A common question that I get from people working on opening up to their spiritual selves is, “How do I know if my spirit guides are contacting me?” Like most things in the spiritual world, who you are and which symbols are meaningful to you will largely determine the pattern that these interactions will take. There aren’t any set in stone ways that spirit communication does or does not occur. That said, there are some types of contact that are commonly experienced in the opening process as people learn to listen and co-operate with their team. This blog post is a non-exhaustive list of some of the more common forms that this can take.
Physical responses like chills, goosebumps, and tapping
As most of you probably know, when we are in the presence of spirit our bodies can have a physical response like getting chills or goosebumps. The energetic shift instigated by their presence makes our hair stand on end! Other people feel a warm, loving feeling like an embrace or a hand on their arm or cheek. Commonly, these very same sensations can indicate that our guides are offering validation, love, and support to us. Are you contemplating a major life shift and all of a sudden you feel a strand of cold energy moving up and down your legs or spine? That’s very likely validation from your guide that this is a good direction for you to go. Having a hard day and all of a sudden you feel like you’re getting a hug or a pat on your shoulder? That may be your guide letting you know that you aren’t as alone as you might feel and that this too shall pass. Feeling really sick at the thought of going somewhere for no apparent reason? That could be a sign to steer clear. One of my key physical responses is that if I hit a ‘truth’ in my thinking or actions, my entire body feels tingly and stays that way until I have acknowledged the message. If I’m ignoring a message or it’s an important one that requires me to meditate in order to ‘receive’ it, I get taps on my third eye chakra or the feeling amps up until I can’t stand it any more.
Hearing words, your name, or a buzz in your ear
Similar to feeling shifts in energy when spirit enters your environment, you can also hear them. So many people experience a buzzing (like a bee) or a ringing in their ears as indications that their guides are present. It’s like your body is saying, “Oh hey – there is someone in your presence you need to pay attention to. Listen up!” Another common way that our guides try to talk to us is through clairaudience. They’ll say our names in our ears or speak key words or sentences to us. This can be SCARY. When I was 16, my first guide tried to contact me by silencing super loud environments and speaking my name to me. He would just call, “Katie. Kaaaaaatie.” At the time, this scared the crap out of me and I shut communication down in that way. I’ve heard similar stories from others who would hear their guides trying to talk to them and feel thrown off by the unexpected voices. If this is happening to you and you want to a) ensure it’s a guide talking to you and b) refine this method, I would recommend that you declare yourself open to speak only to high vibrational entities. From there, you could set the intention of hearing more direct communication from your guides. They will come through if you let them. (Some people report hearing full on conversations that they aren’t involved in. I would categorize that more under developing clairaudience and less about guidework, which is why I am not covering that here.)
Feathers and numbers
Another way that people experience communication with their guides is through the appearance of feathers and number patterns. Although not reducible to angels, I understand many messages being delivered in this form as being from them (or in the case of feathers, the animal delivering them…more on that below). Similar to the validation experience through feeling, guides can also communicate with us through feathers. Having a deep thought and you come to a feather? It’s possible that is a message of support or reassurance from your guide. Seeing feathers everywhere you go? You’re supported and very likely on the right path. Numbers and number combinations often operate according to the same principle. For example, the number 1111 that many people are seeing now represents the opening of a new beginning or new journey which is resultant from your thoughts. It’s a, “You’re on the right path”. If you notice a number repeating, either in sequence or that it keeps appearing to you, there’s a good chance that there is some form of reassurance or information associated with it that could benefit you. I’ve written another post focusing more specifically on this that includes resources for decoding number patterns, so please see it for more information.
This is a fun one and most definitely a key way that I get messages in my day to day life. Ever listen to a song and all of a sudden you zone in on lyrics that seem to provide an answer or some form of support to you and the situation you’re going through? Have a song stuck in your head that you don’t even really listen to but is oddly relevant to your situation? Hear the same song everywhere you go (that isn’t a new pop standard)? There’s a good chance that you are receiving love, support, and/or information from your guides this way. One time I had flown to Ireland for Christmas vacation. Being a TA at the time, I had a set of exams with me which I was supposed to correct over the holiday (yeah right). On the flight back, I put the tests in my big suitcase which went in cargo. Guess whose suitcase didn’t arrive for a week? Mine. One day while I was SWEATING it about the situation the phrase, “Peg, it will come back to you” from Steely Dan’s ‘Peg’ started repeating in my mind and I got warm chills. In that moment, I knew that the suitcase would come back. Sure enough, it did.
Another way that we receive messages from spirit is through our animal friends that pop into and out of our lives. Has an animal been popping into your mind for no reason? Are you seeing butterflies everywhere all of a sudden? Have you had what you would consider a ‘strange’ encounter with an animal out in nature? All of those instances are good indications that spirit is speaking to you through animals. For those of you who aren’t familiar, shamanic traditions associate specific meanings to plants, animals, and trees. In the case of animals, each represents certain characteristics or roles or processes which correspond in some way to what that being does in nature. Different cultural traditions place various meanings on the ways that they interpret animals, and which ones mean the most to you will be influenced by your background in this and other lives. A trusted website that I have used for many years to help decode animal messages is http://www.shamanicjourney.com/. I have written more about connecting to and understanding ‘totem animals’ and ‘shadow animals’ in 2 other posts which I will list here:https://messagesoflightblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/animal-messages-pt-1/
I will conclude this piece by reiterating that these are only a few of the many possible methods that spirit may be using to contact you. If you feel spirit is contacting you in a way that doesn’t appear on this list, you’re probably right! Don’t discount a message if it’s not coming through in any of the ways described here. If you’re in question, listen to your heart. It’s never wrong.
Katie IndiCrow is an energy aligner/healer, gridworker, writer, and teacher. See ‘offerings’ of ‘classes and events’ at www.indicrowenergetics.com for more information on her available services.