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About Angels!
About Angels
Many of us in the Western hemisphere hold beliefs in angels, often thinking of them as
some sort of winged or halo-adorned being that only visits during extreme cases of need.
Could our ideas about angels need revamped and be seen through something other than
the spectacles of our religious interpretation?
About Angels That Are Winged
The birth of the depiction of angels with wings
really came into existence through artists who
wished to share their interpretation about
angelic beings. To them, these "messengers"
were ethereal entities who visit mankind from
a higher realm, namely "Heaven." The wings
translate the idea quite well that spirits come
from above, from the heavens.
Winged
entities found in fourth century Christian art

gave us the depictions we hold fast to today
about angels. (See
History of Angels.)
Although it is not common, people do still
claim to have dreams, visions and other types of visitations from angels with wings.

About Angels: Biblical Texts
The issue early artists encountered while attempting to illustrate angels is that angelic
descriptions found in the Bible in both the Hebrew and Christian Greek texts differ. In some
biblical passages, the messengers appear to be human. Other accounts, such as in the
Second Book of Enoch, describe angels as having wings. For example, compare just
these two verses:

"...two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side." - Luke 24:4

"...Enoch had told his sons that the angels took him onto their
wings and bore him up on to
the first heaven..." - Second Book of Enoch 3:1


The
Second Book of Enoch was eventually not included as part of the Christian Bible, but
perhaps, its portrayal of angels with wings coupled with artist renderings stuck in the minds
of early Christian believers who influenced our beliefs. (See:
Angels, What Are They?)

Sighting Reports About Angels
According to the
Supernatural Angel Report, a 25 year study of angel and entity sightings
in the United Kingdom, there have been all sorts of angels, spirits, animal ghosts, and
faeries reported to authorities. For example, people claimed seeing benign human entities
192 times. These are typically apparitions of people who do not appear to act one way or
another to the witness. Friendly entities were experienced 127 times, helpful entities 99
times, visions of angels 104 times, and the sightings of saints occurring 41 times! This is
intriguing when we dig further into this data. Taking into account that each entity is labeled
by the witness according to their own interpretation (which is based upon their beliefs), it is
interesting to note that
most of these spirits mentioned are in human form. This is very
much in line with biblical accounts of angels appearing as men. Even more interesting is
that what some have described as angelic in the reports were still human in appearance in
many cases. For example, one angel seen in Sutton Wood was said to take the form of a
pious monk. To some this was an angel; to others this is a disembodied, glowing man in
spirit. What I am getting at is that maybe we need to view people in spirit, especially those
who are enlightened, as the angels talked about for centuries who are indeed with us.
Perhaps,
they are the spirit guides who communicate with us, watch over us, learn from us
and sometimes intervene in our lives.

The findings, which were taken from police reports, revealed quite an array of stories about
benevolent spirits. A hotel, for example, is said to be home to a nursemaid who still cares
for guests who are in need of assistance or are ill. In another account, the voice of an
unseen spirit calmly directed a woman driving her car to pull over. She did and avoided a
collision with a speeding automobile that was traveling without lights. There were several
reports of monks and saints that are reportedly a much more common sight in Wales than
anyplace else in the United Kingdom.

Pat Monahan's Revelation About People in Spirit: Angels?
Pat Monahan of the band,
Train, wrote the song, "Drops of Jupiter," after having a dream
while grieving the loss of his mother to cancer. During the dream, he wondered about
people in spirit. The hit song's haunting line, "back in the atmosphere" came to Pat that
night. In an MTV interview, Pat Monahan explained the concept that came to him as soon
as he fell asleep:

"What if no one ever really leaves? What if you, just kinda'...you're here but different, you
know. And the idea was, she's back,
here, in the atmosphere."

Perhaps, we should re-evaluate our thinking about the heavens and about angels. Our idea
of loss and separation from loved ones, true angels who are with us, likely causes us to
remain unaware of their presence and interaction within our lives. Maybe, we just need to
awaken to something
more beyond our current beliefs...

About Angels: Other Interpretations
Each of us label the world around us, attempting to describe what it is that we see and
experience. Our definitions of words will vary, for words carry with them meanings that are
personally interpreted. For example, a person's definition for the word "bug" will vary
based upon the individual experience. To one who has been stung by a yellow jacket, bees
might be "bugs" - pests. To another, spiders may fall into their personal description of a
bug, something that is "icky!" To entomologists, however, bugs are a certain order of
insect that include cicadas, aphids and leafhoppers. Our world is definitely up for
interpretation, I suppose. What I am getting at is that our ideas about angels can vary and
still be viable. I think we can agree that human spirits have often been labeled as angels.
Also relevant, the idea that angels are often used as metaphors to describe our connection
and communication with a higher realm or power is intriguing. When I think about angels, I
like to see them as a real part of the human experience, whether that be enlightened
human spirits who are never separate from us or our own deeper, inner connection to
something greater than the physical world. Both definitions seem plausible to me,
especially when I consider that those who are in spirit are communicating with us at a much
deeper level than what lies on the surface.   
- LC
Angels & Ghosts!
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