Who are the Guides?


It’s a question I get a lot. Who, or what, are the Guides?

When I first started receiving guided writing over twenty years ago, I wondered the same thing. Who was it that was talking to me? It had to be “someone,” right?

Channeling as a concept was not new to me. I was a fan of Pat Rodegast’s beautiful Emmanuel books. I’d heard about Esther Hicks and Abraham, the Seth materials, and A Course in Miracles. I knew of mediums who spoke aloud, brought through energies with a different name, voice, or accent, and I was aware of others who claimed to transmit messages from particular angels, saints, or holy figures from history. All of this seemed quite plausible to me, and fascinating.

I never expected to do such a thing myself. But when I did, when it became clear that the writing I was doing was from somewhere beyond me—and once I got comfortable with that idea, which took me a while—I just assumed there would be a “who.” A name. An identity. An “I,” of sorts.

But there never was. In fact, when I asked for specifics, I felt a kind of gentle cosmic headshake and then a patient silence. Like, No, sweetheart. Not going to go there.

Deep down that felt right. Because I never felt the sense of a separate entity, a “someone” with an “identity” or a gender.

Instead, I sensed a benevolent force, a nameless collective energy, inseparable from myself somehow but beyond my conscious awareness and much greater than me. It felt like a link to Soul, or Higher Self, where I am inseparable from you and we are all connected to everything.

A “We” more than an “I.” A clear, patient, incredibly loving We.


I couldn’t help myself, though. I wanted to know more. I asked again, “Who are you?”

This is the answer I got.

We are your multidimensional selves. Your friends. Your partners in Light.

(Back then I didn’t use so many capitals. Now I suspect it would come through a bit differently: Your multidimensional Selves. Your Friends. Your partners in Light. More about the all-important capitals in a future post.)

Their humble definition, which I have thought about for years, sums it up perfectly. Their energy is a We, not an I. It is a part of me, and yet far beyond what I am aware of in this dimension. It is also connected to You. It is a deeply respectful, co-operative energy that seeks to lift us all up into the Light. It is an energy we all have around and within us, but we don’t always know how to access.

For ease’s sake, I call this energy the Guides. It just feels right: the lack of specificity, the collective quality, the elevated and universal feel.

“They” don’t seem to mind. (:


I remain particularly moved, over the years, by the Guides’ profound compassion, dignity, humility, and respect. Although these “Friends” are deeply wise and unfailingly kind, they do not wish to put themselves above us. They have a deep respect for what it means to be human and for the challenges of the human journey. More than anything else, they want us to elevate ourselves, to recognize ourselves for who we really are. Or as they would put it, Who We Really Are.

Sometimes my husband and I refer to them as The Guys, especially when we want privacy. “Don’t forget what the Guys said,” I’ll text him, being sure to capitalize the “G,” out of respect.

When we call them that, I can feel an inner smile. Because they don’t mind. They are here for us. It makes them happy when we see them not as our masters, not as the source of all our answers—though they have incredible wisdom to share—but more than anything else, as our partners and beloved Friends.

They want to Love us, and for us to Know that we are Loved and accompanied at all times. That we are never alone.

And thanks to them, and All That Is, we never are.


  • Shelley Vermilya says:

    So glad to hear this, umm, ‘definition’ which really is clarity. Not a voice or a boom from some other side—gentle, awake news we know but just haven’t taken in to Know. I hope I’m getting it! I am grateful to be offered the company! Thank you!

    • Thea Sullivan says:

      I think you’re totally getting it! One of the reasons it took me many years to fully own what I was experiencing was the very quietness and gentleness of it. I think it’s all about trusting, listening and paying attention! Thanks for reading!! <3

  • Maida says:

    I love reading this post. Last year I saw a picture of trees in a forest and felt as if there was a message. I started writing and they called themselves “The Collective.” Capital T and C. The owner of the land was so happy to hear about them. 🙂

    • Thea Sullivan says:

      That is so cool! Messages and Friends all around us. As Native people would say, All our Relations. Thank you!

  • Jenn says:

    I, too, have been receiving channeled writing for many years- and like you, I wondered “who” it was. I have since come to understand the same thing- that these are parts of me that I can access and rely on in this way. It’s not flashy, but it is deeply loving and unfailingly supportive and wise. In looking back over the years of writing I am often surprised at the accuracy of the guidance that I have received. So nice to read your posts! A likeminded soul with a familiar “flavor” to your journey. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thea Sullivan says:

      Thank YOU, Jenn! Exactly–“not flashy, but deeply loving and unfailingly supportive and wise.” What more can we ask for, really? Thanks for reading and sharing!

  • Theresa Padden says:

    I so appreciate these posts, Thea. You’ve reminded me of the importance of returning to the Self, letting soul speak through the writing. I’ve been in my head so much of late, and my writing has suffered. One of the many beauties of the Guides is their deep honesty, an honesty clearly rooted in love. One of these days, I would love to work with you and with them! Thank you again for sharing your gift.

    • Thea Sullivan says:

      Thanks, Theresa! It’s so easy to get up in our heads, I think, as writers and just as people in the world (especially with all that’s going on right now). Glad the posts are helpful. I would love to work with you too!

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