Spirit guides can profoundly impact your life — without you even realizing it.

Have you ever wondered what (or who) got you to slow down that day and put your foot on the brakes just before you noticed the other car changing lanes despite you being totally lost in thought as your music blared through your car stereo?

Do you believe someone led you home safely that late night when you were walking back from the bus stop? The short walk home had been an unnerving one – you instinctively felt danger lurking in the air, your entire body was on edge and in your head you were pleading to make it home unharmed.

After making it safely through the front door, you found yourself saying thank you. You’re not sure who you were so grateful to, but subconsciously you know someone helped you that night.

Even though we may not be able to physically justify a spirit guide, many of us wholeheartedly believe in their existence. While we can’t see them, we’re not blind to feeling their gentle nudges along our way and boy, aren’t we glad we do feel them?

The Difference Between A Spirit Guide And A Guardian Angel

You may be wondering what the difference between a spirit guide and guardian angel is?

The best way to describe a spirit guide is to call it a disincarnate spirit — a guide who has once lived in a human body. For example, a deceased relative or someone from a past life. They’re there to advise and guide you – drawing on their own experiences and knowledge from when they were living.

Whereas a guardian angel is a guide who has never lived in a human body. Everyone is assigned a guardian angel at birth and while they’re there to chaperone you, they will not interfere in your life lessons.

Some spirit guides will be with you for your entire life, while others will drop in and out depending on where you are in your life. They speak to our inner conscious — they may send us signs, poke us in the gut to alert us when we’re looking for an answer, they can turn on our intuition, and also send people into our lives.

So often we can’t explain why we experience these things, but we know they have a Divine meaning and that someone or something is trying to guide us.

Connecting with Angels or Spirit Guides

Many people try and connect with their spirit guides through the medium of a psychic or clairvoyant, although there are many ways to connect with your guides, this type of medium can offer insights with regards to who your guides are, or any messages they’re trying to pass on to you.

Although the best way to connect on a day-to-day basis is by taking the time to really listen to your intuition and your gut feeling — what are they trying to tell you?

Instead of dismissing this information (as we so easily do), really listen to it and ask for signs from your spirit guides if you’re still unsure of what path you need to take.

If you would like to connect with them on a deeper level, during meditation ask your guides to appear before you. Talk with them, tell them how you’re feeling and ask them for guidance.

If you make this part of your meditation practice, over time you’ll be able to interpret this information with more confidence and feel a greater connection with your guides.

Your spirit guides are there to nudge you through life, therefore reaching out and connecting with them will give you a greater understanding of the guidance they’re trying to pass onto you.

Even the practice of talking with them on your loneliest or most confusing days makes you feel more connected and less alone. Which after all, is something we can all use from time-to-time.

What’s your experience with spirit guides? Tell us how you connect with your spirit guides and the difference they have made to your life. We will following up with a piece on connecting with them, so would love to hear about your experiences. 

This post first appeared on FinerMinds.

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