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All About Spirit Guides and How to Initiate Connection

Fundamentals of Psychic Development: What Are Spirit Guides?

Connecting with your spirit guide is a relatively simple process but one that can confuse those who are new to meditation and spirituality. As a psychic medium let’s go over some ways you can connect to your spirit guide quickly and easily as well as how to communicate with them more clearly. By learning about your spirit guides, you can work with them in psychic abilities training to increase and open your abilities.

Spirit guides are entities designed to help and advise you on this physical plain of existence. Your guides—everyone has more than one—were given to you before you were made flesh. They are non corporeal beings, assigned by the universal mind to travel alongside you while you exist on this earth. They are responsible for helping you navigate your way through life, expand your realization of your higher self, and make your journey easier. Spirit guides advise, nudge, comfort, and of course, guide. Their purpose is not to do things for you or make your decisions; they are there just to guide and inform. They are kindly entities, specifically concerned with your good—nothing more.

There are spirits of the departed, like loved ones who have passed on, engaged in helping and guiding, but they are not spirit guides. Spirit guides are different and should not to be confused with guardian angels or angels of any kind. The best explanation for spirit guides is to say they are entities, composed of energy, which do not have substance and which are often directed to aid your higher self.

Spirit guides are uniquely able to help where intuition is not. This is because spirit guides know all that has been and is now going on in your life. They are entities that may or may not work in concert with other guides on your behalf. They may appear to have male or female characteristics, but they are neither male nor female. Those characteristics are there to aid your human understanding and to give you something with which you can easily identify.

As I Develop My Psychic Abilities How Can Communicate With My Spirit Guides?

Spirit guides also communicate in a unique way. They come across through thoughts—strong thoughts. They send messages in the same way messages are sent to Spirit Interactors (mediums). Know that their connection with humans is always gentle. You should think about it as receiving a message unlike intuition or mental insight. It is stronger and more directed than that. The best way to think of spirit guide connections is to think of them as concerned messages with direction.

Spirit guide relationships are also unique. They are relationships you should cultivate as any other meaningful and important relationship requiring nurturing and caring. A spirit guide relationship needs the same level of commitment and time any significant relationship requires. The more time and attention you give to cultivating open lines of communication with your guide, the stronger your relationship will become.

In Your Psychic Development Learn About the Types of Spirit Guides

Best Friend Guide

Your best friend guide will be your main guide. It will be the one with whom you will spend most of your time and have most of your interaction. This guide is similar to a friend. It behaves like a companion, bringing comfort, laughter, and joy. It is around to remind you to handle situations with kindness and diplomacy. It is there to remind you to take a breath when things go wrong and to be patient with things difficult to change. This guide advises when choices involve your happiness. It is believed that this guide has lived a human life; because of this, it understands all you are experiencing and what the outcomes of decisions may be.

If you need a little boost to balance your day or to reignite your clarity of thought, your best friend guide is the one to help. If you find yourself a bit down about, expect your best friend guide to appear and prompt you to rethink your situation. It will remind you to laugh.

Remember: your best friend guide is always present.

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Guardian Guide

The job of your guardian guide is to keep you aware, forewarned, and safe. This guide often comes with messages of caution and warning. Think of the guardian guide as your chief protector. If you have a feeling cautioning you, it is probably your guardian guide, instructing you to be careful.

Wisdom or Scholar Guide

The wisdom or scholar guide is the teacher. If it were a being living on earth, it might take on the form of a wise old man with profound insights. It might be an individual with incomparable wisdom, whom you would find easy to trust. If you have questions about learning, education, or philosophy, this is the guide who will assist you. It is the spiritual guru, versed in education and learning.

Body-Balance Guide

We have only one physical body, and it is sacred. The body-balance guide is concerned with your health and wellness—your diet, exercise, and medical care. If you hear a voice advising, “That is not a good choice for your body,” listen. It is your body- balance guide giving you a nudge.

Short Term Guides

It is possible to ask the universe for short-term guides to help you. These are guides with a particular skill or information. If you are writing a book, then you may want to call on a guide skilled in that area. If you are preparing for a test, you may need a guide with expertise in that particular field of study.

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How to Make Initial Contact with Your Spirit Guide

  1. To establish first contact with your spirit guide, find a quiet area and sit in a relaxed position. This is necessary to achieve the meditative state where you and your spirit guide will meet for the first time.
  2. At this point you’ll state a prayer to invite your spirit guide to contact you. An example would be something along the lines of “Spirit guide I invite you into my space. I would like to establish a dialog of open, clear communication with you.”
  3. Once you’ve sent the invitation you must listen and trust your spirit guide to contact you. Remember, you must be patient. This is a high vibrational relationship and communication may not be clear at first. The key is to not try too hard and let messages and guidance come naturally.

Your Spirit Guide’s Name

I’m often times asked by my clients how I can know my spirit guide’s name. To know your spirit guide’s name simply ask them during mediation and trust the first name that comes. Keep in mind that knowing your spirit guide’s name is not always of importance and some people communicate with their guide their whole life without knowing their name.

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All kinds of spirit guides, as helpful as they are, can’t and won’t make decisions for you. They’re available only to assist you. There is a conundrum about the effectiveness of guides. Because we have a deep, intuitive knowledge about what is right for us and what is right to do, we don’t always need a voice outside of ourselves—spirits, spirit guides, or anyone else—telling us what to do. But because human beings tend not to obey those things they know to be right, other entities often need to intervene to reinforce the necessity for doing what is right. Insecurity over a decision may not be valid. Dig deep within, and the choice will always be clear. Just remember to make choices that meld with your own goals and needs—not the goals and needs of others. The good news is that if you think you need the advice of a guide, you can have one whenever you choose.

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What’s Next?

I hope you enjoyed this article on the very popular topic of spirit guides. If you’re looking for more spiritual development information, check out The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice podcast, along with my over 183 episodes covering a wide variety of intuitive development topics.

This article is based on an episode at the Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice, one of the Top 8 Podcasts of 2022 To Improve Your Interpersonal Skills right alongside some of the podcast greats: Anthony Robbins, Jay Shetty, Brendon Burchard and featured as 45 Best Psychic Podcasts.

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  • Shweta Thakkar says:

    good article….

  • Emily says:

    How do you know you’re not opening the door to something malicious? I feel like I may have psychic abilities, but I’m scared to open myself up to something dark. And I keep getting warning dreams having to do with dabbling in the occult and psychic abilities. I am torn between strengthening this, or just leaving it be, but I keep leaving this pull to investigate this part of me.

    • Hi Emily, It’s a wonderful question you ask. Your psychic ability is a beautiful thing and a gift rooted in the highest of good. You may try listening my podcast the Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice at iTunes as I speak to this frequently in various episode. Thank you for taking a moment to comment today. Warmly, Michelle

  • Nancy Sywak says:

    Hi there,
    I kind of have the same apprehension as the previous lady. I have been told by many healers, energy workers, healers that I am very powerful but yet to discover all my abilities. Many have told me I am what they call a death doula like a birth doula but it’s on the other end of life I help people pass, since I can remember I’ve had spirits visit me right in that time between falling asleep and dreaming, often times they don’t know they have passed and are looking for help. But as a few have described me like a lighthouse of white light especially on the other side I have negative draining spirits attach to me, and because I’m not quite adept at guarding myself or the awareness this is happening I have hundreds of spirits attached to me, I learned all this from a Shaman I worked with a few years back. I also suffer from chronic debilitating migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and kidney issues which all of my healers have told me are a result of my “gifts” but me not knowing how to control them and guard myself. I have also been told my third eye is almost too strong, ppl have described it as blinding and that is one of my issues as well, that I live more in the spirit world than in this one and I’m very ungrounded and my root chakra is a mess. I also have this untrusting of my own abilities my one energy worker says I still don’t fully believe, and I’m not a true believer yet because of that skeptical voice that says “you’re not that special, you’re a fake, this isn’t real”. Which I struggle with and I think is my main block to unlocking my full spiritual potential and the fear or my own light and power, and of inviting evil or negative energy or spirits as I at times have wrestled with intensely in the past and believe was a factor in my suicide attempt 3years ago, I had a 10 out of 10 migraine for two and a half months, was bed ridden in the dark and half asleep or fully asleep for a lot of it and was surrounded by very dark energy that eventually lead me to try and end my life. I’m searching for a mentor, and would love to have more contact with my guides, could they lead me to this person? And what are some powerful protection methods? As you can tell I need help and would really love it if you could guide me a bit
    Thank you
    Love light and magic
    Nancy Alexandria

  • Jeri says:

    I am having trouble trying to connect with my guides. I have always known I have strong intuitions. I had a reading 6 months ago and was told I was a strong physic. I have been trying to find a way to learn how to use these gifts. I have since found a reiki master who has also said I have a strong gift. How do I go about learning how to call on theses gifts and help others ?

  • Krystal says:

    Hi. How are you?
    I have been very spiritual my whole life,I’m (29).
    I haven’t connected with my guides and really have been trying. Lately I hAve been experiencing visual snow.when I gloss my eyes after a meditation I see angel wings. I’m just wondering if you think visual snow is a connection with spirit ?
    Thank you

  • Don Holden says:

    Read your article. Great to have someone inform individuals and give some incite into

    My journey has been and continues to be interesting. Being born here I was alway aware of not being from here. At the very smallest of age, before I could talk, I was aware of my surrounding. I could look and hear and know while still being an infant. I later learned that there is a rythme to life. I was aware of all and everything. I was able to understand about the creative force of elementals. Through thoughts and thinking one can see what’s coming ahead of time. I was and still at times not sure if I pick up things on the creative timeline or create them. A combination I suppose. We must remember, we are nothing more then a single cell in the creative force. And as such there is really nothing to seek as we are already that that we seek. We need to live in the now, neither for nor against,just be. This might not be the case for the return from the dark, but might be for those from the light side.

    My time here has been challenging and at times I didn’t think I would get this far. But I learned to depend on the creative force ( not God) to sucom to it. There are to many Gods created by thoughts and thinking since the beginning of time. We need Togo past this way of thinking and journey to the Far Country to explore our inner selves. Spiritual guides are great, but there is only one true Spiritual Guide, Ines true self. The self is who or what is making this journey. The trials and tribulations are ares alone to over come. That is what the journey is really about. Finding our inner self and returning to that that we seek. Not an easy task,but who said it would be easy?

    The excitement of waking up each day, and the adventure of being in our journey should be enough to encourage us to seek and explore ones self. The answers are everywhere, the secret is to listen and become aware. Peace, enjoy the journey, it doesn’t last that long Good luck

  • Veronica says:

    This is most helpful! Thank you?

  • Sadia Ann Sutcliffe says:

    What a great piece of information thanks. Like one of the previous questions I am a little scared of what might come through, even though I try to protect myself imagining I am surrounded by a golden bubble that nothing can get through.

  • Caroline says:

    Dear Emily,
    my concerns are of the death nature also. in my life i have “seen” people I know and did not know give me a rush over my body that was like nothing else i have xperienced and in my head it is saying “that person is going to die” and it has never never been wrong. Within 3-5 days all these people passed. Some caused harder rushes than others and those people had more than one person go with them at the time. But if I have eye to eye contact with one of these people I know what is going to happen. The last time it happened i really wanted to go over and say something but knew i would sound crazy so i didnot do it. It has been a while since it happened and seems if i say it outloud it happens less and less so petting it here should take care of it for
    I don’t know…..any suggestions?

  • Patrick says:

    I feel that connecting with your guides, listening and acting on their messages really does enhance your life and enables you to help others. I am so fortunate to be able to feel spirit around me, there is definately nothing to be afraid of, just grateful.

  • Aditya Sahani says:

    I had seen dreams many times that are like warnings for the future and things that i saw in my dreams it comes true as exact don’t know how but i want to have a little more control on this that things happens eventually with me.

    • Hi Aditya! Thank you for taking a few moments to share your experience! You can have control over this and it’s a much easier process than you may realize. You might begin with my dream series at The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice at iTunes! Do let me know what questions you might have after listening to these podcast episodes. I sure look forward to hearing from you, should you choose. Warmly, Michelle

  • Agustina Rodríguez Roberts says:

    This article is wonderful! Very clear and easy to understand. I am so grateful for having found you Michelle. Thanks for all your work and for sharing so much knowledge with generosity and an open heart.

  • Rylie says:

    Hi, I know I’m a medium but I’m not sure how to really get in touch with my abilities. Whenever I am near places where spirits are I can faintly feel their emotions but I also can hear sometimes when a person is thinking about me, I just hear their voice very clearly in my head saying my name. I know I have abilities but I’m not very good at focusing my energy. Got any tips?

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