Who are they?
The word ‘angel’ is derived from the Greek word ‘angelos’ meaning ‘messenger’. Angels can therefore be thought of as divine messengers or messengers from God. They are members of a divine hierarchy who guide, protect and inspire us. Their role is to help us and encourage us to grow, find our life purpose and expand our consciousness. The number of angels is incalculable: early writings refer to a numberless host of angels, as abundant as the stars.
Angels are not part of the human stream of consciousness and do not incarnate in human form on earth (although they have been known to assume human form temporarily to provide assistance). However there are two exceptions to this rule in relation to the Archangels Sandalphon and Metatron, who were originally mortal men. Sandalphon was the prophet Elijah and Metatron was the wise man Enoch. It is said that God granted both men their immortal assignments as Archangels in reward for their good work on earth.
Angels have been with us since the beginning of time. They span all religions and are referred to in the Bible and other religious texts. Our ancestors looked upon angels as remote beings, as unknowable as God, and believed that only saints, mystics and prophets could perceive angels. Over time humans developed a more personal relationship with angels and there are many stories of angelic contact.
Our perception of angels is often clouded by the many religious paintings depicting them as beautiful human-like beings with wings and halos. Angels are in fact pure beings of light: they are androgynous with their masculine and feminine aspects in perfect balance. One person may perceive a particular angel or archangel as female, while another person perceives its male aspect. Angels are beings of pure energy who vibrate at too high a frequency for us to be able to perceive through our physical senses. It is possible for us to perceive them in a deep meditation/trance state but normally they step down their vibration and appear as we imagine an angel to look so that we are able to recognise them.
As you evolve and dedicate your life to a spiritual path, the angels find ways of helping you with your mission, constantly drawing you towards your destiny. Your personal guardian angel is with you at all times but as you grow spiritually you will find that higher level guides, Ascended Masters and even Archangels are drawn to work with you to fulfil your particular life purpose.
Your Guardian Angel
We all have our own special guardian angel who accompanies us throughout all our incarnations. This angel loves us unconditionally and knows us inside out, both our faults and our greatest potential. The main purpose of the guardian angel is to help us achieve our life purpose. However they cannot intervene in our lives unless we ask them to. Our guardian angel is always sending us love, compassion and encouragement. We can choose to listen or not, as we have free will, but occasionally they can intervene in a sudden, urgent need for help.
Guardian angels want us to communicate with them and are delighted when we make contact. They can guide us to our true path in life and help us achieve our highest purpose if we foster a strong relationship with them. You can ask your guardian angel to resolve problems and difficult situations in your life for the greatest good of all concerned. Your guardian angel helps you to manifest peace and good in all areas of your life.
Connecting with your Guardian Angel
The best way to connect with your angel is through meditation. Alternatively just sit in a quiet space and ask your angel to be with you. Some people like to make it a daily ritual to sit in a specially dedicated place. It is best if you can purify and raise the vibration of the space you are sitting in, perhaps by playing some angelic music, lighting a candle and placing a few crystals around you. Still your mind and surround yourself with white or gold light. Now communicate your wishes and requests for help to your angel and be open to any kind of response such as a feeling, a knowing or even a message. Sometimes answers come to you later, perhaps through a conversation with someone or a coincidental event. Usually when you call upon your angel the communication will come through feelings such as peace, clarity, feeling inspired, a feeling of love or of being cared for and protected.
Your angels truly are a source of immense love and support who will bring you comfort and strength through all your trials and earthly challenges. Once you discover your connection with your angel, it will bring you increased faith in yourself and the knowing that you are never really alone.
If you are interested in learning more about angels and connecting with your guardian angel, look out for my introductory workshop ‘An Afternoon with the Angels’ in early summer 2014.
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. She runs a range of spiritual themed workshops including Developing Intuition and Connecting to your Spirit Guide. Please ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics or visit her website http://helenshortland.comfor further information.