Posts Tagged "protection"

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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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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Five Steps To Peace

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013

Today we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. As he, himself, stressed frequently, the transformation of South Africa from a regime of apartheid to democracy was never the work of one man alone. Yet Mandela was the great catalyst for change. His ‘long walk to freedom’, perseverance, endless compassion and extraordinary charisma, inspired generations of people to seek and fight for change. He was a leader in its purest and most spiritual sense, by fighting not for victory over oppression but for equality and understanding between all sides. He will be remembered alongside Gandhi and Luther King as one of the great peacebuilders of history. And as we approach Christmas and the festive season, let’s take a moment to reflect on the process of peacebuilding.

AngelInsight_Peace2Peacebuilding is a process which has been adopted and widely promoted by the United Nations and other international organisations. “Peacebuilding” is different from “peacemaking” and “peacekeeping” in that it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving individual conflicts.

Peacebuilding activities aim at building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies and establishing new structures of cooperation. Activities range from individual acts of kindness, to community initiatives that cross cultural, political and religious boundaries, right the way through to inter-governmental programmes between nations.

There are five steps that we can take to create peace:

Create Inner Peace & Harmony – without ‘inner’ peace within ourselves how can we possibly move towards ‘outer’ peace with others? Creating and maintaining balance and harmony in ourselves and being ‘at peace’ with ourselves is necessary through reflection, contemplation and personal forgiveness and the inner harmony that is achieved will be reflected in the actions we take in dealing with others. Create an affirmation and repeat it often, such as: “When my mind, body and soul are in harmony, I am at one with the Universe,” engaging the help of the angels of peace and harmony.

Communicate & Cooperate – no agreement can ever be achieved unless dialogue takes place. Being able to discuss issues, cooperate with others and move towards understanding is at the foundation of creating peace. Sometimes it can be difficult to enter into dialogue, especially with those who have hurt us, but it is essential to open channels of communication and to keep them open. Create an affirmation for your communication such as: “I connect with the oneness of all creation as I communicate from the heart”Working with the angels will help your communication skills by helping you to deepen your understanding of others.

Respect & Understand Others – as children we are brought up to believe in ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’. But this black and white view of the world does not exist in reality. In every person there are elements of good and bad. To create peace between people, within communities and ultimately between nations, it is necessary to respect the notion that other people can have different views and beliefs from ours and that this is OK. Mutual respect for others is not a sign of failure or capitulation, but rather a willingness to try and see the good in others and understand how they feel. It takes strength and will power to stand back and let go of the need to impose our ‘better’ ways on others. An affirmation might be: “I am at one with all my family, and with all of humanity, who are my brothers and sisters” All of us are part of the vast network of energy that connects humanity to the rest of the universe.

Be Compassionate & Forgiving – to err is to be human, and to forgive people their transgressions is one of the common tenets in every religion and faith. Forgiveness and reconciliation are, perhaps, the hardest part of creating peace, because it requires not only putting the pain and hurt to one side (ideally forgotten permanently) but often there will be the need for you to admit your own failings too. Once again, reconciliation does not mean that you have given up your own ideals, or given in to your opponent’s. It is a process where both parties agree that they will put differences aside and begin afresh the process of peacebuilding. Affirmations for these virtues could be: “I completely forgive myself and others” or “I treat everyone I meet with love and kindness”. By holding on to bitterness we are only harming ourselves as we now know that it is our thoughts that cause disease of the body.

Offer Protection & Justice – for peace to exist people need to feel safe and secure and so if you protect those in your care and offer fair and impartial judgement when there is conflict, you create an environment in which others can begin their own steps towards peace. By conducting your life in a confident manner, shining your inner light as brightly as you, can you automatically empower others to do the same. Affirmation: “I seek justice and fairness in all my dealings with others.” Archangels Zadkiel and Michael will help you with these two issues, call upon them whenever you are faced with an issue of justice and protection. Uriel, remember, will help you to strengthen your ‘back-bone’ and resolve.

These principles can be applied at every level – from creating harmony between individuals in your home or workplace, to peacebuilding across societies and nations. How can you apply these principles into a daily spiritual practice and take positive actions to create greater peace in your life?

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