Spirit Guides are supportive helpers in the unseen realms. They can show themselves in the form of animals, ancestors, angels and more. You can even connect with the spirit of trees and other plants for guidance. Spirit guides are here to help you with your journey and they’re consistently by your side in every experience in order to empower you to find your way.
Religious figures from Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other belief systems can also be guides in the realms. If you have a strong connection with a figure like Jesus, Kwan Yin, Mother Mary, Ganesha, or other teachers, you can work with them for support and wisdom. You can even connect with Gurus or teachers of any kind with whom you feel a deep resonance.
Animal Spirit Guides
Probably the easiest spirit guides to connect with when learning to do so are animals. Each animal spirit guide has a symbolic meaning that lets you know how best they can be of service in your life. Animal spirit guides can range from majestic Eagles and Hawks to the sweet songbirds that you see in your yard. They can be exotic animals, or animals that are local to you. Your pets or former pets who’ve passed away can also be animal spirit guides.
Spirit Guide Meanings
You can find spirit guide meanings by looking them up in books on the subject or researching online. But ultimately, what a spirit guide means will be determined by your connection with them. For example, Bear can be symbolic of powerful protection. However, you may have a different understanding of what Bear means to you if it shows up in your spirit guide meditation. It may be that it represents your childhood teddy bear and brings you comfort. It could be showing up because it’s winter and you need to be more internally focused and not go out so much.
Each spirit guide carries symbolism that is universal, and there are always personal meanings as well. If you’re not sure why a particular spirit guide has shown up, you can ask them why they are there and what they want to share with you.
What are spirit guides for?
Your spirit guides are here for you. If you seek energetic protection, clarity with life challenges, or simply don’t want to feel alone, they are with you. Connecting with your guides can also help you nurture your intuitive abilities. Each of us is intuitive and making time to get to know your spirit guides will amplify your spiritual gifts and talents.
How To Meet Your Spirit Guides
Connecting with your spirit guides is easier than you may think, below are 7 easy tips for creating connection with your own personal support. There are a number of ways to connect with your guides but the easiest is often a spirit guide meditation.
7 Tips for Meeting your Spirit Guides:
- 1 ~ Keep an open mind
The most important aspect of finding out who your spirit guides are and creating a connection with them is to allow your resistance and disbelief to take a backseat. It’s easy to get distracted by wondering “Is this real? Is this really happening?” but that only creates more difficulty in getting connected.
People have been connecting with spirit guides for millennia and you don’t have to be specially trained to do the same.
- 2 ~ Don’t Worry about Doing it Wrong
You can’t do it wrong. and you can’t do it right. There are numerous ways to connect with spirit guides and it works a bit differently for everyone. Your experience will be exactly what you need. That’s the beauty of how spirit guides work. They can show up in ways that are most helpful for you and make themselves available in ways that are specific to what you are seeking.
- 3 ~ You are Not Making It Up
Sometimes it might feel like you’re making it all up. Working with a spirit guides meditation involves using your imagination. Most of us have been taught from an early age that our imagination isn’t real. But your sacred imagination is exactly how your spirit guides find a way to connect with you.
- 4 ~ Don’t Overthink It
When you connect with a spirit guide don’t worry about details. It’s ok if you can’t hear or see clearly at first. It takes time.
Don’t make it harder than it needs to be. What you see in your imagination might be crystal clear or it could be a little fuzzy. You may feel them more than you see them. That’s ok. What’s most important is to get the conversation started.
- 5 ~ Relax. Relax. Relax. It’s particularly challenging to connect with spirit guides if you’re in your head worrying and asking questions about everything that’s going on. You’re simply starting a conversation with energies that love you dearly. If you went to dinner with them, how would you approach them and talk to them? It’s that simple.
- 6 ~ Be Receptive
Your spirit guides want to help you however they can. They love and care about you. Sometimes people find this hard to believe and worry that they shouldn’t bother their guides or ask for anything. Your spirit guides are waiting with joy to be of service to you. It is their highest wish that they can walk with you in a helpful way on your life’s path.
- 7 ~ Practice
Sometimes it’s easy to find your spirit guides and sometimes it takes more time. Either way, you’ll want to practice in order to strengthen your abilities. You’ll find that it gets easier the more you do it.
- 8 ~ Have fun!
Meeting your spirit guides can be fun! Enjoy the connection and let it be a joyful way to receive guidance and wisdom from energies that adore you.
Spirit Guide Meditation
Lie down in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Close your eyes and take gentle deep breaths to relax. In your imagination, visualize a doorway that leads you into a place in nature. This doorway can be anything that you like, and you can imagine a space in nature that feels comfortable and inviting to you. Whatever you want to have in your sacred space can be there, forest, ocean, jungle, mountain top.
Once you can see your sacred space in your imagination, invite in an animal that you’d like to get to know better by asking that animal to step into your space and show itself. You can also do this with the other energies I’ve listed above.
Once you’ve found a few spirit guides, or even just one, take time to get to know them by asking questions. Listen with your intuition and your heart and trust what you receive. You can even ask them for a gift that will support you at this time. Whatever you’d like to share with them is perfect. They are here to get to know you better and hear what you desire.
When you are finished, come back through the doorway that you created and shut it behind you. Then open your eyes and take some deep breaths to integrate your experience.
Bloom Post is a freelance writer, ceremonialist, teacher, and author of the books Shaman’s Toolbox: Practical Tools for Powerful Transformation and Plant Spirit Totems. For more information: www.BloomPost.com