Listening to the message of God can be heard and felt within; and so it is a good thing to train the ear, and to seek out the quiet spaces. Recognizing this voice does require an inner vision beyond natural appearance. Here is a metaphorical example from ‘Angels and the Shaker Way:”
“The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an Angel might come and sit on it.” (-T. Merton)
Learning to walk with grace, with sturdiness; it settles deep within the soul. One could wonder: Is this heaven on earth? This question would not have surprised the Shakers because heaven on earth is exactly what was sought. There was a serene beauty to Shaker villages, this was an outward reflection of faith, and also the hard work and ingenuity based on this maxim: “Hands to work, hearts to God.” For Shakers, work and worship were a part of the same whole that gave glory to God.
With commitment to perfection, its beautiful expression was evidenced in objects – the Shaker reputation for excellence in their craftsmanship. Given the Shaker understanding that Angels were ever present offering gifts and an abundance of heavenly communication, artists were considered mediums because of guidance received directly from the angels. Hannah Cohoon described the source of the gift in an annotation to her celebrated 1845 image, The Tree of Light or Blazing Tree. Just below the tree, Sister Hannah inscribed,
“I saw the whole tree as the Angel held it before me as distinctly as I ever saw a natural tree. I felt very curious when I took hold of it lest the blaze should touch my hand. Seen and received by Hannah Cohoon in the City of Peace.”
Shakers are remembered for their depth of faith, for the unusually intimate relationship enjoyed with Angels in their midst. Everyone is a part of this relationship … each one a little piece of heaven on earth.
Angel Touches: It is easy to communicate with the Angels. One simple and practical method was taught by Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold, who shared it along with this angelic message:
“Dear Children, We are coming to you in many ways. God is here, now, to help you through us, to understand the changes that have happened in the world and that are happening within you. Everything you do is significant and furthers you along your path. When you doubt, when you question, when you fear, when you seek, speak to us. Comforting energy accompanies our messages. Love surrounds our every word, and you are healed with the love. We send God’s blessings to you and will teach you how to pass them on. “(-Your Loving Angels)
The way is to: Ask for what you want, Believe it will be given, Let it Happen (the process work), and to say Thank you (give thanks to God for His will being done).
Affirmation: “At this moment, I trust the eternal wisdom of the universe. God is guiding my every step and is surrounding me with love and protection. I am doing His will.”
How to listen to God. Practice, practice, practice! Think about one’s inner world and what can refresh and cleanse: The simple answer is TRUTH. When new ideas are taken in, the mind is refreshed and when these ideas are applied in daily living, one’s inner being is cleansed. God wants all to be cleaned, and He touches life with the voice one is able to hear – effectively applied by the Angels and all of divinity’s helpers, in order to draw one nearer to Him. This should be said often:
“Angels are the way God shows his face on earth: Dear Angels, What would you like to teach me today?”
Align the heart to hear God’s voice more clearly for what else in life is more realistically true than faith? What is more practical than hope? Glowing and shimmering with a brilliance that emanates love, compassion, and healing, Angels are a reaffirmation of God’s messages of faith, trust, and hope. Always feel surrounded by a Heavenly choir of love and know that simple gestures blossom … a living reminder of what love can do.
Angelic graceful reminders of Principles (source: Angelspeake):
- God doesn’t give half a gift.
- Everything has a greater meaning.
- You don’t have to do anything alone.
- When the time is right, you will know what to do: You cannot NOT do it.
- You are exactly where you are supposed to be today … and so is everybody else.
- You will never to able to figure it all out. The plan is bigger.
- Find the miracles in each day.
Who walks with God? The truth is everyone has this ability. There is no obstacle, so keep it simple!
According to Mark and Griswold, connecting with God and His messengers, the Angels; it begins with praying for the truth and the gift of spiritual hearing. Breathe and become open. Listen for answers will come in a soft and gentle whisper. Write what you hear, as you hear it. Acceptance is the most important part. There will be an absence of ego involved – it just comes. Trust these are spiritual gifts.
As one steps back, the Holy light inside steps forward and encompasses all in certainty and established peace. God speaks in answering this question with the following words: “I walk with God in perfect holiness. I light the world. I light my mind and all the minds which God created one with me.”
Prayer: “Dear God, Please help me to hear you clearly through your loving Angels. Allow me to be healed in my areas of greatest need and to learn more about your truth, love, and joy.”