Confessio #2

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One of my confessions is, that…I believe in angels.

That is, I believe that angels exist and that they interact with humankind on a personal level, and have done so for thousands of years, and still do so, today.

There, I’ve admitted it.

Please don’t think, however, that I’m talking about fairies – though that in itself might be the topic for another day, elsewhere, and I know some very clever and wise people who accept their existence.

Nor am I’m talking about some of the ‘chewing gum’ tv programs about angels who resolve an individuals’ ‘challenge’;’ and then move on – rather like that old tv program, ‘The Littlest Hobo’, which may be great entertainment, but is not so accurate when it comes to theology. Now, I’m feeling really old, as ‘The Littlest Hobo’ was screened decades ago!

And, lastly, please don’t confuse this with the wonderful, though weird, androgynous-looking angels of medieval classic artists who have ‘hulking, great big’ dove-like wings (the angels, that is, and not the artists), nor those ‘flying baby’ angels with rosey-red cheeks on Christmas or Easter cards, who seem to be looking in odd directions, clothed in wispy veils that might ‘fail’ at any moment, and have wings of butterflies.

Phew! Still with me? I hope so.

One angelic encounter I had was of the ‘Green angel’ in a night-dream. The dream was vivid and so important to me, and was one that I found re-assuring, as it occurred at about the time of an oesophageal cancer diagnosis. Now, I was the sceptical sort at the time, and had that angelic encounter occurred after the diagnosis, I would have probably dismissed it and said that was the brain’s way, my way of coping with such awful news. But, this encounter, in a dream and no less real, occurred several weeks before the cancer diagnosis was made. That’s what made it so interesting, as I drew strength from it, but only several weeks later, and it helped immensely. There’s more about that encounter: here.

So what, or who are angels?

The angels I’m talking about are ‘deity-helpers’, however, you define your deity/deities. They can appear in a multitude of forms in the physical realm and in the imaginal-daydream realm and in the night-dream realm. Perhaps, how they appear has more to do with us and our perception, or their accommodating to our perception of them, as if to do us a favour.

Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. Genesis 18: 1-2a

Wings?

An interesting fact in the quote above, is that here’s an account of an angelic encounter by Abraham, who ‘mistakes’ them for men. Wings, it seems, are optional. Had they had wings, they wouldn’t have been mistaken for men.

“You say God speaks to you, but it’s only your imagination.” These are the words spoken by the inquisitor to Joan of Arc during her trial for heresy. “How else would God speak to me, if not through my imagination?” Joan replied.

Imaginal?

Another interesting fact is that Abraham was resting, maybe somewhat tired, and doing so in the heat of the sun. In that kind of potential slumber, day-dreamy state, or sleep-but-not-quite-sleep, maybe the appearance was in the ‘imaginal realm, but no less real!

It’s for that, and several other reasons, that I, as part of my work, lead one-to-one sessions and workshops in angelic encounters, using creative visualisation, ushering discerning men and women in (and out) of the imaginal realm of power and potential.

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour and put everything under their feet. Hebrews 2: 6b-8a

Your status?

Lastly, and just as interesting is that angels assist each one of us, whether we know it or not. They minister as though we were senior-but-not-senior. A bit like an Courts’ Advisor (that would be them) appointed you a young King (that would be us) who would one day rule in his own right, but not just yet. Indeed, sacred text says as much as this. Created in God’s image, mankind is made lower than the angels, whilst on Earth. And, a few verses later, Jesus is said to have been made lower than them, temporarily. So, your status, cosmically, is that of being higher than angels! And, maybe that’s why they minister to us. They are mankind-helpers who know our true status in the universe.

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason,
how infinite in faculties, in form and moving,
how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god! Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’

Close encounters in London?

There are accounts of angels throughout recorded history, and even current accounts of their interactions. Here’s one link, below, of a surprised tv presenter, referring to what has now become known as ‘the angel of the River Thames’, in London.

What about you?

So, have you had an angelic encounter or more than one. If you have, please let me know. If you would rather not leave a comment, do email me at: tadhg@tadhg.cymru

Similarly, if you you like to know more about angelic encounter sessions and workshops and other events, do contact me, direct, at the email address, above. More information about such sessions and events led by me can be found: here

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