Often the term “spirit guide” becomes a catchphrase for any entity trying to contact us from the other side. Whether it is a departed relative, an “imaginary friend,” or an angelic being – it’s rare that the subject is talked about in-depth and with the understanding that not all spirit guides have the same purpose, job, or lessons to teach us. While some people may seek outside help to speak with their spirit guides via psychic, tarot card reader, or other diviners, it is essential that we have a better idea for ourselves how many there are, what their job is, and how they help us.
Types of Spirit Guides
Let’s discuss some types of Spirit Guides you have, and what they do for you on your journey. We will discuss the types of Spirit Guides we have working with us at any given time, and how our spiritual path decides who our guides will be. Yes, you DO decide who your team will be whether you realize it or not. Whatever energy frequency you are currently living at will be met with guides who not only match that frequency but will help you ascend to the next level.
In most western spiritual belief systems, a spirit guide is a disembodied entity whose purpose is to serve the living by assisting us on our life’s journey helping us to align ourselves with a higher or divine purpose. These beings can range from loved ones who have passed to angels, or spirits residing in nature. Seems simple right? But the truth is: those that who serve as spirit guides and messengers have little limitations of expression, much like the universe itself. No matter where we are in life, no matter who we are, our guides are always with us, ready to assist, light the path, and guide the way to a better version of ourselves. We need only choose to listen and walk the path.
Spirit Guides as Messengers
Animals, random people/strangers, music, and elementals belong in the category of spirit messengers. I have found that these types of guides provide clarity on what’s happening in the present. Whether the clarity required is for physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual well-being—these entities show up with the answer. And, if you do not understand it the first time, the same message will find you repeatedly until you get it.
If you’ve ever had a butterfly flitting past you, a song stuck on repeat in your head, or a random stranger comes up to you with powerful words that ignite your core – you have been visited by a spirit messenger. They are answering the questions you have asked in your prayers, beseeching, and calling for help from the universe. The universe heard your plea and sent a messenger to you with the answer. Your job is to keep yourself open as much as possible to not only hear, but to listen closely with all your being, and incorporate this wisdom into your life as much as possible.
Sometimes when our prayers, questions, or pleas are being answered, we miss it the first time, because perhaps we are in too much pain, distracted, or just too busy. In those times you can expect to see the same animal messengers repeatedly. You will hear the same song everywhere you go… you will hear the same message from different people to the point you may feel as if you’re being stalked, haunted, or hunted. But, in truth, it is the universe making sure you are getting the message to the point you surrender all need to ignore the lesson and fully step into this new knowledge.
Animals, elementals, and music have all been tools of the divine or the Gods themselves in diverse cultures for many years, and still hold such importance to this day. On almost every continent there has been a practice of listening to animals, nature, and its music to help us better understand ourselves. So, when you are visited by one or many of these messengers… don’t just hear them, listen closely.
Spirit Guides as Teachers
If you listen to the silence, you can hear them speaking to you. Calling your name. It may sound like your grandmother, favorite uncle, best friend, etc. Whomever they are, they are no stranger to you because you know that voice. They are familiar, and their energy feels like a beautiful hug and it is comforting. These are some examples of your spirit guides as teachers. When someone transitions to the other side, they may choose to remain close to their living loved ones and help them throughout their lives. It could be a relative from a current life, or perhaps one from a past life. It doesn’t really matter because the love they have for you is timeless, their desire to see you “win,” “grow” and “evolve” is the purpose of their intent. And, when you grow, so do they on their side of the veil.
Spirit guides as teachers come into our lives at the moment of birth but may not be recognized for the first few years of our lives. Our spirit is ever present, but, sometimes our bodies, require development to understand. Our teacher guides help us make decisions; they help us recognize friends from foe. They help us develop our inner world, personality, thoughts, and dreams. And, what makes this group of guides so interesting to me is that they change as we do.
Our teacher spirit guides as teachers mimic the process of getting an education in the physical realm. They help us energetically develop and ascend to higher frequencies of understanding, enlightenment, wisdom, and self-awareness. These are the guides that teach us about intuition, understanding, and picking up on the vibrations we encounter in people, and situations, and they help us learn how to keep ourselves safe. Teacher spirit guides, work in conjunction with Guardian Angels—protecting, advising, and helping us learn about life as an embodied entity in the physical realm.
In some cultures, the teacher spirit guides are referred to as “ancestors” or “protectors” – but let’s be clear in that they do not do your work for you, but rather teach you how to use the appropriate tools for you to do your own work. Yes, there will be divine intervention to keep you from taking a detour, making a self-destructive decision, or giving you time to “see” the light on a situation, but the truth is they never truly interfere with your free will. They simply try to make you aware of all your options before you use your free will. Teacher guides are the group most associated with the phrase “spirit guides” – these are the souls and entities that will see you at your best and worst. They will be the ones you love and fight with the most. They are the ones that will comfort and encourage you in your darkest hour.
Spirit Guides for Self-Mastery
When we discuss this level of Spirit Guides, we are talking about those who assist us in our journey of spiritual self-mastery. When we decide to seek our highest self-expressions as spiritual beings, there are a host of high-vibrating entities and angels who show up to help us learn what we need to reach these levels of awareness. This is when we may encounter in our spiritual practices more angelic beings, light beings, and ascended masters. Those on this path have accepted life as a spiritual being having a human experience. They feel the call of something more, of the universe itself, and dare to answer. These people frequently have felt that their soul journey began before incarnation and will continue beyond it. They understand that each lifetime is an opportunity to learn more about themselves to the point of self-mastery. They are interested in the “why(s)” and “how(s)” of who they are and seek to understand to the point where they can choose the appropriate reaction to any given situation. In some belief systems, this would be known as the path of enlightenment, vision questing, ascension, or what have you—but the goal remains the same: to understand oneself to the point that freewill can be utilized as a centered, whole, and wise being, fully aware of themselves as spirit.
At each level of awareness, the seeker is approached by a Master of that level and frequency and is taught how to adjust themselves, their thinking, and their spiritual and life practices accordingly. This is where some people develop personal relationships with the Angelic realm, light beings that are sometimes based in other worlds or dimensions, and with what The Theosophy Society calls The Ascended Masters. One could argue that these spirit guides are at the top of the list, because of the personal work and development involved to access them.
When It Comes to Spirit Guides - You Are Never Alone
With the explanation of the distinct types of spirit guides, how they work with us, and where we meet them - find comfort in this truth: spirit is always talking to you, serving you, working with you, and teaching you. Whether it be the mundane world, the astral plane, or the spiritual realms, it is impossible to be alone in this universe filled with helpers. They are ready to love you, nurture you, and assist you all the time, everywhere, and by any means necessary. So, when you feel misunderstood, alone, or lost, find the silence within, and listen. Your spirit guides will always be there to help you find the light. You need only to trust them, yourself, and this process we call life. You may also enjoy this Meditation Podcast designed to help you find your spirit guide.