10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know: especially if you have anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or PTSD*
*with questions and arguments from a human with all four
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT / Angels & Spirit Guides
How do you trust your spirit guides when you have a history of trauma and betrayal? Where is the line between communicating with one’s soul guides and mental health concerns? Does the Law of Attraction really say that we attract to ourselves every painful experience we endure? There are numerous accounts of how intuition or guidance saved lives, but what about the people who died? Do people who do deplorable things have guides—and why aren’t those guides stopping them? Just how involved are guides and messengers in our lives? And how can we connect with our own guides, especially if we’re not religious?
As a young teenager, Sheyna Galyan began writing down daily conversations with invisible beings far too wise to be imaginary friends. After helping Sheyna navigate traumatic relationships, anxiety, depression, and then fibromyalgia, two of what Sheyna calls soul guides have come together to share ten things they most want people to know about: self-talk, trust, compassion, love, joy, grief, trauma, relationships, religion, and money. And when Sheyna questioned and argued with those soul guides, the guides were more than willing to offer deeper explanations.
Filled with humor, wisdom, and a touch of irreverence, 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know will support and inspire you with exercises and reflection questions in each chapter to help you make empowered choices and live authentically from your divine self.
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Poignant and bravely vulnerable…
—Rev. Deborah L. Johnson
Author of The Sacred Yes
and Your Deepest Intent
…essential reading for anyone on a spiritual journey, no matter how far they are along their path.
PGS Intuition and Facing Fear
Rarely have I read such an honest book, with such a gorgeous combination of deep insight and wisdom…
—Jeffrey Van Dyk
Founder, The Courageous Messenger
This is the first book I have read about our spirit guides that I can accept and understand as the truth.
Founder & CEO, Daisy Blue Naturals
…one of the best books on the subject of spirit guides that I have ever read. It thoroughly discusses issues frequently ignored by many channelers, including the deeper understanding of family, free will (or lack thereof), spiritual bypassing, our power and choice of incarnation, the function of loss and pain, and how we become mired in the opposite of love.
—Robin Ann Reid
Spiritual Coach and Energy Healer
This book simultaneously teaches, encourages, inspires and amazes you. More than that, reading it is actually a healing experience…”
President, Access Abundance, Inc.
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Poignant and bravely vulnerable, 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know chronicles some of the sincerest inner struggles of asking for and adhering to advice about Life. It’s easy to see oneself in wrestling with formulating the right questions, resisting the answers, and calculating counterproductive conclusions. The many who mirror Sheyna Galyan’s journey will be blessed by both the author’s personal reflections and the revelations of Sheyna’s guides. Never presenting as the last word, this book encourages us to find, befriend, and follow our own guides, assuring us we are never alone.
—Reverend Deborah L. Johnson
Author of The Sacred Yes
and Your Deepest Intent
Written with humility and grace, 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is essential reading for anyone on a spiritual journey, no matter how far they are along their path. And for those that feel a connection with “something greater,” no matter how tenuous, they’ll find the answers they’re seeking in this book. Easy to read, not too woo-woo, the book provides a framework for those looking to step up to a higher consciousness.
Producer/Director of PGS Intuition
and Facing Fear
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is the antithesis of the “good vibes only” message that has become so prevalent, and that is what makes it so damn good. It addresses real-world experiences like victim-blaming, abuse, depression, and profound loss with a simple and consistent message: we are love. As an accountant I expected to be most moved by the chapter on money; instead, I found myself near tears when I felt the echoes of Michael’s hug.
Founder & CEO, Prosperity First
I love the way 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is written: it’s easy to follow because it’s written conversation-style and very relatable. As a therapist and spiritual mentor, I would recommend this to all of my clients and anyone looking for personal growth related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or chronic pain. Self-help books are great, but tend to leave the reader alone with implementation after the fact. This book takes self-help to the next level with questions at the end of each chapter for further integration into the reader’s life. It’s a version of bibliotherapy that would be useful while waiting to find a therapist!
—Michelle Scott, MS, LPC, RMT, CDBT
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is a delightful read. Not only is this book full of wisdom, humor and tools that you can easily use right now, but it is also written in an unusual way. I was fascinated to see that each chapter was written as if it were a Q&A with a spirit guide that included easy conversation, inside jokes, and profound wisdom to assist with the challenges of being human. I will come back to this book again and again and will continue to work through the exercises provided at the end of each chapter.
—Nicole Lewis-Keeber, MSW, LCSW
Author of How to Love Your Business
Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator
In my work as a practicing psychic medium, my clients are always asking me how to better connect with and get to know their spirit guides. Sheyna Galyan’s 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know not only provides a much needed road map, but also a first-hand account of the relationship our spirit guides are longing to have with us—if only we’d just ask.
Award-winning author of A Spirit’s Way Home
In my forty years as a psychotherapist, I know that whatever problems emanate from relationship must be healed in relationship. This is what I find extraordinary about Sheyna Galyan’s 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know. Sheyna doesn’t just write about experiences with guides but gives you a ring-side seat to the amazing relationship that’s possible. Their banter is at times funny, irreverent, inspiring, reassuring, and enlightening. It’s hard to know whom to trust and what is useful about the “invisible world.” This book is a bridge between this world and the invisible one. Even—and maybe especially—skeptics should pick this book. Anybody who has known pain and despair will benefit from the wisdom and love contained in here. I plan to use this with my clients who are open to it. Access to the wisdom of these guides will help the healing journey exponentially. I know because it has also helped me.
—Marilyn Williams, LCSW
Founder, MEDIAN Center for Resilience and Brain Training
What do you do with challenging spiritual questions? Who can you ask them to? Rarely is it a spiritual leader or guru, because far too often they require you to ‘just believe.’ As someone who grew up gay in an evangelical home, I’ve never been able to do that. 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is a rare and refreshing change. It’s a book at invites you, with tremendous heart, to wrestle with spiritual truth, and it even shows you how! Rarely have I read such an honest book, with such a gorgeous combination of deep insight and wisdom, coupled with Sheyna’s unique brand of snarky, intelligent humor and bold candor. If you’ve wondered what to do with all the unanswered questions in your soul, this book has a lot to share.
—Jeffrey Van Dyk
Founder, The Courageous Messenger
I love 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know! I loved reading this book. I felt like I was in a world where I was understood and, yes, validated in some of my thoughts and beliefs. It made me feel quite sane. The real conversations between the guides and Sheyna were huge fun and gave me insights and answers in a way that I could hear them, understand them, and let them in. I found the exercises supportive and see that I can use them over and over again when I need reminders.
—Pat Honiotes, MS
Author of The Practical Guide to Figuring Yourself Out
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is one part lived-experience and one-part guidebook for the woo-skeptical and the spiritually attuned alike. As someone that’s struggled with my own sense of spirituality from time to time, I found that Sheyna Galyan’s book doesn’t condescend. It reads, in some places, like Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God—but with far more sass, humor, and real-talk for today’s world. Galyan takes tough issues head-on: spiritual bypassing, trauma, and many other questions I’ve asked myself over the years.
On one hand, you feel like you’re eavesdropping on your best friend’s confessional and inquiries to the Divine, and on the other, you walk away with real insight and a bit of how-to practicality to take these concepts out of the ether and into something meaningful and useful for your own life. The answers in this book give a helpful perspective in a time when it feels like the world is burning down around us. Galyan’s book gives me hope and gives me a way to “rise out of the ashes” in my day to day. The world needs this book. I’m so glad Sheyna wrote it!
—Lisa Robbin Young
Founder, Ark Entertainment Media
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know is a must-read for anyone wanting to more fully become the unique (and Divine) human being they were created to be—especially if you don’t know who that is or how the heck to be it. Through the open and honest sharing of conversations with guides, Sheyna Galyan is a stand-in for all of us on our respective journeys of self-discovery, self-expression and self-love. This book simultaneously teaches, encourages, inspires and amazes you. More than that, reading it is actually a healing experience to those parts of you that need the message Sheyna’s soul guides want you to know. It’s a book I’ll read again and again—and heartily recommend to others.
President, Access Abundance Inc.
Lest anyone believe that soul guides are simply there to help us find good parking spaces, Sheyna shows us, through their own vulnerable exchanges, how engaging with our guides with devotion and sincerity will challenge us to release feelings of unworthiness. Packed with Sheyna’s delightful and occasionally biting-but-oh-so-relatable humor, 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know will remind the reader that there is no such thing as “weakness”—not from the perspective of our guides. While reading this book, I felt a fresh flow of forgiveness to myself, and a reminder that while I might sometimes forget about my guides, they don’t ever forget about me. Sheyna’s story helped solidify for me that it is far better to develop a kinship with our idiosyncrasies than to fight with them. This book will remind you that there are no wrong turns, no “unforgiveable sins,” and there is no one who is forgotten or lost—not ever. Beware, though, because once you read this book, you can’t unread it; you will then be called to move out of the shadows of fear, guilt, shame, and blame and embody your whole humanity.
Award-winning author of Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know beautifully shares the wisdom, compassion, and love of Sheyna Galyan’s guides along with the author’s own questions, doubts, and personal life experiences. The close relationship and deep trust that the guides and Sheyna have developed are evidenced throughout every page of this book, and Sheyna’s willingness to share this relationship with us is a gift. This book reminds us all that we are never alone and that we are always loved and supported by our guides.
Founder & CEO of The Intuitive Life Coach
Certification + Business Building Program
10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know has a way of making you feel comfortable acknowledging that you have guides. Sheyna Galyan and the guides build conversations around very human topics: money, family, forgiveness, and free-will just to name a few. This is not a one-time read. This is a book that you will come back to time and time again for the many nuggets of truth that speak to our hearts, letting us know what a wonderful adventure life is with our guides!
—Sharon A. Marcus, MA
Founder & CEO, Courageous Schools LLC
Author of Aiming for the Mark: The Sacredness of Education
Whether you are a skeptic, a seeker, or spiritually grounded, 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know will stimulate your curiosity around your own soul guides. Through wit and conversational approach, Sheyna shares the wisdom of the soul guides who have been loving and supportive throughout the author’s life. Each chapter has exercises that invite you to go deeper in each of the ten topics presented, while helping you discover how your soul guides may be speaking to you.
Fun, quirky, entertaining, and educational, parts of 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know made me laugh aloud, certain passages had surprising learning, while in other chapters, I felt the aha moment when I resonated with the teachings. My skeptical science brain, with splashes of anxiety, likes to question everything, and I can honestly say this is a fabulous resource for anyone looking for answers about our spirit guides and what they want us to know! I especially found the exercises at the end of each chapter beneficial. This is the first book I have read about our spirit guides that I can accept and understand as the truth. This is not a ‘one read and done’ type of book, it is one that you keep referencing, and it is easy to do so with each chapter having a specific focus. As I continue to learn more about my own guides and how to really listen to them (instead of my ego), this will be a resource that I will use along my journey.
Founder & CEO, Daisy Blue Naturals
As a teacher of intuitive and healing arts, I found 10 Things Your Soul Guides Want You to Know to be one of the best books on the subject of spirit guides that I have ever read. It thoroughly discusses issues frequently ignored by many channelers, including the deeper understanding of family, free will (or lack thereof), spiritual bypassing, our power and choice of incarnation, the function of loss and pain, and how we become mired in the opposite of love. I especially enjoyed the discussion of evil and the distinctions of love, joy, happiness, and passion. In these times of growing spiritual awareness of the unseen, it’s easy to become confused by the multiplicity of stories and explanations out there. Choosing or understanding what is true or right can be a seemingly impossible task. Sheyna’s book cuts through that confusion in a clear and accessible way. I promise you that I will be putting this book at the top of my students’ reading lists.
—Robin Ann Reid
Spiritual Coach and Energy Healer
Read the preface
“You want me to write what?” I sat there, stunned, as one of my spirit guides clarified what he was asking me to do.
“A book,” said Dresden, my primary guide, in his patient baritone voice. “About the most important things that we want you to know.”
“For just me? Or for others too?”
“For anyone who has experienced anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or trauma, whether they are currently in connection with their own guides or not.”
“It will be the easiest book you’ve ever written,” Dresden continued. “We talk; you write.”
“We may have officially crossed into the doubting-my-sanity phase,” I said.
“We’ll talk about that too.”
“Whether or not my sanity is in question?”
“Your sanity is not in question, and we’ll talk about the role of doubt in self-talk.”
“I can’t wait,” I said doubtfully. “There are a whole bunch of other books out there with messages from spirit guides, written by people with a lot more experience as channelers. Why this one?” I asked.
“All those other books,” Dresden said, “were not written by you or for this audience. Some people will be drawn to those books and others’ voices and find them useful. And others need to hear something beyond the ubiquitous you are not alone and you are loved. While both are true, they’re not particularly helpful while managing anxiety, depression, pain, or trauma. I believe you’ve been very clear to me about that. Further, the fact that you still sometimes struggle with doubt and self-trust makes you more authentic than someone who has no doubts and encourages their readers to just believe. Consequently, there are those waiting for your voice.”
“I don’t think mine is necessarily all that special.”
Dresden rolled his eyes. “We’ll be covering that in chapter one.”
“Self-deprecation and why it’s like nails on a chalkboard to us.”
“But I don’t have any credentials,” I argued. “I’m not a trained channeler. Hell, there’ve been times I’m not quite sure if I’m talking to guides or my own imagination.”
“And what have you learned from that?” Dresden asked.
It was my turn to roll my eyes. “That doubt is part of the process,” I mumbled. “And to trust. Myself, most of all.”
“Tell me what you do have.”
“Why? You already know what I have.”
“Yes, but,” Dresden nodded at my laptop, “your readers don’t. So, tell them.”
“Are we breaking the fourth wall in a book?”
“No, what you’re doing is avoiding the question.”
“Fine.” I sighed and stared at my laptop screen for a moment, fully aware that Dresden was watching me. “My memories of seeing and talking with you go back to about age three. Over the years, you’ve taught me how to focus within, how to call you when I needed you, and how to tell when it’s you talking to me versus the chatter in my head. I’ve discovered that there are other guides too: ones that help me with driving directions when I get lost, ones that help me build or fix things, ones that help me find joy in stressful situations.” I stopped and was quiet for a while.
“What is it?” Dresden prompted.
“How do I explain Michael?”
Dresden chuckled. “I don’t think he can be explained. But you can explain your experience with him.”
“I don’t know where to start. He’s saved my life numerous times. He’s shown up as real and solid as any other person in my life, and yet I was still the only one who could see or hear him. He can be irritatingly cryptic, immeasurably patient, and unexpectedly funny. A couple of years ago, he gave me a way to call him and talk with him that didn’t require my heart beating out of rhythm or feeling like I was being mildly electrocuted. And he’s an angel—technically an archangel—but he doesn’t care for either of those words because they come with too much baggage and exclusive ties to religion. He said he likes messenger, even though that’s what angel originally meant.”
I thought for a few more moments. “I know that I trust you and Michael with my life. I don’t think I’d have survived this long without you. My life is infinitely better because of our relationship.”
“And what would you say,” Dresden asked, “if someone wanted to know what psychiatrists and psychologists had to say about this?”
“Right,” I said. “Well, that did happen. After years of seeing my therapist for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, I finally told her about you. And Michael. She had to do her due diligence to make sure there wasn’t some other mental health issue going on and brought my case before a team of clinicians and clergy. After long deliberation, they unanimously agreed that I was a ‘mystic.’ No concerns about psychosis or mental illness. In fact, they wanted to know how I talked to you and if I could teach them.”
“In other words,” Dresden said, “you have about five decades of experience as a conscious channeler speaking with spirit guides and angels, and the blessing of licensed mental health professionals and religious leaders.”
“Um…” His assertion made me uncomfortable.
“Let me guess,” Dresden said. “You think I’ve made you out to be more than what you think you are.”
“It sounds like maybe you’re engaging in a bit of hyperbole,” I said.
“Is any of what I said incorrect?” Dresden asked.
“No. But I’m sure there’s a clinician or two and a clergy member or two who would disagree and think I was making all this up.”
“There probably are,” Dresden agreed. “But that doesn’t negate your experience or the support you have received.”
I nodded. “I can’t argue with you there.”
“Good,” Dresden said. “So, would you like to tell me again how you don’t have any credentials?”
“Uh…no? But what about naysayers who think I’m making all this up to make a buck?” I remembered my last quarterly royalty check for four dollars. “As if there’s actually any money to be made as an author.”
“What about them? They’re not ready to hear what you have to say. They’re not your intended audience. What they think about you or this book says a great deal about them and nothing about you.”
“Right,” I said, hearing echoes of numerous times he’d said nearly those same words. “I remember now that we’ve covered this one before.”
Dresden smiled. “The good ones are worth repeating. Any other arguments?”
“No. Not yet anyway.”
“Excellent,” Dresden said happily. “Then I believe we have a book to write.”