OK, it may not be as simple as meeting your waiter, but there’s really no big mystery about learning to work with your spirit guides. On a number of occasions, people have come to me looking for advice on some kind of life issue and I’ve often suggested that they might want to ask their spirit guides to help them.
One day not too long ago, I suggested just that to a man whom I’ve known most of my life. “I don’t understand all those things,” he replied. “How do I learn to contact my spirit guides? I’m not even sure what they are.”
Ever since that conversation, I’ve been trying to craft a response. So often it seems that the simplest things are the hardest to explain. Think about it. How would you explain standing up and walking to someone who had never done it?
There have been whole books written on this subject, and I’ll probably recommend one or two to my old friend. But I owe him an answer, and it is also a good thing to share here. Just to get started, let’s break it down into something that might put things into perspective. If you are familiar with the concept of guardian angels, that’s pretty much the basic idea we’re working with here. If you ever had an imaginary friend when you were a kid, that could well have been a spirit guide. Children are always more open and receptive before they become bogged down in the fear and denial that causes most people to shut off their innate sensitivity to the world of spirit. If you want to communicate with them, it can be as simple as saying hello.
Deeper communication — as in two-way communication is a more complex matter. And what makes it complex is that there are so many different methods. Much like meditation, you really have to just try different approaches until you find the one that works best for you. Speaking of meditation, no matter what ultimately works for you, meditation is going to be your starting point.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you are in a quiet place where you are unlikely to be disturbed. As always, I recommend working in a consecrated circle, primarily for the sake of keeping your own energy focused and shielded from outside sources (family members, pets, your own daily worries and concerns) that might prove disruptive. As we’ve discussed before, bring in any tools or talismans that you want to use to help you enter and maintain alpha state consciousness. If you want to use music, incense, or candles, arrange them before you cast your circle.
Once the circle is cast, state your intention clearly. Say something along the lines of “I am here for the purpose of communicating with my primary spirit guide. I know that you are with me, even when I am unaware of you. I want to increase my awareness to more fully recognize and understand your guidance.”
Begin your meditation. During this quiet time, become aware of any sensations that come to you. for example, when I first began to be aware of my guides as an adult, I would often feel as if someone was gently touching the back of my head — rather like a parent caressing a child. It always gave me great comfort. You may feel a touch, catch a scent in the air, hear a voice, or even see a light or a mist.
Your guide may manifest through a sensation in one of your chakras. If so, pay close attention to which one and how the contact feels. This will tell you a lot. For example, if you have a warm, glowing feeling in your heart chakra, it could mean that your relationships are well balanced. Or it might simply be your guide saying, “I’m here and I care about you.” On the other hand, a tightness or burning in your root chakra might tell you that your guide is here to help you work out issues that linger from your formative years.
This is very similar to what I wrote several months ago about learning to recognize and use your intuition. In fact, you may even mistake a message from your guide as part of your intuition or vice versa. This is easy to do , but nothing to be concerned about. As long as you get the intended message, it’s fine. Your guide is too evolved to be concerned about getting credit for the message.
So, who are these spirit guides, anyway? The short answer is that they are beings who have agreed to work with you in order to help you accomplish what you came here to do. Their mission is to help you grow.
The longer answer covers a lot of ground. Sometimes our guides keep us safe. Other times — if it is to help us grow or if it is part of a contract we agreed to when coming into this life — they may actually put us in harm’s way. Or, at least, allow us to bumble into trouble on our own.
They may be souls who are ancestors from your family in this life. They may be loved ones from previous lives. They could be entities who will learn as much from your situation as you will, or even more. Any particular guide may be with you for life or only for a few years. Generally, whenever you evolve to a new level of awareness your primary guide will change.
You can have special guides who come to help you through a specific situation; usually a major personal transition. For example, my current primary guide will be with me until Pluto fully transits Capricorn. I’m a Cappy and this planetary aspect marks a significant time of growth and change, much of which will likely be very difficult simply due to the nature of Pluto. What would normally be a 12 year transit will actually stretch out to 16 years due to retrogrades and “stops” in the cosmic movements. This particular guide has signed on for the duration.
Healers and teachers usually have specific guides who assist them in their work. If you are working through a particularly difficult challenge such as addiction, mental illness, a physical handicap, or extreme poverty, you can be fairly certain that you have at least one special guide who is specifically focused on helping you to learn the lessons that are available from your circumstance, which will allow you to rise above it and/or achieve your highest level of spiritual development.
Our guides may manifest in such a way that their energy comes across to you as either masculine or feminine. They are, of course, spirits who possess both aspects in balance. What makes them seem male or female are your perception and expectations. If you work more effectively with female energy, your guide’s energy may feel quite feminine. On the other hand, it may come through feeling very masculine in order to challenge you to learn how to work more actively with the male aspect. While some guides may often seem quite comforting, they are all charged with challenging you in some way.
Eventually, after you become comfortable working with your guides, you will come to see this amazing relationship as the creative partnership it is meant to be. And remember, getting started is as simple as saying hello.