To many, spirit guides are either beings we select or assistance allocated to us before birth. To others, spirit guides are symbolic representations of aspects of our unconscious brains that assist us in achieving completeness. To others, spirit guides are manifestations of our higher selves that appear in a variety of shapes and forms.
Whatever you believe in spirit guides, and regardless of how “new age” or “down-to-earth” your perspective is, there is no question that we all need guidance, direction, and assistance in life that goes beyond our own talents or those around us.
Spirit guides, like many other aspects of spirituality, have been extensively sullied, marketed, and sold both online and offline, yet despite the tarnishing of their worth, spirit guides remain a universal human experience.
While spirit guides are often referred to be spirits that lead us, in my understanding and experience with them, they are entities who assist our spirits in achieving more clarity, freedom, pleasure, and serenity.
If you are just starting your quest to connect with your spirit guide, I would suggest first being familiar with the many kinds of guides that exist in our world and the incorporeal realm.
SEVEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPIRIT GUIDES
While it seems to be a popular belief at the moment that spirit guides are mainly animals or heavenly beings, this is just one tiny dimension of the many options available.
I think that spirit guides may take on an infinite variety of shapes and forms. A spirit guide may be anything from a gentle breeze that makes the hairs on your arm stand up to a fully formed heavenly being encountered during a shamanic trip.
There are a plethora of options, and below I will outline the primary “types,” “species,” or kinds of spirit guides you may meet throughout your journey. Bear in mind that you may have more than one, and the majority of individuals often do!
1. HALF BEAST, HALF MAN (TRANS-SPECIES)
Numerous spirit guides have the form of half man/woman and half animal. Centaurs, fauns, harpys, mermaids, sphinxes, fairies, and minotaurs are all examples. Numerous deities also manifest as spirit guides, for example, Anubis (the Egyptian deity with a jackal-headed head), Ganesha (the Indian god with an elephant-headed head), and Ra (the Egyptian god with a falcon-headed head and a human body). Pan, a half-man, half-goat creature, was the first spirit guide with whom I established direct contact. Pan “revealed” to me my own particular shadow self and the need of embarking on a path of healing my fundamental traumas.
Animals are well-known spirit guides that have grown in popularity in recent years, perhaps due to their accessibility in our daily lives. Certain ancient civilizations, such as indigenous Americans and the Chinese, revered animals as holy symbols of their tribes or lineages. Animals have evolved in recent years to symbolize and reflect a person’s own inner yearnings and desires, shifting from collective to more intimate and individual usage.
3. LIGHT BEINGS
Numerous individuals refer to “light entities” (often referred to as guardian angels) as their spirit guides. According to legend, light creatures assist individuals in especially in navigating difficult aspects of life such as death, loss, and sorrow. Light creatures are so named because to their proclivity for seeming brilliant, glowing, or brimming with light.
Ancestral guides are beings that have a genetic link with us and our ancestors. An ancestral guide may be a recently departed family member (mother, father, aunt, or grandpa) or a long-dead relative whom you may have never encountered throughout your existence. When I’ve previously engaged in shamanic travelling, I’ve had contact with what I believe to be my ancestors. They came to me as shadowy creatures that seemed strangely familiar. They showed me that, although I may have felt isolated and alone in my present family, I am a member of something far bigger. The lessons our forefathers and mothers convey may be both beautiful and life-changing.
Shamans believe that everything in the world is made up of vivid, living energy. This also applies to plants. Ayahuasca – a hallucinogenic drink produced from a vine found in Peru – is one of the most well-known methods of communing with nature’s spirits. Interestingly, the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine is referred to as “the vine of the souls,” and it is typical for people who consume it to be led into realms of inner and outward existence by the plant. The same may be true for a variety of other psychoactive substances (and non-psychoactive plants). Plants may be symbolic, as in pagan cultures where specific characteristics are associated with certain plants, or experiential, as in eating the plant promotes mental, physical, and emotional growth.
6. GODDESSES AND GODS
Since the beginning of time, gods and goddesses have been adored, feared, and written about. They cut across all cultures, traditions, religions, and regions of the globe. Athena, Quan Yin, Apollo, Lakshmi, Lugh, Kali, Hathor, Horus, The Green Man, and Selene are all examples of common gods and goddesses that act as spirit guides.
7. ELEVATED MASTERS
Ascended masters are beings that have previously lived on this planet but have attained enlightenment, awakening, or transcended the cycle of reincarnation. As such, ascended masters serve as the supreme instructors and portals to the divine. Ascended masters, like other spirit guides, are believed to educate everyone who contacts them (not just you) how to attain greater completeness and harmony in life. Krishna, Jesus, Confucius, Kuthumi, Melchizedek, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Babaji, and Gautama Buddha are all common examples.
Spirit guides are as bit as varied and unique as humans are. It is probable that during your lifetime, you may encounter a variety of various kinds of guides serving a variety of different reasons.
Whether you choose to connect with your guide/s via meditation, singing, trance, psychedelic travelling, ritual, or plain observation, it is reassuring to know that assistance is available in a variety of shapes and forms.
Which spirit guides have you encountered? What have they imparted onto you? What are you capable of teaching us about them? Kindly leave your thoughts below.