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.
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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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