What is the difference between Angels, Guides, and Spirits? Where do my deceased loved ones fit in? I've been listening, reading, and learning for a long time and I get very confused with the terminology used by different experts and teachers.
Just when I thought I had made sense of it all, someone new would come along and I would be confused again. I finally consolidated information that I had found and came to the following conclusion that feels right to me at this moment. Of course, you are welcome to choose the words that make sense to you, and you can always change your mind :)
It is difficult to give credit to any particular sources because there are so many. But here is what I have concluded.
With any term using the word Angel, I describe them as beings that have never been in human form (with few exceptions). By definition, Angels are messengers of God. They are around us all the time. Their energy is universal, meaning they can be everywhere at once. Angels are beings of light who can provide you with guidance, assistance, protection, and comfort when you ask.
In addition to general Angels, there are Guardian Angels and Archangels.
Guardian Angels are personally assigned to you for your entire life. They are there to assist and guide you whenever you ask. According to Doreen Virtue, you will have at least two from birth, most likely three or more. Additional Guardian Angels may be assigned to you at different points in your life. Once they are with you they never leave.