What Are Spirit Guides? Are They Real?
What are spirit guides and do they really exist? Are visions of the third eye real? How do you know you’re not just making it all up inside your own head?
Long-haired monsters, griffins with walking sticks, polar bears who stand on their two hind legs…I’ve met all sorts of weird and wonderful spirit guides over the years whilst journeying to the invisible realms. The information they have shared with me has been brilliant; if perhaps a little cryptic at times.
Just this morning I was doing a shamanic journey… I was on the deck of an old-fashioned pirate ship with a whole crew of spirit guides of various shapes and sizes, watching as they made ready to set sail through misty waters for a sunnier destination. The captain assured me that once we got to wherever it was we were going, I’d be a lot happier about the problem I was seeking guidance on. He told me to get on with my day and trust they were taking care of the rest. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. And I must say, so far, so good.
Intuitive & Mystical Visions
If you think this kind of experience is a bit strange, you’d be correct. Intuitive and mystical visions of the third eye aren’t provable by science and they don’t fit with the dominant paradigm that permeates our society. Even after all these years of shamanic journeying (that’s the technique I use to open the third eye and receive the visions) I still occasionally wonder if I’m just making it all up inside my own head.
How do you know if your visions and journeys are real?
My clients are the same. When they first open the third eye and encounter a spirit guide, one of the first questions they usually ask is, “How do I know if it’s real Cass?”
My response is always this: “You don’t. I don’t. How can we, when humans don’t even know what the very basis of reality is?”
Indeed. There are so many different ways of looking at reality, that trying to come to any sort of conclusion about what spirit guides are and whether or not they’re real is quite impossible.
Quantum Physics – What is Reality?
Take quantum physics for example. Quantum physics is the study of particles at the smallest scale possible and the attempted explanation of those results. I say attempted explanation, because the results obtained have been rather wacky and don’t fit with our conventional way of thinking. In some cases, they even contradict one another.
This has left many a quantum physicist scratching their head as they’ve attempted to come up with an explanation. As a consequence, we’ve got all sorts of bizarre theories about reality, from matter being an illusion created by vibrating energy fields of subatomic particles, to information being present everywhere at the same time, to the possibility that we are all living in a giant computer simulation.
Then there’s string theory. That eyebrow-raising stuff proposes that there are lots of hidden dimensions curled up inside others that we can’t see – stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
Extraterrestrial Life in Our Universe
To complicate matters further, we now know that there are over 600 billion planets in our galaxy, 500 million of which most likely reside in the habitable zone, where conditions are best to support life. Considering there are over 200 billion galaxies in our universe, I figure the question is no longer, “Does life exist elsewhere in our universe?” But, “How advanced is extraterrestrial consciousness?”
Different Dimensions of Reality
Could more advanced life have found a way to traverse the hidden dimensions of reality in our universe that string theory suggests exist? As intelligent beings evolve, could they develop more acute senses, perhaps even extra-sensory perceptions such as psychic abilities? Could more advanced beings already be aware of us primitive humans? Perhaps even be guiding us to awaken to higher levels of understanding in subtle and non-intrusive ways? Incidentally, if they are, they might want to hurry up.
Even though we don’t know what spirit guides are and whether or not they’re “real”, we do have a few theories. Here is a list of some of the types of spirit guides people have encountered:
The Different Types of Spirit Guides You Can Meet…
Beings from a higher vibrational dimension known as the Astral Realm. It’s said you can exist in this dimension when you’ve harmonised your energies and evolved to a higher state. These guides are often visualised as ethereal-like beings; think angels, ascended masters and so on.
As I was saying before, there could well be alien beings with advanced levels of consciousness that can communicate to us in subtle and complex ways. Some people claim to have contacted Pleiadian and Arcturian beings from other star systems in our galaxy.
Dead Relatives and Ancestors
Spirits of close personal ancestors or relatives who have lived here on Earth and are now existing in another dimension in some shape or form after passing on from this life. I’ve encountered some of these on several occasions.
The Higher Self
A higher form of our soul vibration that exists in a different dimension of reality. This is often experienced as a communication with a deeper and wiser part of yourself. It’s a shame more of our politicians and corporate CEOs don’t talk to their higher selves. Then again, maybe they don’t have any; that would explain a lot.
These spirit guides tend to pop up in shamanic journeying. They’re thought of as the spirit of the collective of the animals or creatures rather than individual animals themselves.
Complex Plant Intelligences
Spirit guides and entities encountered when working with shamanic medicine plants such as ayahuasca. These guides are usually very complex, multidimensional and embody a deep, all-encompassing, powerful intelligence. You do not wanna mess with these guides.
Elementals such as fairies, sprites, nymphs and pixies
Nature-like spirits that exist in a different dimension that runs parallel to our own and who care for the natural world. Cute.
And the list goes on. We will probably never know for certain what spirit guides are and whether or not they’re real (not in this lifetime anyway). So rather than waste your time trying to come up with a rational explanation, be open to whatever form your spirit guides appear in to you and work with these visions in terms of the wisdom and awareness they can bring to your life instead.