Angels are spiritual beings that communicate and interact
with people here and now, not just long ago in Biblical
times. In fact, they are making themselves known more
and more to people as more people are awakening to their
spiritual nature on an experiential level. There is a
myriad of angels serving in just about every capacity
imaginable, from helping us tend to such things as our
psychological and physical health, to healing the planet
and maintaining its eco-balance, to more mundane practical
matters such as finding parking spaces, passing tests,
arranging "chance" encounters, etc. Angels are
messengers of light whom the Father/Mother God created
to minister to souls on earth as their guides, guardians
and companions in Spirit. The word "angel" is
derived from the Greek word "angelos" and the
Latin word "angelus," both meaning "messenger"
and records of their existence date back thousands of
Angels embody the will and frequencies of the Divine
and make God's vibrations readily accessible to people.
While Spirit is formless, angels are the essence of the
Creator in form, vibrating at very high spiritual frequencies
that are not usually visible. They appear to have wings
because the light radiates out from their being in rays
or waves that look like feathers. Angels are charged by
the Creator to affect people and the environment with
intensely positive vibrations that can be felt in the
body and as a feeling sense. Their nature enables them
to infuse people with the constructive qualities of Divine
consciousness, bringing about profound changes that can
actually transform a person's body and soul. Angels accomplish
such transformations by causing movement at the molecular
level that can alter matter, and causing movement within
the neurons of the brain and nervous system that can alter
the mind. The resulting changes are often called miracles.
With these luminous beings surrounding us and working
with us at all times, it is to our advantage to open our
hearts and minds to them and call upon their energies
for emotional healing and spiritual transformation.
THE HEAVENLY HIERARCHY
The mysterious landscape of the angels
has been depicted by ancient theologians and metaphysicians
over the centuries. The Christians adopted this Jewish
model of the Cosmos, originally said to be founded upon
the works of Dionysius and Thomas Aquinas, in which God
is both at the center of the cosmos and at the highest
point of the hierarchy. Spiritual entities radiate outwards
from His Presence, some being close to the center while
others move further away from the Divine source to more
material forms of creation. The model shows nine celestial
orders orbiting the Throne of Glory, rather like that
of our own planetary system. (Source: "Angels, an
Endangered Species" by M. Godwin)
Highest Triad - pure fiery and light
1. Seraphim 2. Cherubim 3. Thrones
Middle Triad - balancing and unifying the opposites
4. Dominions 5. Virtues 6. Powers
Lowest Triad - connecting to the material world
7. Principalities 8. Archangels 9. Angels
The inner orders of the Highest Triad resonate Love
(the Seraphim) and Knowledge (the Cherubim). These subtle
vibrations issue from the beat of their wings and the
sound of their voices and yet remains essentially immaterial
and insubstantial. However, the subsequent orbit of the
Thrones is a region where form and substance begin to
materialize. This progression shows the outward movement
of the Divinity, which is pure Thought energy. Thought
slows down as it moves from the source and becomes Light,
which in turn decelerates to become Heat, which condenses
MORE ABOUT EACH ORDER...
1. Seraphim are in direct communion with God and as
such are beings of pure light and thought who resonate
with the Fire of Love. They ceaselessly chant in Hebrew
the Trisagion (or Kadosh, Kadosh), translated as "Holy,
Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is full
of His Glory" while they circle His Throne. The song
is actually a song of creation, the primary vibration
of Love and resonating field of Life. When they appear
to humans in the angelic form, it is as flaming six-winged
and four-headed beings.
2. The subtle vibration emanating from the Cherubim is
one of Knowledge and Wisdom. Originally, the Cherubim
were mighty guardian figures which appeared throughout
the Near and Middle East portrayed as winged lions flanking
the portals of the temples. The Hebrew prophet, Ezekiel,
witnessed at close hand four Cherubim, each with four
faces and four wings. How such magnificent and awesome
beings shrunk to the size of tubby little winged babies,
fluttering in the corners of Baroque ceilings, remains
one of the mysteries of history. True to common perception,
however, they are the custodians of romantic love.
3. The Thrones are described in Jewish lore as the great
"wheels" or the "many eyed one," with
some references to them being God's chariot. There is
a rare and wild detailed account of them in the Bible
(Ezekiel 1:13-19) if you care to look further into that
4. The Dominions, according to Dionysius, "regulate
angels' duties." They are channels of mercy living
within the second heaven. The celestial letters of the
Holy Name are suspended within its realm. The ruling Lords
are said to be Zadkiel, Hasmal and Muriel. Hasmal is known
as the "fire speaking angel."
5. The Virtues are angels of grace bestow blessings from
on high, usually in the form of miracles. They are most
often associated with heroes and with those who struggle
for good. They instill courage when it is needed most.
Known as "The Brilliant or Shining Ones," their
ruling princes are said to be Michael, Gabriel, Raphael
and other mighty beings.
6. The Powers inhabit the perilous border region between
the first and second heavens. Dionysius accredits them
with resisting the efforts of demons to take over the
world. As such, they appear to act as a kind of border
guard who patrol the Heavenly Pathways on the lookout
for infiltration of darker energies. In Christian lore,
the Soul is considered the great battleground of the forces
of good and evil. The Powers' demanding task is to transform
the duality of our everyday understanding into a unity
with the Divine source. They are the spirit guides who
assist those who have left the body and have lost their
way in the astral plane. If the deceased are unbalanced
by the experience, their fears can magnify to such an
extent that they become insane and it is the Powers' who
help in guiding their souls back to the Light and Love
7. Originally, the Principalities were seen as an order
which was in charge of nations and great cities on earth.
Later these boundaries expanded to include the role of
protectors of religion.
8. The number of Archangels differs amongst the major
religions, but there are four names which do, nevertheless,
appear regularly: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.
Dionysius tells us that Archangels are "messengers
which carry Divine Decrees." They are considered
the most important intercessionaries between God and humans
and it is they who command the legions of Heaven in their
constant battle for Good on the inner planes. They also
oversee nations, wars and other global matters on Earth.
The archangels also serve humankind on the personal level.
They help guide our choices and decisions and encourage
us to take the high road as we traverse the sometimes
tricky and uncertain inner terrain of our spiritual path.
It is by meditating on their names and their qualities,
and by consciously inviting them into our lives, that
we can experience a more personal connection with the
archangels. Why connect with the Archangels? We may want
their assistance, for example, in healing any and all
aspects of our lives, for achieving great works or endeavors,
and for deepening our connection with the Divine in all
its magnificent forms.
9. Angels are the last order of the celestial hierarchy
and the one closest to humankind. The word itself means
"messenger." There are angels who have very
specific functions, which can be named and invoked for
any situation. You do not need to know their precise ancient
name to invoke their assistance. Instead, call upon the
angel of a certain quality you desire.
For example, if you are obsessing or worried about
money, and you remember that doing so only makes the situation
worse, then you'll want to call up the Angel of Money.
Surrender your worry thoughts to this angel and allow
your consciousness to be imbued with the higher God qualities
about money - abundance, perfect supply, generosity, etc.
You'll find that there is great power in realigning
your consciousness to that which you desire, as opposed
to continually thinking about what you don't want, and
the angels can help us do this. Other examples of angels
to call upon to help you realign your thoughts and intentions
with higher vibrations are the following:
Love and Romance Angel -- Angel of Safe Travel --
Angel of Calm Nerves-- Healthy Eating Angel -- New Job
Angel--Angel of Friendship -- Fun and Laughter Angel --
Angel of Finances -- Angel of Lost Pets -- Angel of Parking
Everyone has what is commonly called a guardian angel,
which is a profoundly large, powerful and wise being who
resides over each of our Soul's incarnations. In the Bible,
Jesus makes reference to them: For He will give His angels
charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways (Psalm
91:11). in addition to our guardian angel, there are many
other angels around us at any given time. They have a
wide range of qualities and functions in their service
to God and humans. They can come and go in our lives as
our interests, needs and circumstances shift and change
throughout our life.
Other types of angelic beings include the elementals.
They are the nature-based beings of the earth, air, water
and fire. Fairies, gnomes, undines, sylphs and yes, even
the mythical creatures such as mermaids and unicorns,
are part of this realm of beings who are very closely
connected to the earth and nature.
Also around people are deceased loved ones and pets.
Some have not yet crossed over; others have and return
to serve as a guide. Other types of guides include high-level
beings who work on the other side to the benefit of human
evolution and who have incarnated through the Earth plane
at some point. They have highly-refined areas of expertise.
So, for example, if you have an interest in alternative
medicine, you may very well have a guide who knows about
the old ways of healing, such as an Indian Medicine Man
or even Paracelsus, who was a forefather to homeopathy.
Often times, we have our own past lives come through from
the Soul level with former specialized abilities that
are actually gifts for us to use in our present life.
Additionally, some people have "other worldly connections"
to benevolent star beings who also serve as guides and
they can be accessed through reading one's energy field.
THE ASCENDED MASTERS
Contrary to some beliefs, they work directly with
people to help heal our lives and evolve our consciousness
on the Soul level. They come to help us realize more of
our own spiritual nature and to help us experience more
of Heaven on Earth right here and now. Some familiar examples
are Jesus, Mother Mary, Buddha, Krishna and Melkizadek,
just to name a few. There is at least one main Ascended
Master who works intimately with each Soul.