Spirit guides are almost never a loved one who has passed away. Although our loved ones stay with us in spirit and we can contact them, but they can serve as a guide- though it is rare. Some individuals have archangels and angels as spirit guides who are always with them. Yet, the presence of angels does not always mean they are your spirit guides. Angels can be called in times of distress to assist you for a short time. If you have an archangel or angel as a guide, chances are your mission in life is a complex one. Through my experience with being a psychic reader and spiritual teacher, I have found that individuals with a challenging life path often have angels as spirit guides. Also those who are born with many skills that are apparent in their early years may have an “invisible friend” this is typically a gatekeeper guide in place to assist and protect them on their journey.
Your spirit guide is always with you, whether you acknowledge their presence or not. You can choose to gain the knowledge of who they are and what their role in your life is through meditation. You can interact with your spirit guides in a more proactive way. If you want to know who your guides are, just ask in meditation. I offer classes that focus on this specifically (see Meditation Journeying + Messages) Get in a quiet and meditative space and ask your master guide to come into your space. Do not get discouraged if you can’t feel or connect with them right away. Beings from the spiritual realm often communicate through signs and symbols. Once you ask, you must trust your own wisdom. Pay attention to the pictures that appear in your mind. If you see a man in a suit, stay with that, it could be he is a philosopher or scientist. You may see a Native American, a Buddhist monk or you may see nothing at all. Keep your mind and intuition open. Pay attention to things that keep coming up after you have asked that they reveal who they are. If you are having a challenge discovering who they are you can also contact a professional psychic/intuitive to assist you. Check out my class Core Skills for Empaths, Intuitives, Healers and Mediums as we cover Symbols in that class.
Working with your spirit guides can be an incredible tool for your own personal and spiritual growth. Unlike beings who are in the physical, their wisdom and advice is not influenced by the “world”. They dwell in a higher vibrational plane and the mundane particulars of your situation are not relevant. For example, if you seek guidance from your spirit guide regarding a relationship, they will lead you to focus on what you are learning, what you need to learn, what you are teaching your partner, and what is the true meaning of your relationship. The fact that they leave the toilet seat up or are terrible at budgeting the household finances will be irrelevant. The information that you will be provided with will be actions that YOU can take to gain more understanding. You can also ask your spirit guides to assist you in physical healing.