What Are Spirit Guides?

Everyone has a collective of celestial helpers waiting to by their side. These are your spirit guides, and they are waiting patiently to help you. Sadly, some people never learn to consciously connect with their guides, but here is some information to introduce you to who they are and what they do!

What are Spirit Guides?

  • A spirit guides is a discarnate entity that’s sole purpose is to aide you on your life path.  You and your guide made a soul level contract before incarnation that they would watch over, guide and protect you, as well as disperse spiritual insights and synchronicities into your life.
  • Your spirit guide has a unique understanding of you and the path that you have laid out for yourself. Often they work with you when you create your spiritual map. They have a vantage point from which they guide you because they are able to see your map clearly and they can view the “bigger” picture of our journey.
  • Your spirit guide is your souls assistant working behind the scenes. Whether you are aware of them, they constantly watch over, protect and guide you.

Does everyone have a spirit guide?

  • Absolutely everyone has a spirit guide. Some may argue that there are people who do not have guides, but as far as I have seen we all do. No matter what your religious background or beliefs are, even if you do not believe in God, you still have a guide.
  • We have a primary guide, who has incarnated at least once. The reason being is so that they have empathy about our journey here on earth. Now if you do not believe in incarnation or that whole philosophy it doesn’t negate the idea of a spirit guide. We also have a secondary guide or guides that can walk into your lives at key points bringing us more specialized guidance. For example: If you are beginning to explore a new career path and you are very passionate about it, but not very confidant you may have a secondary guide who steps in and helps you in this area. They are specialty guides.

How can I recognize the presence of my spirit guide?

  • Any time you are stressed or undergoing extreme changes in your life a spirit guide will be more dominant in your life. Their purpose is to help you with the difficult areas of your journey, so when times are tough remember that they are there.
  • It is common for people to hear their name being called, when no one is around. Usually your guides are trying to get your attention.
  • You may see flashing lights, often blue or white. Maybe even shadows or silhouettes out of the corner of your eye.
  • Reoccurring dreams, especially of a stranger whom you feel comfortable with.
  • A unique fascination with a name or geographical place, which is often connected to the name or ethnicity of your guide.
  • Some sort of reoccurring symbol. Such as numbers, letters, motifs, etc.
  • Physical sensations. Often the feeling of being touched on a shoulder or hand or someone standing near you to one side or the other.

How can I know my guides name and what they look like?

  • Most people like to know the name of their guide first. There are many ways to get the name of your guide. Basically you can ask, “What is your name?” and then wait to see which name pops into your head first, or which names stands out to you (the next person you meet, a billboard, song on the radio or it may be written on a piece of paper). You can also use a baby name book and open a page at random and select a name by pointing with your eyes closed. Or the other way is to use a name that you feel drawn to.
  • People often want to know how their guides look or what their sex is before they connect with them. My answer to this is 1) they may appear in whatever form they wish. As an animal, ball of light or a physical person. Your primary guide will typically take the form of a human. Meditation is key in finding out what they look like or you may have a dream or vision or you could ask a reader. 2) You can ask them to appear in a certain form because your guide will do whatever it takes to work with you in your comfort zone.

How can I easily speak to my guide?

  • The simplest way to speak with your guide is by talking out loud to them. Your guide will find some way to communicate back with you. This could be through symbols, visions, dreams, songs, verbal communication, feelings, television programs or other people. They will find the best way to communicate with you if you just trust.
  • Using an oracle deck is an easy and powerful way to communicate with them.
  • Write letters to them or leave little messages posted around your home or office.
  • Mediate. You can do this through a guided meditation or by simply being still for a few minutes a day.
  • Creativity and art. They are drawn to creativity and they love to inspire us. Inspiration comes from the word spirit!

A few more things

  • Angels and spirit guides are not the same. Typically your spirit guide is not a loved one who passed. These are three different types of entities.
  • Your guides have far more ability to help you when you ASK for them to help!
  • Spirit guides do not control any aspect of your life; they only offer you help and guidance. You have free will at all times. You may even ask for certain aspects of your life to be inaccessible to your guides if you like.
  • They are not all knowing. They have more insight into our life because they are watching outside of it and they can connect with our subconscious mind which is far wiser and our map.
  • Guides are never negative, harmful, pushy, controlling or frightening.
  • They know when to turn their heads if you know what I mean, but they are never truly absent.
  • They truly are your bestfriends. When you begin to connect with them, it should be more like a reunion, rather than a first encounter.

This information is only a small portion of what can be written about the subject. I’ve only pulled out the basics to get you started so that you can begin working with and calling on your guides.  Once you’ve read this you can begin enriching your life by consciously connecting with them.

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have about this subject. If there is anything that I can elaborate on or any confusion I may clear up, I would be more than happy to.  And I would love to hear any stories you may have about working with your guides. What was your first encounter like? Do you remember the first time you consciously worked with your guide?

If you have questions, comments or stories, please comment below, or tweet @ShaheenMiro #TheGypsyTalks

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© Shaheen Miro 3/22/2011

Understanding Intuition: Insight Fifteen

There is a constant stream of thoughts, words and ideas running through our head creating an inner dialogue. In order to tap into your intuition, you must learn to separate your inner voice, from the conglomerated chatter of the world around you (people, TV, radio, co-workers, past conversations). Take time for silence to allow your inner dialogue to unwind, and disentangle from the chaos. In silence you can hear the whispers of intuition, and eventually they will be loud and clear.

Understanding Intuition: Insight Fourteen

The future is fluid…a pulsing, ever changing thing. Nothing is set in stone. You have within your power the ability to manipulate energy, meaning you can influence the tides of what’s to come in your life. Instead of feeling helpless at the arms of fate, you can look the future fearlessly in the eye! The more conscious you are of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs the more consciously you can manifest. With that being said there are things that you will need to experience, whether you like it or not! We all have a map to follow on our journey, you have a destination/lesson to learn, but the paths to that lesson are as numerous as the routes to Florida!

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Dancing with fate and freedom

I am here at the airport waiting on a flight to Newark. From there I will be heading to London. I am already so excited; a little apprehensive and totally nervous but I am as ready as I will ever be.

My two best friends brought me to the airport and it was so emotional leaving them at the gates. You don’t realize how much people mean to you until your ready to leave on some life changing journey and you know you are coming back as a different person.

I feel that there is magic in the air though. So much good energy surrounding this trip. People whom love me and adventures ahead of me.

Right now Janis Joplin is playing on the radio which to me is a sign… And Stevie Nicks already played at dinner. I don’t think I need anymore confirmation that this is right. So here I am letting the magic begin. My first time flying solo ( pun intended) and I am feeling the rush.

I feel like I am on the edge of something amazing… To quote Gaga “I’m on the edge of something final we call life… Tonight.” I keep telling myself I’m ready and in my soul I know I am but the world is so big and I feel so small and leaving all those guiding lights back home is hard… But it’s the right thing.

I love all your gypsy souls,
Shaheen

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Spiritual Message/ Update May 9, 2011

Dear Friends,

It’s a cool night out and the air is filled with uplifting energy. A sense of renewal hangs softly in the air, after this time of rain. So here I sit feeling inspired and happy to be drinking a warm up of green tea and writing you.

I pray that all of you are doing well; surrounded by beautiful blessings and healing energy. Remember to live life to the fullest… rock out in every moment!!

Updates:

  • Have you ever been interested in learning to use your intuition? I am holding a class called Accessing Intuition. In this class you will learn what intuition is, how it works and how to use it. We will be learning easy-to-use techniques and you will get to pick a “tool” to explore with (Tarot, Tea-Leaf, Pendulum, Cards).  There are two options for days and times. Either 2 hours Saturday May 28th and 2 hours Sunday May 29th or 4 hours on Saturday May 28th. I will let you decide which works best. Majority will rule. $75 for the weekend.
  • Reading for a day of whimsical fun learning to read tealeaves? Join me at The Gypsy Tea Party. You will get a personal reading, as well as join in a group tea party setting where you will learn to do your own personal tealeaf readings! Should be a blast! $50 for the day.
  • Don’t forget that this Saturday is Psychic Saturday (5/14). Sign up for a 15-minute many reading to get your answers in-between full readings. $15.
  • Until May 20th the 4 for 3 special will continue. Buy 3 gift certificates for readings and get a 4th for free. Half hour sessions.
  • Call to schedule a reading in-person, over the phone, skype or email. Also, Reiki sessions.

Spiritual Message

Memories are some of our most treasured things. We hold them close to our hearts. Some of us get caught in memories, others hide from memories and there are those who have lost memories. Regardless, memories are crystals that hold spiritual power… they are able to conjure up the past in seconds.

What have you been nostalgic about lately? Has it been a place from you past, a feeling you remember from long ago or someone whom you haven’t seen for years? There may be a message in all of this. Even if it’s a painful memory the importance of it is no less.

Memories are vehicles of change. As the old saying goes, “the past repeats itself.” So don’t allow yourself to fall in the trap of something limiting from the past, but also don’t forget that the good times shall come around again. It’s only a matter of time before you can be happy again.

Yes its true that you cannot turn back time. You may never get back to that exact time or place again, but you can always pull that feeling close to you and be with it for a moment. The truth is that there is no such thing as time, in our hearts and minds time doesn’t exist, it’s only our perception of it.

So here is to remembering. Allow yourself to be nostalgic and just be. Follow those memories and see where they lead. You may be surprised what you remember and how that will move you. There is something dramatic and spiritual about walking down memory lane.

With Love,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 5/9/2011

Spiritual Message/ Update April 23, 2011

Dear Friends,

The weather has been very interesting lately, as many of you know. It feels as if the earth is purging herself of negative energies and influences that have built up. I hope all of you are safe and sound and enjoying life.  Let me share a few things with you.

  • I will be doing a class on Intuition. There are two options for days and times. Either 2 hours Saturday May 28th and 2 hours Sunday May 29th or 4 hours on Saturday May 28th. I will let you decide which works best. Majority will rule. $75 for the weekend.
  • There are two specials that I will be running, but you may not combine them. 1.) If you schedule a reading from April 27th-May 4th you will get your reading for $35. So make your appointment fast before the spots fill up! 2.) If you buy 3 gift certificates you get one for free, from now until May 20th.
  • There will be a Gypsy Tea Party in June (probably the weekend of the 10th) a combination of fun, tealeaf reading and learning. You will get an individual tealeaf reading with me, plus you will join in a group to learn how to do your own readings. Should be a blast! If interested email or call.
  • Keep checking out my blog for fun and exciting things to read. You will find information about the tarot, intuition, spiritual messages and other exciting topics. And Starting in May I will pick a few questions to answer on the blog! So if you have a questions that you want answered send an email… you might just get picked! shaheenmiroinsights.wordpress.com
  • Starting in May I will be doing Psychic Saturdays. The second Saturday of every month there will be 5 mini readings available. 15 minutes for $15. There are only five spots, so be sure to schedule ASAP. Great way to get any questions you may have answered in between full sessions.
  • And a big thanks to those of you whom I met at the Ladies Night Out in Covington, and to the familiar faces who came back!

Spiritual Message 

Remember that there is wisdom in letting go. Its time to let go of all the things that weigh you down and that no longer bring you joy. Far to often we hold onto things much longer than we need to. Once you have outgrown something you have to release it or you keep yourself from pulling into your awareness the next beautiful gift. 

I want you to look at the people, objects, feelings, beliefs and ideas that you are holding onto. Which one is worn out? Which ones have you totally outgrown? Which ones have begun to choke the life out of your new dreams, wishes and goals? 

Allow your awareness to go to the things in your life that act as black holes sucks, absorbing and totally eating away your enthusiasm and energy. Trust you intuition and know that often the first thing you go to is the right thing… start letting go there!

This message is so relevant right now. As I said before the Earth is purging itself of the old and worn out. Like her we must do the same. With the wind and the rain comes a sense of cleansing and renewal. Allow it to wash you clean. Allow the beautiful white light of the divine to enter your existence and bring healing.

Best Wishes,

Shaheen

Waking Among Kings and Cards

I woke up not having much sleep. It’s hard sometimes at night to actually fall asleep even if my body and mind are tired because so many things start going through my head. I’m one of those people who constantly thinks about everything and when its time for bed… that’s when my mind decided to work the hardest.

Today I pulled a few cards for insight into the day and the energy around me and what I turned over was very interesting. First card that I had was the Ace of Hearts; those aces are relentless in following me these days. Following that card the 9 of Clubs and then the King of Spades.

The ace of hearts is a powerful card because it speaks of change and new beginnings. Aces are always cards that remind us of the powerful energy of whichever suit it resides in. This is a card that speaks to me about connections with people, relationships are changing and facets of my life with others will begin to die away. This card brings with it a storm of emotions that beg me to take a crucial look at my life and to see what or whom is really necessary for me to be happy.

The 9 of spades represent challenges and the search of truth. It’s the card of the seeker or someone who should start to seek a little more. I can see this card as a sign that I am standing at the edge of something, the door to a brilliant castle… wonders and possibilities waiting, if only I would knock. The 9 of spades highlights my apprehension to change and the things that lie in front of me. Though I am constantly enthusiastic about bringing new energy into my life, I tend to be a little resistant to it at fist.

I am very drawn to this card; very fascinated by the profound truth it holds. I keep hearing the words resistance and denial as I look at it. The closer I look, the deeper I feel, the more I realize that this card isn’t so much about inviting new energy into my life… its more about saying goodbye to the old and worn out.

The third card in this reading was the King of Spades. A fierce energy that has made it his purpose to abolish opposing forces. The King of spades stands as a guardian silently watching me, with a demeanor that chills to the bone and bites like fire. I know that he has come into my life to protect and cast away the things that have worked to block me and weigh me down.

It is interesting to me because the King of Spades is a very forceful energy at times, yet his focus makes him seem almost gentle. His force isn’t the type of egocentric and dominating energy that makes you feel small and worthless… it’s a mighty energy that makes you feel as if you are in the arms of a great protector whom will defend you regardless of fame or glory.

After my restless night last night, I realize that I am in the process of a great and awesome shift of thinking. I am learning to be in synch with my intuitive self and the Universe. I think I am restless because I know that deep inside I need to shake clean my spirit and allow my truest self to emerge. No more pretenses, no more holding back, only pure, raw and uninhibited living!

-Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 4/18/2011

Ace of Diamonds

I keep fiddling with a new deck of linen finish playing cards that I bought the other day. I have a fascination with cards in general and I’ve been wanting to buy a deck of regular playing card for a bit now. I like the idea of holding something in your hands that to most people seems so plain and ordinary, but actually has many, many secrets to tell.

This seminally ordinary deck of cards has kept me entertained for the past few days.I just sit here at the table shuffling, flipping, observing and shuffling again. In doing this simple ritual I have had a few “jumping” cards… and over and over again I seem to get the Ace of Diamonds. A wonderful card to get I might add.

The ace of diamonds is a card of new beginnings and new projects. Its a card that tell us we are on the path to success, prosperity and security. This card is often a sign from the universe that the things you have worked so hard to dream up, believe in and manifest are now coming true. Diamonds are beautiful stones created from heat, stress, pressure and time… often the very things we put into our goals. The ace of diamonds is the herald of good energy and new opportunity.

I love that this card keeps appearing in my life because its totally relevant. I am in the process of planning a trip to London for work… looking for housing and saving to pay for it. I am immersing myself in designing. And I have been seeing so many things growing and expanding with my readings and writing. Its powerful right now… the alignment of intention and manifestation.

I continually practice gratitude and faith in Spirit knowing that each thing shall fall into place and that I am deserving of the absolute best! I think that’s the Ace of Diamonds reminder to us, “The best is yours for the taking… just open the door and invite it in.”

Much Love,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 4/17/2011

A Night With the Gypsy

Last night was wonderful. I was invited to do readings at a small boutique called Ottoman Imports in Covington, Ky… for Ladies Night Out! It was a blast. The shop is a quaint little place, filled with flowing scarfs reminiscent of Morocco and beautiful silky garments beaded and embroidered like old kimonos. It felt nice to be in a place that vibrated with such color and passion. And the court yard where I did readings… was even more etherial.

The night start with a sense of electric in the air, that feeling before a storm as if you have your hand on the pulse of the great mother. The wind swirled around me and the night fell gently on our shoulders inviting us to dance with the mysterious characters of the tarot. I was out back in a small and inviting courtyard, under a spacious canvas tent. I made sure I brought a fabulous scarf, one of my favorite decks of cards and the openness to touch the wisdom of the universe.

People started making their way into the shop, escorted to the courtyard by the lovely owner. Sitting down to take a peak at what may be going on “out there”. Right before laying out the cards I always get this surge of energy, part anxiety and part anticipation. Its not every day you sit down for an arranged meeting with spirit… there is something reverent about the whole experience. I think everyone last night knew it too.

Conversing with people through the night, many card and many stories told… it was wonderful. Eventually we had to relocate the reading table to the inside of the boutique because the wind decided he wanted to be a little more wild than we could handle. It was great though. Right before we went inside, the wind had picked up jerking the canvas tent from side to side like a helpless paper bag. But the woman whom i was reading and I just laughed and laughed… we thought it was grand. But for our safety we made our way in.

The inside was just as magical and people didn’t seem to mind the change of scenery, besides you can read no matter where you are… I’ve read on busses in Mexico and the busy streets of big cities. We marched on reading and chatting, peaking and planning. All of the people whom I read for were amazing, wonderful stories and wonderful wisdoms. You know the cards talk to everyone who is at the table… regardless of who shuffled.

A duo of ladies came at one point and they loved there readings. They cried, they laughed, they hugged, they got sassy, they told stories… and they cried again. Later I heard that they kept crying all the way down the street. The one woman was asked if she was okay and her response was, “I am so amazing right now… so happy” and on and on she sobbed. Readings are cleansing for sure.

The night ended with a group of 5 wild and wonderful ladies. All goddesses in their own right and the best of friends. We sat circled around a small table in the shop front of this boutique watching the night walkers pass the window as we took one last walk in the wonderland of tarot. One by one they asked their questions and shuffled their cards… It really was one big reading part. 5 women, one reading. They were all just listening so that they could “help” each other remember their session. So fun.. so so fun!

We said our goodbyes and I headed home. It was such a magical night to be out. The wind and the rain and the energy was just alive and inspiring. I cannot wait to do it again. There is so much excitement in groups of people. Being there it really inspired me to get myself in gear to be doing classes… so look for that soon

All the best,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 4/16/2011

Personal Reading: Creative Energy

Lots of inspiration and creativity entering into my life right now. I have felt a cosmic type of cleansing happening to me, my life, my spirit and the lives of the people around me. Something mystical is afoot and I am happy to invite it into my life. The weather has been the first indicator of change, with the wheel of the year turning to Spring and now all of the rain… washing us clean.

I have found myself caught in these moments of pure silence and mediation, just seeing the room that I am in, the things I surround myself with; the images I have built up around me in order to define myself. In these moments I realize that I am in need of burning away the old, throwing out the unnecessary and simplifying. I know that for me the art of letting go hold great creative potential which I am seeking to let into my life.

The nomad in me is begging to be set free and I am manifesting many wonderful things right now. I will be leaving for London in a few months which I know will be a spiritual experience in itself and I am now designing so many amazing things, bringing to life images that have lived inside of me for so long. I keep asking Spirit to send to me what I need… and as always, she is

I decided to take a peek at the cards, asking what insights the Universe could offer. I chose the Daughters of the Moon Tarot because they are so vibrant and I knew that the Goddess was seeking to speak with me:

I intuitively pulled four cards. Fours are a number of stability, sanctuary and arrival to me. When I flipped the cards over I was immediately taken in my all of the fire energy. The first card was Kali-The Awakener initing me to let go in her vibrant dance of life, destroying and casting away all negative influences. Then The Phoenix asking me to rise from the ashes of my own past, being re birthed into this new phase. The Eight of Blades being a mediation for me on balance, reminding me to keep myself free. And Mawu the Mother giving birth; the embodiment of an artist being creative… giving life.

These cards are such powerful reminders to me. I know that the more inviting I am to change, the more I take from it. Life is about dancing, dancing in the dark, dancing with life, dancing with chaos, dancing to the music and dancing to the beat of your own drum. Instead of stumbling over the beat because I am afraid, I’m going to let loose and get funky with Spirit so that my inner nomad can express everything.