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What is an Angel? 
Guardian Angels 
How do we know they are there? 
What are they here to do?  
Encounters of the angelic kind! 
Are they really Angels? 
Connect with your Angel

What is an Angel?

There are Angels of Light, of Mercy, of Death, of the North and even Hells (on motorbikes). There are Angels on horseback, (a food) Angel cake, Angel fish, Angel hair (the rutile in rutilated quartz crystal), Angelica, Angela and Angelo, Angel slides (beams of light coming down to earth through clouds) and Angelite (another crystal). In fact, the world is full of Angels!

Everyone has his or her own image of what an Angel looks like. Perhaps it's the very first picture you ever saw of an Angel or maybe you just 'know' what yours looks like, whether it's an image of Angels generally or your very own guardian Angel. For some it's just a vague floaty apparition, for others, a very beautiful humanlike form in flowing robes with heavenly white-feathered wings. Many will hold in their minds a very detailed religious icon, perhaps based on the gloriously colourful 15th century drawings of the Qabalist scholars depicting the Tree of the Angelic World. Whilst some are huge and impressive, occasionally, they can appear in almost cartoon form and create merriment with their antics!

Christmas is a time when Angel popularity literally soars - to the tops of Christmas trees! They adorn just about everything, schoolroom walls, shops, greeting cards and even knitted Angels appear on clothing! They are everywhere. It's a time when, collectively and consciously we acknowledge and celebrate their presence.

What we believe they, and the extremes of their capabilities actually are, varies greatly, as does what we call an Angel. Often a pretty child is referred to as angelic by a doting relative, while someone sweet-tempered or kind or courageous who has helped out, whether by doing the washing up for someone else or by saving a life, is declared an Angel too.

There is also very much a hierarchy in the angelic world although opinion seems to be varied on exactly how this is ordered:

In medieval Angelolgy, branch of theology to do with Angels, there are nine orders of spiritual beings. Listed from the highest to the lowest in rank, they are Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations or Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.

Guardian Angels

Children talk to theirs all the time but sadly, by repeated denial of their existence by many adults, most children eventually lose sight of their Angel or Angels. Later in life some have good cause to remember and reconnect with their Angel and this can be a very moving, beautiful and emotional experience. Others have retained their Angel from childhood and connect regularly and freely with them - it's all as natural as breathing. However, many people either keep quiet about this for fear of being accused of being 'away with the fairies' (literally!) or it simply doesn't occur to them to mention it as they believe that we are all in touch with them!

How do we know they are there?

Angels can let us know that they're around in many ways. Some people say that they hear Angelic sounds totally beyond human description and so beautiful that the sound can almost be seen hanging like a delicate filigree in their inner vision. Others have a feeling of sudden warmth or comfort, or, in times of sadness or grief, a gentle cloak of feathered wings wrapping softly around them. Sometimes Angel energy may feel entirely different - like a sudden rush of air created by the passing by of an 'Angel on a mission', at the speed of light. This is often noticed at times of impending disaster. At other times, simply an inexplicable presence is felt.

What are they here to do?

Angels are here to watch over us, to heal and bring peace and these are the ones that most people have their experiences with. However, they also look after the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. Trees especially have specific Angels that stay with them. Perhaps people who regularly communicate with trees will have encountered them?!

Sometimes Archangels appear and these indicate different things. Of these, Gabriel denotes change, and after sight of him we may experience shifts in our lives, either sudden ones or gentle ones. Michael brings sunshine and encouragement for the timid, allowing personal growth.

Angels are messengers. Sometimes their messages are too subtle for us but whatever it is, and in whatever form it comes in, it will become louder and stronger until we listen!

They bring messages in all sorts of odd ways! If you're not listening they will make you aware of everyday things to convey that message. A person driving along, wrestling with a problem of what to do for the best in a tricky situation, or where there's an important decision to be made may find themselves intensely aware of a road sign that seems to yell at them - STAY IN LANE! or KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! It sometimes really is one big clue!

Library Angels use books to get a message across. They do this either by guiding your hand to a certain title, or leading you to open the book at a seemingly random page where something that is useful or enlightening literally jumps out at you, perhaps giving you insight into a nagging problem or a new suggestion which may alter the path of your life! You may have experienced this!

Encounters of the angelic kind!

These are myriad. Many people are convinced of having had experiences. Angels of all kinds appear in the vicinity of disaster and troubles, in healing rooms and places of worship, and in quite ordinary places such as shops, cafés and streets. There are numerous reports of Angels at near death experiences and other times of trouble or seemingly hopeless situations. They help by intervention, prevention, rescue, comfort and healing. Sometimes, at the scene of an accident, they are there to return a person's spirit to their body, if it's not yet their time, or to convey them elsewhere if it is. Angels always respond swiftly to a cry from the heart for help, whether that cry is given consciously or unconsciously spoken or silent. Time and space no object.

Guardian Angels are the Angels about whom most curiosity is felt. They intercept at many junctures in our lives and help wherever they can to make our lives run smoothly. Sometimes this is by inspiring a thought to spur us into action, at others it is to lend us super-human strength, such as in the case of a woman being able to lift a car long enough to free her trapped child. Or we hear of a runaway truck, with an unconscious driver at the wheel, inexplicably swerving sharply at the last moment to avoid a bus stop queue of people. In fact, there are many instances, which are often put down to luck, coincidence or even a miracle, but which have the touch of a hand of light behind it.

At other times Angels must stand back, whilst giving loving support only, as we work things out for ourselves - these are the times when we feel alone, the dark before dawn.

Are they really Angels?

There is a theory that there are no Angels and that people are merely connecting with their Higher Self or that they are symbols produced by the psyche to illustrate the subconscious workings of the mind. Or are they are Immortal Spiritual Beings, attendant upon God, or Spirit Beings of the Native American or Chinese variety? One eight-year-old girl calls them The Light People. Yet another possible explanation is that the light, which is seen and interpreted as angelic presence is pure energy, generated by one's own intense emotion at a time of trauma, and transmitted as light.

Another interpretation is that the appearance of an Angel at a scene of disaster is the thought projection of a person spontaneously (or not spontaneously - time and space, does it exist?) having a vision of that disaster. Their involvement creates a projection of sympathetic thought, which manifests as the Angel. This in turn reassures the person that they are not alone and brings some comfort, even if the situation is hopeless and death is inevitable (Angel of Death?). Or even better, the Angel is able to facilitate a miraculous rescue. Who really knows? There is plenty of room for continuous conjecture.

If we are willing to listen and open up to the Angelic Ones, we can receive wisdom, love, compassion and understanding as well as success, inspirational creativity and abundance. If, from time to time, we wonder why things are no longer going well (job, relationship, the car!) perhaps we need to remind ourselves to reconnect with our Angel and to readjust the mirrors of our minds to reflect onto others the unconditional love they send to us.

Connect with your Angel

If you'd like to connect with your Angel, try this simple meditation.

Make yourself comfortable, sitting or lying down. Be aware of your breathing; slow it down, lengthening each outbreath. Let your body become limp and relaxed Empty your mind; create space, just as though the whole of the universe was there, inside you. Now just be. No doing. Only being. Communicate to your Angel that you wish to connect with her/him. Wait in peace. Be aware of what happens. It may not seem much at first. Be patient. Subtle changes will occur. You may see light, colours or form. You may be aware of a presence. You may feel tingling sensations. You may feel emotion. You will feel love. Any or all or none of these is perfectly fine. Your connection is personal. When you feel you have connected, Just bask in whatever you experience. When you are ready, thank your Angel for her/his presence, (if you didn't connect this time, that's ok - practise some more!) and bring you awareness back to where you are, take a deep breath and, if you've closed them, open your eyes. Feel wonderful and look forward to more connections!

Angel article and meditation - copyright Lyn Palmer 2000
(1) Readers Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary 1984 Boston

 

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