The Judeo-Christian culture offers an array of angels. The most commonly known are Ariel, the Angel of Nature; Michael, the Angel of Protection; Raphael, the Angel of Healing; and Gabriel, the Angel of Communication. Most of us were taught that we have guardian angels watching over us. Some of us have had an “otherworldly” experience—a moment when the curtain between the physical and the nonphysical seemed to slip away. Those experiences are really not unusual at all. Many people have a story or two to share about such an occurrence if they feel safe to do so (or if you give them a few beers!).
You may have wondered if otherworldly experiences are always outside of our control. Do angels only show up when they feel like it, or can we call angels to us? The answer is yes, we can call on them. Because angels must always honor a person’s free will, they will not intercede unless asked to do so. The exception to that is when someone’s life is in danger, and it isn’t part of their “life plan” for death or an accident to occur. I had the experience of my angels literally taking the wheel of my car and miraculously getting me around what would have been a horrible accident. Of course, in that case there wasn’t enough time for me to ask for help. But I knew immediately that it wasn’t me who steered my automobile around the suddenly stalled car in the middle of Route 9G in Hyde Park.
When it comes to life guidance, the best way to be assured that your angels are working with you for your highest good is to create a daily dialogue with them. Because angels are devoid of fear and ego, and because they are aligned with the highest good for all concerned, they can offer an overview of a situation that we humans (stuck down here on Earth with our limited perspective) often cannot achieve. Of course, whether we mortals want to look at the truth of a given situation, or know what angels think about what we are doing, is another issue altogether!
Developing a connection and a communication with angels can be the first steps to understanding the eternal question Who am I?; not “who am I” right now as I sit in my office, or serve the umpteenth customer a burger deluxe, but who was I before I came to Earth and who will I be after I leave? Who am I at the level of my soul?
This last question is the best reason of all to begin an intentional relationship with the angelic realm. Once you begin to understand that angels are spiritual beings with a consciousness that resonates at a much higher level than that of the average human, you then question who you are in relationship to these divine beings. And once you start to ask questions of angels, you better be ready to get some answers. Angels welcome the smallest opportunity to make their presence known in signs, symbols, songs, smells, visions, and deep, intuitive bursts of wisdom. But daily distractions and noise act as filters that keep out their heavenly wisdom.
If we would stop filling every single moment of our lives with distractions, tasks, and obligations, we might hear them talk. Ah, silence. Seekers of spiritual wisdom go to a quiet place to receive enlightenment because they know that listening to a jackhammer and a bunch of taxi horns will drown out the subtler voices. Without silence you can’t get much information from an angel.
It can be argued that people put so much noise and activity into their lives because they want to block out all that deeper spiritual insight. They are afraid of what they will hear if they sit in silence for a day. But, if you are curious about developing an angelic connection, the first step is to give angels some space in your life to speak to you. Seek a quiet, calm place to invite an angelic presence.
When you are in that place, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine a beautiful waterfall of light coming down from above. Let that light wash away all your daily concerns. When you feel those concerns have left you, next draw loving energy from Mother Earth in through the soles of your feet. So, from above you are allowing the light to flow through you; from below you allow Mother Earth to nurture you. Picture yourself as a conduit between heaven and Earth.
Next, link your heart to your angel’s heart with light. The best way to find your angel is to imagine that your angel is floating above your head. Feel for a sense of connection as you invite your angel to join you. Your angel is with you when you feel relaxed and more lighthearted. (A smile always comes to my lips when I first connect to the angels!) Then, allow questions or requests to flow. You may wish to ask, for instance, what you are missing in your current life’s equation—why you don’t feel as alive and joyful as you wish. Or perhaps you seek the answer to a relationship that keeps hitting rough ground. Remain in quiet, open awareness, allowing answers to come to you.
In this way, I have connected with angels, and helped clients to do so, for many years. In fact, I would say that for me and my clients, angels have been teachers first and foremost. When I see a client for a private angel channeling, we do a meditation together and then the client has the opportunity to ask the angels some questions and concerns that are on their mind. As a channel, I allow the angels to use my body as a vehicle for their thoughts and words.
I have asked Archangel Ariel and Archangel Michael to speak about us humans as an example of the guidance they can offer. Here is what they had to say.
“Your emotions of love are not being given to you by an outside force that determines how you feel about another or how another feels about you. Love is present as a representation of who you are at this moment. Know the love that is present in your life and know yourself. Each person you have strong feelings about—and remember we do not think love and hate are as opposite as you do—each person that you have strong feelings about is telling you a story about you, and you would do well to explore that story and take the gift of self-knowledge that is being offered.”
“Some of you feel that this journey of self-discovery needs to be a struggle. I struggle to find who I am. I struggle to find God. I struggle to find my purpose, as though you are laden and burdened with this task of self-discovery. There is no more joyful task than the task of self-discovery. You will find at the end of the road lies the most beautiful soul and that soul is you. The struggle is something humans are in love with. Learn to be wedded to joy as much as you are to pain. Find joy in the act of self-discovery and change the world.
“In the days to come, be honest about how you feel. Please take a moment to sit with your true feelings so that you can recognize again who you are. You can begin to recognize the truth in your heart of who you are.
“Once you have the truth of your identity you will find it much easier to contact higher angels or spiritual beings because you won’t be hiding. Many people feel afraid that if they contact spiritual beings such as angels they are being ‘seen.’ They fear they are being judged by us. This embarrasses you. You feel you are being shamed. In some cases you fear us because we are showing you the truth of yourself: You are afraid of the mirror of Truth.
“The more you begin to love and understand who you are truly and feel that all parts of yourself, including your shadow, are integrated into your consciousness, then the more you will feel comfortable allowing all parts of yourself to be revealed to angels.”
Here is my final (human) suggestion if you want to consciously include angels in your life: Stop denying their existence. Even someone who is dramatically “touched by an angel” and proclaims it loudly at the time is likely to belittle the experience a week later and say, “Oh, I don’t know, it was probably just me.” It must be awfully frustrating for angels to try and help human beings and then have themselves denounced! Good thing angels are infinitely patient—otherwise they would have stopped helping us eons ago.
Margaret Doner is an angelic channel who offers monthly group angelic channeling sessions and private angelic consultations. She is the author of Infinite Darkness/Infinite Light; the soon-to-be-released novel Children of Angels: A Modern Day Fairy Tale; Lies and Lust in the Tudor Court: The Fifth Wife of Henry VIII; and the recently released DVD, Archangels Speak. She can be reached at (845) 229-9133 or at www.margaretdoner.com.