Meet Your Spirit Guide

What is a spirit guide?

Do you believe in spirit guides? Have you ever met your spirit guide? A spirit guide is a spirit of any kind that guides you throughout your entire life or even just phases of your life. You can have one or more, depending upon where you are in your life at any given moment.

Judika Iles' "Encyclopedia of Spirits" has a wonderful overview explanation of spirits in the introduction portion of her book, which describes the different kinds of spirits that you can invite and work with in your life. My take on the different between working with certain spirits and actual spirit guides is that spirit guides' main purpose is to teach and guide you at any given point in your life while working with spirits means that those spirits are aiding you with different tasks but they aren't necessarily tasked with guiding or teaching you...nor are they always concerned with staying with you on a constant basis.

Have you ever had an inspiring dream in which an ethereal being came to you and taught you a valuable lesson? That very well could have been one of your spirit guides. Have you ever tried talking to your spirit guide?

Meet Your Spirit Guide

Because your spirit guides are always with you, you can contact them at any time. You don't have to talk out loud if you are scared that people will think you're crazy, you can simply think it and they will hear you. And yes, they will speak back...but you have to be willing and ready to actually listen. I don't just mean to listen with your ears...you have to listen with all of your senses as many spirit guides will respond in ways that you won't be expecting. Many responses might come in the form of signs or symbols...so don't deny a response because you feel it might just be "coincidence".

Other ways to contact your spirit guide could include doing research on your spirit guide. For instance, if you always dream or always think that you have a Native American spirit guide, do some research on him or her. Look up the area in which you've lived...maybe your spirit guide is from the local tribe who used to occupy that area. Maybe your spirit guide seems to be a passed family member or friend...visit their gravesite and leave a present to let them know that you are aware that they are with you and to thank them for their guidance and time. Putting the time into getting to know your spirit guide will thank them for their guidance and let them know that you are willing to listen.

Another way to get in contact with your spirit guide is through dreamwork and visualization techniques. I have been a lucid dreamer since I was a little girl, and often times my spirit guide Donalde will come to me in my dreams to either comfort or guide me. Most of the time he appears in one particular form, but spirit guides can take on many forms in dreams in particular. It just depends on what you need to see or what your spirit guides feel you might benefit from seeing more. Visualizing your spirit guide can be done through simple meditational practice. If you have a hard time remembering dreams or being conscious in your dreams, then maybe meditation with visualization would work better for you to contact your spirit guide(s).

In my humble opinion, and from my personal experience, our spirit guides are always trying to talk to us. The problem is that most of us either don't know that they should listen or don't want to listen. Maybe you don't believe in spirit guides or think that all of the signs that they've sent you are merely coincidence. What I've learned in life there are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason...we have free will and determine our paths, but there are consequences and reactions to every action that we make. Spirit guides have the ability to aide us on our paths...they can't change the path for us but they can help lead us to it and through it. Open your eyes, not just your physical eyes but your spirital eyes and you will begin to see the signs from your spirit guide manifest all around you.

Open your ears, both physical and spiritual, and you will begin to hear. Maybe you'll hear thoughts in your own mind that you find strange or out of the blue...these are very likely your spirit guide trying to meet you! While some people might think hearing voices is "crazy", that is not always true. Yes, some people do truly have psychotic issues, but that is another fear tactic that drives us away from listening to our spirit guides and our own self-intuition.

Don't let society or people around you tell you that spirit guides don't exist or that these things are coincidence. Decide for yourself and be open to meeting your spirit guides. They'll come. Trust me.


One of Donalde's Graves...notice the white light coming from where I'm standing?
One of Donalde's Graves...notice the white light coming from where I'm standing? | Source

My Spirit Guide

Within the past couple of years, I have just truly come in contact with one of my spirit guides. His name is Donalde. I believe he has lived many lives but spends this particular one as a spirit guide to me. In one life, I believe he was a nobleman or some kind of warrior in Scotland. That was a life far behind in the past; while one of his most recent incarnations he lived as a little boy in Florida.

In the past two weeks, Donalde made his grave from that particular incarnation known to me. He'd been trying to show me this grave for at least a year, but I always shook off my drawing to this grave as nothing. Until about two weeks ago, I decided to go check out this particular grave that I always seemed to look at when passing by. It was his...he had died at the age of four...fell into a pit and drowned. Finding this out and realizing what happened to him made me tremble and feel extremely sad for him. But at the same time, I felt so blessed to have my spirit guide confide in me and contact me in such a way that I knew it was him.

How did I learn of his name "Donalde" and why don't I use the name of his last incarnation Dale? "Donalde" was the name that came to me in a waking dream one night...this was one night when I was specifically focused on dreamwork in which I could make contact with my spirit guide and learn who he is. I found the name Donalde with an "e" on the end quite strange, until I researched and found that it was a Scottish name and meant something to the effect of "king" or "royalty". When Donalde comes to me in my dreams, he usually takes on the form of a good-looking, strong male around my age (late twenties). He usually comes to me as a friend and to offer guidance. Sometimes he shows me things in which to shake me out of a phase...which Goddess knows I need sometimes!

I know that I have other spirit guides, but at this point in my life Donalde is the leading one. I hope to make contact with the others soon or when the time is right.

If you have met your spirit guide, please share your story with me...I'd LOVE to hear it!

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kittythedreamer 16 months ago from the Ether Author

Gia - Yes, I think everyone's experience is probably different from the next. Thanks for sharing the links, I'll check it out soon.


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Gia Spirit 16 months ago

Hi there, Kittythedreame. Liked your post about Spirit Guides. There is a lot out on the net and different people have different experiences with their Guides...mine are more similar to yours than many others I have seen so far. Isn't it just great to be able to connect and communicate with metaphysical beings that way? If you want to "compare notes"

https://universaltransformation.wordpress.com/

and here are my thoughts on Guides (Spirit Guides#3):

https://universaltransformation.wordpress.com/reco...

All the best...


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kittythedreamer 16 months ago from the Ether Author

Clyde - I appreciate that very much.


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Clyde Grauke 16 months ago from Garland, Texas

I like your presentation on this topic. It was clear, open-minded, and useful. Voted up.


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MonkeyShine75 18 months ago from Los Angeles, California

Great hub, thank you for sharing

I've met my spirit guide, and he has help me through many things

Thank you for sharing, I voted it up, and awesome


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Niko Linni 23 months ago from Long Beach, California

That was an interesting read. I've looked into spirit guides and such before, I'm just not one hundred percent sure I've gotten the whole communicating or seeing it aspect down. In fact that's what the blue rabbit that's my profile picture is supposed to be, a virtual incarnation of what I take to be one of my spirit guides (I made it on the virtual game Second Life. You can purchase avatars and objects and other things to place over your character to make it look like something else).


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Hi, OhioGrant. I have a lot of material on spirit guides, and I've even made some videos on Youtube on my experiences. I have one spirit guide in particular who comes through a lot to me. If you're interested in the videos, you can find me here:

youtube.com/rhiannondancingoak


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OhioGrant 3 years ago from Ohio

Hey Kitty! Awesome hub! I have been a big fan of this concept for a long time... Thanks for the read!


Katelaina 4 years ago

Thankyou so much for sharing a lot makes more sense now. Im gonna stop trying to avoid that which I can feel around me and let fear go and take this new knowledge with me.


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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

As I read your hub, and I sat here thinking if I have a spirit guide, and I don't feel like I do. Nothing seems to stand out in my mind. Sometimes odd thoghts pop in my head and I wonder what made me think it. I am going to try to pay more attention. Great hub!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Amy - Wow! That's all I can say, because that is such a lovely story. Your dad wanted you both to know that he was okay and that he knew you were worried about him. Thanks so much for sharing such a personal story with us. We can all learn lessons like this. :)

EtherealElements - Thanks so much! Happy that you enjoyed this hub as much as the others. I started using a pendulum just recently to get yes/no answers from my spirit guide...it seemed to work tremendously! Try that out maybe. :)


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EtherealElements 4 years ago from USA

Another awesome hub, Kitty! I love your writing style! This is a valuable hub to me as well. Very encouraging. I have been trying to contact my guides for quite a while. It was only recently I realized that they were already here and responding. I had to look beyond the 'norm' and find the answers and clues they left for me. Great Hub! Two thumbs Up!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I felt my dad's presence and even got an obvious message from him the night he passed, as my mom did earlier in the day. We had no knowledge of each other's experience until I asked her what the song was that played and woke me when I stayed with her the night he died at the hospital from a stroke he had the day before. Dad had bought mom a Casio watch years ago that could be programmed to play tunes as an alarm or reminder. The watch had been broken by a jeweler trying to replace the battery. Although, the watch no longer worked, my mom loved it and kept it atop the frig for many years. The night I stayed after my dad passed, I finally fell asleep, to be awakened by a digital tune playing. In the morning, I asked my mom what it was. She looked at me and said "You heard it, too"! She said when she'd come home earlier to look for dad's insurance card, the watch played. He was telling us he was fine. I was always aware of my grandmother and now my dad's presence, but the medium sealed the deal. He sent me the tape of our conversation. I plugged it into my cassette player as I left my driveway for the 45-mile trip to work. The tape finished at the exact moment I parked my car in my assigned workplace parking slot! Whenever I decide to listen to it, I am still amazed and grateful as I felt like I had connected with my guardian angels. Thank you for reminding me again, kittythedreamer, of my spiritual awakening. I feel very blessed.


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KeithTax 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Everything happens for a reason. Call it a guardian angel or a spirit guide if you want, but someone is looking out for all of us. Your hub is beautiful spiritual poetry.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

precy anza - I'm happy to know that you enjoyed it and got something out of it. Thanks for reading.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Enjoyed reading this hub! :) And thankful to know that it could be a spirit guide when hearing some thought or voices. *Then who else would I be hearing* But yeah, it made me wonder if it's just my self tricking me when a thought enters my mind or on rare occasion hearing a male voice in my head saying a ghost or spirit is around.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Amy - What a beautiful story! You were blessed to get in touch with such a connected medium. However, we all have the ability to listen to our passed loved ones and spirit guides...we just have to be willing and open-minded. Thanks for the comments and compliment. :) You are too kind!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I relate to your well-written topic. After my dad passed away, a friend of mine hooked me up with a mediator. I never met with him face-to-face, but talked with him by phone. It was an amazing experience, as he relayed things that only I knew. My maternal grandmother, he told me, was looking out for me. During the conversation he told me she told him I was stubborn and needed to understand she talks to me in "thought" and not the burning bush I expected! Now I think of her everyday and believe she is with me, along with my dad. So many undeniable occurrences have happened that I KNOW are orchestrated by my father or my grandmother. I don't feel alone.

Thank you for this beautiful piece and congratulations on your well-earned, not surprising 100%.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

ananceleste - Thanks for reading. I'll check out your hub shortly dear. Though I do not believe a person can "scare off" their spirit guides. :)

birdslover - Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mark - Feathers are a beautiful symbol, aren't they? I have a thing for birds in the wild too...and I believe my spirit guide does, as well. Thanks for sharing.

CR Rookwood - What a wonderful experience that must have been to talk to a spirit who gave you the low-down on the purpose of spirit guides. Too cool! And you're right, it is difficult to talk about this because most people will think we're crazy. Fortunately I'm able to talk to a few people at my work about it, as they are open-minded and close to me. But in general, I don't talk about these things with just anyone.

cherylone - It'll happen soon. Don't worry! :)

bborrello - You're probably not schizophrenic at all. Psychic and schizophrenic are completely different things. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you.

dagny roth - Glad I could inspire you. :)

TKs View - Automatic writing is a GREAT way to get in touch with your spirit guide. I believe that a lot of my writing on Hubpages comes from my spirit guide talking through me or guiding my hands on the keyboard. Sometimes my mind goes blank and words just come out...thanks for reading. You are too sweet, as always. I can't wait to read your hubs coming up!

Deepak - Thanks so much.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

interesting and infomative.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Ah, dear kitty. I have little doubt from our previous conversations you already know how I feel on this subject. Although your hub is very informative and as per your usual refined abilities, very well written, I'd like to add one little tid-bit your readers may find useful.

I've had some very good results over the years writing the conversations with my spirit guides. I find using automatic writing slows down the pace a little and develops the unique voice of each guide in contrast to my own thoughts. What works for me is to type a question, then create the open space for the answer to come in through the written word. This is also great to have the text to review at later times. I have several examples I plan on posting in hubs, but won't have the time for about a month or two.

As always, I bow to the wonderful service you provide to your readers.

Give my regards to Donalde.

Peace.


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dagny roth 4 years ago from Neverland

I enjoyed your hub kitty! This is something I have been generally thinking about lately and simply reading your article revealed that I should dig deeper!! Thanks!


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bborrello 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

Very nice! I feel the same about the things I experience - that people would think I'm schizophrenic. I'm actually working on a Hub series right now about being a medium. Those pesky "voices" insist I write about this. LOL Thanks!


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

I have been trying, but all my life I was taught to "hide my imagination" and grow up. I am getting closer, I can feel it, but I'm not there yet. Thanks for sharing. It helps me keep going.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

Wow, thank you for this. I wonder how many people believe in spirits and spirit guides but are afraid to say so? I think probably more than most would expect.

During a particularly difficult time in my life I had an encounter with a spirit presence who gave me his name and explained that some spirits choose to help others in order to work off negative karma rather than be reincarnated. Usually they are paired up with people in danger of making similar errors. At the time I thought I was going mad, but many years later, looking back, I saw that the direction he pushed me in kept me from despairing completely and reminded me that I have value, no matter what.

These days I accept that spirits exist and that we do have guides, but I don't talk about it unless people ask because I don't want to deal with the ridicule. Sometimes you have to go with your gut and your intuition. There is so much more to life than what we can prove beyond a doubt.

Wonderful hub, voted up across the board. Thanks again!


markbennis 4 years ago

Great Hub Kitty,

I too believe that they can and do always try to communicate with us, for me personally I always see a white feather appear that lets me know and that’s, even when there are know birds around.

Also I have witnessed on many occasions the synchronicity of numbers that really stop me in my tracks, such as 11:11, 313, 909, etc…

I just stop whatever I am doing and just pause, then open up my awareness and just connect. You have some really great images in your collection; you seem to be an intuitive to these phenomena’s, voted up!


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birdslover 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

This topic is completely new to me, but it is interesting. Thanks for this wonderful information!!


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

Reading your hub got me thinking. I think I scared my spirit guide away. Years ago I had this very weird recurring dream. I even wrote a hub about it to see if it was an angel or something but still don't know. Of all the weird things that had happened to me in the past, this incident has left me with a big sense of loss that I can't understand.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Was-this-a...


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I'm finishing up that hub, so I should be posting it soon! Several people have asked me about my spirit guide so I thought it easier to write a hub than type it in several comments. It will also make an excellent hub for those just learning about their spirit guides, similarly to you hub. I think we all need to read about each other's spirit guides, simply because those thoughts of "Am I crazy?" crop every now and then lol.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Daughter of Maat - Oh, thanks so much for the Facebook post! You are too sweet. Yes, there were times when I thought, "oh, lord. if people only knew what goes on in my head they'd put me away for good". But I know I'm not crazy and it is indeed my spirit guide talking to me. I'd love to hear more about your spirit guide, if you wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks again! Blessings.


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Another beautiful hub Kitty! I liked the way explained hearing the voices in your head. I know when I first heard my spirit guide I thought I was crazy! I was afraid to tell anyone for fear of being locked up in a mental institution! Then I found out I was simply hearing my guide loud and clear. I'm SHARING this with my pagan study group on facebook, I think they really need to read this. Voted up as well!

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