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Spirit Guides: Types of Spirit Guides & How to Make Contact

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.


Spirit Guides

Many people believe in the concept of Spirit Guides, and I am one of them. In fact I do not just believe in spirit guides, I know they are a universal truth. When we start researching spirit guides and try making contact with our own spirit guides, some of us start to realize that there may be more than one spirit guide in our lives. Some are more prominent and closer to your recognition than others, but they are there nonetheless.

Actually there are four basic types of spirit guides, all of which I will do my best to explain in this hub. You may find that you can contact all of your spirit guides, or you may find that you can only make contact with one of your spirit guides. But be sure that you do have more than one.


Ancestral Spirit Guides

One particular type of spirit guides that I know everyone has is the ancestral spirit guide. This spirit guide is someone who has passed away that is or has been a part of your family. This spirit guide could be someone that you knew quite personally such as a sister or grandparent, or this spirit guide could be an ancestor that you haven't known in this life. You may have never even known this spirit guide lived on this earth!

Perhaps this ancestral spirit guide is your great-great grandmother who lived a hundred years before you were even a thought in your parents' minds. It is a part of their other-dimensional existence to help guide you on your path in life. They are around to watch over you and potentially help you make the positive decisions that will lead you back to your higher self's energy thereby fulfilling a part of their path in experiencing and coming closer to their higher self's purpose.

Ibis Spirit Guide
Ibis Spirit Guide | Source
Rabbit Spirit Guide
Rabbit Spirit Guide | Source

Animal Spirit Guides

I do a lot of writing and research on animal spirit guides, as they seem to be one of our most beloved types of spirit guides. The cute, the snuggly, the noble, and the brave. Each one of us has at least one type of animal spirit guide. Usually it will be that you have one permanent type of animal spirit guide or what some call a "totem", and then you can also have animal spirit guides that come as temporary messengers. They bring you messages that you might need at that given moment, and then they might disappear. Some might resurface at later points in your lives, while others are meant for that moment and that moment only.

Many of us know which animal spirit guide is indeed our permanent one or "totem". If you are unsure, this animal spirit guide is the one who is ever-present in your life no matter the phase or experiences that you are going through. We may have dreams of being with this animal or possibly even becoming this animal. For me, the wolf is my totem although I have multitudes of temporary animal spirit guides as well.

Ascended Masters

Ascended Masters are a third type of spirit guide that all of us have in our lives. These spirit guides are the ones who have come to a different level of knowing themselves and are quite close to reaching perfection (if there is such a thing) on a spiritual level. Many people say these beings were once humans and lived on this planet but have not had the need or push to re-incarnate, as they have come to know themselves in a full way and are not requiring of themselves to live as humans any longer. However, it is a part of their experiencing of themselves to teach us and lead us to our higher selves in this life.

Some say that ascended masters have the ability to dwell on other dimensions but still reach us here on the 3rd dimension. Some say they dwell in the fifth dimension, while others argue that it is indeed the sixth dimension. I do not fully understand the multiple dimensions of this universe, so I do not dwell on this belief until I can understand it myself. All we need to know is that these ascended masters have ascended out of human life and into the life of teaching us to reach a higher level of ourselves. So if you receive communications from your ascended master, it is time to listen!

My Spirit Guide's Last Grave
My Spirit Guide's Last Grave | Source

Lifetime Spirit Guide

Another type of spirit guide and perhaps the one that many of us can communicate with easily is our lifetime spirit guide or what is also referred to as the "common" spirit guide. This spirit guide is one that is here with you throughout your entire life, no matter the day or phase.They are known to show up in dreams, during meditations, and can be communicated with through different methods. This spirit guide is one who has also lived a human life or possibly hasn't, but in my case my spirit guide has lived many lives (one of his last being that of a 4 year old boy who drowned to death - a picture of his grave-site is to the right. Notice the white light emanating from where I am standing).

I feel that my spirit guide has been with me since day one and will always be with me. I can talk to him anytime and know that he is there listening. People also say that these types of spirit guides can appear in the form of someone you might know or have known before. This is so that you can feel more connected to them and be able to recognize them easier. These spirit guides can also show up in the form of an archetype - a king, warrior, monk, etc.

Making Contact With Your Spirit Guides

Some of you might be thinking, "Okay, now that I know I have more than one spirit guide how do I make contact with them?" Communicating with your spirit guides is much easier than you might imagine, and there are different ways to go about opening the pathway of communication.

Here are some methods you could try in order to contact your spirit guide(s):

  • Dreamwork - learn how to lucid dream or simply focus on the intention to meet and talk with your spirit guide in your dreams at night.
  • Meditation - do a guided meditation in order to meet your spirit guide (you can download these and play it while meditating)
  • OBEs - out of body experiences can be used in order to meet and talk to your spirit guide though usually it takes a lot of practice in order to master this skill.
  • Pendulums - you can use a pendulum to ask yes or no questions of your spirit guide. This method is effective but in lack of detailed answers.
  • Automatic writing - put your questions down on a piece of paper and allow your spirit guide to come through your own hand and answer on paper.
  • Signs & affirmations - by far the easiest way of communication with spirit guides is to simply talk to them. Either in your head or out loud and ask them to give you signs (watch my video above to find out how my spirit guide sent me a sign).

Watch Teal Scott's Take on Spirit Guides:


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  • Rock Artist profile image

    Rock Artist 

    15 months ago

    I do believe we all have guidance from within and I feel very connected to the source the older I get. I wish to develop a deeper connection with my guides although I find it a little scary for some reason. Thank you so much for a very interesting article.

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    Penelope Bucket 

    16 months ago from Seattle area

    thanks for the read, I get a lot more than yes or no from my pendulum I get conversations with my guides

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    Kitty Fields 

    18 months ago from Summerland

    newbizmau - Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Maurice Glaude 

    18 months ago from Mobile, AL

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this I posted it to my wall on Facebook. It's quite simple and to the point. Just enough to open my mind and explore and see what comes. Great!

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    Edian Rodriguez 

    18 months ago

    Well, I've had one experience which I can't really say what it exactly was, it's confusing. In one of my initial meditations, I was laying in bed, and I was getting into that trance, the sounds I was hearing were not only being heard but in a way, felt, they rang and echoed through my mind (that's normally how I do it) all was going well and then my eyelid starts itching, so I think to myself "oh crap my eye is itching" and right then there this voice in my head, like a thought that wasn't my own, it said, "no it isn't" and then my eye stops itching. I flip out and stop the meditation, not from fear but from surprise. After that, I learned I was able to get rid of itching sensations and even headaches just from thinking them away. That was great and all but the voice perplexes me, it's hard to describe, I know it sounded young but that's all I can really say, I think it sounded like me or maybe it didn't, it was probably very similar to my voice but I can't really be sure it was just weird, any advice on what this could have been or what I can do?

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    2 years ago from Summerland

    MizBejabbers - I believe most people have more than one spirit guide. Some people choose to see these guides as guardian angels or past loved ones. Perhaps they're both. Thanks for sharing!

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    2 years ago from Beautiful South

    My spirit guides, and I have many, have been with me all my life, but I didn't realize that until I awakened. I'm sure they guide me, but I know for a fact that they have saved me from physical injury many times because I have too many unexplained incidents. My husband, a Cherokee who practices shamanism, says that he feels the presence of many spirits constantly around me. Also a budding psychic who works with me says that my office is "always filled with spirits." I have never established an animal totem, though. I love all animals, especially cats, but none seem to have sought me out to represent a spirit guide. Very good article.

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    newbizmau - Usually seeing 11:11 is a sign of spiritual awakening. Meaning you're starting to really realize the true meaning to your life and some of the deeper sides of the universe. I started seeing 11:11 a few years ago at the beginning of the year, and it was because I was going through an awakening. I started getting messages from my guides, and they were showing me things that are so complicated I can't even get into it here. I actually wrote a hub about the basic signs of spiritual it I'm sure I mention seeing signs/symbols, which many times is a number on repeat.

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    Maurice Glaude 

    3 years ago from Mobile, AL

    So far I've learned that I have an Owl spirit guide. I also know I receive many many messages lately in the form of numbers. Specifically 11. At first I thought this was a reference to my numerology life path number which is a Master number 11. Then I started recently researching the number 11 and found others were experience the 11:11 phenomenon. All of sudden I too also started experiencing it or maybe I was just starting to realize the message all along was 11:11. No I see 11 no matter where I look. The clock seems to always be on 11 whether it be 4:11 or 12:11. Anytime I notice the time its usually on the 11th minute. Any ideas on a deeper meaning for this?

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    Mara Alexander 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Thank you Kitty, I thought, and hoped so

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    MonkeyShine - Absolutely!

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    Mara Alexander 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    If an entity is with someone all their life, saved them from danger, and healed them, does that mean they are a spirit guide? Can my spirit guide be a different type of being from someone else's?

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    5 years ago

    Old pagan joke, "A shaman asks a woman if she knows her spirit guide." The woman responds, "Yes, I use it everyday at work. The American bartenders guide. But i didn't think to bring it with me."

    Love your hub KTD. Keep on hubbing. Blake4d

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    My friend. Divya Elsa1 I am here and your Spirit is special to me. Believe that love is not so easy. By what you just said, You have me. Be good friend and know that I care.

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    5 years ago

    i need help......please help me out...

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    Susan Hazelton 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Very well written. This subject fascinates me. I have felt like there is someone with me since I can first remember. I will be reading more of your fascinating articles. Up and awesome.

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    James Mandolare 

    5 years ago from Hudson Falls New York USA

    I saw my little sister go into the light the day after she was murdered. I was wide awake on a spring morning I happened to look up in the sky and I swear she was carved in the clouds and all surrounded with the light. She smiled down at me and our eyes met as if to say "Wow! It figures you can see me." I often feel her-always really-around me. She helps me find lost items-every time.

    Once I was looking for my expensive Rapidiograph drawing pen and I looked everywhere. I asked her spirit to help me out. I banged my Chess Set and set a Pawn scurrying across the kitchen floor. It was odd-the chess piece really flew and skidded. When I bent down to pick it up I could see my pen under some papers. I would have never seen it if i didn't bend down.

    I often feel John Lennon is a spirit guide too. On the day he was shot down I said to a friend three hours before it happened, "When John Lennon dies, then I'll be old..."

    We are immortal co-creators of the universe. It is consciousness that is the divine and creative force in the Universe. Just ask the physicists. Energy never is lost in the Universe. It just transforms.

    Thanks for this inspiring and informative article and I will be trying some of your suggestions. ThANKs

    Oh yeah my totem is a Dolphin. His name is "Three Squeaks" and the story of how I ment him is a great synchronicity. But it'll have to wait...some other time! See you on the Spirit World!

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Hope - What a lovely story! There are some awesome ways to make contact with spirit guides...including automatic writing. Blessings!

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    Shannon Urlich 

    5 years ago from Australia, Adelaide

    My spirit guide is actually a Samurai at one point, but I had him mistaken for an ascended master. Im not sure of the "vibe" difference between Ascended guides and Lifetime guides

    I love my guides very much and i love the friendships I have with them. I met my samurai guide through automatic writing, it didn't even feel like i was connecting to a guide, just came as a story idea. Even now im working on a story for him, i think he'd be proud :)

    Blessed be dear!

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    6 years ago

    Im sorry if this is a bit bold and out of place for the topic...but I find you to be incredibly beautiful.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    tebo - Thank you so much. Yes, please try it out and let me know what happens!

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    6 years ago from New Zealand

    I really enjoyed this hub and watching your video was great too. I do talk to whoever I think might be listening but I will try this spirit guide asking. It is a matter of waiting for the answer to appear somewhere. Lovely.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Eric!

    mvillecat - That's beautiful, I'll bet she is! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Catherine Dean 

    6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

    I have always felt the guiding hand of my great-grandmother Ida. I have felt her in my life since I was very little. I do believe she is my spirit guide. I never met her but we are very similar in our looks and characteristics. Great Hub.

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    Eric Dierker 

    6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Well written and interesting


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