If you have ever felt like you were not alone, you were
probably right. At any given moment, it is likely that there's an angel
or guide near you. You may have even seen a flash of color out of the
corner of your eye or felt the strong, loving presence of an angel appear
out of nowhere. We all have angels and guides, and they can be
a source of comfort and wisdom if we learn to pay attention to them.
Are Angels Different than Spirit
Angels and spirit guides are similar in that they are
all unseen helpers who assist us when we need them. They are usually
benevolent, loving creatures who have our best good in mind. In fact,
many people consider them one and the same, and make no distinction
between their "angel" and their "spirit guide."
But regardless of what we label them, they do take on two different
types of roles and it is helpful to call them by different names according
to the nature of their work.
Angels - Providers of Comfort,
Influence, & Protection
Angels usually appear in times when you need comfort,
support, or encouragement. They can provide a strong, reassuring presence
that soothes our bodies and minds and reminds us that we are not alone.
Angels can also provide guidance that we might experience as a gut feeling
or a whim to do one thing or another, turn down one street instead of
another, pick up a certain book instead of another - to lead to a certain
positive outcome or avoid an undesirable one. Finally, we have all heard
stories of miracles where people have been protected from harm by some
unexplained presence - the presence of an angel.
Spirit Guides - Providers of
Information and Clear Insights
Spirit guides are "wise ones" who provide
information, insight, or guidance when you are asking the big questions
about life, your direction, or spirituality. Their role is usually to
provide greater insight and understanding about a specific question
or topic you are wondering about. Most often they appear in response
to a prayer for help or for clarity, or in your dreams.