Monday 20 October 2014

We talk to angels

Once ridiculed as absurd, there's a growing awareness of angels and in the people who devote their lives to communicating with them for others' good, writes Sue Conley

Marleen Duffy
Lorna Byrne (Photo: Jason Clarke)

Time was when you wouldn't hear about angels from one end of the year to the next -- except at this time of year, of course, when they did their duty in the Christmas story, bringing messages to shepherds watching their flocks by night.

It is in this capacity, however, as messengers and guides, that these 'spiritual beings' have come into the greater, everyday consciousness.

Angelology has always been a legitimate part of divinity studies, but like much else that organised religion has sought to keep from the masses, it has edged its way out into the larger world.

The past 10 to 15 years have seen a huge growth in angel awareness, thanks in large part to Doreen Virtue and Diana Cooper whose books, blogs and decks of angel cards have paved the way for the acceptance of others whose talents, and life path, have led them to chiming in with the ever-growing chorus of angel communicators.

Not that it's been an easy path to tread.

"When I started in this field 20 years ago, I was considered a lunatic," says Aidan Storey. "You were very careful about where you spoke about it."

In many ways, the current crop of angel practitioners suffered so that we don't have to.

Each of the four we spoke to has gone through dark nights of the soul before they got to where they are today, living fully in the faith that they, and we, are watched over every moment of our lives.

LORNA BYRNE

Lorna is the author of the international best-seller 'Angels in My Hair'. Its popularity was a greater-than-usual triumph for the Dubliner, who was dyslexic at a time when the word wasn't common parlance. Byrne received the barest education and struggled through a series of personal setbacks, including the death of her husband in 2000, that in many ways prepared her for the road she's now on.

She's a public speaker with a worldwide audience, and her third book, 'A Message of Hope From the Angels', is in a new Christmas edition for 2013.

"I always see the angels, from the moment I open my eyes. It's like you yourself just looking across this room and seeing people. That's normal for you. That's normal for me as to seeing angels. So as far as my having a reaction to seeing them, I can't give you an answer to that -- it's natural, I'm afraid.

"I don't know why God chose me, I really don't. As a child, I understood, even though I was so young, why the angels said to keep them a secret.

"I'm so glad I did, because I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you. I could have ended up in an institution. I was considered retarded because I had learning difficulties.

"One of the things that comes from talking to inter-faith people is that sometimes I'd do a talk, and the hall would be full, and if only the people could see the angels there. And yet we have wars over religion, that's where a lot of our hatred is. One of the messages that I have to give is that all religions join together and pray together, and will not be superior to each other. There is the one God. And God doesn't give up on us.

"I know that there's a lot of people out there that are cynical, but it doesn't matter. A person who is cynical is hungry and thirsty as well -- they want to know. Everybody is in the world to know that you have a soul, and that you don't die, it's only the body that dies, and that God is real. That is the biggest message to the world."

AIDAN STOREY

Irish Independent

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