I read recently that one of the most well known ‘Angel experts’ and Psychologist Dr Doreen Virtue, who as we know has been teaching Angel Therapy Practitioner courses all over the world, has become a Born Again Christian. When I heard this I was just happy for her, as I am for anyone who has found their inner calling, but I do wonder about her sudden ‘repentance’ and fear about the demonic nature of angels. Many of us were raised in religious families, and many know Jesus, whether or not through their own Christian upbringing . Some of us have turned away from the dogma whilst retaining a faith in God, a love of some of the ritual, and a deep interest in the Mystery. I’d say many still adhere to the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ. So, after Ms Virtue’s recent outpourings of fear based evangelism condemning everything of the so called New Age, where does believing in the power of angels sit with you now?
Doreen Virtue tells us that most of the angels we are talking to could be demons in disguise. Are there really demons? Well… Yes, there are. But do we need to be afraid and stop talking to our own angels, or indeed the powerful Archangels when we are asking for help? Absolutely NOT.
How can we tell the difference?
First of all we do need to stay absolutely grounded. It is so easy as sensitives to take on board other people/s negative energies, and some of it might be really harmful to us. And there are indeed strange things that happen to some people, that cannot be explained.
So, if you are hearing voices, or feel a sudden desire to do something or move somewhere…. stop! Is this instruction overly prescriptive, bossy, uncomfortable? The only time I’ve ever heard of an angel giving a sudden direct order was to save a life. For example stopping someone from absent-mindedly walking into a road with an oncoming lorry. Or, when I have been lost (pre-satnav) and asked for directions in a panic I might have been drawn to suddenly look left (and then seen the signpost). Angels speak to you in a very authoritatively powerful way when you are in danger… but when you are asking for guidance will show you signs… and never, ever tell you to do something that is detrimental to the greatest good. Their voice is loving, not harsh. The energy is felt differently by us all, but should never be frightening, or leave you nervous or uneasy.
My mother once told me to ask three times if you feel that an angel is telling you something but you are unsure. Ask: “Are you coming to me from the Christ Light?”. Pause. Ask again. Pause. Ask again. If the presence leaves you, there’s your answer.
My father told me many tales of ‘demons’ too, and always in every situation the angels stepped in and helped him. Angels, he told me on many occasions, are to be respected, held in awe, but never fear, their power is Divine.
I am happy that Doreen Virtue has found a new life through the saving grace of Jesus, but so saddened that she feels it is ok to proselytise through the medium of fear, using the very social media platform that gave her fame and fortune. Whilst I read her intention that she is trying to help the many thousands of people who bought into her earlier teaching, and have been working with angelic beings for years to bring healing to others, her emotive language and proselytising hell, fire and brimstone is not the way forward today (well not for any reasonable person that’s for sure). What a shame that now many of the very people who adored her will be wondering what on Earth to do with their so called ‘ATP qualification’ and may even be tempted to remove the word ‘Angel’ from their bio.
I am able to look back at the thousands of times angels have guided me over the years. I have helped someone find a way out of their trouble, or brought healing or clarity and a new perspective. Maybe through something I said at a workshop, a private 121, words I’ve written in my books, insight through card sets and courses, I have not led people away from their faith, but rather I’ve given them fresh enthusiasm and inspiration by connecting them with the depth of their own spirituality – work which I call angelic and inspired.
There is, and has been an enormous rise in interest in spirituality over the last decade. What once was a secular society, lurching away from all religious teaching and scoffing at a Divine creator, is now strolling en masse towards combining scientific discovery with spiritual development and dare I say ‘enlightenment’ . Whether or not they find it through prayer, mantras, yoga, meditation (even if we call it mindfulness) sacred dance, healing modalities, becoming a vegan and respecting all life, and/or world travel, the next generations are opening their eyes to the beauty and wonder within this life we all share. For what its worth, I certainly do believe it was created by a creator God, but it doesn’t matter to me if someone else doesn’t. Their lack of faith in God doesn’t make me dismiss or dislike them in any way. I certainly don’t judge them as misguided or led by demons. And I won’t have someone else telling me that my beliefs are demonic just because they have now found a new personal truth.
Our middle and young generations are herding in droves to MBS events, festivals, retreats and societies (and some to temples and churches) that offer companionship with like-minded souls for community and exchange of ideas. They really do seem to want to make a difference. This is not because they are being misguided by the devil. This is because they are inherently wonderful beings, who resonate with the goodness in life, the energies of love and the guardianship of our planet. And whilst doing so some may find that they communicate with, or sense the presence of a divine presence. Some people feel, see or sense as these energetic sensations as a presence, messengers of God, – angels.
I rarely ever comment on other people’s work except to praise, honour or recommend it. I’m sorry that Doreen Virtue has done this. It is one thing to decide against one’s own previous beliefs, and another to try to push it down the throats of others.
In the New Age belief that ‘nothing is for nothing’, and that perhaps there are no coincidences, then what can we learn from this? I have been thinking and reflecting on my own beliefs, such as their origin, and their truth for me now at this stage of my development and understanding.
I invite you to think deeply too, and in particular on any emotions her words have stirred up in your soul…. and feel free to send in your opinions, and answers. I’m ready!
Bless You and thank you, Chrissie for expressing yourself so eloquently and showing us all how to find our way through this personal attack upon our belief systems, whatever they are. I also have many instances and Angel stories to substantiate my love and trust in these magnificent beings of light. I feel compassion for Doreen, these actions usually come from a place of deep grief. I trust the Angels, Unicorns and all other Divine Beings will continue to send their love to all those souls stirred up by this revelation. Much love and brightest blessings Daisy Foss
Thank you Daisy! My love and blessings to you in gratitude for all you do. Let’s unite and keep on shining our Light into the world! xx
I was surprised to hear that Doreen Virtue had changed direction and at first was alarmed because her teachings resonated with me. I have read what she has said about her baptism and vision of Jesus and am of the view that she is following her spiritual path in the same way as most of us are. I think you can practice Christianity and believe in the strength and love of angels at the same time. I believe there is a spark of Divine energy in all of us and we are all connected to God who is all knowing and all loving.
We are all unique and experience divine energy in our own way.
I wish Doreen Virtue well on her spiritual journey and will continue with mine secure in the knowledge that Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Metatron will continue to support me in the future as they have done in the past. I pray to Jesus and take note of Bible teachings as well as using crystals for healing and Reiki. You do not have to be either New Age or Christian you can be both. “In my Father’s house there are many Mansions” John 14:2.
I was undertaking my reiki teacher level when I became aware of her statement on angels. It shook me to the core and really unhinged me for something. I spoke to my master about this. I now have the belief that my love and guidance from the angels has been nothing more than love based and transformational for my life. I will continue to bathe in this spiritual love and support , and continue to help others. I find it most distasteful that her books and teachings are still freely available to buy. Thank you for your wonderful article.
Thank you for your post Paula. Yes it would be lovely to think that all the money gained from training people over the years would now be given to charity. Maybe it is 🙂
Thank you for this beautifully delivered message Chrissie. I haven’t read Doreen Virtue’s comments. However, my education in Angels came initially from her writings (subsequent to my own epiphany), though I did find her wisdom somewhat abrasive in its tone however useful it proved to be. Perhaps a portent of what has come?
I remain convinced of my own Angelic experiences and echo your comments.
It appears it is for us all to continue our own Spiritual work gently and confidently. We know and trust our experiences and we shall go on teaching others to the same.
Absolutely Heather. Thank you for commenting. xx
Thank you for sticking your neck out and posting this piece of enlightening advice. My gut felt intitution about her many years ago has proved to be correct. She’s not the first Angel Expert to have shown her true colours. There is another British person in whom I have become disillusioned with who rakes in mega money by playing to vulnerable people who are at their lowest ebb.
Meanwhile Chrissie, my heartfelt thanks for your work and sincerity in everything you do.
Thank you Donna, Bless you 🙂 xxx
Whilst I honour Doreen’s change of direction I do feel she’s coming from a place of fear and not love. If she’s happy with her change of direction I cannot see why she needs to warn others, like me, who knows their own mind and is quite happy with my own experience of the angels’ loving presence. I took one of her ATP courses several years ago and over the course of a 7 hour day I probably only had 3 hours of face to face tuition there, as the rest of the time was spent on a break where you had the opportunity to purchase one of her many books or decks. It felt like a real con.
Thanks for commenting Eileen. Yes. Carry on regardless 🙂 xx
Well said, Chrissie. As ever, speaking with integrity and looking to help us all to find our own light so that we may use it for the highest good. I am so disappointed by the stance taken by Doreen Virtue! Having attended several of your workshops, Chrissie, I can vouch for the fact that there is nothing remotely demonic about them- quite the opposite, or you wouldn’t see me for dust! Keep shining your light, lovely lady. Xx
Bless you, thank you Angela xx
Hi Chantel 🙂
Dear Chrissie, thank you for writing this blog; as ever your wise and inspirational words have brought comfort and healing. It has troubled me greatly that Doreen Virtue should denounce her former work since becoming a Born Again Christian. Not that it ever shook my own faith or belief but I just couldn’t understand where she was coming from. I have loved and used her cards for guidance and healing. Having thought about the situation I believe what ever guidance and inspiration was there for Doreen Virtue to create her cards and workshops will still there as God and the Angels were working with her then. Now that she has demonised her previous work I just wonder who is guiding her now, because I am sure it isn’t God.
Thanks for your comment and heartfelt response Gillian xx
Blessings to you Chrissie. I’m certainly not taking Angel out of my title I studied with you also Doreen Virtue and Kyle grey I am proud to continue my studies into the amazing world of Angels. No one will ever convince me that Angels are Demons in disguise. I am saddened by ms virtues recent rantings !!! I am a Christian with Bhuddist leanings and I think tolerance is the key word here. Not to spread fear. I have many books written by this lady who I considered to be an Angelologist someone’s word I could trust ? Hmm
I’ll continue my work into the amazing world of Angels and now take anything said by this unfortunate lady with an almighty pinch of salt !!!!!
Thank you Chrissie for all you are and all that you do. Many blessings. Clare malta xxx
Thank you Clare – Bless you xx
I was made aware of this article through my respected colleague and owner of the beautiful Angel Retreat center in Glastonbury, Daisy Foss, and I thank her for it – your article is discerning, loving and respectful, on a challenging but important topic! I too am saddened that Doreen Virtue is causing fear and separation around contacting the Angels, as well as New Age versus traditional Christianity. Yes, it is best to be aware of some basic guidelines around contacting the Angels – but if you know and follow these, there is absolutely no reason to be afraid, rather the opposite! The Angelic Kingdom has an enormous outpouring of Light and Love, and will always support us and guide us, when we need it. But “guide” is the operational word (as you also point out in your article), they will not make our decisions for us. In my lineage of teachings around the different levels of consciousness, we have an easy “acid-test”, to ensure that we are only communicating with High Vibrational Angels or beings. This is to ask the question “what are my best options in this situation, that will support my Highest Good?” – rather than asking “what should I do?”, or “tell me what to do!”. This is because Angels, Masters and other High Vibrational beings will never tell you what to do directly – but will do everything they can to help you make the best decision possible. In my opinion, this is also how we should approach the work as “Human Guides” and counselors; to guide and empower people to make the choices that are aligned with their Highest Good, but to lovingly leave the final decision to the person themselves. We are meant to grow in our “Spiritual maturity”. Like loving parents and teachers the Angels will guide us into becoming increasingly more awake, aware and self-empowered beings, but will always be there for us to support us and comfort us when we need to reconnect with Source/God/Unconditional Love. What puzzles me most with this whole topic (as brought up by Doreen Virtue) is this: for anyone that has been “touched by an Angel”, and has experienced this incredible energy of purity, innocence and love – will know in their heart of hearts that there can be no possibility that these beings are negative – it is a Vibrational impossibility! Nothing else but pure Love can exist here. So thank you again Chrissie, for writing such an important and great article on the topic!
Thank you for your considered and loving response Azita. Blessings to you.
Hi Chrissie I did an angel course with you in UL limerick about 8 years ago I found it very interesting I still have your book and two angel cards.I only recently bought doreen virtues books it’s amazing she still is gaining money out of them.I have four of them I wonder would she be willing to give a refund….
I have been helped many times by my angelic guides as have many of my clients and friends. I trust my spirit friends and will continue to do so love and light
Well said Chrissie. Totally agree. Angels and my earthly angel teachers Sue and you Chrissie have helped me enormously. Angels are messengers of love.
After reading the news about Dr Doreen Virtue’s change in her beliefs I thought ech to their own but then became afraid that I was welcoming evil as I speak to the Angels daily mainly Archangels Gabriel,Michael,Raphael and Cassiel, I was confused and when I do speak to them I usually pray and ground myself am I leaving myself open to negative energies, I hope that the signs sent by the Angels are just that.
I love your eloquence. I too am staggered that Doreen has only just woken up.
I’ve realised that many commercial teachers don’t have a very high vibration. There is nothing wrong in that. A lower vibration just means you have more to learn and then embody.
The ego is a divine creation too. It’s some what limited in creating and doesn’t recognise that the shadow is the unloved inner child.
after reading your comments on Doreen virtue, I too have been and still going through the same as her,i don’t know who is with me but I kept getting told go to church,read the bible.i got asked to leave 2 spiritual churches to stop healing,went and done angelic reiki certificates to master teacher level only to be told I was hated and chanted get out of the healing share by spirit too, the certificates have my name removed by spirit. I have seen what I thought in cloud form god archangel Gabriel,mother mary one empty space next to her master jesus to gods right very sad because he was so angry and his eyes were of a fire and he was not happy, also heard an angels trumpet as in revelations.also can see energy,my communion I took at saint Mathews church changed to wine. the first time I have done that. I class myself as church of England. never took communion, not a regular church goer.
My husband, Graham, who is in spirit has confirmed to me that Angels are very real. I feel sad for Doreen Virtue but it is her choice but i feel it is not appropriate to try and inflict your values on others. We are all subject to the Law of Attraction and the other Universal laws. I believe that if our thoughts are loving and positive we will be in the vortex of love and no fear can affect us unless we allow it. Chrissie,you know that your work is in that place of love and let us all just send loving thoughts to Doreen and wish her well. There is only evil if you choose to believe it. Christ is for every single human being and he only preached love.
Thank you Celia
I want to add another comment. Chrissue, you do not have to feel threatened by Doreen. You are coming from a place of love. Angels are God’s thoughts so it is quite natural to ask them for assistance. The Bible has been translated many times and I really do not feel you can accept every word as truth. Every translation is just another human being’s own interpretation of the truth. It is right for them. One of the most powerful spiritual tools is the ability to allow for all the diversity in life and not try and inflict your ideas on others. People will continue to be attracted to your loving workshops about angels and nothing that Doreen thinks or says will affect that unless you allow it to. So I send my blessings to you and know you will continue with your amazing work. Fill your heart heart with love and know you will have the strength to continue with your work. You do not have to justify what you do. God bless. Love and Light Celia xx
Ah, thank you once again for your loving and thoughtful response Celia. I hope I didn’t give the impression that I find Doreen V’s new found fundamentalism any way a threat to my work. I bless her in her journey. My concern was to try to guide those who may be unnerved by her (indeed all the many thousands who have been trained or inspired by her previous knowledge and believe in angels). I do think she is being misguided, and certainly has no right to impose on others…. but then evangelical fundamentalism is all about persuading others that there is only one truth – whichever religion they may belong to. (I’m currently watching a series about Vikings, Celia, and they too believed that there was only one real way, and that their God(s) was the true religion. Fascinating. Human nature hardly seems to have changed over the millennia. Thanks so much. Love and Blessings to you. xx
You have expressed everything that I also wanted to say. My heartfelt thanks to you for conveying so eloquently what so many of us already believe.
Best wishes Dee