Do you believe in angels? Have you had angel encounters? It seems that more and more people do.
You may have read some of the
many stories of people being helped guided or protected by angels. Many of them
are truly amazing and for those who have these experiences most reassuring.
Some people experience angel encounters at
times of bereavement or great stress and ask is if there is something wrong with their
mind. The answer is no. Frequently these experiences increase the wellbeing,
compassion and commitment to care for others of those who have them. The
benefits are often long term. The memory for many is treasured as a sacred
moment even for some as a Divine gift.
Many views - one reality?
A wide range of words are used to describe what appear to be
very similar experiences - spirits, guides, ancestors, angels, guardians,
energies, a light being. Some accounts describe people and in many cases the
people are recognised as friends or relatives who have died. The common threads,
linking the often amazing descriptions, are the essentially human qualities of
love, acceptance, compassion and empathy and great spiritual wisdom.
For most people seeing an angel
only happens once. Occasionally it happens again but in the case of
Swedenborg, there were regular, sometimes daily angel encounters for a period of
over 20 years which he carefully recorded. For those who knew him well he became
known as ‘the man who talks to angels’. In ‘Heaven and Hell’ he describes
in considerable detail the nature of life after
death and the many activities of
Near Death Experiences (NDE)
An angel or ‘Being of light’,
sometimes associated with a religious figure of personal significance is
sometimes described by those who believe they have seen into the other life
during a heart attack or similar life threatening episode. Any fear of death
disappears in nearly all cases. Raymond Moody who first documented this
phenomenon in 1975 refers to the close parallel with Swedenborg which most
recent research has further confirmed.
Messengers of Hope
If what all these angel
encounters suggest is true we are far closer to and more intimately involved
with the angels that has ever been previously recognised. They appear to be the
messengers who minister to both our inspiration and our compassion. Today we are
more fully informed about them and intimately involved with them than ever