When I last wrote here about spirit guides, I was still in my first flush of joy that I could speak directly with my primary guide after six decades of blind and deaf cluelessness! A few months before, he had broken into my daytime life through a medium because I was refusing to write Liberating Jesus. Who was I to write a book about Jesus? By the time of my blog post our crisis had passed, the book was being readied for publication, and I was settling into a deeper awareness of the greatest love there is. Your primary guide is your closest friend and your intimate channel to the heart of God. Your guide is that small voice in your mind, the naggings of conscience, a key memory, your artistic muse, perhaps a brilliant idea: your life has been governed by a nearly constant internal conversation that has worked so well that you may not have noticed there always have been two of you in it.
We have talked here about the fact that an effort is underway, being orchestrated at the highest levels of reality, to elevate the consciousness of this planet and thereby bring the kingdom of God on earth. And we are now being given to understand that as a part of that effort we are invited to begin a more open waking relationship with our primary guides. You cannot be in a body without a spirit guide! And as is true of every kind of human interaction, there are about as many variations on the spirit guidance relationship as there are people who are now in bodies. Here are some of its core characteristics:
Everyone has one primary guide through life. Our primary guide helps us design what amounts to a lesson-plan for this lifetime, and then works from within while we are here to help us execute it well. Our primary guide generally is more spiritually advanced than we are, and often is affiliated with us by soul-group, eternal friendship, a common passion, or perhaps all three. To be a primary guide is a big commitment! And it can be an efficient way for people who are no longer incarnating to continue to grow spiritually. My own guide has told me emphatically that the better I do with this lifetime, the more spiritual growth and overall merit he will attain from having guided me through it (no pressure!).
Many of us also have one or more assistant guides who are with us “for a season or a reason.” These auxiliary guides are chosen and supervised by our primary spirit guide to help us with anything, from learning to play the piano through writing and money-management to weight-loss, learning trigonometry, and even making friends more easily. Anything we might decide to take on may well require a new guide or two who will work as our primary guide’s assistants.
Our primary guide works from within during the daytime and meets with us face-to-face at night. Our minds don’t need to sleep, so while our bodies sleep we will go out of the body and relax, meet with dead loved ones and guides, take classes, perhaps even travel astrally. It is during these out-of-body meetings that we and our guides work on tweaking our life-plan and thinking through its better execution; then later, during our waking hours, our primary guide will give us nudges toward doing whatever we had planned to do. Spirit guides generally work below our daytime radar, so it is easily possible for us to go through many decades – or even a lifetime! – without having a direct waking experience of them.
Our relationship with our primary guide is our conduit to the Godhead. Our better understanding of the way consciousness works, and our digesting of ever more evidence of what actually is going on, has helped us to better understand that higher-level disembodied entities virtually never work alone. Instead, they work in gigantic collectives of beings in ever more perfect tune, and in fact it even is likely that God is a Collective, too. And the spiritual power of Beings at the level of the Godhead is such that for God to whisper in our minds directly would likely overwhelm us. We are told that one of the functions Jesus performed while He was on earth was to allow God to “look through His eyes” and come to better know people in ways that otherwise would have been uncomfortable for them. So it makes sense to know that God works in our lives mostly through the primary guides who intimately know us and completely love us. Since we are all of one universal Mind, this makes for a distinction without a real difference.
Thomas believes that our best way to illustrate for you how the guidance process works is to share a few of our own details. This being who has been obsessively private both in his earth-lifetimes and in our guidance relationship is very eager to help you now!
Thomas first broke into my daytime life when I was eight years old. I shared this story in my first post here, and to this day what happened to me one night in April of 1955 remains as vivid as if it had happened yesterday. It did what Thomas had meant it to do: it shaped the whole rest of my life. I am hearing now from a surprising number of people who also had early contact with their own spirit guides, usually without understanding what that voice or that presence was. Some thought it was God, Jesus, a dead loved one, or an angel; but as they have shared their stories, you could see that they, too, were receiving a heads-up from the pilot of this lifetime’s ship. If you don’t recall this kind of event in your own life, it may still have happened but it operates now beneath your daytime radar.
Thomas guided me through my life-lessons as he guided me through preparing for this post-lessons stage that we are living now. I wince to know that this extraordinary being has for my entire life been lovingly guiding this self-involved and clueless little girl and young woman through grabbiness and prom dates, marriage and babies. When I was fourteen, Thomas spoke to the world through Leslie Flint in the persona of his famous prior lifetime (start at about eight minutes – you’ll love this). I understand now that he did it because guiding a ditz of a teenage girl was boring him out of his mind! While he guided me through my lesson-plan, he also was guiding me through my Bible studies and afterlife research in preparation for this next stage. I recall being in the process of choosing my college major, planning to major in Christian history and never considering anything else. But then came the moment when I was in my adviser’s office and about to declare, and I thought, Wait a minute! What am I doing? I should major in something that can help me get a job! It was a brief moment of clarity that Thomas squashed. I recall feeling a fresh rush of certainty that I had to major in Christian history and it didn’t matter why.
Thomas has patiently guided me through all my big decisions. We have made them together before I was born and during our nighttime meetings, but of course I have no waking access to the plan so he must prompt me to carry it out. And he has a flair for the dramatic! For example, soon after I turned twenty-two I went to a mixer with some friends, and when I walked into that dimly-lit room I spotted a man who amazingly was surrounded by a halo of light. I introduced myself to him. We have been married now for forty-six years.
Thomas waited until we had completed my life-lessons before he initiated this next stage. If you and your guide had planned to be a part of the elevation of this planet’s consciousness, you might have had or you soon will have a similar experience. In April of 2009 I was sitting in the Unity Church that I then attended, and it came to me seemingly out of the blue that I should give the rest of my life to God. In less time than it takes to write these words, I asked myself how I might give my life to God. Then I knew the words, and I murmured them aloud. “Thank You for giving me work to do. Thank You for showing me how to do it.” Did I think that had done the trick? I did! I have said those words every day of my life since Thomas first gave them to me, and within a month I was beginning to write what I thought were only study materials for an afterlife course I was about to give. After that course ended, I kept on writing. In the fall of 2010 we published The Fun of Dying.
Thomas has assembled a team of ten assistant guides. They include four who work on my research and teaching, three who attend to my personal life, and three who for more than forty years have helped me dabble in writing fiction. Thomas tells me writing fiction relaxes me, and with the help of these guides it is lots of fun! I begin to see, too, how this saga that we have been working on for decades may eventually have a part to play in our work.
Thomas and I very much enjoy this stage of our relationship. He wants you to know that. You and your own primary guide likely have a history that is similar to ours, in that he and I are eternal friends who have been male comrades through seventeen lifetimes. We had been eager to do this together, so it has frustrated him no end that I remember nothing now. Instead of working with his longtime comrade, he finds himself guiding an ignorant female! So he soon abandoned using a medium and returned to working within my mind, but this time I am aware of his presence. He gives me his ideas in order, and he watches the screen over my left shoulder as I write. He has eternally been an intense perfectionist – demanding of others, more demanding of himself – and whenever I use a word or phrase he doesn’t like, he is quick to give me revisions. As I go about my day I can easily distinguish his occasional thoughts from my own, and I am sensitive to his subtle moods. I can tell when he is displeased, when he is worrying, and when he is satisfied. All of this feels so comfortable! At last I again live and work with my beloved comrade from long before Jefferson’s birth. Surprisingly, he insists to me that was not his most important lifetime, and amazingly he even tells me that I also have lived more important lifetimes. I guess it is all a matter of perspective?
Thomas adds that you may be troubled at first to realize how intensely your primary guide always has been involved in your life. He wants you to know that your guide’s role is to help you carry out yourown decisions. You are always in control! Your guide respects your private moments, and no matter what you say or do your guide loves you and will not judge you. Apparently your guide now also wants to communicate with you more openly, so he promises that next week he will share suggestions to help you open yourself and make the most of this most important relationship of your life. Thomas tells me that what he and I are doing now is part of our original plan. But he wants you to know that even if helping to bring the kingdom of God on earth has not been a part of your life-plan, once you have a more active waking relationship with your primary guide you might decide together to assume a greater role in advancing this work. He reminds us that, as Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (LK 10:2).
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