What is Angel Healing?
Life is not a bed of roses and is strewn with several thorns along the way. We often face difficult, seemingly unresolvable situations that overpower our being; circumstances that test our strength and grit, urging the warrior in us to plod on relentlessly. Angels are invisible messengers that guide uson this voyage, helping us in silent ways as we journey through the vagaries of life. Angel healing is perhaps akin to a tool that aids inner transformation.
Sometimes, in a weak moment, we cave in and give up on our dreams, our beliefs. All that we trust infades into oblivion when an unpleasant event handicaps our senses. When anesthetized by pain, reason melts away into the doubting shadows that lurk everywhere. It is in moments and times like these that Angels take us under their wing and help ease the pain.
Angel healing involves communicating and connecting with the winged messengers. Calling upon them in times of distress to show us the way and help us heal. How the communication happens is an extremely personal experience. There are no set ways of establishing communion. One can sense the presence of angels, even hear, or see them. There’s a sense of knowing which cannot be phrased or explained. The veil between our world and that of angels is very thin. All one has to do is ask for help and it is given. It is really that simple.
The universe is made up of energy; everything around us is pulsating with life. Nothing is inanimate. One has often heard the phrase “ask the universe and it will be given”. Angel healing operates in a similar manner, when we ask the divine beings for help or guidance we are opening up a channel for communication. An invisible cord is established between the angelic dimension and ours. This threadbinds us in its silvery web, showing us the path we need to tread. The communications come as signs– it could be a dream, something as tangible as a feather, or even in the form of a phantom voice thatgives us the answers. One does not need to be psychic or clairvoyant to embrace these signs. Being open to the experience suffices.
Once a channel of communication has been established with the angels and archangels, the process of transformation and healing becomes easier. When we speak of healing we do not mean health issues alone, healing also means freeing oneself of emotional baggage and setbacks. For any transformation to take place one needs to declutter and change existing thought patterns which are holding one back. In fact as research has proven many health ailments have their roots in negative thought patterns.
Angel healing does not always revolve around mind, body, or spirit alone. Sometimes, it can also revolve around banalities of life. Making a life-changing decision or choosing a particular path is equally important and we often find ourselves in a quandary. Calling upon angels for guidance in such a situation can be helpful. Angels not only guide, but also protect, inspire, and shield individualsfrom psychic attacks.
Angel healing is beneficial in several ways. For instance it can help an individual rid himself/herself of undesirable habits which are self-destructive in essence. Angels, if called upon and asked to intervene, they can help improve relationships and will even aid in absolving financial issues that weigh one down.
The rigors of life often take a toll on both our physical and mental health. We often end up desiring a break from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. A break that would enable us to recharge our batteries and help rejuvenate the senses.
The thought itself is such a welcoming one that it is no surprise that spiritual retreats are becoming increasingly popular. When we speak of a retreat, in modern parlance, it would indicate a getaway to a quiet place amidst serene environs where we can revivify and essentially be at peace.
Our perception of spiritual retreats today and its original meaning are diametrically opposite, but the essence and basic concept remain unchanged.
The concept of a spiritual retreat has existed in several cultures and different religions have all embraced it in their own way. Spiritual retreats are at the very core of many Sufi, Buddhist, as well as Christian beliefs. Many pagan cults also believed in this philosophy.
Buddhism sees spiritual retreats as a way of reconnecting with the inner self. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the mundane that we forget our true purpose and digress from the path that we are meant to tread. Our true purpose. The Buddhist philosophy centers on the belief that by reconnecting with the self, through introspection, meditation, and prayer, one can be more grounded and centered. To understand the self is a step in this direction. Moreover, a sense of discipline is inculcated as well.
A spiritual retreat or “sesshin” is a time for reflection in Zen Buddhism. Retreats can both be a solitary or communal experience. They may advocate silence or revolve around conversations – depending on the philosophy and established practices. They are often held privately in remote locales or secluded monasteries and are exclusive to the practitioners. The Dzogchen practice in Tibetan Buddhism embraces the “dark retreat” philosophy. The practitioner is confined to a dark place and the retreat can span anywhere from hours to years. Ancient cultures like the Mayans and Egyptians too practiced a similar form of dark retreat, whereby people entered the center of a pyramid, which were devoid of light and sound. The men would get visions and the secrets of the universe would be revealed to them in these visions. The retreat usually lasted up to ten days.
The idea of solitude helping one overcome spiritual obstacles has been a popular one.
Ancient Greece was known for its medical prowess and many people came looking for healing. The healing sanctuaries or Asclepions, were established in idyllic settings where nature’s splendor dominated every corner. Epidaurus was one of the main healing centers for the Greeks, where priests practiced a form of spiritual healing that was centered on dream therapy. After a series of cleansing rituals the patient who was seeking help was confined to a dream chamber or Abaton for a few nights. In the darkened chamber the patient would receive healing via the dream itself.
Spiritual retreats were also popular in Christianity and were established by St. Ignatius of Loyala. People took off a few hours from their routined life to reconnect with God through prayer. The mystical path of Islam – Sufism – too believes in spiritual retreats or “Khalwa”. The term literally means seclusion; however, for Sufi mystics it is akin to the act of self abandonment, an inner journey and path through which the Divine can be reached. The Khalwa spans a 40-day period.
Even though modern terminology has diluted the original notion of a spiritual retreat, it continues to be a way of disconnecting from the travails and trivialities of life and finding the inner self. In essence it is a vacation for the spirit away from the distractions of the materialistic world. A journey where time alone helps regenerate the mind, body, and spirit. It is holistic healing in every sense of the term.