What Is a Guide?
In my young adult urban fantasy series Reality Shift, both Shanna Bailey and Jonah Leighton have guides. Guides are higher-level beings who choose to work directly with a specific human.
The theory is that everyone has guides, even though they may be unaware of them. And that each of us has more than one guide. For example, in Reality Shift, Jonah has a general guide, a writing guide, a healing guide, and a yoga guide, as well as others that he doesn’t mention in the story. He and Shanna communicate with their guides; not everyone does.
Obviously for a human, having guides is a benefit. Some people hear a “little voice” in their minds telling them to do something, or not to do it. They may believe that voice to be their conscience, or it may be one of their guides. Even people who don’t realize they’re hearing from their guides might feel a strong urge to do something that turns out to be of benefit to them.
For the beings who serve as guides, there’s a benefit as well. All beings, including humans, are striving to learn and grow, with the ultimate goal of reconnecting with the Creator. For beings, serving as a guide is one way to continue learning and growing. Even though the beings are “higher level,” they can learn just as much from humans as humans can from them.
There are several types of beings who might serve as guides. The most common, and the one most people have heard of, is a spirit guide. Spirit guides were once human and have progressed far enough that they have chosen not to incarnate anymore and to guide other humans. The theory is that human souls reincarnate until they’ve learned the lessons they need to learn, and then can move on to be spirit guides and continue learning that way, or move on to other planes of existence.
Light guides and beings of light are two other types of beings who sometimes choose to guide humans. Light guides have usually never incarnated. They have a higher energetic vibration than spirit guides, but are still learning and growing. Beings of light are a little harder to explain. While light beings are a species of sorts, like humans, each being of light is a species by itself. “Beings of light,” as Jonah explains in Reality Shift, is just an easy way to describe that group of beings instead of naming each one individually. Beings of light also usually have never incarnated, and have the highest energetic vibration of the beings who typically work with humans. Some people believe that some of the mythological gods may actually have been beings of light.
If you’re interested in learning more about guides in general, there are a number of books available that explain them. Some books also include meditations that people can do to meet their guides, though I recommend caution with those. In Cutting Cords, Reality Shift book three, one of Shanna’s friends believes she has met her guide, when in fact she’s dealing with a dead spirit that’s trying to literally take over her life. Sometimes trying to meet one’s guides can bring in entities that one really doesn’t want to deal with. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try; just be careful, and use the precautions the books describe.
When Shanna’s father moves out, leaving Shanna alone with her mother, her home life goes from bad to worse. At least she has Jonah to remind her that she deserves a good life, even if she doesn’t always believe him. Stressed about her parents’ separation and worried about what it will mean for her, Shanna is glad for the distraction of her friend Tammi’s request for information about guides. Although Shanna is still learning, she knows how to answer Tammi’s questions. The problem is, the entity Tammi is asking about isn’t really a guide. It’s a dead spirit who wants to take over Tammi’s life. And Shanna discovers that another entity, one with the power to destroy our universe, wants to use Tammi as well. Guided by Jonah and Tethys, and helped by another being of light, Shanna must send the dead spirit to the afterlife before it’s too late—for Tammi and for the entire Universe.
Loud voices yanked me out of a dream. My parents’ voices. Angry, as usual, and growing louder by the second. I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep until they finished.My heart pounded as the argument continued. Dad’s voice faded, which meant he’d completely lost his temper. The angrier he became, the more quietly he spoke. Mom’s voice rose as if to make up for Dad’s low tone. I pulled my pillow over my head. Come on, people. I had school the next day. It would have been helpful if my parents had started fighting earlier, before I went to bed.
Or if they’d argued somewhere else. Like Antarctica.Their voices drilled through the pillow. Loud, angry tones. They’d always argued a lot, and it seemed to be happening more often the past two or three weeks. My dad spent more time out of the house than in it, trying to escape from my mother. Unfortunately for me, his leaving all the time just made things worse. Mostly for me, since when he took off, I became Mom’s object of focus.
My chest tightened at the thought. I’d been seven when my doctor had told my mother I'd developed an anxiety disorder. My mother, of course, had called the doctor an idiot and informed him that a seven-year-old had nothing to be anxious about. I’d never seen that particular doctor again, and the symptoms that had led to the diagnosis continued . Stomach pains and nausea, chest pain and trouble breathing. I’d learned to control them somewhat, especially since my friend Jonah had taught me to meditate and focus. When something really stressful happened—pretty much every day at my house—I still had attacks.