Light beings function in hierarchies and live specific roles for much longer lives. There are workers, supervisors, managers, and royalty (the divine at the highest levels). They don’t experience this as restrictive because they have the ability to fulfil all desires. They are not confused about dharma and see the value of their role clearly.
Higher light beings don’t have a fixed form so can appear as they wish to appear. Because of the power of attention on that level, our expectations may also influence their appearance. See the comments about personalization in the intro.
Elementals – the laws of nature in the environment. In this I’ll include nature spirits for life forms with those that manage water, wind and such. While quite distinct types of beings, the point here is a general understanding rather than a family tree. A friend called them the little witches. They have more distinct forms when focused on a task but shift cloud-like when not. This allows them to move very quickly from place to place by intention, like when tending their species of plant spread across a landscape. Hence you have stories of translucent faeries who suddenly vanish, for example. They tend to have attitude about humans for perhaps obvious reasons. They expect us to recognize their role and treat them appropriately. If you are disrespectful of them or their work (usually due to being oblivious), they will not take it personally but will see you as a fool. But they are sometimes amused by messing with you so you can ask them to back off. Everything has such beings including man-made objects and rocks. Even abstract things like defined property, communities, and organizations. Everything is an expression of laws of nature. Consciousness is embodied by the act of forming an object.
Rupert Sheldrake has demonstrated that new chemical compositions don’t have fixed laws of nature (like a stable melting point) for a time, until they’re formalized. Learning and habit for a new deva.
Angels – the first divine forms are involved in management of energy rather than objects. Where elementals use energy to manage objects, angels use intention to manage subtle energy. There are many types of angels with different kinds of roles, from the basic energy levels up through the divine.
Broadly, angels in their natural form are intelligent energy clouds. People have learned to expect or portray them with flowing robes and wings. But a non-physical being doesn’t need wings or a physical form. Nothing wrong with that expectation, but it is useful to recognize what we bring to it.
Where elementals often have pride and attitude, angels live in service, celebration and love. Angels of any type would not accept worship or prayers to them directly as they’re very clear on what is divine. They’re here to support you and empower you. If anything else is going on, it’s not an angel.
Archangels – a higher form of angel that is omnipresent. They can interact with any number of beings simultaneously so are often the ones most described. I’ve heard that a couple of archangels were once humans. That’s rare. There are far more than the 7 or 12 some describe but a few are more prominent because of their roles. They’re also not reserved to a given faith even if recognized only there. (ie: an archangel isn’t “Hebrew”, for example)
There are various higher angels you’re less likely to interact with because they’re about managing creation and higher echelons that are beyond our conception. The structures outside our universe for example.
Gods – embodiments of natural laws and leaders of some kinds of beings. Where elementals enact the laws of nature assigned to them, gods embody them as a whole. The king of an elemental group may well consider themselves a god and expect our deep respect but that’s a little different. They are not the law itself.
Avatars and forms of God – the highest light beings are direct expressions of God in form. They embody one of the fundamental aspects of God like love or being. Avatars are God coming into physical form. The most famous avatars are Rama and Krishna, described in the epic stories of India. These beings are exponentially more evolved than the highest humans even when born and raised to be with us.
Personal God – this is the personal form of God we personally most directly relate to. They are our vehicle for God Realization in Unity. For us this will be a fuller embodiment than any one form of God, although they may appear as such a form. This is a profoundly intimate process that has nothing to do with belief.
Some beings fall into a kind of grey area. Typically on the astral level of the rabble but having a different origin. A fallen angel that doesn’t take up a new path. Or a dark being that has risen but not yet enough to step into the light by choice. Another reason to ignore astral beings. Someone else is there to help them if they’ll take it.
It’s also worth noting there are dark beings. There are demons and demon leaders of various types. Such beings have souls but are deeply encrusted and oblivious to their light. Your best bet is to not feed this with any attention. They live in their own worlds (the patalas or hells) so just leave them to it. They offer you no hazard if you stay with the light. I mention them though because we’ve all been around the block a few times so you’ll probably end up clearing some minor ones from your energy at some point. Nothing to worry about. When you find dark, bring light.
We all have a large assortment of beings taking care of our physiology, our growth, our evolution, and our life journey. Even opportunities that arise. What do they have to work with? Your karma and the energy (thoughts & feelings) and soma you feed them with.
Our team varies by what we need. Some are part-time or just for projects. Some of them will leave when their job is done, like after awakening. Many have a job to do and are not here to chat with you. Some will show up when you reach a certain level or start offering more soma. (a benefits upgrade)
We each have at least one guardian angel and guide for life from what I’ve seen. A Guardian is more about our purpose and deeper role long-term, our guides more the specifics of this life. As noted above, guides are not angels and angels are not God. These are companions to support and empower you. Our Guardian will be a representative of an archangel. That will relate to part of why you’re here.
Over lifetimes, by deeds, boons, or circumstances we may have also attracted the support of various archangels, past teachers, and other beings. Even planetary devas. They’ll show up to help with things. Some may also be assigned to support our purpose. These are omnipresent beings which are not always with us but always keeping an eye on things. They are with you instantly if something arises, be it question or difficulty. I’ve been astonished how effective they are. Another reason you have nothing to fear.
It’s worth noting that each of these beings has unique and often rich personalities and skills. What your Guardian can do, mine probably not. I know a woman who has a guardian that can help others connect to their guardians, for example. Another has an ancient teacher, a healer, a poet.
I’ve been surprised how extensive the support is. Many people certainly don’t feel this and often work at cross-purposes to their team. But at some point on your journey this will gradually become very evident. Perhaps not visually but at least it becomes clear how supported you are.
All of these are accessible to us when we develop refined perception. Energetic literacy is a skill set sorely needed in these times. In most ages, our light partners are well-known.
If you choose to explore this stuff more than conceptually, it’s good to learn how to protect yourself energetically. Channeling, in the sense of being taken over by another being, is a form of possession – especially if the channeler is unconscious. It’s not healthy or evolutionary and is only ever an astral being. Angels would never do such a thing. Getting intuitive downloads is not remotely the same thing.
From the perspective of the (one) cosmic body our physiology is first expressed as nothing but devata, nothing but points of life expressing as all beings concurrently. Our finger a vast city of intelligence in grand symphony. Your form is itself a personification, the embodiment of an idea.
We are an intimate and essential part of a magnificent and epic play. Our world is vastly more populous than most people recognize. The crew is immense. We are never alone.