Many people find the concept of spiritual guides, angels, Reiki
guides, and enlightened beings to be beyond belief. This is often
simply because they may not yet understand how to work with these
beings of Divine love. Over my years of working with Reiki and
following my souls longing to learn about the angelic realms
and inner planes, I have developed a deep inner knowing that we
have spiritual helpers, guides and assistance all around us, and
One of the first things that I learned is that we cannot receive
non-emergency, angelic, or spiritual assistance unless we ask.
It is my intention in this article to share information that can
help us all develop a better understanding of how we can work
with our angels, guides, intuition and inner wisdom. So when I
began to formulate thoughts for the article the first thing I
did was ASK the guides and angels what to write here. The answer
came quickly and very gently as a fleeting thought, Interview
us, we have much to share.
After pondering and praying about
the idea and listening with my heart, that suggestion felt very
right. What follows is a question and answer session with those
guides, angels and spiritual beings that have come forward to
help us learn and grow in the light of Divine love.
So lets begin with our interview;
Q. What is a spiritual guide?
To understand an answer to this query, let us first
explore the essence of the question. In what we are about to share
with you, let it be known that as we speak of spiritual we refer
to that which is sacred or reverent and that which honors the
Divine within and without all life.
To understand the concept of a guide we first recognize the action
of guiding to be that of suggestion or direction. True spiritual
guidance communicates with your soul and suggests possibilities
for directing the energy in your life. In this way the individual
birthright to exercise free will and discernment is never violated.
With these things understood we come to know that a spiritual
guide is simply energy that one invokes by asking for assistance.
This energy then chooses a pathway of communication to offer suggestions
regarding how you might proceed to make choices that support your
growth and ability to experience the quality of life your heart
and soul desires.
Q. Are Reiki guides different than angels, or other spiritual
Let us first remember that all things are energy in
one form or another. Energy is simply light that vibrates at varying
frequencies. The more rapid the vibration, the more light it contains.
Guides too are vibration. Let us share a visualization of the
energy that represents the wisdom of the Divine Heart and Mind
as a massive column of light. Within this column of light there
are many subtly different rays of light or vibrational frequencies.
There are guiding energies that work with all of these different
frequencies. All guidance comes forth from this source. Just as
humans find resonance with certain other humans, yet may feel
less harmony with others, so it is with the energies referred
to as guides. Reiki is an example of a specific frequency within
which certain guides, angels and enlightened beings resonate.
Q. How can I be certain that the guides that are working with
me are good and are of the light, rather than a negative influence?
This is one area where discernment is very important.
The first step is to use your spiritual tools such as Reiki to
raise your vibration and strengthen your light. When the light
of love that you emanate is strong, clear and bright, you welcome
similar spiritual energies into your life. Also when the light
is strong, it illumines the shadows and raises them into awareness
so that you can heal and grow. Even the most magnificent being
of light has the ability to lift up these shadows. The greatest
test of discernment is the level of peace in your heart when advice
or direction is offered to you.
When you receive guidance it is wise to take the information into
the stillness. Examine it from all angles, and at each vantage
point, or perception, pause. Focus on the energy you hold in each
of your chakras. What do you feel? Do you feel fear, agitation,
anxiety, or peace, serenity, joy and jubilance? Once you have
identified each of the feelings, use the same process to discern
the basis for each feeling. Do your very best to still your mind,
and allow your body and soul to speak to you. When you feel total
peace in your heart, you will know you have embraced the choice,
or the advice that holds the most light.
Rarely is there only one answer to any question. There are usually
many options, which can produce beneficial results in varying
The actual identity of the guide, or even its vibration is irrelevant.
What is important is what you do with the advice you receive,
how you measure its relevance in your life, and the actions you
take once you have been helped to connect with your own Divine
Q. What do guides look like?
To answer this question we shall establish a mutual
understanding of look. Let us agree that in this question
we are seeking an awareness of how guides can be identified. This
would not limit one to the single sense of sight, but would expand
to the ability to perceive with all senses.
It is true that guides, or guidance, can at times be seen with
the physical eye, but they may also be seen through clairvoyant
vision. The latter is accomplished as the viewer raises their
vibration to a sufficient level through which they are able to
see ethereal energy. This energy is vibrating at a
frequency that is higher than that of physical things. An example
could be the experiences of those who have seen the apparitions
of Mother Mary in places such as Medjugore. Some are able to see
the apparitions and some are not. Those who have seen accomplished
this by a shift in their vibration that allows them to see energy
of similar frequency.
Guides can look like humans, animals, angels, swirling
masses of energy, spheres of light, glittering sparks of light,
Guides can also be perceived as a physical sensation upon ones
skin, or a tingle, pulse, or discomfort in a part of the body.
Guides can come in the form of thoughts that seem to come from
nowhere, and everywhere at the same time. Guides can come as words
that flow from your mouth, or your pen, when you have no prior
thought or awareness that the words are forming. Guides can come
to you as a prayer, a mantra, a song, or an affirmation that begins
to float through your mind again and again. Guides can take the
form of a tone, angelic chorus, or rhythm. Guides can come to
you as a color or a message that you suddenly see everywhere.
Some guides take the form of a scent or aroma, or the sensation
of warmth or cold.
There are some people who clearly hear spoken
or telepathic messages from their guides. This demonstrates that
just as Divine Love is limitless, so too are the ways in which
guiding energies present themselves.
Q. How do I know guides are really there?
A simple answer to this is to expand your awareness.
Perceive with your ears, eyes, mind, heart, body and soul. Become
still and listen to the rustle of the leaves, and songs on the
radio. Listen to messages delivered in between the winds, and
from the lips of children, friends, and those that bubble up from
the depths of your soul.
Remember these powerful words . . . Be
still and know that I AM God. Knowing that the methods through
which guides communicate are unlimited, so too shall your awareness
be without limit. When expectations of who your guides are, what
they must look like, or how they should appear dissolve, the pathways
of communication become clear.
Q. How can guides help me in my Reiki practice?
The first step is to come forth with a pure heart and
desire to be of service to yourself and others. A simple prayer
of thanks that your personality and ego move aside, so that you
are able to receive guidance, without analytical interference
is a key. When these things are done, you have opened the door
for your Reiki guides to step forth. You have also invoked the
guidance of the spiritual Master that resides in your own heart
and soul. It is with this Master that all wisdom from the heart
and mind of God communicates. The guides, angels and enlightened
ones are simply conduits for the wisdom of Divine intelligence
and love to flow through and speak to you.
The guides can help you find ways to work with Reiki to help you
learn, grow and heal. They can help you know where to direct Reiki
to help yourself or your clients. They can help you know when
to suggest other healing modalities to complement Reiki. Guides
can help you speak to the soul of another living being and discern
the most effective way to be of service. Conversely they can help
you recognize detrimental behaviors, actions and thoughts while
providing suggestions for replacing them with healthier patterns.
Q. How can I communicate more clearly with my guides?
The most important elements that affect the ability
to communicate with your spiritual guidance are those of trust
and discernment and a willingness to truly listen. When one invites
assistance from the angelic realms and inner plans, and asks for
guidance, it is Universal law that the guiding energies come forth.
Once you recognize this to be true, you then know that when you
ask you do receive.
The only element that remains is to discern
the form in which the guidance has appeared. Your spiritual guides
patiently wait for you to recognize their presence. When you begin
to realize that the guidance you have asked for is present, then
the only thing left to do is to become still and listen with your
heart. This allows you to exercise your free will when making
Q. How do I know when I should follow the guidance I am receiving?
Once again, the answer here is in the silence of stillness.
When you become silent and you think about or meditate on the
guidance you are receiving, listen to the silence within. Do you
feel comfortable, or uneasy? Do you feel peaceful and totally
still from the depths of your soul? Do you feel your own Divine
power? When you feel peace, you have found your answer.
At the conclusion of this interview I thank the guides and angels
that offered these helpful thoughts for each of us to ponder and
find our own answers.
In closing I would like to share one of my favorite examples of
the many forms in which guides can appear. Several years ago William
Rand and I visited Mt. Kurama and Usui Senseis grave. We
brought sunflowers to the gravesite, and placed them in the vases
among the many flowers left by others. The moment the sunflowers
were in place a beautiful white butterfly landed on them. We bathed
the stones at the gravesite, burned incense, prayed and meditated
for over four hours. During the entire time the butterfly stayed
with us. In meditation we asked Usui Sensei to guide us and help
us find ways to use Reiki to assist humanity in awakening to peace.
The moment we stepped out of the gravesite and on to the sidewalk,
the butterfly followed us and disappeared.
To this day, nearly every time I teach or practice Reiki out in
nature, a white butterfly appears. But the most amazing time was
one winter day, in the mountains of Colorado. I was teaching a
class in my home. I had just told the longer version of this story,
when a student said You are not going to believe this. Look
out the window behind you. I turned to see a white butterfly
fluttering back and forth outside the window. Miraculously, this
happened when the temperature was below 40 degrees and there was
four inches of newly fallen snow blanketing the earth. I give
thanks to the loving guidance from Usui Sensei, which is available
for all of us when we invite Reiki into our life.To this day,
whenever I see a sunflower, or a butterfly, I smile and give thanks
for my many blessings.