What is an Angel?
The word angel means messenger. Angels are literally messengers who are themselves the message. Angels are holy beings who perform divine tasks in the service of the Holy Spirit and the greater good. They bring messages of hope and joy. In her book, Ask Your Angels (1992), Alma Daniel beautifully describes their nature: “Angels are citizens of inner space whose responsibilities include the harmonious organization of the inhabited universe… Some people believe angels are the thoughts of God, while others hold that they are the creation of the divine Mother Spirit. Angels work with our souls in conjunction with the universal mind, to help us raise our sights and spirits by reminding us of the truth, purity, and goodness that exists within everything.”
All major religions of the world include celestial cosmologies. Their scriptures all contain references to angelic interventions. In Hebrews 13:2 it says, “Be careful when entertaining strangers, for by so doing, many have entertained angels unawares.” You may have interacted with angels who look like humans without being aware they are heavenly beings. Thus, anyone who acts angelically is an angel. The Talmud says, “Every blade of grass has an angel bending over it saying, “Grow, grow.” Every flower, tree, raindrop, and living thing has an angel overseeing its life cycle.
Sophy Burnham, in her book A Book of Angels (1990), writes of the experiences of George Washington and Russian Cosmonauts who had angelic encounters. “George Washington, who could not swim, was at Valley Forge when he fell out of a boat. As he was sinking, he felt hands push him up to the surface, saving his life. A group of six Russian Cosmonauts, who were atheists, sighted a band of angels up in space on two separate occasions. They were performing medical experiments when suddenly they were blinded by a brilliant orange glow. They saw seven giant figures in the form of humans, but with wings and mist-like halos. They appeared to be hundreds of feet tall with a wingspan as great as a jetliner. Their faces were round, with cherubic smiles and they were all identical. The band of angels followed the space capsule for about ten minutes and then vanished. Twelve days later all seven angels returned and this time three more scientists saw them as well. They were smiling as though they shared a glorious secret.”
What are the purposes of Angels?
The heavenly purpose of our angels is to give comfort, guidance, and protection as we journey through the stages of our lives. Each one of us has at least two angels with us. One is our Guardian angel, present with us from birth till death. The other is a guide, often an ancestor that has chosen to inspire and assist us in remembering our life’s purpose and in discovering our gifts and talents in how to serve the world.
Angels are here to show us our own possibilities. They let us know we haven’t been forgotten, and extend a hand to us whether we need a lift or not. Through their intentions they reacquaint us with everything wonderful about living so that we can be reminded of what our life purpose is. When an angel gives us glimpses of our own journey home, it causes a miracle within us. That miracle is the greatest poetry the soul can ever know. Our angels sing with joy when they see us feeling peaceful and happy. If we let them, they can amplify that joy.
This is an excerpt from one of the 40 required bachelor’s courses in the University of Metaphysical Sciences curriculum.