I FREQUENTLY GET LETTERS from people who are surprised that angels help humanity. They seem astonished or doubtful that famous angels such as Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel would help the average person, especially in modern times. “Aren’t these angels from the Bible?” they write to me. Well, yes, and they continue to help us thousands of years later.
Angels are God’s messengers, sent to Earth to enact the Creator’s plan of peace for everyone. To create this sentiment upon Earth, we need a planet full of peaceful people . . . including you and me. So the angels’ mission is to do whatever is necessary to help everyone be at peace. Since health issues can interfere with this feeling, it’s natural that God would enlist Archangel Raphael to bring about wellness to people everywhere.
You needn’t be special, “chosen,” religious, or even a good person in order to receive the angels’ healing help. The angels assist everyone, because they love everyone . . . and because it’s God’s will for everyone to be at peace.
Every person has guardian angels with them at all times. These celestial beings are egoless helpers, guides, and protectors. You also have at least one departed loved one watching over you. While your friends and relatives in Heaven aren’t technically angels (since they have human egos), they can still perform angel-like feats. They also work in conjunction with your angels when you’re in need.
The term archangel (pronounced ark-an-gel) is derived from the Greek phrase “the greatest messenger of God.” Arch means “the first” or “the greatest,” and angel means “messenger of God.”
Archangels are larger, more powerful, and more specialized than guardian angels. Spiritual texts have described dozens of archangels, although most major religions narrow this list to four or seven. Raphael always makes the list of top archangels, along with Michael, the protector angel; and Gabriel, the messenger angel.
Since archangels have no egos or physical bodies, they’re completely unlimited beings. This means that they can be with countless people simultaneously, having personalized interactions with everyone who calls for help. For this reason, please don’t worry that you’re bothering the angels by calling upon them.
I must emphasize that we’re not worshipping, or praying to, angels. We give all glory to God, Who is the Creator of the angels—and of you and me. However, the angels and archangels are palpable conduits of connecting with the Creator. God created angels as intercessors so that we’d work with them to create peace on Earth.
Sometimes people ask me, “Why should I talk to angels when I can just as easily talk with God?” This is an excellent question, so I prayed about it a long time until I received an answer that brought me peace:
If you can clearly hear the voice of God and feel an unfettered connection to God, then that is Who you should talk to. However, many people become so upset during health crises that they can no longer hear the very high vibration of God’s guidance. They must at that point talk with the angels, who are able to match our vibrations no matter how stressed we become.
The angels are God’s gifts to us all. And just like any gift, they are meant to be appreciated. God’s intention is for the angels to help us.
I’ve seen angels since I was a very young girl (a spiritual gift that’s quite normal among highly sensitive children). So my interactions with Raphael are quite visual and emotional. I see him as a close and trustworthy friend to all. He has a great sense of humor; and like the most brilliant of comedians, his humor is always kind, gentle, and loving. In this way, Raphael reminds us of laughter’s powerful curative effects.
Since angels don’t have bodies, when a person does see them (during crises, dreams, psychic readings, visitations, and so forth), they appear in a form that best helps him or her. I’ve noticed that the archangels’ physical appearance is symbolic of their specialties. For example, Archangel Michael is the epitome of rippling muscles and a toned physique because he’s the protector angel. Archangel Raphael, on the other hand, has a more relaxed appearance than Michael, probably because it’s healthy to be relaxed!
Additionally, the specialty of each archangel creates a surrounding energy field, which visually sensitive people see as colored sparkling light. Archangel Michael’s energy looks royal blue and purple, and Archangel Raphael’s color is emerald green. Many times when people have asked God to send Archangel Raphael to heal them, they’ll begin to see bright green lights with their physical eyes. Noticing green sparkles or flashes of light is one sign that Raphael is with you.
Doreen Virtue is a spiritual doctor of psychology and a fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended-master realms in her writings and workshops.