We are all psychic but to varying degrees. Even psychic skills face logical limitations; some people are just more sensitive, sensitive in different ways, and more talented than others. Everyone can run, but some people run faster, longer, and with more grace than others. With training you can improve and maximize the psychic skills you have, just like improving your speed, endurance, and grace as a runner.
Sometimes psychic gifts remain dormant until a specific trigger moment, like a near-death experience, or they are found through concentrated efforts at meditation and mindfulness work. There is also a wide range of talents, from simple intuition to channeling other entities to animal communication and on and on.
This article will talk about how to identify your spirit guides and ask them for help.
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What is a Spirit Guide?
A spirit guide can take many different forms and is a spiritual entity that helps guide us in life if we are open to spiritual guidance. A guide can be someone who has passed on in our current life or an ancestor currently between lives. The spirit of certain animals may be your guides or one animal in particular. Angels, deities from ancient cultures, and nature spirits can also be guides who permanently or temporarily participate in your life as guides.
In essence, a spirit guide is a non-corporeal energy in the form of an entity that can be invited into or is connected to your soul and available to help you in your current life journey. Having, connecting with, and communicating with your spirit guides can be an enriching and positive aspect of your daily life.
How to Identify your Spirit Guides
As children, we often find ourselves drawn to certain images, stories, and experiences. And, in childhood, we are open and curious in a way that changes dramatically as we grow older and encounter a world constantly trying to tell us how things are or should be. If you think back to your childhood and the strongest impressions you had with animals, family members, religious stories, or mythological stories, can you identify the strongest connections? If so, what were they?
I have reached a place in my journey where I am comfortable with spirit guides as a part of my daily life. Routinely I do a meditation to thank my guides, who form a council, for their support and guidance both in times of prosperity and in times of difficulty. At a very young age, I was immediately drawn to Greek mythology and religion, even though I was raised in a traditionally Christian household. We attended church every Sunday.
Guides from Religions
Once I became a young avid reader, I did not choose to read the Bible, though I could have; we always had a copy handy. Instead I found myself devouring Bulfinch’s Mythology and all the classical stories, like the Odyssey and the Aeneid. The Greek Gods and Goddess “made sense” to me. I especially felt connected to the Goddesses; in particular, Athena and Artemis. Eventually I realized that my guides were and are Goddesses, and my current ongoing spirit council consists of Athena, Hathor, Diana, Aphrodite, Artemis, Hera, and Isis.
In your review of your journey, you may find your guides in the form of Angels or Gods and Goddesses from other belief systems. Perhaps one of your guides is the Hindu God Krishna or the Archangel Michael. Perhaps your guides are Krishna AND Michael.
Ancestors and Recently Passed Family Members
It can be quite common to identify a spirit guide who is an ancestor or family member who passed in this lifetime. I was very, very close to my maternal grandparents. My grandfather lived to be 96 and passed in 2013. My grandmother passed in 1995. One thing I came to realize about my grandmother, after her passing and as I got older, was how frugal she was. She was the mastermind behind the retirement funds that kept my grandfather financially secure until his passing.
In another article here, I detail how she guides me by placing pennies in my path when I feel the strain of worry about money. Her communication with me is very direct and very clear, which I attribute to the profound love we shared as grandchild and grandparent. You may already know and notice that a family member, perhaps even one you have never met, but heard about in stories and just felt a deep connection with, is watching over and trying to help guide you.
It is very often the case that the spirit of an animal resonates with our souls. Such resonance has always been there for me with cats. Oddly enough, I was deathly allergic to them until my late 20s. I grew up with dogs, accepted them, but never really deeply connected with them. I always loved cats even though I would have a near asthmatic attack if I was in a room with them or let them touch me, which they always wanted to do.
I do not know how many times I was told, “my cat does not like anybody, but he or she apparently likes you!” I would joke and say, “it’s because they know I am allergic”. But deep down I knew it was because I understood the cat and its energy. As a result, cats always find me and are now and have been an integral part of my daily life and spirit life since the mid-1990s.
Connecting with your Guides
One of the sessions I offer clients is a muscle testing technique I use to go through an intuitive checklist, which includes identifying spirit guides as well as determining psychic skills and affinities, as well as which esoteric tools to use and avoid (tarot, runes, palmistry, and so on). This process is very thorough and quite interesting.
Recently I had a client bring in her young adult daughter to specifically identify her spirit animals. Often, we have more than one, with a dominant one. In other cases, there is just one. People like to romance the most common ones, usually predators, but the muscle testing cuts through the conscious “wish list” to get to the actual truth. In this young woman’s case, her spirit animal, to the exclusion of all other animals, was the donkey, which she and her mother agreed was clearly correct.
Outside a muscle testing technique, you can simply attune yourself to “pay attention”, which is rather easily done by giving yourself permission to have events show up in your attention span focused on answering the spirit guide question. You can simply ask spirit, in general, “help me see the signs of my spirit guides” and then pay attention to what shows up in your day. A spirit guide will always show you a pattern to help you know who they are and how they prefer to communicate with you.