What Exactly Do Spirit Guides Do? by John Cali

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After giving private readings for many years, I’ve come to realize many folks don’t understand exactly what spirit guides do. Before I started channelling I did not understand either.

One common misconception is our guides will tell us what to do, what we should or should not do, etc. Remember, they are spirit guides, not spirit instructors.

Spirit guides will not make our decisions for us, accurately predict our future, or in any other way take away our power. That is not their purpose.

Their true purpose is to simply guide us.

Since they are pure spirit they have a broader view of all that is—the universe—than we do from our human perspective. So they will often share that broader view with us, helping us see our challenges and ourselves in a more positive light.

Also they will always—no exceptions—love and support us unconditionally. They are always kind and compassionate. However, they can be firm and direct, though always lovingly. They have a great sense of humor, and will sometimes joke and play with us.

A high spirit guide will never leave us feeling down or depressed. We should feel inspired and uplifted by the guide. If we do not feel that, we need to get out of there! That is not a high spirit guide. (Of course, the same applies to our human relationships—we don’t need to hang on to toxic relationships that drain and deplete our energy.)

Spirit guides always seek to empower us. They often tell people if what they, the guides, say does not resonate with them, or does not agree with their own inner guidance, to just ignore their advice.

The spirit guides unfailingly see us as the radiant, beautiful beings of light we all are. They help us see ourselves the same way—and to love ourselves, and others, as unconditionally as they love us.

That is exactly what spirit guides do.


Sylvia Browne talks about spirit guides in this video:

Related links:
On the Wings of Spirit
The Light of God
What Does It Feel Like To Channel Spirit?


We all have spirit guides—are you aware of yours? What do you think is the purpose of spirit guides—yours or anyone else’s? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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10 Responses

  1. Susan

    Thanks for this, John — I have been curious about it for quite a while. What I would like to ask you is if you can also connect with your own Higher Self or do you use the guides, only?

    • John Cali

      You’re very welcome, Susan.

      To answer your question — yes, I also connect with my own Higher Self. As Chief Joseph once explained it, our Higher Selves are the “filter” through which our spirit guides communicate with us.

      • Susan

        Thanks again, John, for your response! I wanted to say “Thank you”, also, for using Sylvia Browne in this video — she certainly did receive a lot of bad press over the past week. I think that we as humans very often misinterpret language and the meaning of words.

        • John Cali

          Again, you’re most welcome, Susan. I just heard the news about Sylvia. As she herself said, you can’t be right all the time. At least she has the courage to put herself out there in her work. She’s helped many people over the years, and is a blessing to all of us.

  2. beachdrifter

    John, that was very well said, and I completely agree with everything you said there.

    I can’t really relate to much of what Browne said in that video, and the reason seems to be that she has chosen to focus her guide in a way that it is basically a “spirit person”.

    I know that many people, and also most of the better-known channelers, do that, but I guess I’ve never felt the need for that bridge.

    I’d like to clarify this a bit:

    “One common misconception is our guides will tell us what to do, what we should or should not do, etc. Remember, they are spirit guides, not spirit instructors.”

    That is a very good point, and accurate. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t tell you what to do if you ask them. They will give their “recommendation”, but that recommendation is not based upon “their opinion”, or what “they think” is appropriate or anything like that – but completely based upon them knowing exactly what you want, showing you the path of least resistance towards that, and only that.

    They’re not calling the shots, you are. But they’ll help you accomplish whatever you have set your mind to.

    • John Cali

      Thank you for your comments. I agree with your “clarification.” But, in the interests of creating the short, easily read posts I prefer, I did not say everything I could have about spirit guides.

      • beachdrifter

        …which reminds me: Didn’t you give a sneak peek at some point about a comprehensive book you were in the process of writing which would go into detail about what Spirit has said over the years on all the big topics of life? Is that project still alive? Any news on that front?

        I’ve been on your newsletter for so long that I have no idea when that even was.

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