Let’s go right to the generic definition: A “spirit guide” is a term used by the Western tradition of spiritualism, churches, mediums, and psychics to describe an entity that remains a disincarnate spirit in order to act as a guide or protector to a living incarnated human being. Often, we like to call them Guardian Angels, which is fine. But Angels and Spirit guides are different beings.
Okay, let’s cover some facts about Spirit guides / Guardian / Spirit Animals:
- The belief in angels and guardians predates all and any religion.
- You do not need to belong to any religion.
- They do not discriminate on sex, race, sexuality, religion, or creed. It is irrelevant in their World and they simply do not care.
- They love you regardless. Your past, your mistakes, things you may or may not have done. They know and they still love you. Their love for you is unconditional and they are never ashamed of you.
- They love you even when you don’t know of them or know, but forget about them. They never forget you.
- They will always be there.
So there you have it. They have an unconditional love for you. They do not belong to any religion, that is mankind’s game. They are there for you no matter your religion or lack there of. They want to help and guide you and everybody has them. Most people are unaware of them and are not close to their spirit guides. Nevertheless, you spirit guide will always try to protect and guide you, whether you accept or know about them or not.
So, at this point, you’re probably wondering how do you reach out to them.
You’re welcome to call your spirit guide anything you like, they won’t get upset if you cal them George or Nancy. They are above such Earthly things as the importance of a name or proper name. Those are just labels for us, not them. So don’t worry, you are not at risk of insulting your spirit guide because you have not yet learned their name or cannot pronounce it properly, or simply give them a name of your own choosing. They know who you are referring to and they are not in the least bit insulted. However, if you can, it is always better for you (just on a mental level) to learn their name. Additionally, don’t forget we all usually have more than one spirit guide. Don’t sweat it if you don’t know all their names or that you don’t even sense them. They come when they are needed.
So, how do you learn their name?
That’s a big one, there could be a very long series of cleansing rituals and long nights at various “holy nights.” Or it could be as simple as asking them their name.
It’s as simple as asking them. No need to go out and buy the latest crystal or paint runes and symbols on your walls that may make the landlord think you’re a devil-worshiper or something like that.
There are many ways to contact and connect with your spirit guide. They range in complication, but we’re not going to concern ourselves with any of that right now. One of the easiest ways to connect with your spirit guide is at bedtime while you’re laying in bed about to drift off to sleep. This is the moment when your unconscious mind is most open and unguarded. This is when we can most easily access into their World without any practice or training. It is when we’re the most likely to be able to communicate with them and when our mind is naturally open to their world. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of – you are not entering or projecting yourself into their world or consciousness. They will not possess you so someone can write a really good horror movie. They are your guardians and do not covet your body and want to possess it with their spirit. They protect you from such things, so there is nothing to be afraid of. Additionally, they will not suddenly appear in a grey puff of smoke and go: RAAAAAH!
So, there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of by your doing this – you are not opening a door of which you cannot close or letting anything harmful into your life. Your Spirit guide/ Spirit animal / Guardian angel is already there, you’re just reaching out to them to learn their name.
Okay, so can rest assured now, you are safe to do this. So how is it done? While you are slowly drifting off to sleep, simply ask them their name. Yep, that’s it – it’s that easy.
Don’t worry if you don’t get an answer right away – you probably won’t. Spirits aren’t on the same time schedule as we are – in fact, our time is irrelevant to them. They do not live in the same time constraints that we do, so don’t give up when you don’t get an immediate answer. Keep trying. As you become more in tune to them, you will “hear” them better over time. So don’t give up, keep trying.
Their name will suddenly come to you out of nowhere. It will simply “pop” in your head and you will simply know their name. This is how they usually communicate with you, so don’t worry about some creepy voice whispering in your ear and making every hair on your body stand up and cover you with goosebumps. Nothing scary, you will simply just “know” their name out of nowhere – just like that. It could be a name with no connection to anything else that you know of – just simply there. It won’t necessarily be angelic or anything like that. Simply a name. You could get several at once or just one. Perhaps one at a time over time. Or maybe not.
They may not show themselves to you. You may not be open to them as you think and not ready as far as they are concerned. Do not let this bother you and trust in their decision. They may choose to show themselves to you at a later time when they feel it is necessary and when they are truly needed. But rest assured, just because they choose not to reveal the,selves to you, don’t think they are not there. They have always been there and they always will – they love you unconditionally and will NEVER abandon you.
Speak to them regularly as if they were physically in the room with you. Not in a manner that people will think you are crazy and talking to yourself or seeing and hearing things. It will fell odd at first, but you will get used to it over time. You’ll never need to explain yourself or your feelings to them, they already know. Ask them for guidance, protection, or simply their company.
If you have several guides, you will find that you may feel closer to one of them. Do not worry about being closer to one over the others and offending and running the others off. They will not leave you.
They stay with us and guide us to our life’s true purpose. They leave signs, help us make the right decisions and learn lessons (and they aren’t always signs or lessons we want, but it is what it is). As you become more aware of them, you will more easily see the signs they leave for you and better understand them.
That’s about all there is too it – as far as “basics.” Things get more advanced of course, as with anything. But this is a simple start. They will teach you more when they feel you are ready.
by Njord Kane © 2016 Spangenhelm Publishing
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