Disclaimer: Believing in guardian angels is by no means a prerequisite to learn about what the whole idea or notion of them can teach us.
I have often written and referenced what I call the dimensions of self (intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual). I have stated that we give greater attention to our intellectual and physical self much more than to our emotional and spiritual self. In fact, the world we live in encourages it. Yet, we should know that all four dimensions of self are of equal importance, and they should all receive, as much as possible, the same weight or amount of attention.
This month I would like to focus on the emotional and spiritual dimensions, and yes, I will use guardian angels to help make my point.
Let me start by telling you a story.
My dad was a great guy. He was what I would describe as a rock solid man, who loved us (my mom, brother and me). He devoted his life to supporting our well-being. Like so many of his generation, he demonstrated that devotion most often by being a good provider. Dad was a man of integrity. He believed in God. He never went to church but made sure he drove us there on Sundays. He worked hard, and we could always count on him. He was a deep thinker. He loved to read, and spent much of his spare time at home.
Dad survived a major heart attack when he was 68. Although he still got around reasonably well afterwards, he never really fully recovered – he required oxygen for the three years prior to his death on his 71st birthday in 1984.
About four months after his death I was sorting through some of his things. Much to my surprise, I came across a letter that was addressed to me. The date indicated that he wrote it shortly before his death. I had no idea of its existence until I found it tucked away amongst some of his papers. He had to have known I would perform this task and certainly intended for me to find it.
It began with some very complimentary remarks about me and went on to point out how, “it very often falls to the older son in the family – the responsibility for not only his own family but to ‘look out’ for the interest of his parents.” He went on to say how much he loved mom. He made the point quite strongly that we would all be together again ‘one day,’ – “that a thousand years is but a wink of an eye in eternity.”
It was the concluding sentence of the letter that I particularly wanted to share – and I quote: “I will delegate certain guardian angels to watch over my loved ones.”
I was overcome with emotion. I had been given a gift. My father had spoken to me from somewhere beyond this life from a place I could not see, touch or experience in any way. Or could I?
In that moment I felt this incredible warmth envelop me. It felt as if my father were right there beside me. Was it his spirit, was it my imagination or was it something else?
After reading the letter a couple of times I gathered myself, folded it twice, worked it back into its envelope and put it in a safe place where I could easily access it again.
Now understand, I grew up in a Catholic home, went to a Catholic school and heard about guardian angels on a regular basis. I was told that we all have guardian angels that are always with us, who look out for us and guide us through life. So of course this resonated at a deep place within me.
A poll that was published in Time magazine about three years ago revealed that 69 percent of Americans believed in guardian angels, and 46 percent of that group believed they have a personal guardian angel. Of course there is no real scientific evidence for the existence of angels. The only “evidence” we have for their existence is long religious tradition, and stories from the Bible, as well as the many anecdotes from people who believe these spiritual beings have affected their lives. Ultimately believing that guardian angels actually exist is most often a matter of faith. Many who believe, have offered their opinions on what a guardian angel’s role can be in a person’s life, and even how you can enlist their help.
“Guardian Angels are thought to be spiritual beings that are assigned to assist people here on Earth in various ways. Whether there is one angel per person, one angel for several persons or several angels for one person is open to question. But whether you believe in them or not, or whether you want one or not, believers insist that you do have a guardian angel.”
Remember me saying that I had folded the letter twice, put it back into its envelope, then put it in a safe place where I could easily access it again? Well, that was back in early 1985. Since that time, there have been a number of occasions where I simply took the letter out of its envelope and read it just to remind me of my dad.
It wasn’t until the fall of 2001, when I had begun the fight of my life, the fight to stay alive as my lungs slowly deteriorated, that letter took on a whole new and important meaning for me. Each time I read it during the two years preceding my double lung transplant – and I read it frequently – it gave me great comfort. It turned out to be one of the ways I was able to hold on to the HOPE that I would receive a transplant in time to save my life. Yes, I wanted to believe in guardian angels back then, believe that there was a guardian angel beside me, giving strength and support during what, in retrospect, has been the most difficult period of my life to date. Yes, during that time I believed!
Believe me when I say that when you are deathly ill, expecting to die but do not want to die, you grasp on to those things, beliefs, rituals and people that gave you comfort growing up and that give you reassurance now or even the hope of survival. It could be a guardian angel, a priest, a rabbi, a minister, a prayer or God.
So What Do I Believe Now?
I do not believe in the whole idea of a “winged spiritual being” who is assigned to walk or hover by my side, guiding and protecting me or, for that matter, you. However, I do not think it ends there, nor is it that simple. I believe there is a positive force that exists within us that, under the right set of circumstances, we can tap into to give us guidance, direction and strength in our lives. 606 angel number
Carl Jung the Swiss psychiatrist believed that we all have a personal, as well as a collective unconscious. He distinguished the collective unconscious from the personal unconscious in that the personal unconscious is a personal reservoir of experiences unique to each individual, while the collective unconscious collects and organizes those personal experiences in a similar way for each member of a particular species. That is to say, the collective unconscious is unique to the species – sort of “hot wired” into our genes, and passed from one generation to the next.