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What’s the Difference Between Angels, Spirit Guides, Ascended Masters and Other Guides?

Updated: Apr 11

When I started out on this spiritual path, one of the aspects I didn’t understand at the beginning was what the difference was between an angel, spirit guide, ascended master, god/goddess, animal guides and any other type of guide I heard other people talk about.

I also questioned how they all fit in with the universe and where and how do I fit into all of that?

It can be a lot to get your head around and I did tonnes of research before I sorted it all out in my mind. In this blog I’ll give the foundation and share my understanding with you which I hope is helpful for you.

What is an Angel?

Essentially, an angel is an energy being that has never been human (although there are a few exceptions) and so don’t have an ego.

What is a spirit guide?

A spirit guide has walked on this earth at some point and does have an ego, they could be a past relative or a spirit energy showing up to help you with something.

What is an ascended master?

An ascended master can be someone who has once walked on this earth and has ascended to a state of enlightenment.

What is a god or goddess?

A god or goddess is a deity and can be a mix of everything, in my experience.

What about animal spirit guides?

Animal guides are an energy of a particular species of animal helping to guide you.

So how do you know which ones are ‘yours’?

It’s what we all want to know, right? One of the most common questions I get asked is, ‘do I have a guardian angel?’

Before I answer that question, what I share is my truth here but that doesn't have to be your truth. Receive what you like and leave what you don't like, is my motto.

For me, we all have a guardian angel who we connected with at our soul birth and who stays with us through our multiple lifetimes. We also have a core soul team made of up guides aligned to our personality and soul purpose.

Who is in your soul team?

These can be a mixture of angels, ancestors, animal guides etc and we also have additional guides come in to help support us for a particular period in our life, when we launch a new project for example.

What I love about all these different guides is that, like us, they all come from the same place – the universe, source energy, god, goddess, quantum energy, consciousness – and are therefore connected with us.

Do you know who you really are?

One of my favourite stories I share with my clients is from when I did my Angel Guidance training with Kyle Gray.

He opened the training by sharing with us that we were the same as him and capable of communicating with angels just as he can. We all looked a bit incredulous to be honest. Then he shared that as we all come from the same place, we are also all the same as the Dalai Lama. Queue a ripple of laughter through the training room.

But it’s true! We do all come from the same source and we are all capable of achieving greatness.

You are not alone

I believe we all have our own soul team aligned to our own personal soul signature to help guide and support us to achieving our own greatness. Once I realised that, I felt so much better and not so alone. Knowing that there’s a whole team of connected energy beings around me, is such a comfort and motivator for me and I hope it is for you too.

Connect with your own soul team in 2 weeks

The secret to being able to connect with your guides and receive messages and guidance from them, is creating a feeling of peace within you. You can't hear the universe when your inner voice is loud and busy, busy, busy.

I've been there, the reality of your life is that it IS busy and so I learned to meditate for just 7 minutes every day and quietened that inner chatter. Not only did I feel calmer in general but there was space within me to 'hear' the universe and get to know my soul team.

Use this FREE meditation every day for 2 weeks and notice your inner peace and connection with the universe improve tenfold!

"I just wanted to write a quick e-mail to say thank you for the lovely heart bath meditation. It took me a while to get round to listening to it but I'm glad I did as honestly it was one of the best meditations I have ever listened to. It felt just right for me at this time. I am going to try to listen to it every morning if I can - the fact that it is only 7 minutes is great."

Claire Gibbs


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