May 03, 2015
To many people, spirit guides are entities that we
choose or are helpers that are assigned to us before birth.
To others, spirit guides represent parts of our unconscious minds
that symbolically help us to find wholeness. And still, to other
people, spirit guides are parts of our higher selves that reveal
themselves to us in various shapes and forms.
No matter what you think of spirit guides, and no matter how "new
age" or "down-to-earth" your understanding is, it is beyond doubt
that we all need guidance, direction and support in life beyond our
own capabilities, or those who surround us.
Spirit guides, like many other elements of spirituality, have been
heavily sullied, monetized and commercialized both on the Internet
and in real life, but despite the apparent tarnishing of their
value, spirit guides are nevertheless a shared human experience.
Spirit guides are often thought as spirits that guide us, but in my
experience with them, they are universal forces that guide our
spirits to greater,
If you are just beginning
your journey of connecting with your spirit guide, keep reading.
What Are Spirit Guides?
Our spirit guides are
universal forces that are here to
A spirit guide can be an,
mythical creature, ancestor, ancient god or goddess,
otherworldly entity, or
At the most basic level,
a spirit guide is a
type of energy that is embodied in an array of
Spirit guides are
archetypal forces, aspects of life which,
...things that we need to
learn about ourselves in order to grow.
Do spirit guides
actually exist on another dimension?
Or are they all
'inside the mind'?
Here's the thing:
I can't answer that
for you. It's one of the great mysteries of life! Only you
can decide that for yourself.
You might also be
wondering whether we have many spirit guides or just one?
Personally, I divide spirit guides into two categories:
our major guides
our minor guides
typically accompany us throughout our lives and help us to learn
major life lessons.
Minor guides are
temporary and help with daily concerns or issues that we
In other words, yes, I
believe we have multiple spirit guides.
Some we are born with,
others visit us sporadically during the course of life.
My Experience With
Okay, I've got to admit:
by nature, I'm a
I don't like believing
something unless I'm practically hit in the face with it.
Evidence has to basically
be falling down from the sky and crushing me flat until I relent and
open my eyes.
Until about four years ago, spirit guides were just new age mumbo
jumbo to me. I ignorantly assigned them to the crystal healing
and fortune telling category. In essence, I judged and dismissed
that which I had not yet experienced. (Hey, aren't we all guilty of
So it was with great shock and awe that I came across my first
spirit guide. This experience happened on a series of shamanic trips
I shared with my partner
I went into the
experience with my mind half open, and half closed from disbelief.
"Will this actually
work?" a part of me wondered.
But holding the intention
to meet my spirit guide strongly in mind, I eventually met him -
Pan, the god of the wild places.
For thirty minutes or
more I saw this half-man half-goat guide me down into
my inner Underworld. It was Pan that initiated me into my
Shadow Work journey.
But it didn't just stop
there, through the next coming years, I continued to see Pan every
so often in daily life and in my dreams. Not only that, but I
continued to meet more spirit guides.
The floodgates had been
If you are dubious about the existence of 'spirit guides' like I
was, I encourage you to at least try it before you brush
possibility that you might be wrong. Allow a margin of error.
On the other hand, if
you believe in the existence of spirit guides - if you have had
direct experience with them, but seek a stronger connection -
you will find some helpful advice below.
7 Types of
Right now, it seems to be a common trend to believe that spirit
guides are primarily animals or angelic beings - but
this is only one small dimension of the many possibilities that
exist out there.
Spirit guides, I believe, can have unlimited shapes and forms.
A spirit guide could just
as easily be a soft gust of air that makes the hairs on your arm
stand up, as it could be a full-blown godly being that you meet
There are so many possibilities out there, and below I will break
down the main "types," "species" or forms of spirit guides which you
might encounter on your path.
Remember, you can have
more than one, and most people often do...!
1. Half Man Half Beast
Many spirit guides manifest themselves as half man/woman and
harpies, mermaids, sphinxes, fairies, and minotaurs.
Many deities also
appear as spirit guides, for instance,
(jackal-headed Egyptian god)
(elephant-headed Indian god)
Ra (falcon head,
human body), etc.
The first ever spirit
guide that I personally made contact with was Pan, a half man
half goat entity, who "revealed" to me my own personal shadow
self and the need for me to embark on a journey of healing my
Animals are well-known spirit guides
and have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years,
perhaps thanks to their accessibility in our everyday lives.
cultures, such as the indigenous Americans and Chinese, held
animals as sacred representations of their tribes or lineages.
These days, animals
come to represent and reflect a person's own inner yearnings and
needs, moving from group use to more personal and individual use
in this day and age.
I offer personal
spirit animal readings
Many people describe "light beings" (also commonly known as
guardian angels), as being their spirit guides.
Light beings are said
to help people move through traumatic areas of life such as
death, loss, and grief. Light beings are called such because of
their tendency to appear bright, glowing or full of light.
Ancestral guides are entities that have some kind of 'blood
connection' to us and our lineage.
An ancestral guide
could be a recently deceased member of your family (mother,
father, aunt, grandfather), or a long-dead relative that you
have perhaps never met in your lifetime.
When I have done
shamanic journeying in the past, I have connected with what I
consider my ancestors.
To me, they appeared
as shadowy beings that felt distinctly familiar. They
taught me that although I felt alone and isolated in my current
family, I am part of something vastly larger.
The messages that our
ancestors bring can be beautiful and life-changing.
Shamans believe that the world
and everything in it is composed of vibrant, living energy. This
Ayahuasca - a psychoactive brew
that is made out of a vine commonly found in Peru - is one of
the most well-known ways of getting in touch with the spirits of
Banisteriopsis Caapi (Ayahuasca)
vine is known as "the vine of the souls," and it is common for
all those taking it to feel guided by the plant into the realms
of inner and outer existence.
The same can be said
for many other psychoactive (and non-psychoactive plants).
Plants can either be
symbolic, like in pagan traditions that associate certain
qualities with certain plants, or experiential, where ingesting
the plant stimulates mental, physical, and emotional expansion.
Gods and Goddesses
Gods and goddesses have been worshiped, feared and written about
since the dawn of time. They span across every culture, every
tradition, every religion and every part of the world.
Common gods and
goddesses that serve as spirit guides include
Athena, Quan Yin,
Apollo, Lakshmi, Lugh, Kali, Hathor, Horus, The Green Man,
Ascended masters are beings that have already lived on this
earth but have become enlightened, awakened or have transcended
the cycle of reincarnation.
ascended masters represent the
ultimate teachers and gateways to the divine.
It is said that
ascended masters, like all spirit guides, teach all people who
call on them (not just you) to achieve greater wholeness and
harmony in life.
Confucius, Kuthumi, Melchizedek, Mary the Mother of Jesus,
Babaji, Gautama Buddha,
...and many others.
9 Ways to Connect
With Your Spirit Guides
This article is not about invoking spirit guides, as in
calling on a guide who you believe will help you. Instead, this
article focuses on how to reveal the spirit guides who have already
been assigned to you and your life.
With that said, here are some different ways to connect with your
Scrying is the ancient
divinatory practice of gazing into a reflective surface, such as
water, mirrors, or crystal balls to receive esoteric
From a psychological
perspective, scrying helps you to get in touch with your
unconscious mind and the important guidance which may be
locked away within it.
Scrying is, however, something that must be practiced
consistently - it is not easy.
But if you are a
visually-based person (i.e. one who receives insight through
pictures, also known as clairvoyance), it is worth committing
to. In order to connect with your spirit guide via scrying, set
an intention to 'see' your guide.
You may like to say a
mantra or prayer to communicate with your guide your desire to
Just before going to bed, set the intention to see, meet, or
speak with your spirit guide within your dreams.
practice for two weeks and see what happens. When you wake up,
note any strange figures or unusual patterns that emerge in your
The goal is to find
what messages or
dream beings keep appearing...?
Sometimes our spirit
guides don't directly reveal themselves, but instead
symbolically reveal who they are to us.
Take note of symbols
that keep emerging and journal about them. What do they mean?
Once you have a strong inkling of who/what your guide is, thank
Continue to ask for
guidance and for their appearance in your dreams before going to
dreaming is also a powerful way to contact your spirit guides.
One of the best ways to contact your spirit guides is by
silencing your mind through practices such as meditation or
Here is one simple
Sit or lie down
in a quiet place that is undisturbed by other people.
Focus on your
back or thighs as they come in contact with the ground.
Notice the rising and falling of your chest. Listen to the
sounds around you. Focus on being present in the Now.
If you have
raging thoughts, jump up and down for a little bit (to expel
the frantic energy from your body), then resume your
Let your thoughts
become like a stream. Sit down and watch that stream as a
silent observer. Don't try to fight these thoughts, just let
When you feel
ready, ask to hear the name or see the face of your spirit
guide. You might need to wait for a while, so be patient.
Let go of
expectations (they will block what you are about to
Journal about your
experiences afterward. If you struggle with this practice, don't
worry. Most people do.
Just practice it for
10 minutes a day, and see what happens.
Bibliomancy is the practice of seeking spiritual insight by
opening a book at a random place. This form of divination was
popular in the middle ages, but it continues to be an
interesting way of gaining guidance.
Here is how to use
bibliomancy to connect with your spirit guides:
Go to your
personal library or collection of books. (Alternatively, if
you don't have any, go to a local library.)
Stand in front of
the books and close your eyes. Ask to be drawn to a specific
book that will help reveal your spirit guide. I encourage
closing your eyes as you do this so that you aren't
influenced by bias.
Let your inner
feelings guide you. When you feel a pull, run your hands
over the bookcase or pile of books. Pick the book you feel
most drawn to (remember to keep your eyes shut!).
Then, either open
the book at random and quickly look at the page, or wait for
a page number to pop into your mind.
Read what is in
front of you.
takes practice because it requires you to have a strong
connection to your intuition.
Other times, you
won't receive a direct response, but will instead receive a
clue. Remember, spirit guides are powerful beings with their own
personalities. Calling on them will not necessarily make
them want to reveal themselves to you straight away.
Often, by concealing
themselves and making you work to discover them, you learn
important lessons along the way.
One relatively simple way of contacting your spirit guides is
through visualization. There are quite a few spirit guide
visualizations already out there on the Internet which you might
like to try out.
You might even like
to create your own visualization by listening to soothing music
and imagining that you are walking down dark a staircase into a
Remember to always
set an intention for your visualization.
In this case, it
"I wish to
connect with my spirit guide" or similar.
OK, a word of warning.
This is not a
lukewarm approach - and it certainly isn't for the
faint-hearted. If you are serious about connecting with your
guides, I highly recommend shamanic
journeying with plant medicines
such as ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, and mescaline with
trusted healers or shamans.
Even marijuana, in
the right ceremonial setting, can open a doorway into the 'other
Please note that journeying with sacred plant medicine doesn't
always bring what you want - it brings what you
need. So while you may have the intention to meet your
spirit guides, you might instead be tossed into a cosmic
inner-space voyage or a subterranean sacred geometrical
It all depends on you
and the medicine you need right now.
ensure you are mentally balanced before entering these
No, I'm not referring to a genre of music.
I'm referring to a
state of mind, as in, a half-conscious state.
You know that
strange mental space you enter before you go to sleep
(technically called the
That is the state
we're aiming for.
When you are in a
trance, your mind is open and receptive. It no longer has the
typical filters of conscious waking reality. As such, this state
is perfect for connecting with your spirit guides.
Many ancient cultures used trance to 'connect with the gods.'
Different ways of
entering trance include,
various breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, watching
a pendulum, visualization, drumming, and dancing.
Read our article on
inducing trance for more
When you take the time to look and pay attention, nature is
It is also a
beautiful place to come in contact with your spirit guides
(particularly animal spirits and trans-species beings).
Sit in a park, by
a river or stream, or go hiking.
Look at the
clouds, bodies of water, and trees.
Can you glimpse
What animals keep
appearing that have seemed to accompany you for a while?
Just the other week I
was staring at the clouds.
Out of nowhere, one
particular cloud morphed into the face of Pan. I interpreted
this as a clear reminder of his constant presence in my life.
And yes, while this
could have been a product of my imagination, the very fact that
I interpreted the cloud as showing the face of Pan speaks a lot
about my personal unconscious.
9. Look For
Synchronicity is another word
for meaningful coincidence.
Have you ever seen
repetitive numbers (such as 3333, 1111, 1212), names, or symbols
arise in your life? Pay attention. These often carry important
In order to use the synchronicity technique for contacting your
spirit guides, set an intention. I set intentions by saying
Here is an example,
"Dear Spirit, if
it is your will, please help me discover my spirit guides.
Please send me signs each day that I can understand. Thank
Every day, look out
for unusual and repetitious signs, names, symbols, places, or
objects that appear. Keep a notebook and record your
After one week,
reflect on what you have seen.
Are you been shown
something? Synchronicity works best when we are in touch with
our inner selves so ensure that you are practicing mindful
Spirit guides are just as varied and diverse as human beings are.
It is likely that during
your lifetime you will have many different types of guides for many
Whether you seek to connect with your guide/s through,
trance, psychoactive journeying, ritual or simple observation,
...it is comforting to
know that help, in many different shapes and forms, is always there
for your taking...