Types of Spirit Guides
This is a very broad category. Many include all of the categories listed below as guides, but each person has a group of specific guides. Some of these can include a joy guide, teacher, protector/guardian, gatekeeper, helper, nature spirits and animal totems.
Some refer to this as Mother/Father God, Source, Infinite Spirit, or simply God. Everyone has direct access to God. Prayer is you speaking to God. Meditation is God speaking to you. Answers received from God typically do not come directly from him. The answers will commonly come from a friend or other person who will know the answer to your problem.
This is best explained through a metaphor. As our shadows are part of our physical being, so are we to our higher self. It lives in a higher plane and looks to us with love and grace. This guide is a wonderful source of wisdom as it has a better viewpoint. It is known as that tiny voice inside you.
They can display behavior that would be described as mischievous. Your Joy Guide is the one who is responsible for bringing out the lighter side of our personalities. When things become missing, your Joy Guide is there to let you know to lighten it up. Laughter is the key to working with your Joy guide, the more laughter in your life, the more your Joy guide beams with delight. Even though your Joy Guide appears to be childish in many ways, be respectful to them, for your Joy Guide is highly intelligent being in all ways as with all of your guides. They have chosen to be with you in this lifetime to remind you to lighten up and except Joy in your life. A Joy guides best kept secret is in the fact that they love to be kept busy.
Common Spirit Guide or Teacher Guide
A typical spirit guide is archetypical, symbolic or representative of something else. For example, you may find your guide appears in the form of a warrior, a storyteller, or a wise woman and they have appeared to you for a purpose. Typically, that purpose is to teach you and guide you along a particular path. They may also introduce you to other archetypes along your journey, and help out with problem solving, based upon your needs. They are known to provide insight by way of dreams or meditation, and may only hang around as long as you need them, then move on. Teacher guides can also be a collective Group of beings.
This guide in most cases is the most important spirit looking after us and protects us. They are often understood to be the most enlightened spirit helping us. Unlike a group of highly evolved spirits who help groups, countries, planets etc., the Guardian/Protector is an individual who helps you. Guardians/Protectors are responsible for the overall spiritual guidance we get, and are usually with us for the whole of our physical life. Some of the most common types of Guardians/Protectors are Native American Spirits and Guardian Angels.
These people are like guides, but often they are interested in some facet of our life rather than us personally. For example, if we are a carpenter, and a spirit who was a carpenter is aware that we are doing this, then he/she may take an interest in what we are doing. I have several helpers who come and go. Some I work with I have not found their names yet. They help me with sewing, writing, cooking and many other areas of interest in my life. When I need them, I just call them in such as, “I am asking my sewing guide to come forward and help me with this project”.
If you do a form of mediumship (channeling) that involves getting in and out of our physical bodies then a spirit is often appointed to help us get in and out safely and to stop other spirits taking over our physical bodies. They facilitates the flow of past on loved ones and guides of the person who is sitting for a reading.
These beings carry out the will of God as messengers, protectors, and guides. The Guardian Angel is the most commonly known type of angel and is the closest to human. Angels are also considered to be non-denominational, not being associated with any particular religion or belief. I have many angels around me as does everyone. Feel ‘em and love ‘em.
These are more specialized angels and are higher level beings. The most common archangels are Michael (protector), Gabriel (messenger), Raphael (healer), and Uriel (death). Anyone can call upon the archangels where guardian angels are more individual and personal. I work a lot with St. Michael. I call him in whenever I do readings to keep everyone safe and/or feel the need for protection.
These guides actually lived on Earth in physical bodies. During their lifetimes they mastered their experiences and “ascended” into heaven, as opposed to dying. Jesus, Mother Mary, Quan Yin, St. Germain, Simon Peter, Merlin, and Buddha are some of the more famous ascended masters.
Those who have gone before us are known as your ancestors. This not only includes people who you are genetically related to, but also anyone who is on our spiritual path. It is common for these to be people you have never met.
Power Animals or Totems
Power animals, also known as totems, are similar to guardian angels, but in animal form. Your power animal is not an individual animal, rather the collective spirit of that animal. For example, you don’t have a bear, you have Bear. However, it is common for power animals to have individual names. Your power animals/totems will come and go throughout your life, depending on your needs. You also have a varying number. It is thought each person has a totem for Above, Below, Front, Back, Left, Right, and Within. Others include North, South, East, and West. I love working with animal totems and I would recommend getting a book of animal totems.
These are metaphysical beings who inhabit the earth and work with nature’s energy. They are involved in every aspect of life and in every natural process. Every part of the world is alive and nature spirits are to be found everywhere: in the depths of the oceans, within the Earth and in the highest reaches of the atmosphere. I love to get in touch with nature spirits when I do walking meditations outside. I also like to just sit in nature and listen to what they have to tell me.
They are a highly evolved type of nature spirit. To the human eye, many of them have a similar appearance to angels, although they are of the planes while angels have their origins in Soul. Although radiant, they do not emit the same type or quantity of light as angels. Devas have a presence at the astral level as well as on some of the planes above. Some Devas are of a higher nature than others and are therefore able to work with the more refined substance of higher planes. The scope of their work crosses over with that of the angels to some extent as there is no clear demarcation line, just a gradual blending of function. Devas receive and transform the forces emanated by the angels and pass them down through the lower planes and into the astral world ready to be worked by the smaller nature spirits.
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