Posts Tagged "Archangel Michael"

On-Guard! It’s Archangel Michael’s sword

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015

AngelInsight_Michael2Working with angels and becoming more compassionate doesn’t have to turn you into a doormat! There is nothing ‘soft’ about angels. Take a look at the representation (throughout history) of magnificent power portrayed in the many pictures of Archangel Michael. He is often depicted as Saint George slaying the dragon, and is always adorned in a breastplate for protection, and for good measure carries a sword. But is there more significance to the sword than simply as a weapon of defence? Certainly. The sword in Michael’s case is to protect us from harm, to cut through the dross, separate the wood from the trees, and release all the ties that bind us.

Let me explain what I mean by that. Think of all the self limiting thoughts that creep into our mind everyday. Reasons (and excuses) for not allowing ourself to be true to our purpose. The things in life that prevent you from doing what you would really like to do. For instance taking up an exercise or yoga class. How about re-training for that therapy you’ve always felt you’d like to learn? Keeping a journal, attending a workshop and so on. So many nudges we receive from our soul, that we push aside because we limit ourselves by finding reasons why not to succeed at something we would love to do.

These ‘excuses’ are real (in your head) aren’t they? They range from time constraints, child-care, expectations of others, job restrictions, too many responsibilities, money worries, and so the list goes on. Then there are those little niggles from childhood that remind us that we would probably not be very good at it anyway. Oh believe me, I know how it is, I’ve done it too!

Then as the messages become more frequent, the nudges more profound, we finally hear that call. Our soul cries: “Enough” …and we may suddenly find that we have no choice but change the situation, or become unwell.

Once we have decided to change, one of the most powerful tools the angels offer us as well as their love and support, is Michael’s sword of Truth. There are so many ways in which you can call upon Michael’s sword to help in everyday circumstances. All it takes is a few moments away from noise and distractions and the use of your imagination.

Think of all the marvellous opportunities and possibilities. You might like to take a moment to list ways you could use a sword in real life if all your restrictions were presented to you as real objects rather than abstract thoughts. If you think of all those ‘ties’ as ropes around your ankles would you use the sword to cut through and release them? If you were sitting in a hot air balloon but couldn’t rise up into the beautiful blue sky due to the weight of sand bags (your own limitations) around the sides, would you cut them free so you could rise up and soar above the trees? If all your baggage was being dragged behind you in a weighty fishing net tied to your waist, would you cut through it and set yourself free? There are lots of metaphors we could use. Maybe you’d like to pause at this point and reflect on some of your own?

Remember that we have been given angels to take care of us. That means take care of us body, mind and soul. Why not call upon the great sword of Michael now, and ask that he helps set you free from the ties you have created.

Don’t to forget that I’m always delighted to hear from you if you’d like to share your experiences. Just email me with your story.

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Angels in Many Guises

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

What does an angel look like?

AngelInsight_CommunicationMany times over the last decade I have been given – and shared with you – beautiful and strange stories about the presence of angels. From shimmering light in the corner of the room to a blind old beggar in Crete, a Rastafarian who could see the future, a Sikh who held a ladder, beautiful beings dressed in white and soft feathery wings brushing sleeping faces. Just as many people describe in detail their positive encounters with our ‘celestial messengers’, as those who ask reassurance of their very existence.

I can’t tell you how your angel will look, to you. But I do know that Angels and Ascended Masters can manifest in any form when required to do so, depending on the situation. My understanding is that they will appear to you in a way that is unique to you, within the realms of your personal perception and understanding. Sometimes in human form, or as lights and sensations or even in the form of animals; whatever it takes, to strengthen your faith in the Divine.

A young woman, whom we’ll call Ann, wrote to me regularly, some time ago, whilst suffering depression in an abusive relationship. She could see no escape from the torment and despair. Her emails were heart-rending and at times I could fully empathise with her reluctance to have faith when their seemed no hope, no light in her darkness.

Although Ann said that she believed in angels, her self-esteem was so low that it was a mammoth task to convince her that if she called for help, it would certainly come. In her low opinion of herself and her plight, why would an angel be bothered with her? I managed to convince her to try asking for a sign from her angels that they are always there and love her. I encouraged her to call on Archangel Michael for protection and Archangel Uriel for strength of purpose.

I didn’t hear from her for a while, until one day when she wrote to say that she had finally asked the angels for help after another terrible incident at home. This was the last straw and she prayed to her angels asking them to show her a sign of their presence. She felt she needed some space and went to a bench in a nearby playground to make plans. An old lady came and sat next to her on the bench. They sat together in silence for a while as Ann was consumed by her thoughts. Then the old woman stood up to leave. She turned and smiled saying “You will get through this my dear, you can do it. You’ll be all right. You will be safe. You’ll see”.

Ann was stunned. How could the old woman have read her thoughts? Was she an angel in disguise? Could this be the answer to her prayer for reassurance?

To her delight and surprise there was a white feather on the bench where the old woman had been sitting. Ann had heard that feathers often appear as confirmation that angels are present.

The effect was astounding. Immediately Ann found the courage to leave with her son, she found work and a place to live through amazing synchronicity and her strength and faith have now enabled her to share her remarkable story with others, of her angel in human form. Guardian angels are ever present, you may be surprised when they appear when they are least expected, even as passing strangers, bringing comfort and fulfilling your prayers in the simplest of ways.

This and many more true stories are in my book Gifts from Angels (Watkins publishing, 2011)

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Saints and Sinners

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014

For some of you last Sunday may have been recognised as the celebration of the day of “Archangel Michael and all the Angels”. Our contemporary view of Michael is that he will, when asked, shield us with his powerful cloak of blue light. Some of us ask him to use his sword to cut away the ties that may be holding us back from progressing along our journey, while others simply know him as Michael, great powerful presence who appears in their visions and meditations offering support and guidance. Lets take a look at what we know:

The Archangel of Protection.

AngelInsight_Michael2Michael, the Archangel of Protection, whose name means: “who is as God”, is the best known of all the archangels and his principle quality is that of Spiritual Warrior. Michael is one of the seven great Archangels of God, surrounding the Throne of God. Said to be the over-lighting angelic presence of Banff in Canada, he represents Sunday as the day of the week: and is known to hold the energy of the colour blue.

There are many contemporary examples of people who have been “saved” by an angel and sensed or seen the colour blue around them at the time.

Michael is the most commonly known of all the archangels, and is held in high esteem in Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions. His interactions are listed throughout the Bible and it is believed that this important emissary of God, also known as the Archangel of the Sun, is working closely to the earth at present time during this strong transitional phase. All those who are interested in working with the angelic forces and the “Warrior-angel” energies in particular, are awakening to the prompting of Michael. He teaches us to be fair in all our dealings, by bringing situations into our life that test us ~ until we get it right!

Many people have begun to invoke Michael for protection, not only of travelling, and of the body, but also the protection from the psychic attack of malevolent others. This can be physical, emotional or spiritual.

Practically you can ask Archangel Michael to give you physical protection when you are travelling, simply by asking “Archangel Michael protect me”, and imagine a blue light of protection surrounding you, your companions and your vehicle. Ask for a blue light to be placed around your home as you leave it too. Michael also can be called upon for emotional and psychic protection as well as physical. This is especially helpful in stressful times of confrontation, or when your thoughts are becoming wrapped into negative patterns.

Day of the week: Sunday
Colour: Blue
Feminine Counterpart: Faith
Planet: The Sun
Ashram (Healing Temple): Banff, Canada
Crystal to work with: Sapphire or Lapis lazuli
Key words: Truth, protection, power, mercy, will, faith

This affirmation can be used daily to invite Michael into your life and re-affirm that loving energy: “I confidently shine my Divine light, knowing that I am strong, honest and just.”

This coming Saturday 4th October is recognised as the Day of Saint Francis. So here to remind you of Francis’s devotion to service is his memorable prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Turn To Archangel Michael

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

AngelInsight_Michael2During the winter months we can sometimes feel more vulnerable than in the lighter, brighter days of spring and summer as the dark, dreary weather can leave us feeling heavier of spirit. If you feel the need to lighten your spirit or shed any unwanted baggage, there is no one better to turn to than the Archangel Michael, one of the most powerful angelic energies for cutting and clearing. While we are on a spiritual path we need to lighten our load by releasing the baggage and ties of pain, guilt, shame and blame we often carry with us. We must set ourselves, and others, free to allow our own soul to move forward into the light. By cutting away at those aspects within your life, which are no longer helpful to you, you are free to focus more clearly on your true soul purpose.

Archangel Michael’s spiritual sword will help cut away the ties that bind you. These ties could be negative thoughts, overwhelming feelings of stress (from whatever source), heavy relationship issues or painful memories. His spiritual sword and armour will also heal and protect you, while his powerful grounding energy, which is linked to the base chakra, will help you to feel safe.

As Archangel Michael is primarily known as the great angel of protection we can also call on his energy for everyday situations whenever we feel the need.

If you would like protection while travelling, you can imagine a vivid blue light surrounding you and your companions, or you car while you are parking or your home whenever you are away and ask for the protection of Michael’s angels until you return.I have received many stories from readers and from people in my workshops who have experienced the sense of being protected by an invisible presence as they walked home very late at night or during a road traffic incident, for example. All of them were convinced they were being protected by Archangel Michael at the time.

You can also call on Archangel Michael for emotional and psychic protection simply by visualising his bright, shining sword of light held out in front of you, and his strong shield covering you. This is an empowering visualisation, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable in situations of possible conflict or confrontation. For example you may ask him to strengthen your emotional integrity, resolve and determination, helping you to see clearly what is honest and true in every situation. Or you can call upon the strength and power of Archangel Michael to help you to become more courageous in facing and overcoming any fears or phobias.

Some people find the prospect of ‘invoking’ angels, especially the archangels,a daunting one. But it really is as simple as stopping what you are doing for a second or two and sending your requests out into the universe. Your prayers from the heart, in whatever form you relay them, are always heard.

Many people call on Archangel Michael for protection simply by imagining a blue cloak round their shoulders or by asking ‘Archangel Michael protect me ~ Thank you.’ Calling on the energy of the sword of Michael, this meditation will help you to cut away any ties if you feel ready to step forward on your spiritual journey. There’s a beautiful meditation for doing this on my Discovering Archangels CD set, which is also part of the Educating Heart & Soul course..

I’ll be in Belfast over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of March, and would love to meet people at the Mind Body Spirit Festival if you can get along. I’ll be giving two talks and meeting with individuals during the show. Full details here:

If you are one of my course students and haven’t booked for the full day course workshop on Saturday 1st March, then NOW is your last chance. It will be a small intimate group and there are spaces for 2-3 more students. Please visit the website to book your place, or call Richard on 01223 969858.

There are also more talks, workshops, weekends and webinars being planned for the year -York, London, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire and of course my annual holiday retreat to Crete. More details on the website and over the coming weeks!

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