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

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

Black Cat Wisdom

My black cat is undoubtably my best friend. Him and I have a wonderful connection.I’m pretty certain that him and I are soul mates.

I am constantly learning something new from him. He is the wildest, cutest and bravest little thing you have ever met in your life. There is no questioning his tenacity and independence. And let me tell you… do not make him mad because he will chase you down and give you a peace of his mind.

His mystery never ceases to amaze me. He loves with extreme passion and lives with the ultimate grace. When I come home every day he follows me through the house chatting with me about, I assume, whatever his day consisted of and then he does a flop and a roll and invites me to rub on his fuzzy little belly. And when I’m not feeling well he instantly knows and he snuggles up next to me and works his hardest to ease my pain.

Watching him has taught me some wonderful things. Like a witch and her familiar we seem to have an intuitive connection that is unbreakable. He always enchants people and makes new friends. He is boisterous, friendly and a little bit of a goofball. Ask anyone who has sat down to get a reading… he loves to come up and give his spin on whatever the cards might say!

So I have decided I would start a series of post sharing with you some of the the things that Baby Ali has shared with me. These will be titled “Black Cat Wisdoms”. I hope you find them insightful and humorous. Keep checking back to see what mylittle b

lack cat might have to tell you!

Best Wishes,

Shaheen

Monthly Tarot Card: The Sun

The day has been very busy and draining. I found myself driving around relentlessly looking for a new car with my best friend and every lot we passed seemed to take us further into used car hell. I couldn’t look at another one because they all reeked of worn out energies and neglect.

Shortly after I began to finish up some sewing, which was part nightmare, part dream come true. The process of taking one of your beautiful designs and bringing it to life can often times suck the passion right out of the project. You work on a design and then you finally take a look at it and think, “God I am so tired of looking at you.” But really you know that it’s the lack of sleep and the extreme exhaustion talking… so I pushed on telling myself one more stitch and it will all be over.

Dinner was wonderful. I needed something to recharge me and to put my evening in wind down mode. Getting home and seeing my little black cat allowed me to be at ease and I decided it would be a wonderful time to pick a tarot card for the month.

Shuffling the Zerner Farber Tarot deck I found myself being pulled in by all the wonderful colors. This deck has been with me for many years and I love how rich it is in symbolism. I pulled out only the major Arcana and asked the cards, which one wanted to speak to me… I pulled The Sun card.

A beautiful card to have, especially when you are feeling exhausted. The Sun speaks of good fortune and energy entering into your life, a resurgence of good health and positive thinking. This card to me says that my body and immune system are getting stronger and that the icky energies of the winter are beginning to completely wash away.

As a creative person this card is usually a signal that a new project or artistic endeavor is about to ensue. I find it fascinating that the Sun card appears as if it is warming and nurturing precious seeds of inspiration allowing them to grow and bloom into consciousness. So I stand here ready and willing to accept this wonderful gift and to carry on with being creative.

There is a message for everyone in this card right now. Because the sun is the source of all life here on planet Earth it symbolizes a sense of vitality, strength and even community. This card is a reminder that the light only shines on those who willing invite it.

As a community this planet has really done very little to sustain a sense of love, acceptance, support and brotherhood. Its time to realize that in order to heal the planet and to heal our selves we have to start with loving one another. Love everyone you see and know that they love you too… at least the best way they know how.

The Sun reminds us that there is beauty everywhere. The spring is here and everything is coming back to life. As we watch the flowers bloom we should allow the special parts of us to bloom too. Give your concerns to the light and allow your unique talents to shine.

Take a few minutes to visualize a beautiful bright light, like that of a warm summers sun shinning down on you. Let it filly your every cell, pore, bone, muscle and fiber. Let the light fill your mind and spirit. As the light floods through you, it cast out all the negative and unhealthy energies. See yourself shinning brightly like colored glass in a window. Ask yourself now, “What can I invite into my life to make it a little brighter?”

© 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

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.

Spiritual Message/ Update 4/5/2011

Dear Friends,

I hope all of you are doing well. The weather has been a little fussy with us, but it’s nice to see that spring is here. This is the time of year for change and new beginnings; I know I’m feeling it… how about you?

Let me share with you a few updates:

  • Promotion: If you join my blog shaheenmiroinsights.wordpress.com, by email then you will receive 20% off of your next reading. There is something there for you, so don’t hesitate to check it out!
  • If you would like to schedule a reading send me an email via my website ShaheenMiroInsights.com. Readings are usually done on Saturdays and Sundays (in-person and phone).
  • I have two classes that I will be doing in late April and May. Embracing Intuition and Journey Through the Tarot. If you are interested in signing up for either of these classes, which will be held here in Cincinnati, please send me an email. Dates and in-depth descriptions will be available soon.
  • Come visit me for a reading in Covington, KY at the MainStrasse Ladies Night. I will be at the Ottoman Imports Boutique. 6:00-10:00. http://www.mainstrasse.org

Spiritual Message

Trust in the wisdom of this season and allow positive changes to come into your life. Many of you are feeling like simplify and cleansing many parts of your life and I urge you to trust in this intuitive wisdom. Each thing that you own, person that you let into your life, and belief that you hold as the truth takes your energy and becomes a spiritual investment.

As you move things out of your life and simplify you free up more energies, which you are able to put into manifesting the things that you have been dreaming of all winter. It is time for a Spiritual Spring Cleaning!

Move out the old and let in the new and begin to celebrate this positive change. You will be finding yourself craving alone time more and more over the next few weeks. Take some time for a ceremonial walk and start to listen to the subtle hits of your intuition.

Notice too, what signs your body is giving you. Cravings can often be signs of things that you need in your diet. Don’t confuse a craving for an addiction. I notice that I often crave water, which we could all use more of, and when I drink it I not only feel more healthy, but also more intuitive.

© Shaheen Miro 4/5/2011

 

 

Listen to Your Body, Heal Your Life

I have lately taken the time to really focus on what I am putting my energy into, what I am intending into my reality and I have been making an effort to align myself with spirit daily. The more connected I begin to feel the more spiritually cleansed and empowered I am. The expression, “Prayer is the act of asking spirit and meditation is the act of listening” has really held true for me.

I have always known that our thoughts and beliefs shape our reality. Not only do they shape the experiences we have in our daily lives, but also they shape our health. Each issue that we have in our body is a reflection of the things that we are holding in our spirit as the truth.

Working with people doing readings and working on my on health physically, mentally and spiritual has opened my eyes to many things about the nature of energy, intention and manifestation. I am baffled by how interconnected all of these things are. From this I have concluded a truth that everything is connected in one big ring, nothing is separate.

It all begins with energy; the energy of your words, your actions, you feelings, beliefs and fears. Whatever you allow to enter into your awareness on a daily bases becomes the commands that our psyche follows and whatever the psyche internalizes becomes the fabric of our reality. Whatever you energetically hold as the truth intricately weaves into existence the life that you now know.

It is interesting because you will find that this process begins in the mind and the emotions. We start to develop psychological patterns, many of which begin at a very young age (from the time you are born until you are around 5 is the key time of internalizing patterns). It is these psychological patterns that begin to weave into our energy field.

If you hold limiting and negative psychological patterns as your truth, then your health is sure to suffer. I know that I have had many experiences where this has held true. One of the most revealing was a few years ago after sustaining severe emotional and physically trauma.

That was a time of twilight for me because I was dealing with so many things at one time. I had to not only focus on my emotional health, but physically my body needed to heal and regain its strength. I worked hard to cycle out emotional debris of pain, hurt and fear. At one point I found myself covered in large inflamed bumps that ran from my spine around my side. They were extremely painful and appeared over night. I saw a doctor and discovered that I had shingles. I instantly knew that this was a physical response from my psyche trying to ride itself of toxins. The negative energy that had built within me literally bubbled to the surface.

Whenever you develop an illness, disease or any sort of physical trauma you need to instantly ask yourself, “What have I allowed into my mind and spirit?” It is when we internalize a mental/emotional pattern that it becomes part of our psyche/spirit and starts to affect the body and on a larger scale.

Your life and health is the manifestation of all the things that you hold as your personal truths. This means that you are the one in control, even if you may not feel that way. You just have to realize how much power you have and work to undo what can be a lifetime of negative manifestation.

The first step is to realize what cords your have created. Energetic cords are the things that we energetically attach ourselves to. They are the results of psychological patterns. For example: If you tend to have negative relationships, a cord has developed between you and your dysfunctional partner; which has allowed them to take your energy and in some cases you to take theirs.

This means that the underlying pattern is that you may feel unloved. Maybe you have accepted into your psyche the “truth” that you will never find someone who accepts you. In turn you may have recently developed a heart issue.

So in order to clear your life of negative lovers and your body of a broken heart, you must change the belief that you have internalized. There is an esoteric law that says, “When one thing is moved in time and space, another thing must fill its place.” So if you are to dissolve the belief that you are “unlovable”, you must then adopt a new truth.

Once you have worked with yourself, very patiently, you can rearrange your beliefs and recreate your life. This process of healing starts with a few things. The two most important that I have found are forgiveness and gratitude.

Forgiveness allows you to cut the energetic cords that may exist between you and the limiting beliefs that have over taken your life so that you can regain your power and consciously manifest. I worked extensively on forgiveness when I was healing. When the negative energy that I had taken into my spirit bubbled to the surface, I had to forgive myself for letting such negative energy into my life, and forgive the people that I thought were suppose to love me and protect me for not being able to live up to the roles that I had assigned them.

By forgiving I no longer had any expectations for others or myself that would allow guilt to build. I was able to internalize the truth that people do the best they can at any given time.

Gratitude comes after forgiveness. Gratitude is like the sunshine to the seed. If you shine your light of gratitude onto the things that you have manifested into your life then you will begin to get more of what you have. Your prosperity, health and love will all multiply.

You must be honest, patient and willing to change in order for these things to work.If you are interested in actively manifesting the life you want then I suggest keeping a journal and asking yourself these questions:

What in your life has been bothering you?

What has really been eating at you, occupying your daily thoughts?

What problems continually reoccur in your life?

What chronic health problems do you have?

Who in your life really bothers you?

What do you dislike about yourself?

Remember that people, illnesses and events are all mirrors to the things that we have accepted as our truths and internalized into our spirits. If something is chronic in your life, whether it is a person, an illness or a problem that reoccurs you have not taken the time to ask what it represents.

Some things are simple to understand. A heart problem can be that you’ve cut yourself off from love because you feel you don’t deserve it. You may never be content at your job because you are not fulfilling your desires to be creative, because you believe that you have to work “hard” to make money. Look at your life closely from a place of love, with a desire to heal and see what doesn’t feel “right”. That’s where you must start the change.

The counter question to the above questions is:

If whatever reoccurring things in your life were a metaphor for something, what would it mean to you?

Be very honest with yourself. It’s only with honestly that you can heal. By understanding the symbolic language of what is manifesting in your life you can find the truth that you have internalized and change it, so that you may manifest the life you want.

Affirm daily, “I am empowered by my personal truths. I am the master of my reality. I consciously create the life that I want with love and gratitude.”

© Shaheen Miro 4/5/2011

 

I dream of “I Ching” and a Bat blessing


The past week has been filled with so many mysterious signs and synchronicities. I believe the change in seasons is beginning to clear away the old and cluttered energies storied in my auric field and also the “super” Full Moon recently opened up my third eye. I love the feeling of being in the zone. I have not only been extra connected intuitively, but I’ve also had a burst of creativity.

Since I have been on vacation resting and spending time being creative, it only makes sense that I would feel more opened. The universe has really been speaking to me because I feel like I am in the process of making changes. I underwent a type of rebirth last week, mentally, physically and spiritually letting go of the old and worn out. I was finally able to let go of the Winter and all the slow, dull and stuffy energies connected with it.

My first dramatic sign came in the form of a dream the other night. In the dream I was in this room filled with the softest creamy rose colored light, in an almost mediative state. I hazily remember sitting cross legged watching a board or piece of paper or some neutral surface.

As I watched I noticed that a strange symbol was forming. One line at a time it began to take shape, until finally there were three distinct lines one stacked on the other to form a square. Then instantly it was gone and another began to form, again one line after another. Three distinct black lines stacked up, but this time the bottom line had a break in the middle of it. It too disappeared and I woke up.

Confused as to what I just saw, I quickly opened my journal (which is always by the bedside) and drew out the symbols. Next to each one I wrote a question mark. These symbols meant nothing to me, yet I felt very drawn to them. Still very tired I went back to sleep.When I woke I pulled open the journal and stared at the two symbols trying to understand them and then I remembered a woman I once met who read the I Ching or Book of Change.

I immediatly googled “I Ching” to see the symbols and possibly find their meanings. I wasn’t sure what I would find or if the symbols I dreamt about were even I Ching. To my surprise the very first I Ching symbol, Symbol #1 looked exactly like the first I dreamt of. Three distinct black lines one stacked on the other in the form of a square.

This symbols is named Chi’en “Force” or “Creativity”. This symbol represents the creative potential of the universe being at your  finger tips. It belongs to people who walk the worlds between Heaven and Water. Basically it it is a sign of someone who taps  into the creative spirit of the Universe through intuition, prayer, mediation and other spiritual means.

I was filled with awe at what I found. The first symbol Chi’en was totally in synch with what I had been experiencing. How powerful to dream of this symbol without ever seeing it before. So then I looked up the next symbol. Again I had chills when I found it listed. Exactly the same as in the dream.

This symbol was titled Sun or Ground. What an extremely powerful revelation. I read that the symbol represents the maturity of seeds planted. The maturation of ideas and intentions. Signifying joyous, gentle and nurturing energy that hangs over you like an atmosphere, affecting your emotions and thoughts. It can also be laying to rest the old to make room for the new.

After reading this I was not only baffled, but chilled and moved. How powerful to receive such insight. For me to be experiencing such a turbulent time and to feel as if I was transforming on so many levels and then to receive this was totally comforting, not to mention healing.

As if this weren’t already enough for me, I recieved another message. It came to me last night. After being out all day giving things away to the thrift store (boxes and boxes of old clohtes, etc) I came home to do laundry. I load up my basket and headed to the basment of the building I live in. It was late and I knew that I was the last person to enter the building so I was trying to be quiet.

I loaded the washer and head upstairs. As I crept up the steps to my floor I noticed the shadow of a bird on the ground. I assumed it came from the window looking out into the bamboo, but then I looked up and to my surprise their was a bat flying frantic in circles around and around. Startled I ducked down and made my way into my apartment. I peeped out again to make sure it was real.

I was very confused because their wasn’t a window opened or a door and I know that I  was the last person to come in. I had went down the steps not even 5 minuts before and  their was no bat in sight. I called my neighbor and asked her to call the landlord. They  told us to open the door and window so it would eventually fly out.

my neighnor opened the window and door and then came over to tell me. Her and I  chatted for probably a minute before we went out into the hall to see how our batty visitor  was and it had disappeared. In only a few minutes it had found its way out. Gone as fast  as it came.

Instantly I felt the medicine of the bat settle into my soul. I knew that he  had mysteriously appeared to give me a sign. Part of me felt like his message was that of  transformation and learning to live by the night, learning to live by my instinctual side. And again learning to allow myself to be free.

I looked up the symbolism of a bat flying into a house… and found that it is a sign of rebirth, transformation and a sign of good luck and blessing on new ventures or possible moves. Again, spot on. I had to send a mental “thank you” to this brave creature who found a way to deliver this much needed message.

I have been feeling the need for a little clarity on my path lately and to have all of these wonderful wisdoms come to me from the Universe really eased my mind about any possible changes that may come. It also reminded me how powerful our Guides and Angels can be when we invite their insight into our lives.

Do you have any similar stories to share? Did anything enlightening happen to youduring the “super” full moon?

All the best,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 3/22/2011

Understanding Spirit Guides

Art by psychic artist Sharon Bosmoore http://www.findspiritpath.com


The topic of spirit guides comes up all the time in readings and emails. People always want to known whom their spirit guides are, how they can communicate with them and what they do exactly.

I’ve been contemplating doing a post about this for some time and recently I had a conversation with someone about the subject. So I decided I would give you some basic information about spirit guides. This is enough to get you started!

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.

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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?

Best wishes,
Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 3/22/2011