I am often asked whether spirit guides and angels support or guide me in my work. Do I actually see them? Can I tell you the name of your spirit guide? I am also asked whether I believe in ghosts, demons and poltergeists. My answers to these questions are both yes, and no.
I believe such beings and entities do exist, not because I experience them in the same way as others do, but because there are many people who share similar beliefs about such entities and report similar experiences with them. And I respect that. I do not claim to know all the answers to the mysteries of the spiritual realm. All I know is what I know from personal experience and insight gathered from years of metaphysical research, spiritual writing and psychic mediumship work with thousands of clients all over the world. From both my professional perspective and my personal belief system, these manifestations of spirit are all essentially one and the same thing, and they all come from one and the same Source.
So yes, I do sense ’spirit guides’ and ‘angels’ around me, but I do not see them in a stereotypical shape or form. I don’t see angels with wings and halos, or guides who look like ethereal humans. When I do see 'angels and guides' they appear to me in a much more simple form, which can best be described as floating orbs of light, or flickering bundles of ‘fireflies' ... sometimes accompanied by a unique odor.
However, when I do mediumship readings I tend to experience spirit in a more familiar human form, when the form or appearance of the spiritual entity will be more acceptable or recognizable for the person for whom I am doing the reading. Spirit has the tendency to reveal itself in a form that each of us can more easily relate to, or that fits more easily into our frame or reference. Most of my clients are obviously more open to receiving guidance or messages from their deceased grandmother, instead of a 'transparent cloud of tiny light bubbles!' Therefore these spirit messages from the other side are typically delivered to me in this format, which I can then convey to the other person in a recognizable way. I have also seen Yarden, my own main spirit guide, in human form, because I felt the sincere need for it at the time.
In my experience, all the varying manifestations of spirit entities, including angels or guides, are merely labels or concepts we use as a shared language or vocabulary, in order to interpret what we perceive and experience, when we do engage with spirit, as well as to explain it to others. Our diverse versions of spirit experiences are plethora and mostly based on our religious beliefs; the stories we were told during our childhood; the folklore, myths and legends of our diverse cultural backgrounds; as well as the images and concepts we absorb from the media and popular culture, including films, books and the arts.
For this reason, it is common to find that your perception of what a spirit guide is, or what an angel looks like, would differ somewhat from the next person. Should you ask a foreigner, from a completely different cultural background, chances are you would either find that they have no knowledge of the existence of such beings, or they will describe them in a form completely unfamiliar to you and radically different from your version.
Dark forces or evil entities, in my opinion, are not manifestations of God, Spirit, the Light or the Universal Life Source. In my experience, they are fear-based manifestations created by humans to explain or justify unpleasant life experiences, shift the blame for human error, or even to control and manipulate others. However, once again, I do not stand in judgment of those who do believe in evil entities or dark forces. If believing in an on-going battle between good and evil provides someone with a familiar, comfortable platform from which they can launch their unique spiritual expansion, I cannot see why such beliefs should be condemned by a fellow seeker.
If talking to angels, seeing spirit guides, or exorcising demons enables a person to fulfill their life calling and achieve their soul purpose in this lifetime, who am I to judge their path? To each his own. I also do not expect anyone to share my professional views or personal perception of celestial beings, paranormal phenomena or spirit entities. There is no right or wrong way of experiencing spiritual manifestations. Everybody’s interpretation or translation is accurate in my opinion, and it always has merit within the unique cultural environment of the particular believer. Different strokes for different folks, as long as it serves the greater good. In the end we all come from the same place,
Expansion and continued creation is dependent on diversity and individuality. It is my conviction that when one is in pure vibrational alignment with Spirit or Source, there is no need, or desire, to judge, criticize or discredit the spiritual experiences or beliefs of others.
© 2010 Anthon St Maarten