Each of the four Everflame books is divided into sections, and for each book, a topic of Native American culture and spirituality has been chosen. It is not for any reason other than interest, discovery and personal growth that I have chosen elements of Native American culture and spirituality. It is not that I adhere to any of these things in a religious manner, nor do I hold any of these teachings or topics to be an indisputable truth. However, I do believe that through discovery we can learn great truths about ourselves, and for the purposes of my own personal journey, each of these topics has spoken to me in some meaningful way. They are important to the story of Everflame, and my hope is that they lead you to find your own truth.
Book Two – Spirit Guides
An Animal Spirit Guide comes to guide you through the trials of your life, and helps you understand lessons of the experiences that you are going through. The number of spirit guides one might have can vary depending upon the challenges of your journey. Some guides may be with you throughout your entire life and some may appear only once to help with one specific trial.
A Messenger Guide comes into your life and then leaves once a message is understood. The message can be spiritual in nature, or it can be a warning. The message may deal with a seemingly mundane aspect of your life or it may be a call for an action you must take. Sometimes the animal messenger will come during an event in your life and make a powerful statement and other times it may come as subtley as a whisper. A messenger guide can be both negative and positive in nature for they are totally impartial.
A Life Guide remains a part of you throughout your life and reflects your inner self. You may have more than one Life Guide and new guides may come at any time. Life Guides are always there for you and serve as a reminder of your inner power and harmony with nature. If your Life Guide is a bear, you should be a person who is a solitary dweller, a seeker of knowledge and well grounded. A Life Guide can call upon other animal guides to help give you special messages from time to time.
A Journey Guide appears at a fork in the road. When you decide to follow a certain path in life, the Journey Guide is there to help you. The path can take months or years to complete. Unlike a Messenger Guide who comes and leaves quickly, the Journey Guide remains at your side until your specific path is complete. If you become lost, the Journey Guide is there help lead the way back.
A Shadow Guide is one that invades you with fear. Its purpose it to teach a lesson you have not learned after repeated mistakes. A Shadow Guide will return again and again, giving you strong feelings of fear until you have fixed your mistakes. The Shadow Guide is powerful and it can help you to overcome challenges by bringing truth. However, if ignored, the Shadow Guide will become dangerous and its powers will have a negative affect on your life.