Our Celestial Guardians
Have you ever planned out your whole day from beginning to end and then gotten a strong feeling that you should change all your plans and go to the beach where you ended up bumping into a long-lost friend?
Or maybe you’re driving home from work and instead of taking your normal exit, you decide to take the longer, scenic route only to find out later that there was a terrible accident on the street you normally take. Why do things like this happen? Could it be that your guardian angels or spirit guides were watching over you and guiding you?
Based on my 25 years of experience communicating with angels and spirit guides, I’ve come to the conclusion that most of us have several of these spiritual beings that are trying to communicate with us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of their very existence. In their natural state, angels and spirit guides look like little balls of light. You may have noticed little flickering gold or white lights out of the corner of your eye, which disappear as soon as you turn your head. Sometimes your angels and spirit guides will persistently buzz in your ear or tickle your nose in an attempt to communicate with you. On other occasions you may feel an unusual presence around you. These celestial beings have been delegated by God to protect us, send us loving, healing energy, keep us on our chosen path, answer our questions, help us in our work and play, and inspire our creative endeavors.
Because angels and spirit guides exist on a higher plane of consciousness, their thoughts immediately become reality, and they can instantly change their form simply by willing it. In other words, they can take on a human form, or appear to have wings, or they can present themselves in their natural state as a ball of light. They’re actually neuter energy fields of consciousness. When they choose to allow us to see them, they will usually appear before us in a form that will be acceptable to us — one that won’t freak us out.
Several years ago I suggested to my mother that she read a certain book about angels. Ten days later she telephoned me all excited and said, “You won’t believe what happened to me last night! I finished reading that angel book right before going to bed, and just as I was ready to doze off, I suddenly saw two very tall beings standing at the foot of my bed.”
Excitedly, I asked her what they looked like.
“They looked like people with wings.”
“Well, did they say anything? Did you ask them anything?”
“No,” replied my mother. “I was so scared I told them to go away, which they did. What do you think they wanted?”
“Given the fact that you just read a book about angels, I’m sure they were just letting you know that they really existed,” I said. What my mother was frightened by was their very existence, not their appearance. She promised she would try to talk to them the next time they appeared.
Angels and spirit guides are like fraternal twins with slight differences between them. In general, spirit guides, like us, have had several, if not hundreds, of human incarnations on Earth which gives them a lot of expertise in the areas of work, relationships, parenting, creative endeavors, the healing arts, etc. Quite often, a deceased friend, spouse, parent, or even a beloved dog or cat will temporarily come back as a spirit guide in order to protect and guide us during the rest of our stay on Earth.
Many angels, on the other hand, have never had a human incarnation. However, they’ve been working with humanity and guiding us for so many thousands of years that they’re quite knowledgeable about most Earthly things, as well as being expert healers and spiritual counselors. Guardian angels are angels that have been specifically assigned to us, or chosen by us before we incarnate. Their job is to watch over us from our birth through our transition back into spirit at the end of our life. Part of our spiritual growth on Earth is learning how to communicate with these beings.
How to Talk to Your Celestial Guides
Just imagine how you’d feel if you had a critical message for your best friend and you couldn’t reach him or her. Despite continually calling at home, work, on the cell, all you get is endless ringing with no one ever picking up. Sound frustrating? Well, that’s exactly how our guardian angels and spirit guides often feel. What most people don’t realize is that each of us has several angels and spirit guides who are continually trying to communicate with us. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t open to their guidance or help, primarily because we don’t even know or believe they exist or how to talk to them.
In order to successfully communicate with your angels and spirit guides, you first need to find a quiet place where you can be alone. Next, sit in a comfortable, upright chair with your legs and arms uncrossed and your feet flat on the floor. If you’re used to meditating on a cushion in lotus position, that’s fine. At this point, with your eyes closed, begin breathing very slowly and quietly, using just your nose and your belly. As you breathe in through your nose, your belly expands out; as you breathe out of your nose, your belly contracts. This is the way babies and professional singers breathe. The trick is to breathe so slowly and quietly that you don’t even hear your breath. If you hear your breath, you won’t be able to hear your angels and guides. I call this relaxed belly-breathing.
The next step is to center and ground yourself. To do this, imagine roots growing out of the bottoms of your feet and going deep into the Earth. Also imagine a large root growing from the base of your spine into the center of the Earth. Imagine a beautiful, protective bubble of white light floating down from above and surrounding your entire body.
Now, try to blank out your mind completely. Some people find this easy to do while others find their mind is cluttered with random thoughts and endless “to-do lists.” If that’s the case with you, write down everything that pops into your head including all of the “to-do list” items. Once you’ve written them all down, say the following out loud: “I promise to deal with these issues in the near future, but right now I want to talk to my angels and guides, and I ask them for their help and guidance.” By saying this, you’ll quiet your subconscious mind and open yourself up to communicating with your spiritual helpers.
If you can’t find the perfect, quiet place in which to do this exercise, improvise. Years ago, when I was working in a corporate setting and didn’t have a private office, I’d talk to my angels and guides in one of the stalls in the bathroom or in my car in the parking lot. Both locations worked just fine.
A good way to begin conversing with your angels and spirit guides is to ask them a question that’s important to you. You can either ask the question aloud or just think it; they’re telepathic and can hear your thoughts. After you’ve asked your question, listen for an answer. Sit quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed while using the relaxed belly breathing technique described above. Try to keep your mind blank and receptive. Sometimes the answer will come through as a thought or a feeling. Sometimes an image will appear in your mind which may have a symbolic meaning for you, the questioner. If you don’t quite understand the answer, ask one or more follow-up questions for clarification, either out loud or silently.
Don’t worry if you don’t get an answer right away. Angels and guides have many creative and uncanny methods of communication. Sometimes the answer will come to you while you’re taking a shower or driving your car. Both of these activities can create a relaxed, receptive state of mind, making it easy for your angels to transfer their thoughts to you. On other occasions you might get the answer in a dream, or you’ll open up a book to a random page and the answer will be staring up at you in black and white. This is called rhapsomancy and is quite common. Sometimes a phrase or a song lyric will repeat in your head. I remember several years ago a client asked if she should leave her boyfriend. The answer immediately became obvious to me. No sooner was the question out of her mouth than I heard my angels singing Paul Simon’s song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”
When working with your angels and guides, it’s important to know that they want you to follow your bliss. They want you to do whatever makes you happy and successful and will guide you in that direction if you’re open to their advice. Don’t be afraid to talk to them. They’re there to help you. That’s their job. They’re not there to judge you. We do enough of that ourselves. Also, you don’t have to be perfect, religious or spiritual in order to have angels, nor do you have to live in a cave, meditate all day or be a lacto-vegetarian.
When asking questions of your angels and spirit guides, keep your questions simple and straightforward. The questions can pertain to big decisions such as what job to take or person to marry, or they can be rather mundane, such as whether or not to go away for the weekend, or which color dress/suit to buy. Remember, all questions are spiritual and valid. Also, the more you talk to your angels and guides the better you’ll get at it. In any event, they’ll be delighted to be communicating with you and helping you.
Ross Miller is a psychic counselor and regression therapist with a healing practice in Newton, MA. He also teaches various psychic development, past-life regression, spiritual healing and angel communication workshops. He can be reached at 617-527-3583 or visit his website http://www.TheMysticWay.com.