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Spirit Guides, Angels, and Archangels

Article by Ananya Sen

Everyone has a spirit guide. These are usually deceased loved ones on the other side, people who we once knew in some lifetime and who have ascended. They become our guides. There are several dimensions above the earthly plane and these guides, angels and archangels exist in these dimensions.

Let us understand the differences between these higher beings. This is entirely from my own experience and understanding after working with them for sometime.

A spirit guide is your guide for life. He or she is a deceased loved one or a close soul family member or friend. This is your personal guide, they only cater to your needs.
Your spirit guide is always with you in all of your life’s experiences and hardships, in your sorrows and joys. They feel your pain and joy along with you. And I know from experience they appeal to God and the higher beings on your behalf for things you’re trying to manifest or struggling with.

As I have mentioned before, Zino Athens is my spirit guide. When I got to know him first, I was not sure whether I was imagining it or did I actually see someone from the Roman / Grecian era! I even thought he looked like a ‘Gladiator.’ I got to know about my other guides from him. I have a total of three guides in this lifetime. Each of them are responsible for a particular area of my life, though I am free to call them anytime for anything.

The Angels and Archangels higher than the spirit guides, they are not particularly assigned to you, but can be called upon by anyone and everyone. There are millions of angels in the cosmos and they are all waiting to help us. These angels are headed by leaders called the Archangels. The word ‘arch’ means chief. Archangels have a mission to help humanity in a large way. They only help if we ask for it as they never interfere with our free will.

The Angels and Archangels are also very close to the earthly plane, but help many people all at once. This is the main difference between the guides and the angels. The guides are yours exclusively and the angels can help many of us at the same time.

I am enclosing a simple and yet effective method to connect with these beings. I learnt this method in my Reiki 2 class. Do not give up as it may take a few attempts to make the connection.

  1. Connect with HSZSN to your spirit guide or any Archangel. When you use HSZSN, you instantly make that connection with the other being’s energy, so don’t doubt whether you have connected or not.
  2. Start by asking simple questions such as “Am I on the right path?” or “What do I need to know today?” etc. You will hear the answer as whispers in your head, you may feel pressure or goosebumps or a tingling sensation when the connection is made. That is a direct confirmation that your guide or angel is present with you.
  3. To know the name of your spirit guide, you need to say “I want to know the name of my spirit guide” a few times and wait. You will hear a name inside your head, the name may make sense or not. It doesn’t matter because names are an earthly requirement. Spirit guides do not have a name, they just have a vibration. Accept whatever you hear as their name and start your bonding exercise!
  4. Do keep a journal and jot down whatever information you gather after each connection. With time you will see the messages are becoming clearer and stronger, so persevere with the process. All the best.

(Spanish translation by Gustavo Cristian Fritz — available here)

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Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen is an Usui and Karmic Reiki Teacher and is also certified in Magnified Healing. She teaches and reads the Akashic Records, Oracle, Tarot and Angel cards. She is highly aura sensitive and gifted with claircognizant abilities. She lives in Bangalore, India. Ananya can be reached via her email address ananyasen8112@gmail.com. You can also follow her page on facebook.com/Zino-Athens.

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  • dev October 19, 2014, 8:21 am

    Kya aap kisi or ka SPIRIT GUIDE kaun hai bata sakte hain ? Hum soch rehe the nxt tym jab aapse baat hogi tab aapse pouchenge ke ZINO ANTHENS kya hai aur mera jabab bhi mil gaya bina pooche..

  • Sylvia Schultheis October 19, 2014, 10:01 am

    I dearly love all of your articles! ! Every time I have a question you seem to post something that resonates and I get an answer. Thank you so much!!!

    • Danielle Barrett October 20, 2014, 6:56 am

      Sylvia Schultheis- I was just thinking the same thing!! I am often directed to Ananya Sen’s articles for guidance 🙂

  • Meetu October 19, 2014, 10:57 am

    Thanks for my Answer.. As always. Love your articles. So guardian angels can be said as spirit guide as they are personally assign to each of us? I know one of my guide I did the process of Doreen stating to know my guardian angel. I got very clear answer. Are they same ?

    • ananya October 19, 2014, 1:38 pm

      No guardian angel and spirit guide aren’t the same… guardian angel are angels, they are high vibrational beings…the guide as I said is a deceased loved one or someone who once was in an earthly body

  • sandi October 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

    what is HSZSN ,

    • John Messina October 19, 2014, 5:58 pm

      HSZSN is short for Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. Reiki distant symbol. You must have a Reiki 2 attunement to use it.

  • Nehaa October 19, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Where to draw the symbol HSZSN ?

  • savi October 19, 2014, 7:18 pm

    after meditating on HSZSN or chanting or writing will make connection to spirit guide?

  • savi October 19, 2014, 7:19 pm

    please explain in details,,,

  • R.k.sinha October 21, 2014, 10:05 am

    Kindly suggest few names of Angles for connection using distance symbol. Many thanks for your articles which is beneficial too much for us.

    • ananya October 24, 2014, 6:18 am

      You can start with Archangel Michael, Raphael and Gabriel… they are very powerful and the most popular Archangels

  • Glenda October 23, 2014, 10:20 am

    Thank you so much for your article.

  • Sharmila Sharma October 23, 2014, 10:43 am

    Thank you Anaya for your valuable
    guidence.please explain more details about
    Arch angel .

  • Nehaa October 26, 2014, 3:57 am

    If any1 posted anything in the public domain , its his/her duty to fulfill all the queries regarding the subject . If you don’t , then plz don’t put anything in the public. Lots of people asked you many questions but you did not answered. Its my request to you plz try to fulfill their queries.

  • shelly October 27, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write/share this article.

    • ananya October 28, 2014, 9:58 am

      thanks for reading

  • Maureen October 30, 2014, 12:56 am


    This is NOT public domain it is a private site and all the questions don’t have to answered if the owner hasn’t the time or whatever. If you want to know about Angels or Arch Angels simply Google them but I am sure if you look back through the archives you’ll find information about them. I hope this was helpfulto you.

    • Rochelle December 20, 2018, 5:01 am

      I agree with your comment! If you don’t understand the language about the Reiki symbols, then find a class somewhere in your community or online! It would be impossible for this Master to explain to someone not familiar with this or any other healing system!
      I’m a bit confused abou the guides who supposedly were my relatives or friends at some point and time? When I was born I had many siblings and including my parents. Now they are all deceased? Thank you for writing this article.

  • Thelma Carver November 1, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I so needed to read this today. I know my guide has been there for me and has done much protection and guidance with me. I also know I have received Much protection from many others, and I am so grateful.

  • karna hang limbu November 19, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Dear Ananya ji
    Aapni bhalo aachhen toh.
    This is my request to you personally. How can you help me if I m suffering from different problems and I am distantly very far from you.I m in macau, china and right now cannot come there.So please tell me in this situation how can you help me.

    Karna hang limbu

  • Maria November 24, 2014, 5:05 pm

    This is interesting. I had a connection with, what I learned many years later, was an angel or spirit. It was a dream: he spoke to me, but without moving his mouth or opening his eyes. He just stood there in a very bright white light and he was dressed in blue. He gave me teachings about unconditional love and many things about life that would be hard to summarize here, but I had never heard or read about any of these things. When I had that dream, I was 20, now I’m 46, have become a level 3 reiki practitioner and am totally aware of so many things that are invisible to most people. I’d love to try this connection exercise, but honestly, it scares me. Please, give me advice on how to overcome this fear. I know something good is on the other side of this fear.

  • Melissa January 22, 2015, 8:10 pm

    Your method deffinently works!

    Always trust what you are given , but dont get too excited that you just forget everything you are doing lol , keep focusing on your flower , we aware of it , whilst your guide is there , it keeps your mind from nattering too much , im so glad it worked for you , it did for me too

    the main thing is being relaxed, they will always feel what you are feeling , if you are scared , they wont show up /communicate until you are ready , keep at it ! good luck

  • Nasir Khan January 27, 2015, 7:44 am

    Very well explained,God bless you

  • Rosanna February 26, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Thanks for your time, patience and effort to keep us learning.

  • amanda March 11, 2015, 11:10 am

    I have only just been attuned tiki 1&2 in January 2015 reading all people’s questions and your replies is so helpful since starting doing tiki and meditating and working with angel cards my life has been so peaceful I love your articles thank you

  • Jennifer Underwood March 11, 2015, 5:08 pm

    You have to be careful with spirit guides. i was under spiritual attack for Years from 2006-2014 because i tried to connect with a spirit guide and didnt do it right and was lied to forever about my life,my future, etc. Now i talk only to the angels because im fearful of who might answer.

  • Steve Haines April 3, 2015, 10:36 pm

    You should always start a session with the afermations for the highes good and I am caling out to the spirits and guides that love and care for me. My shaman teachings told me to stay away from anything that has fangs or looks like an insect keep your wits and reject anything that proves to be negative or mis leading. energys on the other side of the veil dont always have the best grasp on day to day human existance so you should take some of there advice with a grain of salt. Use your imagination to frame your questions with visual images sounds and any thing els you can concieve. Dont be surprized if they get back to you later with answers that will pop up in your life.
    There idea of time is diferent than ours and they like to surprize us sometimes and they defenetly have a sence of humer.


    steven grey coyotie Haines

  • Madeline Garcia April 14, 2015, 12:03 pm

    I had a level 1 Usui Reiki Atunement and love doing Reiki. My Reiki Master that thought me got very upset when I use card with my Reiki clients and said I am doing the Reiki she teaches wrong. That I am not alourd to us cards unless i get a speicial Atunment for it. That I am not suppose to use the Angels or any Guids and was told I cannot do Reiki like that because it is not Reiki, it is something else and i need a Atunement for what ever it is Im doing she called it .( modalities) I pull one card to help me know what the clients energy is like and the card will show what Chakra needs work on. The cards I use are Energy Healing cards From Lee-Anne Peter from Temple of Balance. Now I am very confused and need help with this. I do not want to do Reiki wrong but I did not find anything that says i need atunement for( Modalities) and Im lost now and feel very upset about it all. Everyone I did Reiki was very happy with it and even came back to me for Reiki again. Plaese can you help me and give me a anwser for what to do and if I do need another kind of Atunement . Feeling so lost and sad . Than you Madeline Garcia Namaste.

    • Tanya November 16, 2015, 5:05 pm

      Hi, I am a 2nd degree Reiki Master. When you go to level 2 you will do a aura scan of your client. You will be able to feel which charkas are out of balance. Just keep doing reiki on yourself and when you receive your attunement for 2nd degree study your manual and you will see. Its easy to feel the energy.

      Please dont be discourage, reiki is beautiful no extra things are really needed. Crystals add extra enhancements.

      Take it slow and steady. There is alot going on in these dimensions.

      Be blessed

  • Mary July 6, 2015, 10:24 pm

    What is HSZSN?!? and how do I use this to connect with spirit guides and Angels?!??

  • Lori August 26, 2015, 11:48 pm

    So how can Reiki 1 attune-ees engage their guides if we are not attuned to symbols yet?

  • sarita August 31, 2015, 5:34 pm

    How to control anger and depression of others …what is d reason for unsatisfied life

  • Patty M. November 5, 2015, 8:55 pm

    I love these articles and like to print them out. I’ve noticed that some pages have a printable option, but not all of them do. Would it be possible to add that to all your pages? Thanks so much for your good information.

  • Peg November 27, 2015, 1:42 pm

    I have a question I have had two experiences within two weeks while sleeping, I feel a breeze of air flowing through one nostril of my nose coming out of the other. This sensation is freaking me out a little it wakes me up. I do have healing stones in my window that I cleanse and do reiki on them . I did buy some new ones lately. I did cleanse with sea salt and reiki .Anyone else have this experience and what it it?

  • Wendy Williams April 1, 2016, 6:13 am

    Not only do we have personal guides, angels and archangels, we also have animal spirit guides or totems. I have 3, a mammoth, an eagle and a silver wolf. The silver wolf often helps me with Animal Reiki treatments.

  • Chantelle September 15, 2016, 1:22 pm

    Hi I’m ready to do my level 2 but feel freaked out, as another practitioner said she was attacked by evil spirits and it made her very ill, I don’t want to attract anything like this and just thought reiki was all about good energies, but I’ve been told there’s a dark side to it

    • TeeJae November 11, 2016, 7:12 pm

      I’ve heard that practitioners will sometimes experience negative energies emanating from their client during a treatment session. While it’s good for the client to be releasing these energies, it is not good for the practitioner to experience them. So, it’s important for the practitioner to protect him or herself with certain things like crystals, incense or smudging, or even calling on their guides or angels for protection. I understand Archangel Michael is the best for protection.

    • Jan E May 5, 2018, 9:02 pm

      Chantelle I realize this is two yrs after you letter but if you do reread this I hope you will find it helpful. Or it can be helpful for everyone. Place a piece of Selenite,( not Satin Spar), under your table or chair where your client is. Selenite and Black Tourmaline draw all negativity away. So if darker energies, negative thought forms make themselves present during healing, they will be drawn away. Please do not use the Antahkatana Triskallion symbol in your Reiki room. This is a pre Celtic symbol that calls Thrones. Thrones will deplete auric energy. Having this symbol in your Reiki room allows Thrones to siphon off universal/divine energy you are channeling to your client.
      Selenite does not override the call of this symbol. Remove the symbol.
      To personally protect yourself, Turquoise (not Howlitte or Magnasite) and or Jaspers are grounding and protective stones to wear.
      If you feel you have drawn negative entities at anytime call in Arch Angel Michael and ask that he removes all that does not belong to you, all darkness etc. and take it away. Reground and re surround yourself in light. It is always a good practice to protect and close your Solar Plex as part of your opening before doing Reiki. I hope these suggestions help you. There are some who flick away during healing. This sound can be annoying and unsettling to the client. It is better to use your intent and call in Arch Angels to assist and have Selenite in the room….jan Living with Light Joules Healing

  • lesley767 October 6, 2016, 11:03 am

    Hi This is all fascinating. I want to start training but WHERE & WHO???? I need guidance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • goddessmoon13 March 17, 2017, 5:55 am

    Thank you beloved! with love and blessing

  • srinivas July 5, 2017, 8:13 pm

    Hi Ananya. I tried to reach you through your Email address give here but It says the email id is not correct. Can you please give me the correct email address.

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