Getting Creative with Your Spirit Guides

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Have you ever wondered what creativity truly is?

What if we defined it as the art of living rather than the art of painting a portrait or writing a novel?

What if creativity isn’t an attribute that only certain people have, but a birthright of being human?

What if creativity isn’t something you do, but it’s who you are?

And what if your spirit guides are your creative partners every moment of your life?

When I was writing Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, my writing guide told me this:

“Creativity is not just a talent some people have. It is the intentional partnership between our world and yours, brought into human form by your willingness to listen.”

In other words, the more you listen, and the more you focus on spiritual guidance and act on it, the more you’ll be able to express your creativity in everything you do.

So when are you creative?

  • Any time there’s a problem and you manifest a solution, you’re creative.
  • Any time you help a friend see things a different way, you’re creative.
  • Every time you turn one thing into something else, you’re creative. (Case in point: transforming eggs, flour and sugar into a cake. It’s the alchemy of creation.)

Essentially, every time you breathe, you’re creative, since creativity is part of your DNA. So the question isn’t, “Am I creative?” Instead it’s, “How can I build an intentional partnership with my guides?”

There are endless ways to do that, but here’s one simple one to supersize your communication with your guides:

Do a vision board with your guides’ help. You may have created a vision board before, but it’s a more powerful exercise when you do it intentionally with your guides.

Get out a large piece of paper, several magazines, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Now ask your guides what they’d suggest as a focus for your vision board.

Typically, a vision board is a way of visualizing what you’d like to manifest. But it could also be used to answer a question, help resolve an issue or point you in a clear direction.

So close your eyes, sit quietly for a few moments, take in three deep breaths, and ask your guides: “What is the focus of this vision board?” Pay attention to any sensations, images, words or feelings you receive, and trust their guidance for you.

Once you’re clear about the purpose of the vision board, set all expectations aside and ask your guides to lead you to the pictures and words you need most right now. Then simply start flipping through magazines.

Every time you see an image or a word that speaks to you, cut it out and set it aside. Do this for a set period of time—for instance, 10 minutes. Then spend another 10 minutes gluing the pieces at random to your sheet of paper.

Now it’s time to interpret your vision board. Ask your guides for help with this step, too, so you can understand the deeper meaning of the words and images you chose. It’s important not to judge or dismiss anything you put on your vision board. Instead, listen for the meaning.

For instance, if you’re married and you put a picture of a bride on your vision board, ask why. Maybe you’re going to feel newly married again. Maybe someone in your life is getting married and you don’t know it yet.

Ask other questions, too. For instance…

  • “Why did this particular image speak so strongly to me?”
  • “I have lots of white space on my vision board. What does that mean?” Or, in contrast, “My vision board is packed full. What does that mean?”
  • “What’s the connecting thread of the words and images?”
  • “What’s the one thing you want me to know right now?”

This is the beauty of the intentional partnership with your guides. It will reveal to you information and perspectives that you could not have thought of on your own.

So the next time you question your whether you’re a creative being, remember that partnership. Then let your creativity, and your spirit guides, speak.


Debra Engle is the author of the award-winning Let You Spirit Guides Speak and The Only Little Prayer You Need.

Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

by Debra Landwehr Engle

We often turn to spiritual guidance when we’re in crisis. A loved one is ill, we’re worried about money, or a string of life challenges leaves us stressed about the future. When we’re desperate enough, we ask for help.

But what if you asked every day? What if, in fact, you conversed with your spirit guides, building a relationship just as you would with an important person in your life? What would you learn? What kind of assistance would they give you then?

The fact is, the more you develop an ongoing relationship with your spirit guides, the more you’ll receive clear and customized guidance with everyday situations, making your life easier and more joyful.

Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

Here are three ways your spirit guides can help you.

They’ll advise you on decisions big and small.

Sometimes we judge our problems to be insignificant and unworthy of our guides’ attention. Do they really care what you fix for dinner or which movie you watch this weekend? Yes, they do. To your guides, nothing is irrelevant, because every decision impacts your life experience in some way or another. Make a habit of asking. You’ll be surprised at the input you receive. And best of all, your guides always have your best interest in mind, so they’ll never steer you wrong.

They’re a great creative resource.

My husband Bob is a contractor and the most down-to-earth guy in the world. He often turns to his guides for advice on practical solutions. For instance, when he was renovating an enormous old barn, he needed a way to jack up one side of the structure without destroying the hayloft above. He asked his guides for ideas before he went to sleep one night and, when he woke up in the morning, the answer was there in his mind, waiting.

They’ll remind you that you’re never alone.

In a world where loneliness can be epidemic, your guides are a constant and reassuring presence—again, not just on your worst days, but every moment of every Talk to them while you’re making breakfast, commuting to work, waiting in the grocery store line and brushing your teeth. Whenever I sit down to talk to my guides, they tell me, “We are here with you always.” That’s true for you, too, and it’s one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever receive.


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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The Only Little Prayer You Need | Let Your Spirit Guides Speak

Our September Titles Are Here!

Our September titles have arrived! Happy reading!


Crystal Skulls

Judy Hall

9781578635948Crystal skulls are human-skull hardstone carvings often made of clear or milky white quartz known as “rock crystal.” They are allegedly pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts and can be found in the permanent collections of a number of world-class museums, including the Smithsonian and the British Museum.

In occult and metaphysical circles, the skulls have magical and healing qualities:

  • Anna Mitchell-Hedges (owner of a particularly famous skull) claimed that the skull could cause visions and cure cancer and that its magical properties could be used to kill.
  • Drunvalo Melchizedek claims in Serpent of Light that he stumbled upon descendants of the ancient Mayans who possess crystal skulls for use in religious ceremonies in Yucatan temples.
  • Jamie Sams writes of the skulls’ association with Native American mythology.

In this book, best-selling occultist and crystal expert Judy Hall provides a basic primer on crystal skulls:

  • What they are
  • Where they are found
  • Their role in legend and lore around the world
  • Their uses for physical and psychic healing

Also included here in this stunning introductory text is an examination of the prominent “skull keepers” of the past 100 years and how to use and communicate with a crystal skull.

This is a terrific book for those interested in occult and ancient mysteries and/or the power of gems and crystals.

(Weiser Books)


Let Your Spirit Guides Speak

Debra Landwehr Engle

“This book is going to be a valuable tool for people who are serious about their spiritual journey. It’s one of those topics that people can’t get enough of and I want to thank Debra for taking on a huge topic in such a beautiful way.” —Echo Bodine, author of My Big Book of Healing and Echoes of the Soul

“If you want to learn ways to connect with your spirit guides, Debra Engle has provided the map to do so. It outlines ways to do so which are accompanied by stories and examples that illustrate these ways. IT is a must have for spiritual seekers!” —Dr. Steven Farmer, international author, spiritual psychotherapist and shamanic healer

9781571747402This is a clear and thoughtful introduction to building relationships with your spirit guides. It shows readers how helpful spirit guides and angels can be in everything from the simplest to the most challenging of life decisions and how easy they are to connect with, too.

Our spirit guides help us to:

  • Fulfill our purpose
  • Make decisions that will move us forward faster
  • Stop sabotaging ourselves as well as judging ourselves and everyone else
  • Remember that we are more than our job or house or relationship
  • See ourselves as beautiful and everything in life as a gift
  • Give ourselves and everybody else a break
  • Keep growing until the day we leave our bodies behind
  • Go beyond the life we hoped for and onto the life we never even imagined

And they do all of these things when we’re ready and not a nanosecond before. They also often come quietly. As the author states: ”If we expect help from Spirit to arrive with the sound of trumpets and blinding light, we’ll overlook all the nuanced help that’s delivered in small ways every day.”

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


Goodbye, Hurt & Pain

Deborah Sandella, PhD, RN, Foreword by Jack Canfield

“Wonderful and profound. This book will touch you intimately and probably change your life.” ̶ Jack Canfield, from the foreword

“If you want to live the most inspired life possible, you will need to deal with your amazing emotions. And Deb Sandella provides a groundbreaking, magical, and credible approach to instantaneously shifting our feelings. Mark this day–because this is a powerful process you’re going to use again and again.” –Tama Kieves, USA Today featured visionary career catalyst and best-selling author of A Year without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence (Tarcher/Penguin) http://www.TamaKieves.com

“In her new book Goodbye Hurt and Pain: 7 Simple Steps to Health, Love, and Success Dr. Deborah Sandella offers life-changing steps to a better life. It’s a must-read!” —Sheri Fink, Inspirational Speaker

This book is uplifting and inspiring.” —Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason

9781573246781In Goodbye, Hurt and Pain, Deborah Sandella uses cutting-edge neuroscience research and her revolutionary Regenerating Images in Memory (RIM) technique to show how blocked feelings prevent us from getting what we want, and she introduces a process that bypasses logic and thinking to activate our own emotional “self-cleaning oven.” Using imagination, color, and shape to visualize feelings and get straight to the root of longstanding problems, she teaches us to move destructive feelings such as fear, anger, hurt, resentment, and envy out of the body. Letting go of old feelings and traumatic memory at a deep, cellular level makes people feel and look younger, lighter, more energized, and less burdened. And they can begin to experience results after just one or two self-directed sessions.

Goodbye, Hurt and Pain also provides seven organic ways of using your feelings to attract more love, better health, and greater success. The process is fast, fun, and as easy as 1-2-3.

(Conari Press)


Tarot Triumphs

Cherry Gilchrist

“A fresh, bracing, and inspiring look into the Major Arcana. The Fool’s Mirror in particular is the most sophisticated and profound Tarot layout that I have ever seen.” – Richard Smoley, author of Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism

Tarot Triumphs delightfully initiates us into the procession of the Tarot de Marseilles trumps, helping us to wisely read its reflections in the Fool’s Mirror.  How wonderful to be immersed in such mature and practical tarot writing! – Caitlín Matthews, author of The Complete Arthurian Tarot and Untold Tarot

9781578636044Focusing on the major arcana, or trumps, of the Marseilles Tarot, the aim of this book is to encourage the reader to experience the tarot in a direct, fresh, and uncluttered way.

Key points:

  • Focuses on the 22 trumps, or the major arcana of the tarot
  • Offers advice on how to study each card and find its unique significance
  • Provides instructions for laying out and reading the cards
  • Explores the tarot in terms of history, divination, symbolism, and esoteric traditions

This exploration of the major arcana includes “The Fool’s Mirror,” a new method for laying the cards out, as well as hints for using the tarot to gain deeper levels of awareness. Cherry Gilchrist offers ways to approach each card, absorb it, and understand its essence. Readers are encouraged to relate this essence to personal experience as the most enduring and rewarding way to prepare for reading the cards.

(Weiser Books)


Rosicrucian Trilogy

Translated by Joscelyn Godwin, Christopher McIntosh, and Donte Pahnke McIntosh

Also available in a limited hardcover edition!

9781578636037The Rosicrucian Trilogy features modern translations of Fama Fraternitatis (1614), Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), andThe Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz (1616) with 30 original illustrations by Hans Wildermann.

Four hundred years ago, the publication of these 3 anonymous documents launched the Rosicrucian movement. The story of Christian Rosenkreuz and his secretive order, as told in the Fama Fraternitatis, had political repercussions that continue to this day, while The Chemical Wedding is a landmark in European fantasy fiction. This present book offers the 3 founding documents in reliable, readable, modern English. Fully annotated and with modern introductions, these new translations explain the historical context, shed light on the beginnings of the Rosicrucian Order, and bring this fascinating material to a wider readership.

(Weiser Books)


Angels, Plain & Simple

Beleta Greenaway

9781571747556Throughout time, people of many cultures and religions have believed in angels. Now Beleta Greenaway brings you closer to these wonderful beings in this delightful guide. She shares some of her own experiences with angels and describes how you can make your own connections with them, whether through meditation, in dreams, using decks of special cards, or by other means.

Greenaway covers the entire angelic realm. Included here are:

  • Encounters with angels
  • Angels in the modern world
  • Angelic herbs and plants
  • How to work with angels
  • Angels, animals, and heaven
  • Angels in the Afterlife

This is for anyone who is interested in angels, who wants a little supernatural help, and/or who wants a glimpse of the vast array of other worldly forces and beings that inhabit the universe.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


The Best Angel Stories 2

Edited by the Editors of Guideposts

Featuring stories by Eben Alexander, Mary C. Neal, Sophie Bernhard and many others.

9781573246910Here from the editors of Angels on Earth and Guideposts are 82 stories of real people who encountered real angels—whether the angels appear as a cloud of butterflies or a strain of heavenly music or adorned with wings and robes, these messengers offer assurance that we are never alone and that we are watched over, cared for, and loved.

Included here are classic stories from Angels on Earth magazine, favorite angel stories from other books and magazines, and all-new stories that have never before been told. Meet people who have experienced impossible rescues and amazing protection, received messages of love and comfort from beyond, and died and visited heaven before returning to Earth. See how the innocence of a child or the loyalty of a beloved pet can draw angels to your side.

This “big book of angel stories” covers core angel categories:

  • Angels on Assignment
  • Angels Watching over Me
  • Calling All Angels
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

This is a book filled with hope and healing. Indeed, it is a book for anyone who wants affirmation that that we are not alone—that help is on the way from the other side.

(Conari Press)