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Do Angels Sing?

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By Sandra L. Lerner

I’m not sure about angels singing, although I am sure there are people around who would swear they actually heard an angel sing. I cannot argue with that. I have had a few angelic visits in my life, and on one or two occasions I can say that an angel actually telepathically did speak to me. However, the angel spoke, not sang. But I want to stress that what I heard was only in my head. I have never heard an angel speak or sing so that my ears picked it up.

Angels are ethereal beings without a physical body, so it is difficult to imagine an angel actually singing or talking. I think the way they most often choose to communicate with us is connected to how effectively they can grab our attention.

Intuition is usually the most common method they use to communicate with us humans. But there are other ways, too, especially if you are not attuned to your intuition. A sign on a building, on a billboard, on the side of a bus, or anywhere, is one method that an angel may utilize. The angel may have another person say something to you that the angel wishes to convey. You might open a book, or a newspaper, or a magazine, and your eyes will fall on a passage that is in direct response to information you were seeking. By the same token, someone on television or on the radio or the Internet may state something that also is in direct response to your need. And, for sure, there may be other methods the angels use to communicate.

I believe most of us, and perhaps even all of us, at one time or another in our lives were responded to by an angel, but we did not realize it. Angels do not necessarily arrive introducing themselves first. They do not state, `Here I am and this is what I want to tell you.’ That is not how it works with ethereal, other-dimensional beings. Their intent is not to promote themselves, and above all, not to interfere with your human business. Neither are they allowed to interfere with your choices. But they can offer comfort, guidance, and help.

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Speaking of choices, it is we who have total reign as to making choices. Angels do not have as much free reign in this regard as we do, and may not have any power of choice at all.

So, as you can see, the matter of communication between angels and us humans is a delicate matter. But the angels do find ways of responding to our wishes and needs as these arise. I know they can even appear before one’s eyes. My angel did that once, and I’ve read many stories of angels appearing, as well as hearing such stories from others. For sure, the Bible contains a number of such incidents.

I would suggest to the reader that s/he initiate communication with your own angel. Generally, it is up to us to start up a dialogue or relationship with the angels. Don’t worry if you don’t know your angel’s name. That does not matter. [By the way, your angel is usually referred to as a ‘guardian angel.’] In fact, you might want to ask your angel for his/her name, and see if in some manner, that information is offered. Also, I want to add that the gender of your angel is not important either. They really do not have gender. Mostly, be aware that you likely have more than one angel around you, and that they are always listening. They hear you. It does not matter whether you are only thinking or actually talking. You are heard. Perhaps not every last thought is heard; after all, you are entitled to privacy. I know many of us have thoughts we do not want anyone or any thing in the universe to be privy to.

The more often you initiate conversation, the more likely you will realize angelic responses. You only need to spend five minutes a day doing this. If you wish to communicate longer, that’s fine; but five minutes is sufficient. And please be patient. You may not notice an immediate resonse. It may take a little while until that occurs, but it definitely will. You also need to train yourself to stay aware for any responses, because sometimes they can be subtle. This is especially true if you have never communicated with your angel before. Staying aware is the key.

Do not expect bugles blaring and drum rolls. Angels only make themselves known for as long as it takes to say or do what they need to, and then they are gone very quickly. My experience has been that it always happens too fast. Looking back, I deeply wish my angel had hung around for a while longer and told me more. But they do not seem to do that. They swoop down just long enough to say or do what needs saying or doing, and then like a bubble bursting in the air, poof, and they are gone.

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I suspect the reason for this is that they are forbidden to interfere with our business and our ability to make choices, as I stated above. If an angel hung around beyond the time it took to respond to a need, perhaps they would then be interfering or influencing us on some level, which is a ‘no-no.’ Most often, their duties mainly consist in lending support, guidance, and comfort; however, there definitely are also times when they intercede on our behalf for safety reasons.

Getting back to the matter of whether angels sing … they may well entertain us. They may also entertain each other. I don’t know for sure. But my suspicion is that, in general, they are not allowed to connect with us in such a fashion. Then again, I may be all out of tune in this regard!

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Sandra L. Lerner is the author of Connecting with Your Guardian Angel. See
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The Satyr and The Traveller, Walter Crane 1887. Image source: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

Well for me, it’s Eastern body, Western mind, and the process of integrating those two..

My energetic and healing practices are heavily influenced by Taoist, Buddhist and Ayurvedic teachings, but my psychology is embedded within a Western Alchemic philosophy, and far from being discouraged by this seemingly conflicted state of affairs, I am absolutely thrilled by the dynamic opportunities for transformation that it represents.

When I understood far less about my path of self-transformation, I felt short-changed by what I perceived as a disparate and semi-irrelevant diffusion of clunky Western wisdom traditions, and leveled my intellectual misguidedness and emotional frustration at the forces of history, that I identified as having robbed me of the layperson’s ability to access my spiritual birthright. The truth is, that you cannot be robbed of something that has always been, and…

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Angels – secret agents of the heart

fallen angel: Bùi Linh Ngân

fallen angel by Bùi Linh Ngân via Flickr

I need a sign, to let me know you’re here

Calling All Angels, Train

The idea of angels as mediators between God and mankind is widespread. Angels aren’t confined to seminary schools. They’re in the movies, pop music, self-help books, video games, and just about anything else that will sell.

But most people don’t see angels as the stuff of myth and legend. About 66-78% of North Americans believe in angels. And 10-29% believe they’ve encountered an angel or heard of someone who has.

Okay, all very interesting. But as the ancient Greek philosopher Plato once put it, a given belief isn’t necessarily a true belief. And in today’s world where religious belief can lead to insidious human rights crimes, it’s important to step back and rationally assess our convictions.1

The power of love

At one extreme, materialist thinkers try to squash spirituality by reducing angels to cultural projections. Ludwig Feuerbach and Sigmund Freud say angels are fantasy formations, and images of angels portray nothing more than subjective experiences and desires.

In 1966, two American sociologists, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, became academic hotshots by saying that reality is a “social construction.” Like much of sociology, Berger and Luckman put a new spin on an old idea—in this case, conceptualism. Postmoderns quickly followed suit, designating just about everything under the sun as a social construction.

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Fair use/dealing rationale.

The early postmoderns emphasized the role of power in the social construction of reality. But they had little to say about the nature of power, itself—whether, for instance, power contains moral and spiritual elements. Postmoderns also focus on language and its connection with power. Accordingly, the French postmodern thinker, Michel Foucault,talks about “discourses of power.”

But what does this have to do with angels?

Well, postmoderns make some astute observations, but they usually overlook the power of love.  Also, they also don’t really see how heavenly love might help to shape our lives and the world around us.

Normally, we associate the word power with billionaires, movie stars, politicians or maybe motorbikes and muscle cars. But as an adjective, the word powerful can also apply to love.

The word angel derives from the Greek angelos, meaning “messenger.” But angels aren’t just messengers like the friendly neighborhood letter carrier. Angels are said to mediate heavenly grace, which in essence is love. And being God’s love, this mediated grace is more powerful than anything in the known universe.

Peter Berger, himself, came to study the supernatural side of angels in his book, A Rumor of Angels (1969). This book is no dry, reductive sociological treatise. It’s a sincere, open-minded investigation into the possibility that spiritual belief doesn’t merely arise from materially oppressed or deranged minds.

Assumption of the Virgin, by Francesco Bottici...

Assumption of the Virgin, by Francesco Botticini, 1475-77 National Gallery, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Theologically speaking

Western religions tend to see angels as pure and humble servants created by God. But theologians have debated the finer points of angels for centuries. In The Celestial Hierarchy Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite (or Pseudo Dionysius, c. 500 CE) speaks of three choirs of angels. According to his model, each choir embraces three angelic tiers. The lowest choir of Angels, Archangels, Principalities, along with the middle choir of Dominions, Virtues and Powers, are in contact with humanity. The highest choir consisting of Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones sings an eternal hymn of praise to God.

St. Thomas Aquinas‘ (c.1225-1274 CE) Summa Theologica supports Pseudo Dionysius’ idea of an angelic hierarchy. Aquinas also believes that fallen, evil angels (demons) have their own ranking system, with the lower being subservient to the higher demons. The belief in evil angels is also found in the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Ávila, who wrote, “In the end my good angel prevailed over my evil one.”

The popular American evangelist Billy Graham writes about angels. And in contemporary Catholicism, angels are described as spiritual beings without physical bodies. Catholicism teaches that angels

  • Were created by God from nothing
  • Possess freewill
  • Have a higher standing than mankind
  • “Have been present from creation and through the history of salvation.”2

On guardian angels, St. Ambrose says:

Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.3

But, again, not only theologians talk about heavenly messengers. Stars like Patsy Cline, Annie Lennox, Jane Siberry, Hank Williams Sr. and David Bowie depict beings of Divine Love whose raison d’être is to guide and protect.

angel wings by CowGummy via Flickr

Fallen angels

Hardly exemplifying humble servants of God, fallen angels are usually portrayed as nasty and narcissistic. And Satan, once God’s brightest angel, allegedly manifests as an “angel of light.”4

This could partially explain those who are mislead by astral and demonic beings posing as God or God’s angels. They’re literally “blinded by the light.” But is it a phoney light? And how would we be able to tell the difference if a beautiful angel came to us, full of warmth and promises of love.

St. Matthew, the Desert Fathers, St. Ignatius of Loyola and many other spiritual writers suggest that good angels can be discerned from their evil counterparts by observing the fruit of their works.

Evil angels, they say, try to degrade, depress, deceive, confuse, titillate and flatter. Alleged holy men and women promoting themselves as ‘perfected incarnations’ likely fall into this vanity trap. Egomania and self-aggrandizement run rampant among false prophets.

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them (Matthew: 15-20).

And in a more contemporary vein:

Luke, you don’t know the power of the Dark Side (Darth Vader)

Not a few people claim to possess spiritual powers (siddhis) and fantastic psi abilities. Some indicate that they “know it all” or, at least, “know better” than everyone else. While many of these folks may be decent and well-meaning at heart, they often blind themselves to the fact that interior perceptions can be flat wrong.

Teresa of Ávila

“In the end my good angel prevailed over my evil one.” Teresa of Ávila (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sincere seekers try to recognize, admit, and correct intuitive mistakes whenever possible. But the sham seeker won’t acknowledge (or, perhaps, just admit) mistakes and continues on a path of deception, allowing the ugly weeds of lies to choke out the beautiful flowers of the soul.

Perhaps a sure way to spot a person informed by fallen angels is to look for those callous, cowardly souls who grasp at power as a means to manipulate the psychologically weak and vulnerable.

To complicate matters, it appears that the predictions of fallen angels may contain partial truths. Demonic influences, experts say, want to disturb and oppress the gullible through a calculating mix of truth and falsehood. And their predictions are said to be ultimately geared toward exploitation and tearing down the good.

Accordingly, William Blake (1757-1827) wrote that spiritual powers devoid of sincere, humane practice are “thieves and rebels.”And both St. Augustine (354-430 CE) and St. Aquinas agree that evil angels, although fallen, possess a keen otherworldly intelligence. As agents of Lucifer, their thoughts apparently operate on a higher level.

St. Paul writes:

Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers of this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.6

And St. Aquinas echoes St. Paul’s belief that perceptive individuals can blow the cover of people who allow intelligent demonic beings into their lives.

Those who are spiritual discern all things.7

Aquinas, in fact, borrows from the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE) when suggesting that

The virtuous man is the rule and measure of all human acts.8

English: Bias (Greek: Βίας ο Πριηνεὺς, 6th cen...

Bias (Greek: Βίας ο Πριηνεὺς, 6th century BCE), the son of Teutamus and a citizen of Priene was a Greek philosopher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Final word

The above focuses on Christian angelology, but the belief in heavenly and hellish agents is embedded in most world religions. From the ancient Egyptian Hermes, the Chinese shên, the Greek Iris, the Zoroastrian amesha spentas, the Hindu devas and asuras, and the Jewish elohim, the idea that mankind lives within a larger cosmic battleground of good and evil forces is nothing new.

While it might not be fashionable to talk about good and bad angels, this doesn’t stop many people from believing in them.

True, representations of spiritual beings like angels are most likely colored by personal and cultural biases, but it seems possible that angels do exist. In any kind of study it’s often hard to draw the line between subjective bias and clear perception. And the study of angels is no exception.

1. Some New Age thinkers say that anything we believe is real. But it’s doubtful that 1,000 different individuals could all be, for instance, sole reincarnations of Julius Caesar, Napoleon or Cleopatra.

2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, New York: Doubleday 1995, p. 96.

3. Ibid., p. 98.

4. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

5. (a) William Blake, cited in Clark, Stephen. “Where have all the Angels Gone?” Religious Studies 28: 221-234, p. 228 (b) Widely respected in Medieval Europe, the legal writer and scholar Jean Bodin believed that Satan and his minions could nullify the pain that so-called witches – and their demon possessed young daughters – would naturally experience from “Godly” torture. For this and many other truly horrific ideas camouflaged by perverse reasoning, see Jean Bodin, On the Demon-Mania of Witches, trans. Randy A. Scott, Toronto: Victoria University, University of Toronto, 1995 [1580].

6. Ephesians 6:12.

7. 1 Corinthians 2:15.

8. Aristotle cited in Pegis, Anton C. Basic Writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas Vol. 1, New York: Random House, 1945, p. 1016. This, of course, reflects the sexism of the time.

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The Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel

Religious Composition; Archangel Michael

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An Archangel at its most basic definition is a high ranking angel. The predominant religions of Christian, Judaism and Islam all recognize some form of archangel and it is generally accepted that there were four archangels. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are recognized by both Hebrew and Christian faiths as Archangels, though Archangel Michael is the only one explicitly named in the Bible. Gabriel and Raphael are subjects within the Book of Tobit and the Book of Luke, respectively – canonical writings of the Roman Catholic Church not officially recognized by protestants. While Christians view Uriel as the final and fourth angel, Islam gives this distinction to Azrael.

These faiths all recognize the concept of an archangel, but more emhasis is given to the Archangel in the teachings of Judaism and in particular the Roman Catholic Church. Judaism and Catholicism both recognize eight archangels, though Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel are regarded with an elevated status. Protestants recognize Michael as an Archangel of significance, but place less importance on the others. Angels were first written about in the Old Testment but their visibility and presence increased significantly in the New Testament. The Renaissance masters favored the Archangel as subjects creating Archangel statues and paintings in abundance. This likely has contributed to their popularity and enduring importance over the past several centuries.

Archangel Michael

Michael was regarded as the Chief of the Order of Virtues, Prince of the Presence, Chief of Archangels, the Angel of Repentance, Righteousness, Mercy, and Sanctification. He is also Ruler of the 4th Heaven and Conqueror of Satan. In Revelations (20:1), it is Michael who descends from Heaven with a “key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.” In this passage, it is Archangel Michael who leads an Army of Angels to seize the devil who appears in the form of a dragon and bind him for a thousand years. Michael is described as the Prince of Light in the Dead Sea Scrolls as one of the “Sons of Light” who will battle the “Sons of Darkness.” The Book of Daniel foretells of Michael’s return when the world is once again in trouble to lift the world from darkness.

Michael is considered the patron saint of soliders and law enforcement offers. This is because of his role as the Field Commander of the Army of God.

Archangel Gabriel

Gabriel is the Angel of annunciation, resurrection, mercy, vengeance, death and revelation. The Archangel Gabriel first appears in the book of Daniel at the time Babylonian captivity, a time of Jewish exile. He appears in human form to help Daniel understand the meaning of the visions he is experiencing. In the Gospel of Luke, the Archangel Gabriel serves as the messenger of God and shares with Mary that she will give birth to a son of God whom she will call Jesus, a moment captured frequently in paintings as the Annunciation.

While Gabriel is frequently depicted with a trumpet which he will blow to announce the start of the End of Days and again to initiate the Resurrection, this is not told in any version of the Bible. The trumpet as a tool of the Archangel is first seen in an Armenian text from the mid 1400s. Gabriel’s Horn first appears in English language text in Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost from 1667. The horn is present in dozens of Archangel Gabriel statues, sculptures and artwork from the Renaissance period and is closely associated with the figure today.

Archangel Raphael

Raphael can be found in the Book of Tobit, a religious writing recognized by the Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches though not in the Hebrew Bible. The Archangel Raphael is considered the angel or “god” of healing. In the Book of Tobit, he is sent by God to heal Tobit of his blindness and act as Tobias protector in human form during a journey on foot. Raphael is one of the six Angels of Repentance, Angel of Prayer, Love, Joy and Light. Catholic teachings venerate him as Saint Michael, the patron saint of the medical workers and those who are traveling.

Archangel Uriel

Uriel is described as the protector of the Gate of Eden and the angel who watches over thunder and terror. He is found mostly in pseudepigraphical and Apocalyptic literature often depicted holding a fiery sword and the keys to the gates of Hell. While he is not found in the bible, he is part of a number of apocyphal works and is seen as the “fourth” to represent the four cardinal points along with Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Urield holds the titles Angel of Presence, Angel of the Face, Prince of Presence, Angel of Glory and Angel of Sanctification. Along with Suriel, Jehol, Zagagel, Akatriel, Metatron, Yefefiah, Satanel, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Nathanel – Uriel is allowed to enter the presence of God. He is often shown holding a scroll representing wisdom and viewed as the patron saint of the Arts.

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