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Angels in My Hair

I read voraciously-anything and everything I can get my hands on. In fact, I read so many books (and at warp speed) that I tend to forget the content of the previous one. Yet, one particular book, entitled Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne (an international best-seller), deeply touched and greatly impacted me. It is powerfully inspirational, and one book whose content I haven’t, and am not likely to forget.

Lorna Bryne has been seeing and speaking with Angels since infancy. She is regarded as a modern day “Irish mystic with the powers of the saints of old.”

I purchased this book after reading a print interview, watching several of her tube videos, and having a friend highly recommend it.

I have had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences. These include absolutely amazing occurrences with infinitely loving beings of light. Thus, my beliefs are shaped by my own personal experiences, which have included contact with highly spiritual, evolved, and infinitely loving beings. Many refer to these beings as Angels, while others may call them spirit guides or light beings. They are most commonly referred to as spiritual figures who surround and protect us.

However, I was raised to believe that angels were merely mythical or symbolic figures, representing the goodness in human nature, rather than being other-worldly. After all, my mother was agnostic and my father was a hard-core atheist. Yet, they belonged to a synagogue and considered themselves Jewish. This always baffled and made no sense to me-a total oxymoron. A Jewish atheist? From an early age, my parents told me angels and other-worldly beings were the stuff of fantasy-mere fairy tales.

While obtaining my graduate degree in Metaphysics, my understanding of angels and other higher beings shifted. In part, this was due to my studies. My curriculum included numerous courses on world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, and Pagan beliefs. I additionally studied angels in relationship to metaphysics.

Since early childhood I was always aware of the Christian definition of angels. Yet, I never realized, or perhaps gave much thought to, their role in Judaism.

In Judaism:

Judaism considers angels to be supernatural beings. Angels appear widely throughout Jewish literature. The Hebrew name for angel is mal’ach, meaning messenger. In early biblical sources, these messengers were believed to deliver specific information or carry out a particular function.

Other religions view angels in the following ways:

In Hinduism

Angelic beings are discussed in the Bhagavad Gita, 700-verse Holy Hindu scripture. Angelic beings may be minor gods, human gurus, or ancestors who have passed away.

In Buddhism:

Angels in Buddhism are a type of celestial being who shares the god-like characteristic of being more powerful, longer-lived, and, in general, much happier than humans.

In Muslim Belief:

Muslims uphold that angels, or Malaikah, were created by God. In Islamic belief, angels communicate messages from Allah to humanity.

In Paganism:

In Pagan belief, angels appear as beings made of energy. They may appear in many guises, such as gnomes, fairies and elves.

In Metaphysical Science:

Metaphysical science upholds that we are spiritual beings temporarily residing in more dense, physical bodies. As we become willing/able/open to seeing a world that exists beyond our physical reality we are more easily able to access our true, spiritual selves. By doing so, at times, we are able to connect with the spiritual realm.

Metaphysics most often describes angels as spiritual, non-physical beings, working on our behalf to guide our thoughts back to love. One of my favorite metaphysical definitions is by Gabby Bernstein:

These beings come in many forms and they have different purposes. But their common goal is to help guide us back into alignment with the love of the Universe.

Angels protect you, guide you, and offer you great inner wisdom and healing messages. Angels are nondenominational and will help you in whatever spiritual or religious form resonates with you. And while they’re often depicted in human form, you can envision them in any way you wish.

My education and personal extraordinary experiences shaped my belief about higher/loving beings. Perhaps the most impactful experience I had was being at my dad’s side (at home in hospice) during the last month of his life. As mentioned above, prior to his illness, dad was a complete and utter atheist. Yet, weeks before his death he had three spiritually transformative experiences, or STEs. All involved beings/angels. They completely changed his paradigm: he transitioned from atheist to believer in the afterlife.

He described one particular incident as follows:

Earlier this morning I saw a being, not a person. It definitely was not a human being. Together we hovered above the foot of my bed. We were looking down at myself on the bed. It was a glowing being of light.

Although Angels appear in numerous religions, one does not need to hold dogmatic beliefs to appreciate their presence. Instead, angels may be understood as higher beings who assist us in our physical lives. From this perspective, they are non-judgmental and love us unconditionally.

In 2011, a CBS news poll determined that 77 percent of adults believe these ethereal beings are real. The poll determined that:

Belief is primarily tied to religion, with 88 percent of Christians, 95 percent of evangelical Christians and 94 percent of those who attend weekly religious services of any sort saying they believe in angels.

But belief in angels is fairly widespread even among the less religious. A majority of non-Christians think angels exist, as do more than 4 in 10 of those who never attend religious services.

Regardless of our religious affiliation, whether we consider ourselves spiritual, agnostic, or atheist, it is up to us to accept what we believe. We may, or may not believe in angels. We may consider or label them as something else; for example, spirit guides. Ultimately, you’re the only one who can decide if these beings exist in your present belief system.

Regardless of your belief, Lorna’s true life story is uplifting, heart-warming, and incredibly inspirational for us all.

Angels in My Hair: The True Story of A Modern-Day Irish Mystic, by Lorna Byrne, Harmony Books, 2011.

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