Answering your questions about the spirit world, ghosts, spirit guides and angelic beings
What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit?
A spirit is the sentient (self-aware) part of a person that is left after they 'die'. Spirit people can sometimes make themselves heard and/or seen to us, especially to people with clairvoyant abilities. Sometimes people refer to sightings of spirit people as 'ghosts', which are normally non-sentient apparitions which can occur at locations of trauma or some personal history. These ghosts are like a video recording that 'play back' sometimes and are just a shadow of a former event. Occasionally, when someone dies and their spirit refuses to move on (for whatever reason) they can become an earthbound spirit, which could be also considered to be a ‘ghost’.
Does everyone have a spirit guide? How do they choose us?
Yes, EVERYONE has at least one spirit guide, there is one with you from the time of your birth until the time you ultimately join them in the spirit world. Guides can change during your lifetime, sometimes new guides will come into your life to help you, (this may be short term or long term) so you may have more than one guide, but always at least one. Your guides choose to work with you (and sometimes others too) as they resonate to your own particular vibrations. They all have their own particular talents and knowledge that they utilise to help us. Guides can be highly evolved beings, those we have encountered in past lives or even non human entities. Sometimes we even draw protective animal spirits to us.
How does my spirit guide work with me?
Your spirit guide(s) work with you to help and inspire you, for example, if you are a creative type, they could inspire you with ideas for stories, music or paintings. They are drawn to our energies and know when the right time is to help us. Our guides also with us to help us to solve problems and deal with life in general. If you get a sudden 'inspirational' idea it could well be your guide, nudging you in the right direction. Spirit guides are non-judgemental souls who have chosen to work with you to help you fulfil your soul’s potential while you are on 'the Earth plane' (our physical world). Spirit guides are also telepathic and you can communicate with them by thought alone.
How can I connect with my own spirit guide
The best way to start connecting with your spirit guide is to quiet your mind through meditation or being in nature. This raises your vibration and makes it easier for spirit to contact you. Once you are tranquil, shut your eyes and call out in your mind, ask that you guide step forward and make themselves known to you. You may sense their presence, hear, smell something, have sudden inspiration or see colours or images. You may even get a glimpse of them in your mind. Ask them for their protection, healing and inspiration and talk to them often. Don't worry if you don't sense them at first, they do exist and care for you, even if you cant see them.
Are spirits always with us or do they come and go?
Our spirit friends, (whether that be family, friends or guides) are not around us continually, but 'drop in' either at times of need (if we are sick for instance) or just to visit us (like you would an old friend). Just because we can't see them doesn't mean they don't take the time to see us. Don't worry though, they do not intrude if you need privacy, such as having a shower. If you sense a presence around you, mentally say 'Hello, thank you for coming, who are you and what can I do for you? and see if you 'feel' a reply. For example, you may get a sudden whiff of cologne or perfume that you recognise as belonging to someone.
Are spirit guides and angels the same thing?
Yes and no. Your spirit guide might be considered to be your 'guardian angel' (as they work to keep you safe from harm), but most spirit guides have had a human existence at some point, whereas angels have not. Angels are highly evolved entities whose energy vibrates at the highest frequency and more advanced than most guides. Although angels can connect to you on an individual level, they tend to work on larger scale 'projects' rather than being a guide to one person. The most senior are the Archangels, of which Michael can be called upon for protection and guidance and Raphael for help with healing.