First, we ask who are our Angels and Guides?
We all have spirit guides. These helpful, loving beings offer us advice, protect us, and, guide us on our life journey. All spirit guides are helpful, however, they are not necessarily all the same type of spirit. Here are the different types of spirit guides, and a suggestion on how to connect with each. The best way to connect with any spirit being is by relaxing. Meditate, pray, walk in nature, sit quietly and ask. Ask to feel their presence, ask to know their name, ask to clearly communicate with them. Ask to be open to their messages.
An ancestor can be a recently departed loved one, like a favorite grandparent, uncle or they may be distant ancestors from generations past. It is possible they may not even be related to you. Cultural ancestors fall under the category of "ancestral spirit" just as much as blood relatives do.
These spirits work to support you from their position in the spirit realm. Their best work often comes in the form of helping us with more mundane things like, relationships, jobs etc.
Tools are helpful for connecting with ancestral spirits. You can create an ancestor altar set with photos of departed loved ones, an altar cloth, and fresh flowers. Even a small space on a shelf with photos of them, little objects which may have belonged to them or another symbol of them. You can make food offerings to your ancestors, and, when you have need of their advice, light a white candle, use a pendulum, tarot deck, or other divination tool to obtain their advice. When you are through, be sure to thank them for their help.
I find our loved ones and even ancestors will be able to access electrical items readily. They can get our attention by knocking, flicking lights, turning on the radio etc. My mother-in-law was fond of the microwave, turning it on and off and playing with the lights and fan.
We each haver guardian angels, helpful angels, and archangels. Each of these vary in their guidance and abilities.
Guardian angels are with you from beginning to end of life. You can call upon them for help at any time. There may be more than one for you! Guardian Angels pick you, that is they are devoted to you, they take an active interest in your life and love you unconditionally. They feel so deeply that they will take on some of your pain so you don't bear it alone or feel alone.
Helpful angels are a high vibration of spirits who look for people in need. They are not necessarily related to you. Some you may have known in this life, and others not at all. These wonderful beings may dip in and out of your life depending on your circumstances.
Archangels are the most powerful tier of angels. They don't attach themselves to people, but can be called on when needed. Each archangel has their own specialty. Chamuel, love; Michael, protection; Raphael, healing; etc.
I had a bad morning, rolling around in my head how angry I was. Just then I stopped at a traffic light and saw the red light arrow pointing right at the rainbow on the sign. I was a little stunned but really happy too. It made me pivot away from stewing in my anger to just moving forward. Pay attention to hunches, you may feel something quiet strongly. You may hear the voice whisper to you. Start listening to that inner voice without dismissing it. That is them communicating with you.
Angels are fond of communicating through synchronicity. If you begin to notice a lot of little coincidences in your life, this may be angels trying to get through to you. I find they use what we would call signs or symbols of the Angels like feathers, rainbows, repetition in numbers: 1111, 222, 1212, etc. Of course there are some archetypical meanings behind the numbers but significance of that sign may not so much what the numbers mean, its actually to get your attention! They are telling you they hear you, you've on the right path, now tune into them. They just gave you their wavelength, now dial in.
Animal guides are the spirit of any animal who may have something to teach you or help you with. This can be a beloved pet who passed away, or an animal you feel drawn to or one who feels drawn to you!
Connecting with animal guides is a bit trickier than other types of spirit guides. The best way to receive messages from them is to strengthen your intuition, awareness, and ability to remember your dreams. These guides tend to leave subtle signs and reminders of their presence in your life, like finding a feather on a hike or appearing in a dream. Practice keeping your eyes open for signs from these spirit helpers.
Ascended masters are humans who have reached enlightenment or otherwise transcended human existence. Jesus and the Buddha act as ascended masters. They are powerful figures in the spirit world and act as teachers to the living.
All of the ascended masters were devoted to their spirituality in life. The best way to connect with them is to cultivate a regular spiritual practice. It does not matter what religion you practice, as long as you consistently practice. Create a spiritual space in your home. Light white candles. Make time to clear your mind and listen for signs or messages from these guides. When you are facing a dilemma, let it go and surrender it to the ascended masters and allow their insights to guide your decision.
The number of guides and angels one has will vary greatly person to person. If you do call on them, they will come. We just have to listen for the answers.