traditions agree with experience - angels have remarkable powers.
powers include deliverance, protection, guidance, healing, wisdom, insight,
strength, but perhaps most of all they are associated with the power of love..
powers are invariably used in caring , unthreatening and non judgemental ways.
We might say that they are the gentle giants of the spiritual realm.
find echoes of a similarity to angels behind the comic book superheroes, the
knights of the round table, or the mystical beings who oppose the forces of
evil in modern fantasy writing such as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
encounter these amazing abilities; outward power and inward virtue or purity
seem to be directly linked. Emanuel Swedenborg maintains it is the very qualities that
we find so reassuring and appealing in the angels that are the source of their
power. Yet this power of light (or heavenly wisdom), and love (or spiritual
flame) is not from the angels themselves.
“This is why angels take absolutely no credit to themselves
and turn down any praise or admiration for anything they have done but attribute
it all to God.” (Heaven and Hell)
to him or herself is merely a ‘messenger’ which is what ‘angel’ means but to
those to whom they minister they bring a power that can amaze us.
life some seek power doing so for their own purposes, they have “a light within
them that is darkness”. In contrast the angels seek to let Divine light and
power flow through them unhindered. Each angel receives this energy in a
light passing through the many panes in the stained glass in a great cathedral;
from the same sunlight come many differing shades shapes and colours. Each pane
is a small part of a greater whole revealing the power vitality and energy of
the light; invisible until transmitted through the glass.
It is correspondingly
the same with the Divine light passing through the medium of the angels lives
attuned to transmit or some would say ‘channel’ this Divine energy. Filled
with this light the angel has power . Yet it is the light
that has the power not the angel.
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