What Kind Of Spirit Guides Do You Have? Joy Guides, Runners and Finder Guides

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Just last night I had an absolute fit of a meltdown when the goat got in the house. The kids (human version) tried to get him out but I let it go too long and he got spooked. I was chasing him and he was hiding under the pool table.  Then he’d run out and circle the house, just too low to the ground to catch and too heavy to pick up. This went on for about 20 minutes until my heart was pounding and I was getting into heart attack range. That’s when I lost my cool and just started yelling about how we weren’t supposed to have a stupid goat in the first place, how this was ridiculous way to live, and how if the goat didn’t go I would.

When I saw the look on the kids’ faces I realized I had said all this out loud.

Joy Guides

Might this be a visit from my Joy Guides?

When you’re really stressed, your Joy Guides are there to remind you to lighten up and bring more…wait for it…joy into your life.  Sometimes The Ridiculous visits, and that’s when you know they are around and busy!

If you’ve ever had “one of those days” when everything that can go wrong will, ala Murphy’s Law, it might sound counterintuitive to think that a Joy Guide is present, since it feels anything but joyful, but when you’ve taken a turn into taking yourself far too seriously, be on the lookout for them.  They’re not going to let you get away with negativity for too long, if at all.

Joy Guides, should you encounter them, are also there to bring fun into your life, or some laughs.  There doesn’t have to be anything amiss for them to pay you a visit.  They usually appear as a young person or child, and I’ve been told they sometimes show up with wings (although I can’t say for sure since I’ve never seen one that way).

They can be mighty mischievous.  Like right now when I am trying to write and Goatie is repeatedly licking my pant leg in spite of me saying,”Hey, hey!!” and shooing him away (or that might just be because my husband brought home a goat).  Also, I have a plethora of children’s sneakers in the closet, just waiting for someone to grow into them.  From time to time I attempt to organize the closet, and for a couple of years now one brand new white New Balance shoe, size 3, has been waiting its turn and missing its partner.  Suddenly, out of absolutely nowhere, its mate showed up, right next to it, as if it had been there the whole time.

 Runner and Finder Guides

Technically, there is no such thing as a “finder” guide, but that’s how I call on mine, “oh guide who is the finder of lost things.”

In the last few months the schedule has gotten so chaotic that entire weeks go by when I am saddled with just one appointment so ill timed that my entire day is blown…every day that week.  I find myself either running from appointment to appointment, and needing say, a close parking space or a short line.  I also find myself cooling my heels for long periods in the car, because there is just not enough time to go home, but there’s still a 45 minute wait before I can pick up the kid.

That’s when I tend to try to make phone calls to cross things off my list, and wouldn’t you know I spend a lot of time writing on the back of tiny receipts and then losing them.

Your Runner Guides are those that know the land.  They’ve been there for a lot longer than you have.  I imagine them like indian trackers from days of old.  If you’re lost, if you need a magical parking spot to open up for you, if you need traffic to clear or the light to stay greener for just a little bit longer so you don’t have to be a jerk who weaves in and out of traffic, send them ahead after nicely requesting that they help you.  That might seem like a silly thing to ask of a guide, but we all have emergencies and if you have a legitimate reason for needing help, you’ll get it if you ask.

Runners have plenty of other duties that are much more esoteric, like delivering messages to other astral realms, but they also help you to remember what you forgot.  Those times when suddenly it pops into your head before you walk out the door that you left your cell phone charging?  Or that you need to bring the bank deposit?  That could also be a runner.  I like to think of it like they are reminding you now so you won’t be asking them for all those green lights later!

My Finder Guides are amazingly helpful.  A couple of weeks ago my son’s wallet was missing.  I knew that the younger one had taken it and hidden it, because he is the money child…leave money anywhere and he absconds with it, whereas the older one is oblivious and never moves his stuff.  For days I was begging the little guy to cough up the wallet.  On Saturday when my husband was home I told him about it and he told the little one,”I’ll give you a dollar if you bring me his wallet in the next thirty seconds.”  That same child, who swore up and down to me that he had no idea where his brother’s wallet was got right up from his chair, went directly to the desk, pulled it out of the back of a drawer, and handed that wallet to his father.

Since I am not nearly as smart, devious or creative (obviously) I often rely on my Finder Guide.  Apparently it’s true that a lot of times, your item has gone missing for a reason.  Sometimes I swear it even gets moved.  I think the theory is that we’re supposed to think on why we’ve lost it – are we maybe spending too much money or time with the object, to the detriment of our health or family?  If you lose it all of the time, I’d say have a chat with yourself for some clarity around that.  If not, it’s time to call in your Finder Guide.

The best way to do this is to stand perfectly still, close your eyes, and (in your head) ask to speak to your Finder Guide.  Tell them what’s missing, visualize it, and ask for help locating it.  If it’s meant to be found, I’ll usually get back an image a moment later picturing the location, and then I can go look.  If that doesn’t happen, I’ll ask for it to be brought to me by someone, or for it to be moved, or for my gaze to be brought to it.  Then that day or the next, it will just show up one way or the other.

 Your Wonderful Core Spirit Guide Team – Solving Problems

From what I’ve been hearing lately, a lot of my readers feel like they have been abandoned by their guides.  Not so!  You DO have a core team of spirit guides, plus many other entities helping you out.  They are right there.  What you need to develop is the ability to tune in to what they are communicating to you.

If you feel you cannot right now, if you’re just not getting it, then try a different approach.

It got to a humorous pinnacle when I found out that just as both of my children would finally, after five years, be in the same school, it was decided that one had to be moved.  He wasn’t moved closer, he was moved another 20 minutes east…and I am already 30 minutes west of the regular school.  The joke was that both children are in elementary school and both schools start at 8am and have long car pool lines.

How, pray tell, was I going to be in two locations simultaneously?

When you know that your life has become a joke, that’s when you know something has to change, because it is simply physically impossible.

I try to look at the big picture of what we are trying to accomplish.  It seems like for a few years now certain roads have been blocked.  They say you create your reality, but I think “they” sometimes forget to mention that it is a co-creation with the divine.  You don’t control everything. It would be lovely to think so, but you don’t.  Sometimes situations or events are scheduled on the Big Board of Life and you are going to experience them, no matter what.

However recently everything has started to appear to move forward, away or out.  At moments it hasn’t gone forward, but then that just turned out to be a stall, and it started forward again.  The signs are that a big change is underway, so much so that the whole picture may look different any day now.  Or not – hard to tell.  But things appear to be in the works.

There was so much activity that I just started to have frank conversations with my guides.  Just ask them to make it so obvious, that you can’t miss the solution.  Sometimes things really are that direct.  How was I going to get both kids to school?  I had the answer by the next day.

When there are too many choices or at least one and you can’t decide, ask them to narrow it down for you.  Sometimes you really do NOT need to go on ten job interviews, when one or two will do.  Your guides won’t tell you what to do or make decisions for you, but they will steer you in the right direction if you ask.   “Don’t send me there if it’s a waste of time and there’s nothing to learn there, just send me if it’s important.”  And, that’s exactly what will happen.  You have to narrow it down by making a decision and setting forth what you’d like to accomplish.  I usually ask to be sent only on those personal missions that are for the greater good of my family, for instance.

I can sometimes get caught up in putting too much energy in making a choice.  When we were choosing a new school, I did all of the legwork, but I didn’t want to be left guessing as to which was the highest and best choice for this particular child.  I asked that the best choice be shown to me by agreement among everyone involved.  In the end, I looked at three schools and every single school suggested that I choose the same place.  That leaves no doubt and I can put it behind me knowing I made the best choice.

There are many types of guides on your spiritual teams, or available to you, so keep that in mind when you’re in need of some guidance, assistance, ot behind the scenes arranging.  If you don’t know who to ask for in a particular case, you can always ask me or just ask your primary guide.  They’ll deliver the message.

Do you communicate with your Spirit Guides?  Can you tell one energy from another?  Do you sense or know when they are at work, delivering messages and impulses?  What do your guides look like to you?


Image credit: Image for the book ‘Protecting the Soul’ by Craig Hamilton-Parker, Sterling Publishing New York USA

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  1. Hi Julie

    So the goat is still running rampant in the house!

    Somethings, as in the post I was compelled to write today, have a way of making one realize there probably is a force that is watching out for us.

    I have been studying a bit of Feng Shui and one of the things it says is that as you remove the clutter you will become restless. It said if I want to move I should start getting rid of things. I was surprised at how much I actually needed to get rid of. As things were removed I feel a relief from some negative energy. I still have along ways to go. Restless I was on days that I removed more stuff.

    As for guides, I am guessing there is one for whatever we need. I do at times call out for help. Somethings as you say take time to transpire, but they usually do work out. Just got to get into the habit of asking for more help instead of running this journey on my own power.

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    • Hi Mary, The nice thing is that your guides are ever-present and always working on your behalf, so all you need to do is intend to dial in to your intuition and acute powers of observation.

      I LOVE getting rid of stuff and clutter, except on those days when you haven’t used it in 10 years, throw it out accordingly, and find that you need it the very next day!! I get the restlessness though. A lot of people are feeling that.

  2. Your goat story is hysterical. I can easily picture it in my minds eye. You must be my smile guide.

  3. Shirley says:

    But, but, but… What was the obvious solution to the two school dilemma? Either I am truly dense or I am still hanging over the cliff this morning.

  4. *Love* this goat story Julie. And what a cool concept a smile guide…who knew. Oh wait, you did. Thanks for the enlightenment. 🙂

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  5. Todd | Channelingmyself says:

    You had me at, “goat got in the house.”
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  6. Hello Julie,
    Great post! Lol…We have 6 chickens and who knew they could be so fun and entertaining!!
    I do talk to my guides everyday and sense them around me.
    I love your suggestion of Runner Guides…I had not thought of it that way. On one occasion my step daughter called and asked me to go pick up my granddaughter who was at home, she has juvenile diabetes, and had gotten very ill very quickly and needed to go to the emergency room. The hospital is about 30 miles on a normal day. I asked my guides to give me all green lights to get me there quicker. My route had 8 stoplights and you guessed it-I never got stopped once, 8 greenlights! I made it in half the time.
    Like myself, I am sure so many people get caught in the craziness of day to day survival that we forget to stop, take a breath, ask, and listen to our spirit teams. So many times after the craziness I think, huh why didn’t I just ask for some help 🙂
    Asking for help and guidance is NOT a weakness and I feel once one over comes this thought you are home free!!

    Keep the great posts coming.
    Take care……


    • Julie, Thank you so much. You are right of course – we ALL need help, guidance and support, and some of the most successful people will tell you that we never do it alone.

  7. You have a lot more patience then me Julie, I’d of kicked that goat out the day it showed up. The hubby could gripe all he wanted and the kids could whine right along with him but as long as they were doing it together as they marched that goat right back to where it came from. I know, I’m so mean!!! I bet they’re glad I’m not their Mom!!!

    Okay so not being a pro on this subject as you very well know, this is what I have been taught. Now it’s been a few years now but I was “told” that I have three spirit guides. One of them has been with me since birth and will remain with me until death. One of my spirit guides is here to help me with my business and the last one is here to help me with my personal life. That’s all I’ve been told that I have. Right now that is because I know that the other two aren’t sticking with me forever and I may have others come into my life as needed.

    Now for a good while I was communicating with my main one almost daily. The other two I sort of would forget to talk to them because my main guide really could answer all my questions. The problem I guess I started having is when I would communicate with him and ask for an honest response and then be told something entirely different. That happened so often I got mad at him.

    See, I’m not very good at this and I don’t have the people around me now that can help me with this or understand more. Either way, it’s been awhile since I’ve spoken with any of them. The only way I’m able to communicate though is with my pendulum. Oh well, I know they’re all still with me though so I’m comforted by that.

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    • Adrienne, I’ll betcha you have more than 3. Just from knowing you, I would say your team is very supportive and loving, giving you plenty of hints along the way through your ideas and intuition. Kind of one of those situations where you are so used to “hearing” from them that it’s like “the sound of your voice in your head.” That’s just a gut feeling on my part.

      Yes many people do just mainly communicate through their primary guide. I wish I lived nearer so we could talk about it. It sounds like something was going awry during that time when you were using the pendulum and the answers you were getting were making you mad.

      If you ever feel like getting back into it, maybe with a little different perspective, just give me a jingle and I will be happy to give you a consultation like you did for me 🙂

  8. Heh heh, you already know what mine looks like. He’s good at getting me parking spaces too, and particularly free food. It seems like we only pay for food about half the time. I do not object to this.

    If I were you, though, I would have to declare my home a goat-free zone. I mean really. 🙂
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  9. Anonymoue says:

    What a humorous post as always:) I think life at Club Julie sounds fun:) Goatie is a pain, yes, but somehow is endearing.

    The first time I encountered the idea of runner guides was when I read a Sonia Choquette book. I love her approach- she mentioned the Native American connection as you did. I recalled this when I was hopelessly lost on a new trail and guess what? They helped I think! I am one of those who whinges about not feeling my guides are there.

    I really appreciate the reminder that the joy guides hide within the ‘chaos’ we experience; what a great way to reframe the frustration. I needed that.

    • Anonymouse, You should have been here yesterday when I wanted scream/pull my hair out over the schedule…for three days I kept wanting to start something that had to go out on Wednesday, but my husband needed the work computer where the accounting software is loaded. He’d finally leave for the jobsite and I would have 10-20 minutes before I had to leave to get the kids…when I needed a good hour. Then everyone wants to know,”Did you send that out?” Ummm…no! I feel like piles and piles of forms for the kids for summer camp etc, little pieces of paper and receipts, and endless reams of notebooks come flying in the house and I simply have no time to tame that chaos because of the scheduling. Maybe it is time to go back to work full time, I could finally get some rest 🙂 I think my joy guides are trying to tell me something!

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