Spirit Guides Show Me The Way

Spirit Guides

spirit guides
Puma, my animal spirit guide

Years ago I knew in my heart and soul I would find the one I would truly love, for my spirit guides had shown me the way to him.  I know he is there for me, either late in this life, or in the next one.

On a beautiful Summer day I was walking by the river not far from home. A breeze gliding across the cold waters gently caressed tree branches on the other side of the river. The shade trees lining the path were full of birds chattering away. Lovely flowers grew around each tree. The beauty and pleasant scene across the waters did not lift my mood, for on my side of the river it was sunny, hot and dry.

I was tired and lonely. I knew it would be best to get outside and walk to dispel the low mood that often took me down, but I had to force myself to do so. Watching my feet as I walked did nothing to encourage the joy of Nature. Finally deciding to give up and just go home I stopped and looked at the path ahead of me. Not too far away, at the entrance to a shaded copse of trees, stood a large cougar watching me. His tawny fur shown like gold in the sun, which made the dark markings on his face and white fur on his chin and belly really stand out. For some unexplained reason at the time I was not afraid and walked towards him. When I reached the magnificent animal he came to me and rubbed his head against my hip. I reached down and stroked his head and ears. The word Puma came to me, as if he told me his name. “Hello, Puma.”

He raised up and with huge paws on my shoulders hugged me, laying his head on my shoulder. I felt an overwhelming sense of love and familiarity as tears streamed down my cheeks. Puma got down and headed for the trees, looking back to make sure I would follow. We traveled a well-worn path into the cooling shade. It was almost like a rain forest with an abundance of trees, ferns and shrubs. The path was gradually descending for quite a ways. I could feel the descent gently pulling me down. Sometimes a curve to the path was ahead and I would have lost sight of Puma if not for his long thick tail showing.

We came to a spot where the path sloped down quickly. Puma lay down and waited for me. He motioned with his chin for me to go ahead. The path was steep, but without any struggle I got down to a flat clearing. Ahead of me was a lake of the most beautiful blue water. Sunlight dappled through the trees and sparkled like diamonds on the water. As I slowly approached the lake an American Indian warrior rose from the water. He was tall, with long black hair and a heavily etched face of lines. He looked very old, yet very young and strong in overall appearance. Like with Puma, I felt no fear, only peace and comfort. These two, Puma and the warrior are my spirit guides.

I silently asked him, within my mind, “Where does my path go?” He did not speak, but lifted his left arm and pointed to a hill. I followed the direction with my eyes and saw a steep climb up a path. There were a lot of large boulders along the way, then some trees, then many flowers and several pools of water. At the top of the path was a man waiting for me. I could not clearly see his face. He stood on a porch of an old rustic cabin and waved to me.

The next thing I was aware of was awaking from this dream. Puma lay at the foot of my bed and raised up, leaping into a mist and faded away.

I had that dream about twenty years ago and Puma has been with me off and on since then, always there when I need him to guide me. I have walked with my spirit guides for many years, even before I realized they were there for me.

© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I am an author on TCE and write mainly in poetry and short stories. I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am currently an author on HubPages. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

3 thoughts on “Spirit Guides Show Me The Way

  • July 22, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Phyllis what a fascinating dream and encounter with your spirit guides. I’ve often wonder if I have one, yet never have experienced anything the likes of which you have. It’s a beautiful experience you had in the dream, I truly believe we all have a guide in the form of animal or man/woman. Many call that guide and “angel”. Regardless of the name designated, to have one is a blessing. I know you will find the love of your life, if not in this world, then in your next. Peace and blessings I send to you dear scribe.

    • July 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

      Vincent you send me a lovely comment to start my day with, thank you so much. Yes, it was a very special encounter. Since that time I have had several dreams/visions with Puma about past lives and my warrior guide has helped me in so many ways. I believe you do have a spirit guide or angel who helps you in ways you are not yet aware of. Thanks again, dear friend, peace and blessings to you also.

  • July 22, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    A wonderful and inspiring story, and what a great photo of a beautiful puma: magnificent. Many years ago in my earlier version of me, my spiritual journey was more hands on and I had a guide, (spirit) a native American Indian who taught me so much, and ironically left me at the birth of my first son. I cried for hours. But as he explained we only need their help during certain periods and this connection was up, sadly. But I know these spirits, be it animal or human, help us silently in life and I so feel your connection here. Thanks for sharing Phyllis.


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