Understanding Spirit Guides



Spirit Guides are a special spiritual team that volunteers to be with us during our lifetime. Many have most likely been with us since birth. Additionally, some guides are new to us in this incarnation. And, a few guides have even been with us for centuries. Some are with us for one task while others for years. As we spiritually evolve our Spirit guides may change.


Can We See Spirit Our Guides?

Spirit guides are usually never seen with the physical eye with the exceptions of Pet Guides. However, there are rare instances when a person does see one or more of their spirit guides while awake or in the state between sleep and wakefulness. But mostly, their presence is sensed or seen with inner vision.


Are Our Spirit Guides Actually Angels?

Many people get these two categories mixed up. Spirit Guides and Angels are actually two separate group entities that exist to help mankind. The Angels serve God directly and will most often act as messengers from the Divine to humans. They often enlist the help of spirit guides for getting essential communications through to a particular person or group. Spirit Guides interact more directly with their human charges on a daily basis. They have volunteered their time and energy to assist those on earth. Unlike the Angels, Spirit Guides will reap the spiritual rewards of helping humans. The more their assigned individual grows spiritually, so does the guide.


At different stages of your life, a type of angel or spirit guide might be more active than others. In fact, one spiritual being might help you through a certain chapter of your life and disappear as another takes over to help you with the next chapter of your life. These guides all have one thing in common, though: They are here to help guide, protect and teach you as you go through the stages of life.



These are the main types of spirit guides that you might encounter throughout your life:


Guardian Spirit Guides

These spirits are meant to protect us. They have the capability of intervening in our lives, even physically, to help keep us safe. Guardian angels can control a car’s movement, create energetic shields around you, and keep you from walking into danger.

These spiritual beings can communicate with us using animal messengers. If you see an animal somewhere strange, or the same animal multiple times, this could be your guardian reminding you to remain strong or to embrace the qualities of that animal. It might also be a reminder that you are protected physically.


Your Guardian Spirit Guides are always there for you, and you can call upon them whenever you feel like you need protection. Just ask them and they’ll be there for you!


Messenger Guides

Messenger Guides tend to enter our lives when we are preparing to start a new chapter of life or begin a journey on a new path. Our messenger guides can prepare us with the information we need and will deliver their messages using psychic symbols and signs that help us to make our choices.


These guides will also be especially prevalent when we are at a crossroads or preparing to make a significant life decision. They are there to support us and will also provide insight into our best path to take.


They tend to communicate using synchronicities, number patterns, dreams, symbols, as well as clairvoyance and clairaudience. Psychics readers tend to work with these guides to receive their insights or messages about the subject they are reading for. To hear from these Messenger Guides, just ask them to come to you and continue an open dialogue with them regarding your concerns and questions. They are always there to answer you if you are just open to hearing what they have to say.


Gatekeeper Guides

Gatekeeper Spirit Guides help you in accessing different portals of the spirit world. They work as gatekeepers from one dimension and the next, aiding you in navigating the Spirit World and staying safe while doing so.


When you begin working with these guides, they may help you in developing your intuition, tapping into your innate psychic abilities, and even experiencing phenomena like astral projection and lucid dreaming. These Gatekeeper Guides protect you from delving too deeply into the spirit world if you’re not prepared and can ward off negative spirits and entities. They are also there to guide you on your journey into the next life, after death.

These guides are especially important for those that dabble in the spirit world. They help to protect a person’s energy and in the receiving of accurate messages.


Helper or Healing Guides

Your Helper and Healing Guides can help to heal you emotionally, physically, and energetically from all sorts of stresses and ailments that you will encounter throughout your life. They will also be there for you when you need spiritual or emotional support. These Guides tend to be present during times of pain, sickness, or surgeries and can be called upon to help facilitate healing in the person they protect. They can also be called upon during times of emotional trauma or if you are feeling negative or down.


Healing Guides also work beside those who work in the healing profession. They can act as a facilitator or mentor to those doing healing work. If you work in the healing industry, you might be able to sense your Healing Guide by your side, helping you along.


Doctor, Chemist & Healer Guide

This guide could be three in one or three different guides serving slightly different functions. This guide works with our health and well-being. The primary role of this guide(s) is to keep watch over physical ailments about to manifest and to assist in maintaining a chemical balance in the physical body. If there is something amiss with our health, a Doctor Spirit Guide will keep urging us to see a doctor.


Doctor & Chemist Guides will give hints as to excellent vitamins and herbs best to use. They will also help in promoting overall good health and give advice on what healthy activities are best to pursue. If we are not exercising enough, this guide will urge us to get off our duff and do something positive for our body! This marvelous guide is also capable of boosting the Pineal Gland to help with one’s psychic development as well as adding mineral elements to the physical body for better physical health.


Teacher Guides

Your Teacher Guide is there to help introduce you to people when you’re ready to receive a specific lesson. They are also helpful in guiding us to understand our purpose, our soul contract, and the overall lessons that we are here to learn. When we come face to face with challenging experiences, our Teacher Guides are often right by our side to help us understand the lessons as they come and take appropriate action. Teacher Guides are also there to help us gain a deeper understanding regarding the lesson and how it relates to the greater purpose we are here to achieve.


To work with the Teacher Guides in your life, you can call on them at any time that you are struggling to understand the path ahead or the lesson you are being faced with. Teacher Guides tend to deliver messages through introducing you to people who will be your best teacher at that point in your life. They might also communicate with dreams, symbols, and synchronicities.


Master Teacher Guide

Master teacher guides are self-realized, illumined beings. This is the principal guide we all have, and in some instances, a person may have two. This guide is in charge of all the other guides that make up our inner band of guides. His primary function is to assist the living human in accomplishing the purpose of the incarnation and imparting inspirational information and guidance.

He has access to the Akashic Records (your soul’s lifetimes) and may arrange karmic situations for the learning experiences necessary to accomplish your spiritual life goals. This guide will also accompany you in your travels via your Astral Body to the Akashic Plane as well. It’s important to build a healthy relationship and loving connection with this guide. He is your very own Master Teacher and will always be there when you are going through spiritual life lessons.


Spirit Teacher Guide

The purpose of a teacher guide is to instruct and guide you along a particular path. Everyone has a teacher guide for their lifetime. Before we begin each incarnation, we choose one of seven roles that serve as the blueprint for all our characteristics, called archetypes. Teacher guides can introduce you to many other archetypes (types of people that stand as a symbol for a collection of traits) along your journey and help with problem-solving, based on your needs. If another teacher guide comes on board after birth, they may only be with you for a while or for as long as necessary. Can we have more than one Teacher Guide throughout life? Absolutely!


Joy Guides

A joy guide is a highly intelligent spirit whose function it is to bring lightheartedness and laughter to you and remind you to sustain a balance between family, recreation, and work. They will monitor you to make sure you do not become so immersed in material aspirations that other parts of your life suffer. This beautiful guide usually manifests as a child or young person of either gender or animal and is very eager to serve when called upon. In my Mediumship circles, joy guides are the guides most commonly sensed around participants.


Messenger or Runner Guides

When we wish or pray for things, either consciously or unconsciously, a psychic message ripples out into the universal ethers. If the wish coincides with our spiritual pathway and matches a specific vibration, theoretically a messenger guide is dispatched to bring the request to those on higher levels for consideration. Basically, a runner is just that. They are in constant movement. Much like the Roman God, Mercury, they are forever rushing back and forth between the spirit realm and their human charge.


Animal Spirit Guides

The terms “animal spirit guides” and/or “animal totems” are often used interchangeably. Frequently left out of the typical list of guides, animal spirit guides are a powerful and revered guide for many–especially in indigenous cultures and Shamanism. A power animal is a spiritual guardian that some people feel a close connection with. They endow their charge with the positive attributes that are most frequently associated with that animal and also provide teachings and protection. Often animal spirit guides will accompany a person from lifetime to lifetime. However, much like other spiritual entities, there is nothing that says you must have one. Power animals do not have to be mammals. They can be reptiles, insects, or even sea creatures.


Collective Group of Guides and Channel Guides

There are times when a group of guides comes together as one to impart messages or for a specific purpose. These guides usually do not have a name but will sometimes provide an identity of sorts. Those who channel entities from the higher realms often have a collective group of guides helping them. Or, they may only have one Channel Guide that they receive messages from and relay to others in some form.


Ancestral Guides (Loved Ones) - Unstructured

An ancestral guide is one that can claim some sort of kinship with you, such as your dear Aunt Daisy or a parent. Most schools of thought feel these entities are someone who had some kind of blood connection to family. Usually, these guides are ones of loving protection. In rare cases, they may warn of impending harm. Some people, depending on their religious upbringing, may see these types of guides as guardian angels, but this is not the case.


Guides that Were Once Pets - Unstructured

Pets will also act as a kind of Ancestor guide although their purpose is different. If a pet owner is grieving over their lost pet, the pet will usually be with them until the grieving lessons somewhat. These spirit pets are often observed or felt briefly by their former owners.


There are many different types of Spirit Guides that flit into our realm and work behind the scenes in subtle ways. These main spirit guides, however, are the ones that you are most likely to encounter throughout your life.


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