A Spirit Guide is a helpful being that assists a person along their path in life. Many religious and faith practices call upon these guides during rituals, energy work, or times of trouble. The guides are, more often than not, an animal form or an undefined being of light or shadow. They arrive when they are needed, and depart after the lesson is learned. They cannot be forced or coerced into assisting a person. Not to be confused with a demon or a ghost. They have a will and a mind of their own. They have been referred to as many names throughout history and cultures. Egyptians believed that they were the spirits of dead kings and rulers, many of the Christian faith refer to them as saints or angels. Many cultures believed that spirit guides are the dead family ancestors, and Native Americans referred to them as animal totems.