Be the spirit guide to your younger self!


You know that saying that goes something like, “What would you say to your 16 year-old self?” You could insert any age into that statement, really. It’s the kind of thing that is perfect for a meme on social media. I don’t often get deep like this, so I could be very wrong, but I think it’s probably something meant to comfort and make one feel better about their past and more confident in their present. (Did that sound good?) 


Am I on the right track?

The other day I got to thinking about my journey, my road through life, etc. Some days you just feel like you’re on the right track. Some days you know you need to make a turn, and though you make a decision based on intuition, those instructions don’t come as clearly as, say, the pleasant voice of the navigation lady in your car, and so you’re dying to know if you’re now heading in the right direction. I don’t often feel the urge to ask my guide (who I call Merlin) or my higher self if I’m on the right track, but a few days ago I did. I’m not sure if my answer came in the form of this blog post, but that’s when this all hit me. 


Your Spirit Guide

If you believe that everyone has a spirit guide (or perhaps you prefer the term guardian angel), then you probably believe that they are always available in times of need, or at least when you’re going through a stressful or traumatic experience. Some believe that if you’re observant enough, these guides can be reached at any time, and though they most likely have knowledge of your life’s plan and may have even helped you chart your life before you got here, there may be rules about what they can and can’t tell us. Still, some guides (or other higher power) have been known to throw their guidance in without us asking. Look at the many stories from people directly affected by the events on 9/11, for example. 


So here’s what popped in my head. Care to play along with me?


Pretend you’re the spirit guide to yourself at an earlier age.

We’ve all had those “moments” in our lives that truly affected us, whether they be positive or negative. Was it a bully at school? Something you did or said that you wish you could take back? An accident that may have been avoided? A special moment that you didn’t fully appreciate at the time? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have had someone you trusted to step in without anyone else knowing? To give comfort? For advice? A warning of something to come? The gentle reminder to breathe and take in a beautiful moment while you’re in it? And how far would you go when you reach out to contact yourself? How would you get your attention without freaking your earlier self out? You certainly don’t want your earlier self to think they’re crazy, right? And once you do make that connection, what information is too much to give? Are you taking away a learning experience by being too involved? Is there a definite rule book that spirit guides must follow, or are you allowed to make these decisions? 


I’m not really sure what the point of this exercise is. Maybe it makes us more aware of our guides and helps us to look for those connections and signs. Thinking about how much work the spirit guide gig would be, and how much responsibility is on their shoulders, definitely gives me a new respect. I thought about including some examples from my own life, and the truly meaningful thoughts just seemed a bit too personal. So I wouldn’t expect people to jump on this in the comments, but if you’re moved to share, please do!


About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

11 responses to “Be the spirit guide to your younger self!

  • Gary Leigh

    I know that I’m my own spirit guide (amongst the many others that seem to be around me lol)

    My time line isn’t sequential, so what will happen has already happened. I’m making promises to people who will do what already has been done.

    I already know how things turn out despite the fact it hasn’t happened for that person yet.

    My HS and other guides fill me in as I see history unfold before my eyes.

    Talk about a complex life lol (And yeah, I know how crazy this sounds.)

  • Randall Keller

    Good post, cuz! I totally get what Gary’s saying too. I love this kind of discussion. Now all. I hafta do Is find someone to have it with – precious few people I know. Thanks for getting my brain going again.

  • Ryan Eisele

    What we have here then, if the guide is the future self, is a case of retrocausality, which I believe does happen all the time especially to people more “in tune” with the universe (something I’ve only caught fleeting glimpses of now and then). In linear time it makes no sense, but in actuality there’s no reason a self-sustaining feedback loop in time, running in cycles eternally, couldn’t exist. I believe that at certain points in my life I’ve made one decision and not another, not of my own judgment, but because the future self could look back and reinforce the decision retroactively. Of course, since it had already happened, each individual decision would be impossible to change, but the reinforcement makes it more likely to happen (well not exactly that decision itself, as it is immutable, but decisions like that in general). Given hundreds of decisions, the chance that any given one would be one you could look back on as the right one, increases with this retrocausal reinforcement, even though each individual one alone is unchangeable. Considering the possibility of the multiverse or multiple timelines, it gets a little more complicated, but still the basic idea remains… the future self can interact and even converse with past and current selves, to the point where in some sense the past self can even be older and wiser than the future self. Some of the mistakes we make are the wise past self educating the immature future self by example. The wisdom of the future self is due in great part simply to it having access to all the lessons that its wiser past selves taught it. Sometimes the future self “guiding” you is really the future “student you” reaching back and asking you to be a nicer teacher (or thanking you for being so, given the events are immutable). Let’s face it, usually we know exactly the lessons we’re teaching and how tough we’re going.

    Interesting post.

    • Patrick Keller

      Thanks, guys. You all took this waaaay deeper than I expected anyone to. 🙂 When I first learned of spirit guides, I had no previous understanding of them. I think this would have been a great way for me to just think and get a good basic 101 understanding of them. 🙂 Ha. I’m glad I have such smart friends and readers though. 🙂 And I have to admit, I struggle with the “everything is happening now” concept.

  • carbonlilies

    You really opened my eyes here Patrick. John and I are currently working on a time travel piece for our blog but it never once occurred to me that a future self could act as a spirit guide (or guides depending on which future self is guiding us at any particular time) so to speak. Thank you for opening a whole new thought process for us to mull over.

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