Angels are an exciting subject. We all know what they are because we’ve seen them on television or in the media or we’ve heard about them in church or from family and friends. As soon as we see a figure with a halo and wings, we know it’s an angel, right?
We also hear the word “angel” being used to describe people who perform acts of kindness. We hear it being used to describe a beautiful child or a baby sleeping in their cot.
The word actually comes from the Greek angelos, which means “messenger.” The “el” comes from the Hebrew word Elohim, which means “God.”
Angels are messengers of God. When I speak of God, I don’t mean a man with a beard and a stick, floating on a cloud, I mean the universal energy that moves through us all—an energy of love. God is love, and angels are the thoughts of God, so they are love too.
I have come to realize that we all have a guardian angel with us—a divine being, a thought of God, given to us as a gift.
Our angel looks at us and falls in love. Angels love us unconditionally; they want nothing more than to help us. Their role is to support us, to guide us, to love us.
Angels are everywhere. We see symbols of them all around us—carved into the sides of buildings, in paintings, as a pin on our grandmother’s duffle coat…
We see that they are a reality for many people—for the religious, but also for the spiritual.
Angels are a part of most religions. In fact, every belief system I’m aware of mentions some sort of spiritual presence or being either in their texts or oral tradition. The Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) all mention angels.
It gets even cooler, though—Buddhism, Hinduism, and Japanese Shintoism mention spiritual beings who are able to move through the air.
I grew up in a town where the majority of people were Catholic or Protestant. Growing up in a Protestant family, there was never much talk of angels. Although they were in our bible, little attention was paid to them.
When I learned later in life that Catholic religion actually incorporates prayers to angels and speaking to your angels and speaking to your guardian angel, I really wished I’d known more about them at a younger age.
In my experience, however, angels go beyond religion. Man created religion, but God created angels.
These divine beings aren’t limited to a particular belief system. They are non-denominational beings who love us whether we believe in them or not.
Making peace with yourself and your beliefs is one of the greatest ways to lay the foundation for a relationship with angels.
Angels want you to have inner peace, and if you need to make room for it, they will help you.
Angels Work With Free Will
Angels work under a spiritual law known as “free will.” This means they can’t help you until you welcome them in. That goes for the Creator too. You were sent here to make your own choices, and those choices will create waves of experience that you will go through.
When you make the choice to accept help and welcome angels into your life, miracles will happen.
I’m a student of A Course in Miracles, and it has helped me break so many boundaries in my angel work. It defines a miracle as “a shift of perception,” and so it is.
It’s that moment when we decide to focus on love instead of on fear. It’s when we decide to forgive instead of hold a grudge.
Angels are miracle-workers. So, welcome their help and allow them to be your new role models and guides. They’ll remove the barriers around your heart and help you align with your true self—the self that loves and is loved.
Fears and old beliefs will prevent you from making a direct connection with your angels, and are both reasons why many people don’t experience the angels’ love and support.
This is why I’m encouraging you to let go of the old and let in the love. This is why you’re making room! You’re clearing out the challenging stuff and making room for the loving stuff!
Believing in angels doesn’t have to be a public display, by the way. It can be as private as you like. Angels don’t want to bask in the limelight or be celebrities, they just want to carry out their purpose, and that is to help you and love you.
There’s nothing to fear—angels won’t jump out of a puff of smoke and scare you. Their energy is subtler than that. They may show you signs of their presence along the way, but the first step is more of an invitation so that you can build up a relationship with them and truly become aware of the awesomeness that’s within you.
Excerpted from Angels: How to See, Hear and Feel Your Angels by Kyle Gray. Copyright © January 2015 Hay House UK.