Some time ago, I was on the hilariously funny Jenny McCarthy Radio show. It was a blast. Something she asked me, that I get asked a lot is, what is the difference between an Angel and a Spirit Guide? Because that is such a popular question, I thought I would explain it here again for those of you still wondering… It is all about Vibration:)
Everything created is energy, and energy vibrates at different levels. Just as a singer has a vocal range of notes she can sing, human beings have a vibrational range. In other words, you move up and down a vibrational scale. The more you work on loving yourself, the higher your vibration rises, and the easier it is to connect with the higher vibrational beings that I refer to as spiritual helpers. These helpers are also known as deceased loved ones, spirit guides, ascended masters, angels, and archangels. While we may be born on different places on the vibrational scale, we all possess the ability to reach the highest level through appreciation, forgiveness, joy, mediation, and love. If you wish to connect to higher vibrational beings, then you simply raise your own personal vibration.
You might be wondering why you need to raise your vibration. The universal Law of Attraction states that like energy attracts like energy; and because the beings in the spiritual realm will not lower their vibration, you must raise yours to connect with them. The more you stay in a higher, lighter, clearer vibration, the more you will connect with the spiritual realm. I have included a diagram of the energetic vibrational scale below. This will give you an idea of the vibrational ranges of spiritual helpers as I have come to experience and understand them. Each level is not good or bad; it just simply is.
Let’s begin with where we are, at the lowest level of vibration. Physical beings are you and me and everyone you see with a body and a heartbeat. While we are able to raise our vibration temporarily in order to communicate with those on the higher planes, we aren’t able to sustain this permanently and must come back down after a while. The only way to ascend to a permanently higher vibration is through death.
Deceased loved ones are family, friends, coworkers, and loved ones who have passed. They have released the dense energy of their physical bodies and have automatically moved up the vibrational scale. In my experience, there is often an amount of divine time, not measured time, where deceased loved ones can “prepare” to become spirit guides if they so choose. This is not typically an instantaneous move up the vibrational scale.
Spirit guides once inhabited a physical form, and had the same journey or purpose as the physical beings they are now guiding. Upon leaving their physical bodies, spirit guides choose to become teachers or guides to those of us still in the physical realm. They offer guidance, comfort, and, at times, warnings and protection. Spirit guides are often the spiritual essence of deceased loved ones. They can guide multiple people, but they do not become angels. Humans that have transitioned can become only guardians or a spirit guide. Angels are a high vibrational being that doesn’t incarnate into a physical body; and a physical body doesn’t become an angel. However, all humans already have guardian angels that guide and support them throughout their evolution.
Spirit guides can even visit multiple people all at the same time. I have had that happen in my own family. Three different people, in different states, saw signs of my grandfather after he passed at almost the same time. Remember, they don’t have a body any longer, so they are not limited to being in one place at a time. They are energy and can be everywhere and anywhere, all at once.
Moving further up the scale, the ascended masters are divine beings that lived earthly lives as great teachers, healers, or way-showers of ascension, such as Buddha and Jesus. Ascended masters come from all cultures, modern and ancient, and are often spoken of and remembered in religious context. They released all their fears and grew and raised their vibrations in order to ascend, and they bring light and love to everyone regardless of their religious beliefs or feelings of worthiness. They teach that we are all worthy of love and guidance.
Angels, guardian angels, and archangels are higher vibrational beings who exist only in the spiritual realm and do not incarnate into physical form as humans and animals do. Angels help, guide, comfort, and assist us in our earthly journey by uplifting and protecting us. Each physical being is supported by one guardian angel throughout his/her entire physical life, from birth to death. A guardian angel’s job is to unconditionally love and protect us. Archangels are the powerful overseers of the angelic realm. Call on the archangels anytime for anything, and they will be there immediately.
Throughout my life, angelic beings have presented themselves in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and forms, often determined by what I was feeling, seeing, or knowing in the moment. Their forms have changed and evolved over time as I’ve grown spiritually. Therefore, the definition or visual representation of angels can be as different as seashells on a beach. Each individual will experience angels based upon his or her own perceptions. I believe that all impressions of the angelic realm are valid. Angels show themselves in a way that you are able to perceive and understand and are often gentle and comforting in their approach.
The Divine is the God of your understanding. My understanding of God does not come from religious beliefs or scripture but rather from my own journey inward. When I reached a point in my life where I recognized I had to take responsibility for myself and that I had no control over anything or anyone but myself, I came to understand that God was in everyone and everything. I realized that God is Love. I am God, you are God, and we are God, as are the wind, the trees, the oceans, the animals, the clouds, the rainbows, and the sun. The God of my understanding is everywhere, in everything, and is simply Love.