It is not uncommon these days to hear the term ‘Spirit Guides’, yet, there can be some confusion as to what they actually are. So, I aim to dispel many of the misconceptions and also clarify the terminology surrounding Guides.

Firstly, EVERYBODY has Spirit Guides – even if you think you don’t, you do! If you’ve never worked with your spirit guides before, by the end of the post, hopefully you’ll have a starting post and a piqued curiosity. For those that have worked with their guides, the below will help you deepen your connection and offer you a clearer framework.

What is a Spirit Guide?

As the name ‘spirit’ suggests, these are beings that do not occupy the physical realm – everything in the Universe is made up of energy, we just so happen to be energy confined in the ‘suit’ of a human being. Whereas, ‘Spirit’ is an energy signature that does not wear the suit of a physical body. They may have once been human, i.e. they once occupied this earth at some point in history, but are now deceased and live in the spirit realm. These spirits have agreed to work with, and you alone.

NB: Working with your guides is a form of Mediumship. Anything involving working with spirit is Mediumship; it is not limited to, “I’ve got your Auntie Joan here, and she wants to know what you’ve done with her pearl earrings”!

What does “Work with you and you alone” mean?

Generally speaking, there are two types of Spirit Guide:

1)   Personal Guides

2)   Working Guides

Firstly, everybody has at least THREE, not one, Personal Guides (in Eastern traditions it is a minimum of four). This is regardless of whether you decide to work with them or not, or your life circumstance. Occasionally, you may have more guides for certain periods in your life. For example, for a while I had two Gatekeepers (see below), but this is not common.

Secondly, these guides can change throughout your lifetime, or they may remain with you from birth until death and assigned only to you.

Your Three Personal Guides:

spirit guides and angels

Main Guide 

1)   On your right-hand side, you have your MAIN GUIDE: this guide is interested in what your soul is trying to do, otherwise known as soul evolution. But what is ‘soul evolution’? OK, let’s take a step back:

  1. Simply put, what is a Soul? A soul is the Consciousness of a living being, in other words, it is everything that the physical body (matter) is not. So, a soul makes up our reason, character, feeling, memory, and perception.
  2. In term of Soul Evolution: The best way I can describe this is that our planet has undergone five billion years of evolution (leaving creationism aside for a moment!). In this time we have evolved physically mentally and conscientiously (from stooping primates to the upright man who are aware of themselves, the development of the ego). In short, our souls can also evolve and grow.

Guardian Angel 

2)   Behind you stands your GUARDIAN ANGEL. Some mistakenly believe that your Guardian Angel is above you, but this is because their energy signature is so large, that they can appear ‘floating’ above your head as opposed to directly behind you, where they truly are. As the name suggests, they are there to protect you in any way they can. Best described as a mother figure – although there is no gender in energy, only how we perceive it through our rational minds; their desire to protect and love is unconditional.

Read here if you would like to read some personal accounts of Guardian Angels or write your views and experiences with Guardian Angels in the comments below.

Gatekeeper

3)   To your Left-Hand side, is your GATEKEEPER – sometimes known as Door Keepers: As the name suggests the Gatekeeper is like your very own nightclub bouncer; he is the one with the clipboard saying, “If your name’s not down, you ain’t coming in”. He makes sure that only energy, which serves your highest good, is coming near (if you ask them to, that is). Your Gatekeeper is not there to have offer advice or guidance; this is what your Main Guide and Guardian angel can do; instead, your Gatekeeper is a protective ‘shield’.

They tend to have a much denser feel to them; they’re often not pretty, they are not meant to be – it is no good having a beautiful maiden as a Gate Keeper; their role is to protect and shut out any unwanted attention.

You can call upon your Gatekeeper at any time; this is particularly important before you undertake any psychic or mediumship work. Similarly, if you’re ever in a situation where you feel uncomfortable or around someone that makes you feel uneasy – silently call in your Gatekeeper to push back anything that isn’t serving you.

So you may have noticed that the positioning of these three personal guides forms a sacred triangle around you.

Working with your Personal Guides:

Because your own guides are working with you and only with you, you are linked at all times. Therefore, unlike working guides, you do not need to open up to connect with them (if you have no idea what ‘opening up’ means, do not worry). You merely need to set an intention to communicate with them and give yourself a quiet space and time to allow the relationship to strengthen.

Remember what I said above, your Master Guide and your Guardian Angel are there to offer you advice and support – they will ‘talk’ with you. Gatekeepers, on the other hand, are like your security guard, their job isn’t to converse or guide, but rather protect.

In addition, and this is important to remember at all times, your guides cannot break your free will. Therefore, they will only communicate and guide if you ask them to. They cannot tell you what to do, as again this undermines the agency you have over your own life, but they can make suggestions that are in your best interest.

meditation to connect with spirit guides

Exercise

If you would like to develop a relationship with your guards, here is a very straightforward exercise:

  • Find a quiet space, where you know you won’t be disturbed, preferably one that is familiar to you and you feel comfortable.
  • Close your eyes and take your attention to the breath, the steady flow of inhales and exhales.
  • Once your mind has settled, and you feel still, ask each guide, in turn, to approach so that you can feel their presence (Guides always approach you from behind, never from the front).
  • Take note of any sensations, colours, and sounds, however subtle: you may feel the air become denser; a tingling sensation; a pressure in a particular point; or something that is personal to you.
  • Ask the guide to then step back and the next to approach. Note the variance in sensation or presence; they will not feel the same. The more that you do this practice, the easier it will be for you to identify the position, ‘calling-card’ and personality of each guide.
  • Offer your thank to your guides, gently blink the eyes open. You may want to jot down your experience in a notebook.

I would love to hear how that exercise went for you! Write about your experience and your questions in the comments below.

Questions for your Guides 

A lot of people get het up about wanting to know everything about their spirit guides: what their name is, where they lived, what they did as a profession. However, these are earthly concerns and not related to the real purpose of a guide, as a result, do not be dissuaded if this information is not freely given. For example, I recognize my guides, not by their names but rather the way they feel; I only ‘know’ the name of one of my guides. So if it is a colour, sound, sensation that allows you to identify a particular guide, trust in that.

Below is a list of initial questions that can be more in keeping with what a guide wants to offer guidance on, these are split into three main categories:

Questions about my guide:

1)   How can I strengthen our connection?

2)   Why are we destined to work together?

3)   Are you a lifelong guide or here for a particular period of guidance?

4) Guidelines on how to work together?

a) How should I refer to you?

b) How can I call on you?

c) Is there a particular time/place that will work best for us to connect?

Questions about myself

5)   What do I need to know about myself right now?

6)   What obstacles are holding me back from further progress?

7)   Where should I keep persevering?

8)   How is my spiritual development going? Are there any areas on which I could be concentrating?

9) Which psychic skill could I be developing?

Questions about the higher order of things? 

10)   On which karmic lessons should I be concentrating? How do I break this karmic circle?

11) What does ‘higher purpose’ mean?

12) What is a soul journey?

What are working guides?

As the name suggests (the spirit world is nothing if not tidy) these are guides who work with you for specific tasks/practices/development. For instance, I have a guide for:

  1. Psychic readings and mediumistic sittings, he is highly curious, has a strong, energetic force and is insightful.
  2. Healing practices, she has a very gentle and pure energy.
  3. Trance and channelling work (a post covering trance & channelling coming soon). These are messenger guides that need to share knowledge and/or experiences into the world.
  4. Then there are spirit animal and power animals – these are another manifestation of your working guides and/or your personal guides, but they can have a specific function too. For example, shamans tend to have smaller animals working with them, who are more adept and agile so they can more easily remove attachments, cords and/or entanglements.
  5. Teaching guides – these direct you towards the information needed for further spiritual evolution. For instance, they introduce books, classes and even other people from which we may excel in our understanding of philosophical and spiritual aspects.

Other guides do exist, and I would encourage firther reading if you are interested.

What encounters and communication you have with working with guides? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear your experiences and knowledge.

If you would like to discover more ways to deepen your connection with guides or further your spiritual and/or psychic development, consider booking a sitting, you can do so by looking at the How To Book page here.

Author: Fiongal

My name is Fiongal Greenlaw. I am the founder of The Wellness Foundry, London.

Several years ago, my health hit crisis point because of the constant pressure I was putting on myself. So I began a journey to find a solution to my condition:

I discovered many incredible practices, and my relief was so great, that I was driven to share these treatments with others. Since then I feel as though I have aligned with my life’s purpose: to help others on their journey.

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