close your eyes and for a moment picture a golden light of loving energy flowing into your body. Be aware that you are receiving this golden light in every cell, muscle, bone, and tissue. See the light expand and flow through your energy field and beyond your body into your spiritual self. As it does, imagine all energies that are not for your highest good dissolve and flow down the drain. Mother Earth will neutralize those. This golden light brings you a sense of balance, peace, and connection to the One Source. Incomplete awareness you know that you are part of the Universe and that this beautiful energy stays with you throughout the day.
As you are preparing to leave the shower, say, “May God go before me and show me the way today.” You are setting your intention and programming the spaces you will encounter each day. When you send out this thought, you’re actually transmitting that vibration and the same energy will return to you. Make your intention personal to you. I vary my intentions throughout the week. Sometimes I say, “I am a magnet. I will attract only love and the experiences that are for my highest good.” Or: “Spirit, guide me today. May everybody who comes upon my path is enlightened.”
Set your intention daily. Make it a habit. If you have to, put a note or object in or near the shower to remind you to invoke your intention. In two weeks, you will start to feel centered, connected, and balanced. You will have a sense of renewal.
Connect with Your Guides Every Day.
My guides aren’t far off figures I call upon once in a while when I need help. In fact, rarely does a day pass when I don’t speak to them and feel their loving presence.
How can you open yourself up to feel the presence of your guides every day? You don’t have to be a medium or a psychic to make this happen. With focus, mindfulness and gratitude you can set your intention and invite your guides in.
1 – Create a sacred space. The Earth dimension is a heavy and not particularly comfortable place for Spirit. By raising your own energy, you will make it easier for the guides to meet you halfway. In my brand new book, Wisdom From Your Spirit Guides, I explain in detail how to ground yourself, open your heart space and run your energy through your chakra points. All of these techniques will create a “guide friendly environment.”
2- Invite your guides to join you. The guides won’t interfere with your free will, unless it’s an emergency, but they’re always there, willing and happy to provide what you need. The exercise below will help you to make them feel welcome.
Relax and clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths, create a space in your mind, and invite your guide to come close. You can telepathically say:
Welcome, Spirit Guide, please come to mind. Let me know that you are here with me.
You will get a sign that your guide is present. Don’t force it; put aside your ego and surrender to the impressions, feelings, and visions you are about to receive. You have to be as open-minded as you can. Immediately you will feel the space changing. It will feel illuminated. Invite your guide into your space. Merge your energies into one.
When you are ready, you can say:
I am in need of your assistance. Share any information that you have for me.
As you sit with your guide in your space, you may sense some thoughts being projected into your mind. Let the guide download into your mind any feelings, thoughts, or symbols.
Sit with your guide and listen to his or her teaching and philosophy. When it is time to stop, you can say:
Dear Spirit Guide, I bless you and thank you for joining me and sharing your advice.
Take some deep breaths and slowly come back into your body. Become aware of your feet, then your legs, and upward to your head. Inhale and exhale a few more times.
Raise your arms and center yourself.
Slowly open your eyes
3– Learn about your guides. The more you know about them, the easier it will be to feel close. When you feel the presence of your guides, ask them some questions.
- What name shall I call you?
- Have you ever incarnated on Earth?
- How will I know when you are near?
- Why have we agreed for you to be my guide?
- Do you have a particular mission to help me with?
4- Record what you learn in a journal. Understanding your guides is an ongoing process. Jot down thoughts and impressions that come through from and about your guides in a journal. Record your dreams, visions, times when you feel that your guide intervened for you. If you have multiple guides, give each one a section of their own. You might even want to sketch what you think your guides look like.
5- Remain mindful and aware. When you’re busy with daily life, it’s easy to miss the divine wisdom and guidance that comes your way. If you stay aware and “in the moment” you’ll catch the changes in the energy and notice when your guides are coming through and be able to benefit from the messages they have for you.
Not all Guides Come From Heaven – How to Recognize Your Earthly Guides.
Has someone touched your life, inspired, supported and protected you in a memorable way? When I look back, naturally there are family members who come to mind – but have been others in not so obvious roles who contributed to shaping the course of my life. These special relationships can seem predestined, or “meant to be” and they are! Spirit guides are everywhere, and some reside in human form.
We hear stories about beautifully special human connections on the news and read about them on social media. Some are dramatic – the heroes who saved lives and stayed to comfort the injured during the shooting in Las Vegas, and some more subtle – nurses and teachers who form a unique and powerful bond with someone in their care.
In Wisdom From Your Spirit Guides, I talk about Earth Guides. I think this passage illustrates how your path might cross with special individuals, and how it is indeed “meant to be” for both parties.
We often believe that guides are only those who reside in the spiritual dimensions. This is far from the truth. Guides can be people who share your everyday life like friends, neighbors, relatives, and many times even strangers. Earth guides are not consciously aware of being a guide of yours, but I totally believe that pacts are made between souls before physical incarnations to help assist each other. Perhaps you had a chance encounter with someone who caused you to think about an aspect of yourself that you had never considered before. Perhaps someone said some- thing in passing that assisted you in becoming the person you are today. Your life would have been very different if you had never met that person. Perhaps you had a child- hood friend who changed your life forever. I was lucky enough to have such a friend.
When I was eight years old, I was on a mission through my neighborhood to sell as many magazine subscriptions as I could for my school. I was just about to cross the street to reach the last house of the day, when suddenly a red Chevy rumbled up to me and came to a complete stop.
“Hi there, young man!” The bellowing voice of the female driver startled me. As I turned to look, I could see her eagerly waving for me to come over. I stepped toward the car and saw a brunette woman about my mother’s age whom I didn’t recognize. She motioned me closer so I could shake her hand. “My name is Connie Leif. I just moved here. I have a son who is about the same age as you. Would you like a new friend?”
Connie had such a welcoming feeling, and I knew instantly that I liked her. Her warmth made me feel safe, and she treated me like an adult. “Yes,” I said. “I would like a new friend.”
“His name is Scott. We live around the corner. This car will be parked in the driveway. I look forward to seeing you soon.” Connie pressed the accelerator and away she went. I could see her hand reach up and wave from side to side as she drove off. Her joy was irresistible.
Her son Scott and I quickly became constant companions. The odd thing was that I wanted to be his friend, not only because of him, but because I enjoyed being with Connie. I always felt she genuinely cared about me and showered me with encouragement. She was like a second mother to me.
As I grew up, I would spend hours at her kitchen table discussing people, life, and the ways of the world. I could talk to her about anything. Looking back, I know now that she was definitely a guide of mine, and without her insights and support, I would never have believed in myself. She used to say, “Jamie, reach for the stars. I will always be there to catch you if you fall!”
Earth guides come into your life at the perfect time with the perfect words to say and make an invaluable impact on the rest of your life. Some people use the term synchronicity or serendipity to describe these chance encounters that can have such a profound effect on us. But I don’t believe in accidents. I think people and events are placed on your path in accordance with the blueprint that you (with the assistance of your spiritual guides) created for yourself before you incarnated. The gift is to be able to recognize who and what has been placed before you for what they are: tools from which you learn.
Your Spirit Guide Questions Answered!
I want to share some of the questions that students have asked me over the years. Of course these are my personal opinions based on my life experiences and my work with the unseen world. Another spiritual communicator may have different responses. It is truly up to you to take what resonates as truth for your own soul; for no one can tell you who you are but yourself.
- Can I reach those beings on the highest of realms? You will draw into your atmosphere those essences that can teach you at the soul awareness level your soul is currently at. There is no reason to teach you calculus if you still don’t understand basic arithmetic.
- Do I have a specific number of guides? Due to the constant shifting and expansion of spirit evolvement, there is never a finite number of guides per soul. Although guides may be involved with other souls along with you, there is a certain group of guides specifically designated to help with your soul’s lessons. As mentioned previously, while some are permanent, others may be temporary. Guides will grow and change dependent upon the tasks and lessons the earthly soul is experiencing.
- Are my guides always with me? Guides are in constant communication with your Higher Self. The very nature of this physical dimension is to make you think that you are separate or isolated. But that’s an illusion necessary for your soul’s evolution. Your guides are omnipresent, and this book will hopefully encourage you to have a conscious relationship with them.
- How can I learn the names of my guides? Names aren’t necessarily significant to guides. Although some guides have incarnated many times as physical beings on Earth, they may or may not choose to present as one of those personalities. For many, names are limiting because they merely define a small fraction of their totality. You can assign a name to them if you wish, but guides would rather be recognized by an energetic feeling than by a name.
How can I tell if my guides are communicating to me? When communication with a guide is occurring, quite often there is a feeling or sense of joy and excitement, and a piece of wisdom or an insight that will pop into your mind. You may feel a cool breeze or a temperature change. You may get a sense of expectation, like butterflies in the stomach or goosebumps. A guide may tap you on the shoulder or touch the top of the head. You may even hear your guide calling your name.